Radical Depth, Strength, & Fun

The Radical Book for Kids is a fun-filled explorer’s guide to the Bible, church history, and life for boys and girls age 8 and up.

Along with examining some of the most exciting realities in the universe, the handbook is vibrantly illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas. Deep truths are communicated to elementary and middle-school aged kids while stimulating their curiosity and sense of adventure within a gospel-centered framework.

Check out the table of contents, skip around, or read straight through. However a child chooses to explore it, The Radical Book for Kids will open new vistas for their imagination and help to make straight paths for their feet.

What People Are Saying

"It belongs in every young Christian's library."
" . . . a new direction for children's publishing."

"One of the best-looking kids' books I've seen in a long time."

World Magazine

The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith by Champ Thornton deserves to be at the top of many families’ wish lists this Christmas. Intended for children ages 8-14, the book invites readers to explore Christian truths with colorful illustrations, eye-opening graphs, and kid-friendly crafts and games. Covering a variety of subjects—including Latin and Hebrew vocabulary, a primer on prayer, and stories of Christian martyrs and authors across the centuries—Thornton presents Bible truths in a way intended to soften kids’ hearts, not just build head knowledge.

Redeemed Reader (J.B. CheaneY)

The great thing about The Radical Book for Kids is that it pulls together not only the Bible story, but everything else: history, geography, science, linguistics, mathematics, and life skills.  Not comprehensively, of course, but enough to help its intended audience understand that God and his Word relate to every aspect of this big, endlessly fascinating world of ours. . . .

About ten years ago, The Dangerous Book for Boys became a best-seller.  This is like a “dangerous book” for Christian kids: a grab-bag of information both serious and lighthearted, but with a life-changing purpose, written in an engaging, accessible style with eye-catching graphics.  Chapter 1 summarizes the Bible’s big story with a comparison of Genesis and Revelation.  The remaining 66 chapters will impart knowledge (basic doctrine, apologetics, wise advice), example (history, biography, factual application), and fun (practical skills, how-to’s, activities). It can be opened anywhere and read with profit.  It belongs in every young Christian’s library. What more can we say?

Desiring God (in Top 16 Books of 2016)

As a parent, I love this kind of book. So often in life I want a book that I can just pick up and read to my kids for ten minutes — one that doesn’t need to be a part of an ongoing curriculum or a chapter in a larger story. I want a book I can just open and read aloud, with delight and edifying benefit. This book is a new direction for children’s publishing, in collecting many various themes — biblical, theological, ethical, historical — and merging them all together for kids as an introduction to the Christian faith. That’s what this book does so well in its content and in its beautiful illustrations. If I want to show my kids how the creation account is organized, if I want to show them the power of the cross, if I want to give them a short autobiography of Luther, or if I want to give them a brief synopsis of Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, I can go to this book. The Radical Book for Kids is a valuable way for me, as a dad, to redeem small fragments of time with my kids.

Tim Challies

Champ Thornton’s The Radical Book for Kids is eye-catching inside and out. In fact, I think it’s one of the best-looking kids’ books I’ve seen in a long time. (Props to Tim Green for the excellent cover design and Scot McDonald for the interior work.) Best of all, that good looking interior and exterior complements the interesting, important content. . . .  We’re living at a time when we have some exceptional children’s books available to us, books to complement and supplement the precious truths we want our children to know and to believe. The Radical Book for Kids is just such a book. . . . It’s a book I recommend and one I will be encouraging my children to read.

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“As the father of four teens, I found this a fun, informative, and spiritually edifying resource. Alongside telling us where weapons came from, young readers (and older ones) learn how to spend daily time with the Lord. It’s not just about fun facts; it is a spark for discovery of God, his world, and our place in it.” -Michael Horton, Professor, Westminster Seminary California; author of Core Christianity; host of the White Horse Inn broadcast


The Radical Book for Kids is like an encyclopedia of Truth. Thornton has done something magical here. He’s taken every aspect of the Christian faith, the Word we love, and the character of God and made it accessible to children. It’s everything you’d hope to know and teach in one place, even including stories of historical figures. I’m thankful my kids are still young, so I can use this book to teach them about the roots of our faith. The Radical Book for Kids is radical indeed—radically helpful, radically good.” -Trillia Newbell, Author of Enjoy, Fear and Faith, and United


“I was only a dozen pages into this book before I found myself thinking, 'I wish I'd had this book when I was a kid' and 'I've got to get this book for my kids!' Highly recommended!" -Timothy Paul Jones, C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Parents Are Saying . . .


I have never been more thrilled about a children’s book in my life! The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith by Champ Thornton is a fantastic resources for parents wanting to provide their children with a biblical worldview from early childhood. -Chrys

Out of ALL the kids books I have reviewed, and that would be A LOT of books this by far my favorite book I have reviewed in 2016! I highly recommend this as a FAMILY book, or a GROUP kids book. -Vanessa

One thing we really love about this particular book, though, is that the information is presented in a way that makes sense for younger kids, and we are free to pull out some of our other resources to dig in a bit deeper. The 67 chapters in this book give us a good outline to cover many important topics. -Debra

For me, it seemed to bring the Bible more to life. I think we can all be honest with ourselves that it can be a struggle to read the Bible sometimes and sift through some of the passages. I think having a companion book like this to help spark interest and conversation is a great way to get kids thinking beyond the words on the page. It had a great mix of all kinds of things from crafts to scripture to history to engage kids. I highly recommend this book! -Stephanie

This is such a unique book for kids. Well, grown-ups, too! I am simply amazed at the amount of information – historical, hands-on, Biblical, fun – this book contains. There is character development and theology, some science and living the Christian life, and some good Bible reading or study skills. A superb mish-mash of stuff to entertain and educate as well as enthrall the kids. -Vera

Wow! I am so impressed with The Radical Book for Kids. Its subtitle is Exploring The Roots And Shoots of Faith, and it delivers what it promises. Not a stuffy reference book, but an exciting and entertaining look at God, Jesus, the ancient and modern world, and a life lived in faith, this book will keep your kids busy for hours and hours. -Beckie

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