Today I have quick post for you! I have been wanting to share some of our favorite story Bibles for quite awhile now, but sometimes it takes me a long time to get around to things.
In our home it is important that our children are exposed to the truth and beauty of the Bible from an early age. One of the ways I have done this is to have a variety of story and picture Bibles throughout the house that we can read from every day.
Before I go any farther I want to just say that these recommendations are not meant to replace reading to your children from the full Bible! The full Bible is God’s very Word. I read out of the King James Version to my children and it would surprise you how much they understand and enjoy it! However sometimes it is nice to read a simpler version, something that tells how all the Bible stories point to Jesus or something with beautiful pictures that will ignite a child’s imagination.
There are a few things I look for in a children’s story Bible. First of all I want them to be Biblically sound and accurate. Secondly I want well written text and lovely illustrations. Lastly I look for something for various ages, from the baby to the 10 year old.
Now on to the Bible storybooks we love!
The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine F. Vos
This first one is probably my overall favorite story Bible! The text is well written and literary, not dumbed down and yet easy to understand for children. This one covers the widest range of Bible Stories and is definitely more in depth than any of the others on this list. The only drawback of this one is the lack of many pictures, however the few pictures are very nice. I am currently reading this one aloud at breakfast to my 10, 7, and 5 year old children.
The New Bible In Pictures for Little Eyes by Kenneth N. Taylor
This little Bible is full of short and simple stories accompanied by pleasant illustrations. I bought this picture Bible for my daughter when she was about 3 to be her own Bible. It is the right length to keep her engaged and interested.
The Jesus Storybook Bible By Sally Loyd-Jones
We all love this story Bible! The stories are captivating and lyrical while the illustrations are vibrant and colorful. This one has been my son’s own Bible since he was 3 or 4. My favorite aspect of this one is the way each story points to Jesus as the Savior. The main drawback of this one is that relatively few of the major Bible stories are covered. I commonly read out of this one or the one above when one or more of the children wake up and join me in the morning during my own Bible reading time.
The Biggest Story by Don Clark
This one is a little bit different from the others as it does not go through individual Bible stories, but rather is a big overview of the whole Bible as one story. This book also points everything to Jesus which I appreciate. It is set up like a short chapter book, with ten chapters. Also the illustrations are simply gorgeous!
The Biggest Story ABC
When I bought The Biggest Story above I also bought this one. I had been looking for a board book for the baby for awhile. One that she could play with and look at herself. This was just what I was looking for. With beautiful illustrations and an alphabetical overview of the story of the whole Bible. The baby(who is now nearly 2)loves it and calls it “mah Bahble”.
I hope you have enjoyed this list and discovered a few suggestions for Bible time with your children. Leave a comment with your own favorites! I love discovering new books!