Songs for Saplings

songs for saplings

Have you heard about Songs for Saplings? I love them! According to their own mission statement, the goal of their music is  to help children “understand who God is and what He has done, as well as what He wants [them] to do and to be.” The album pictured above is something that have started listening to with my kids each morning during breakfast. It has been a great way to make scripture learning fun! We listen to one or two songs each morning and sing them together and talk about what they mean. Each song is a different verse, complete with the scripture address, that is put to music. They are all very short and easy to learn. It is so cute to hear my little guys walking around the house singing scripture during the day! They have other albums in a series called “Questions with Answers” that are perhaps even better for older kids.

Also, you can download the chords and lyrics for free on their website. They are also very missions minded and have some current work going on in Africa and are having some of their music translated into Chichewa, Malawi’s native language.

Here are some links:

Songs for Saplings Homepage

Amazon MP3 download ($8.99 for the album pictured above)

**Thank you to everyone who has been sharing their prayer requests in the comments of the previous post. I’ve been praying for you, as have many others! If anyone else would like to share a prayer request, please continue to leave your requests either in the comments of this post or the previous one.


5 Responses to “Songs for Saplings”

  1. 1 Stephanie (in Chile) September 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this resource. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2 James Dirksen September 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Ashley, thanks for the mention on your blog. I have two things to share with you.

    First, regarding the work in Malawi, the translation of Songs for Sapling’s “Questions with Answers, Volume 1: God and Creation” was finished this Summer. A team from Intown Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon then traveled to Lilongwe, Malawi in July and August and recorded local singers from Lilongwe singing the Chichewa versions of the songs. Currently students from African Bible College are teaching the Chichewa version songs at local churches, orphanages, and primary schools! Theological based music for children is greatly lacking in Malawi, and the local churches there are delighted to have this new translation.

    Second, our CDs are available for $2 each plus shipping to missionary families (on the field or on furlough). Please tell people to send and email to for more details.

    Thanks again! James Dirksen, Songs for Saplings

  3. 3 Ashley L September 10, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Wow, thank you so much for visiting and sharing the helpful information, James! That is so exciting to hear that the translation is already done and in use. I guess I am a bit behind the times. Also, thanks for the heads up on the great deal for missionaries. I know that the readers here will appreciate that and I’ll tell the other missionary families that I know. Thanks! We are so grateful for your work and ministry!

  4. 4 Jami Gustafson September 11, 2009 at 6:38 am

    I just went on Amazon and listened to little clips of “Songs for Saplings”. What a great CD. I love it!! Memorizing scripture through songs is wonderful. Another great resource for learning verses through songs is “Hide ‘Em In Your Heart” (2 volumes) by Steve Green. Our family really likes these, too.

  5. 5 James Dirksen December 9, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Hi Ashley,

    Just wanted to thank you again for writing about Songs for Saplings on your blog and let you know that we are offering all of our CDs for 25% off the regular price in time for Christmas. If you think this would be of interest to your readers, please let them know.

    Details are at

    Thanks again for spreading the word about or ministry, and Merry Christmas!


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