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What Are Mouths For? Board Book

A Lift-the-Flap Board Book

By Abbey Wedgeworth, illustrated by Emma Randall
from 22 reviews

Practical, fun tool for parents raising toddlers. Encourages obedience motivated by God’s love and grace.

Part of the Training Young Hearts series.

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Fun lift-the-flap board book that motivates small children to use their mouths in a Christ-like way.

This helpful and engaging training tool will help parents to teach their kids that God didn’t make their mouths for behaviors like biting or lying, but for positive actions like giving kisses, chewing, singing, asking for forgiveness, and telling the truth.

Not only will children be encouraged to follow Jesus’ example, but they’ll also be reassured that he loves us no matter what we do. He can forgive us when we fail, and help us to change.

This book is part of a series called Training Young Hearts that addresses the attitudes of the heart that underpin behavior and explains how the gospel of grace enables us to change.

Parents, teachers, and other loved ones can refer back to these resources when specific behaviors need both to be corrected and to be connected to forgiveness, grace and growth.

Product details


Age range: 1+
Contributors Abbey Wedgeworth, Emma Randall
ISBN 9781784988968
Format Board book
First published September 2023
Dimensions 6.5" x 6.5" x 0.8"
Weight 11.15 oz
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 9
Publisher The Good Book Company

Laura Wifler

Cofounder, Risen Motherhood

I am incredibly excited about these new books from Abbey Wedgeworth. Engaging, helpful, and full of truth, these books are sure to become a favorite in your home!

Melissa B Kruger

Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Uptown Church; author, The Envy of Eve

One of the most important ways we can train young children is to teach them what is right as well as teach them what is wrong. In the Training Young Hearts series Abbey Wedgeworth faithfully shows children how to live while also telling them the good news of God’s grace. These board books are such an engaging (and fun!) way to teach big truths to young hearts.

Hunter Beless

Founder and Host, Journeywomen podcast

The Training Young Hearts board books will help parents encourage positive behavior through one of the most effective methods of learning—play! These engaging books will not only instruct kids but parents too, by equipping both with training refrains based in biblical truths. Abbey has provided us with an incredible tool to help us clearly and intentionally communicate with our kiddos in a way that points to them to Jesus. 

Customer reviews

March 20, 2024


We love this series. We have the whole set and love each book without exception. It engages my 2 year-old in age appropriate ways and explains the Gospel in a way littles can grasp without inducing guilt or shame. There really is no other books out there like these.

Feb. 13, 2024

“Love these books”

Beautiful and engaging book, with big flaps. Not only it talks about what mouths are for but also what they aren’t for. Seamlessly integrated with Bible verses and compared to Jesus and God. Written in a way that even the smallest readers will understand and learn from. Teaching the most important lessons in life in a fun and engaging way. I honestly couldn’t remember this book enough.

Jan. 15, 2024

“Amazing for parents!”

I’m a FTM and these books have given me the language to disciple my daughter while drawing boundaries around what’s good and allowed with our actions! I’m so grateful for this resource. Anytime she bites someone we talk about how that’s not what God made our mouth for and go through the most of what God DID make our mouths for! I’m so thankful for this book!!

Jan. 6, 2024

“Wonderful resource to train young hearts!”

This book is simple and faithfully written with engaging illustrations and flaps to lift. I love how we can see how Jesus honoured God with the same body parts, how we can ask God for forgiveness and help in our weakness, and how the Holy Spirit can help us to become like Jesus. This series has been such a blessing to our family. My 1 year old would bring any of these books to me or her older siblings everyday so she can listen to them!

Dec. 29, 2023

“Fun whilst learning”

What are mouths for is such a great book that I love reading with my daughter who is 2 and a half. It is an interactive book that is very helpful for learning why God made our mouths and the right and wrong ways of using them. I love that the book points to Jesus and shows how Jesus used His mouth and that because of what He has done for us we can ask for forgiveness when we don't use our mouths the right way. It also points to the Holy Spirit Who helps us to use our mouths to tell the truth and love others. It's a great book that I definitely recommend getting.

Dec. 29, 2023

“Love it”

Such a cute book with a great message! My toddlers love this book and opening up all of the flaps

Oct. 18, 2023

“Teaching Littles to Be Like Jesus!”

Earlier this summer, Abbey Wedgeworth released the first two titles in the series Training Young Hearts. Both books are "Lift the flap" board books written with ages 0-4 in mind.

Both books focus on a different body part, sharing biblical truths about them and how we can honor God through our actions. But most of all, Wedgeworth incorporates gospel truths that remind little ones of the grace and hope we have in Jesus!

Sept. 29, 2023

“Love these books!”

These books are an amazing tool for teaching young children what our hands and mouths are for! I love that they teach the good purposes that God made our hands and mouths for, how we should and shouldn't use them and how Jesus used his hands and mouth to serve and obey God the Father! The books have flaps throughout which keep little hands busy and little hearts engaged with the story. My 4 year old and 1 year old have both asked for these books on repeat since we received them. At the end of the books we read about how God helps us say no to sin and forgives us when we do the wrong thing. One of the fun things about toddlers is that they want to read the same books over and over so these truths will really become written on their hearts. I have also found myself using them as training refrains when one of the kids has an issue with using their hands or mouths with kindness and when I ask "what are your hands for?" they know exactly what I'm talking about.

Sept. 28, 2023

“Speaking Truth in Love”

How can you teach your kids that God means for us to use our mouths for good? What Are Mouths For? is a lift-the-flap board book that motivates small children to use their mouths in a Christ-like way.

Written by Abbey Wedgeworth, this book helped reinforce what we were teaching our children at home. For instance, lying is a sin in our home, and we love to sing to God.

Speaking Truth in Love

The colorful illustrations by Emma Randall caught my kids attention, and they loved the lift-the-flap format of the book. Prayer is also emphasized, especially with how we can ask Christ for forgiveness.

I enjoyed reading this book with my children. My son knows some of the sentences of this book by memory! I pray that they will learn to speak the truth in love.

I received a media copy of What Are Mouths For? Board Book and this is my honest review.

Sept. 26, 2023

“Great for young minds”

My girls and I love this book. I love that it’s simple and it talks about why God made our mouths, even what God did not make our mouths to do. For children just starting school, I think this is so helpful as they can potentially be put in situations where they may be tempted to say the wrong thing. I think this book also helps encourages little hearts to be a light in the darkness. And of course I love love love that Jesus in included in this book.

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