Mateo’s Choice (Digital PDF)

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Mateo’s Choice: Basic Discipleship for Kids


Follow Mateo as he makes one of the most important choices of his life. Mateo is trying to decide if he wants to follow Jesus. And once he chooses…what happens?


What is Mateo’s Choice?

This kid-friendly witnessing tool is a great resource to have when kids are ready to respond to the gospel. With beautiful illustrations combined with scripture, this salvation book is perfect for children ages 5 to 8. It can be used anywhere the gospel is taught.

Mateo’s Choice models how to respond to the gospel and the steps to grow in Christ.

What makes Mateo’s Choice unique?


Vocabulary Boxes

When learning about following Jesus, sometimes there is confusing “churchy” language. These vocabulary boxes help to define these terms so children can better understand the concepts.

Beautiful Visuals

Illustrations have the power to explain meaning when words can’t. Mateo’s Choice is filled with visuals that explain a Christ-like faith.

Scripture Memory Chart

Foundational scripture is scattered throughout Mateo’s Choice. In the back of the book is a chart that will help parents and children keep track of the verses they have chosen to memorize.

Wordless Book Images

On each page, the Wordless Book is shown. As Mateo’s progresses through choosing salvation and the Christian life, the images reflect his progress.


Perfect for Children’s Ministry outreach, baptism gifts, Sunday School prizes, and more!

Always have a few on your shelf.

You never know when a child will decide to follow Jesus.


What are people saying?

“Anne Marie has written an incredible discipleship book for children. This book needs to be in the hands of parents and church leaders everywhere! I believe God is going to use it in incredible ways!” ~ Ryan Frank, CEO/Publisher at KidzMatter

“It is very easy to read, to understand and the flow is great. I think from the highest educated children’s ministry director to the new Christian parent…this will be a valuable resource. I think that it would not only enhance any children’s ministry but it is also an incredibly useful tool for empowering parents to help disciple their kids. Good job!!” ~ Stephanie Powell, Children’s Minister

14 reviews for Mateo’s Choice (Digital PDF)

  1. Trish Weeks

    I love the format of this book! It does such a good job of explaining words and concepts in an easy way. This is a great discipleship tool.

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    Jodi Williams

    I was extremely impressed with Mateo’s Choice and can’t wait to share it with my daughters. The illustrations are eye-catching and draw you into Mateo’s story. I love that children will easily be able to relate to the storyline and see Mateo’s thought process as he travels the path to salvation. I love the questions that are provided to help parents engage and interact with their children. This is definitely a powerful resource for parents and anyone working with children!

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    Jen Kline

    I am so excited to have this resource for discipling kids, my own and ones I teach! I am looking forward to sharing this book with my three-year-old as he is asking lots of questions about putting his trust in Jesus! Anne Marie has put together a Biblically-based, easy to use, and a wonderful tool for discipling kids as they consider what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. I am already imagining how many ways I can use this book in ministry!

  4. Stephanie Jackson

    Another great resource from Anne Marie Gosnell! Mateo’s Choice does an excellent job of answering the question of what does it mean to choose Jesus as Lord as we follow along with Mateo on the journey to answer this question, we discover what it means to be a child of the King. With beautiful -Christ centered illustrations this book explains Basic Discipleship for Children.

  5. Angela

    Mateo’s Choice is a wonderful discipleship resource. This book is written exclusively for children ages 5-8 years of age and that is what makes this book so unique. It contains simple yet direct text and colorful engaging illustrations that have been crafted to capture a child’s wonder and imagination. The author and illustrator also extended and deepened the opportunities for discussion by including above each illustration a row of blocks that utilize the color system of the CEF’s Wordless Book. This thoughtful detail provides another view of the steps in the process of Mateo’s Choice to follow Christ and His teachings. This sweet book would be a valuable addition to any and every Primary Sunday School Class. It would also be a wonderful resource for any Children’s Ministry to bless their Parents whose children are just starting school. This book would be a great tool for parents to have to help equip them to disciple their children. This would also be a great tool to take on both foreign and domestic Mission Trips. I purchased a copy of Mateo’s Choice for my home and for my church. I highly recommend this sweet book!

  6. Jacquelyn Lopez

    Amazing! This book truly surprised me because when you get it you think it’s just going to be something for the kiddos but no way! This is something for the whole family. This is something that can be used at church or to hand out. I love this book and can’t wait to share it with others! It’s so simple to understand but so heartfelt and it’s all backed up with biblical truth which is most important. It’s a must have!

  7. Brinda

    We just got our book and we love it. My older two children are older but really enjoy our time together reading and talking about Mateo’s Choice.

  8. Nikki Steiner

    Ms. Gosnell has done an great job at explaining what it means to be a Christian in a fun, easy to understand way for children complete with wordless images,memory verses, and a glossary for the young readers. It also allows you to be able to fit it to your specific denominations rituals and practices.

  9. Teresa Christian

    Today I read Mateo’s Choice and i feel it is an excellent faith based children’s book.
    I absolutely love what I read. It is a great children’s book in my opinion. It is direct, to the point about what Jesus wants us to do and how to be saved, about baptism, about forgiving others and so much more than I even imagined it would have in it. It seems to me it is easy to read and easy to be understood for all ages who can read or have it read to them. I love this book and that it has scripture references to each part of the story as well as other helpful information at the end of the book. This book I believe would be excellent for Sunday school classes and children’s camps, etc as well. I would highly recommend this book to parents, churches counselors, etc for them to give to children, classes and groups.
    You will not be disappointed if you order this for your children or your church.
    Great work Anne!!

  10. Becky Villareal

    This book is right on target for children who have been raised in the church and exposed to many of these concepts beforehand. As a great resource for a parent, Sunday school teacher, and children’s minister, it can be broken up and used for a single concept per class period or sermon.

  11. T.W. Allgaier

    I was not familiar with the “wordless” concept, but was delighted to see it utilized in this marvelous children’s book. Appropriate for ages 5-8, I think that it would be a great read for anyone who might be confused about what it means to follow Christ. The illustrations were perfect. A book that I would be happy to share with any little ones in my life.

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    Karyn Ashley-Smith

    This book is a total home run for children with questions about what it means to follow Christ. I like that it is stressed to make sure the child understands what they are doing. I love that the bulk of the book is on the “how-to”, that terms are defined and that each step is backed by solid scripture. What an invaluable tool to be placed in parents and children’s hands. The questions at the end (for parents) will be helpful in ensuring the child understands the decision they are making.

    I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book will be a great addition to your tool box for leading children to Christ.

  13. Rick Lenski

    What a great job to those who aren’t sure how to lead their child to the Lord. New parents and new Christians have been given a great tool.

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    Denise Esterman

    By writing and publishing « Mateo’s Choice », Anne Marie Gosnell has provided a resource for young children that many parents and children’s ministry leaders have been searching for. This book clearly explains to kids what it means to make a commitment to be a follower of Jesus and how to live as a Christian. There are so many great features in this book: beautiful illustrations; simple explanations that kids can understand; great advice for parents or kidmin workers who can guide the youngsters through the teaching…and many other features. As someone who has used the “Wordless Book” to share the Gospel with children over many years, I was delighted to discover that Anne Marie has used the same model in the format of her book – brilliant! I would recommend this resource to all those who share the Gospel with young children in many different contexts – it will be a great help to you.
    I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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