I like to be able to compare different versions of the Bible when I am studying a passage of Scripture. What seems like a confusing section in one translation can often be totally opened up to me when I read it in a different one.
I find the same goes for children’s Bibles and in our house we have a variety of different children’s Bibles to help give our kids a clearer picture of what Christ has done for us.
Most children’s Bibles pick and choose which they think are the most important stories, which make sense, you don’t want to overwhelm them, and that’s why owning a couple of different children’s Bibles works well for us. If a story is missing from book we can look through a different one and we usually find even some of the more obscure stories in at least one of the Bibles.
With all this talk of Bibles for children I also think it is important for children to hear the passages straight from the Bible in whichever version you use as a family. This year we are following the Ambleside Online’s Bible selections for Year One with both Raeca and Ephraim. We read the passage from the ESV Bible on Monday and then every day for the rest of the week we try to read the same story from a different children’s Bible.
The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David—every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle—the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation—and at the center of their Story too.
The Bible is full of exciting stories that fill children with awe and wonder. But kids need to know how all those classic stories connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.
In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung—a best-selling author and father of six—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.
With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message—how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden—will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God’s promises are even bigger and better than we think.
Parents want their children to discover the value of God’s Word. My First Message is a one-of-a-kind Bible that transforms family devotions into interactive experiences. The great Message style offers a version of the Bible that is easy to read and understand. Children ages 4-8 are encouraged to learn to study the Bible through a “read, think, pray, and live” approach. Filled with lively illustrations and fun activities for parents and children, My First Message keeps in mind the short attention span of its readers and moves the stories along at a good pace.
The meaning of each story is brought out with a variety of both spot illustrations and larger pieces on every page. This also makes for a lively and engaging layout with plenty to encourage the young reader to turn the pages. Encyclopedic double-page features throughout the book bring to life the cultural context of the Bible and highlight the point and purpose of these ancient stories. Containing 51 stories, the text is simple and with just 150-200 words per double page spread and complete stories spans just 2-3 spreads each.