As a Christian parent, I can read books all day to my kids, but if I’m failing to read God’s word to them, what good am I really doing? I know I need this reminder to read our children’s Bibles with my kids even when our days get busy.
But with all of the children’s Bibles out there, sometimes finding a good one can seem overwhelming. So, here’s a list of five of our all-time favorite children’s Bibles (and a few more resources if you stick around till the end).
Five Favorite Children’s Bibles
1. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones–
If you don’t own a copy of this Bible, just stop what you are doing and order one now. Seriously. This is my all-time favorite children’s Bible. The stories are beautifully and skillfully told. And just like the name implies, every story points to Jesus. Even the Old Testament stories point to the promise of and need for a Savior. And instead of just telling each individual story, they are woven together so your child will see the Bible as one whole story, the story of God’s unfailing love for mankind.
2. The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm–
Like the Jesus Storybook Bible, The Big Picture Story Bible weaves God’s word into one big story about our sin, God’s love, and the need for a Savior. Unlike the Jesus Storybook Bible, this book is easily understood by younger kids with shorter attention spans. The stories are told simply with lots of pictures on each page. Kids as young as 3-4 could begin to understand this Bible.
What I love about The Early Reader’s Bible is that your child can read it on their own as soon as they are in Level 2-3 readers. Imagine your child receiving their first Bible they can read by themselves! The Early Reader’s Bible also contains little devotional sections at the end of each chapter to engage your child with what they have read.
4. The Rhyme Bible by
If you read the Bible frequently with your child, sometimes it’s good to change things up. The Rhyme Bible will do just that! Hearing a Bible story in verse will help your child view it from a different angle. And, actually, much of the Old Testament was originally written in poetry. Even though it’s written in rhyme, don’t be fooled: this is a serious children’s Bible that takes care to be accurate in its details.
5. The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung–
If you are looking for a biblical overview with stunning illustrations, this is it. It’s shorter than the other overview Bibles, and though it’s broken into chapters, you could easily read it aloud in a single sitting. Did I mention the illustrations are amazing and really add to the text?
I’m on a roll, so let me tell you about a few bonus Bible resources to use with kids.
1. Free Audio Bible Stories–-Wouldn’t you love to have a grandmother come tell your children engaging, thought-provoking Bible stories? Here’s the next best thing. Your kids will love these beautifully told Bible stories. Did I mention you can download them for free? Click here to learn more.
2. What’s in the Bible was made by Veggie Tales’ creator Phil Vischer. It is a 13 DVD course in what the Bible is all about. And it’s hysterically funny. But, seriously, it goes deep: I even learned a few things from it. And laughed a lot. These are great to watch as a family. You can purchase individual DVDs of this series or subscribe to Jelly Telly for access to the whole series and much more.
3. Child Training Bible is a product created by my good friend, Mindy Dunn. She has a passion for training kids with scripture and has developed this amazing resource. Check out her site for more info.
What is your favorite children’s Bible or resource?
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