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Which Bible is right for my child? I’m setting a pretty lofty goal with this title, and truly, I can’t tell you what Bible is right for your child. But what I can do is share some honest reviews of several different Bibles for kids of varying ages. To help me with that some of my blogger friends are sharing their opinions too.
One Bible might not have everything your child needs, and that’s okay. Think about it, do you use one Bible for all of your own needs? Personally, I have FIVE different Bibles that I use, and that doesn’t include devotionals. My girls have four right now and we’ll be adding more soon. I’m actually pretty excited about a couple of the books my friends shared with me and I’ll be ordering them soon.
Which Bible is Right for my Child?
Things to consider about each Bible:
- Age of your child
- Reading level
- How do you want the Bible used?
- Is this to be a daily devotional Bible? If so, is it for independent study or family devotional?
- A church/Sunday school Bible?
- Story time?
- Do you want a full Genesis to Revelations text?
- Hard back or soft back?
- Would you like the options of having the Bible on CD’s or DVD’s?
- Pictures, some pictures, or no pictures?
These are the questions I considered and I think they will be helpful for you to consider as you read over the different Bibles and decide on a Bible that is right for your child.
My First Read and Learn Favorite Bible Verses – designed to help parents share Bible truths with young children. It includes symbols for easy recognition: a globe for creation, the sun for morning, folded hands for prayer, a heart for virtues, a smiling kid for friends, a church for worship, a rainbow for hope for the future, a star for evenings, and lighting for safety.
Recommended ages: 0-4 babies to toddlers.
What we liked: I enjoyed that the book has the symbols to help locate verses related to what we need. The colorful pictures tie in well with the verses. I love that the book is a board book, making it super sturdy. We actually have two My First Read and Learn Favorite Bible Verses books. My mother in law gave both of the girls a copy. It was the first Bible for each of them, and both copies show a lot of love and wear.
What we disliked: Nothing but it is worth noting that My First Read and Learn Favorite Bible Verses is not a complete Bible, which is okay for babies and toddlers.
Best uses: Reading to babies and toddlers, independent “reading” looking at the pictures, finding verses to memorize.
Beginner’s Bible – A great way to introduce children to the stories and characters of the Bible. The book has bright, colorful pictures and over 90 Bible stories. There is also a book, CD, and DVD version that I’m looking at getting the girls.
Recommended ages: Perfect for kids 6 and under.
What we liked: “It [The Beginner’s Bible] came with a CD that we put on an iPod in [my daughters’] room, which has led to her falling asleep listening to her Bible or turning it on while she is playing in her room, which has just been amazing. She knows the Bible so well thanks to that CD and the stories are just right for little ones.” Jen from Heaven not Harvard
What we disliked: Nothing but it is worth noting that The Beginner’s Bible is not a complete Bible
Best uses: Storytime with young kids, bedtime stories
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories – Stories from the Old Testament and the New Testament are brought to life by simple text and detailed pictures.
Recommended ages: 3-8
What we liked: This is the children’s Bible I grew up reading and we still use my 1985 copy. I like that the Children’s Bible is broken down into 365 stories and the text is more story like and not just verses. Each story also includes the book of the Bible it is referencing allowing you to read the story then go to your Bible and read the verses the story covered.
What we disliked: The Children’s Bible in 365 stories is not a complete Bible, some of the pictures (from my 1980s version anyway) are a little creepy.
Best uses: Story time with young kids, bedtime stories, daily devotional, family devotional time
Recommended ages: 4-8 anyone really, even adults will learn something
What we liked: “I love how each story in this children’s Bible points toward our redemption and the coming of salvation- Jesus. The illustrations are different but beautiful and my boys love that we sometimes have to turn the Bible sideways to read.” Rebekah from Surviving Toddlerhood
What we disliked: Nothing but it is worth noting that The Jesus Storybook Bible is not a complete Bible.
Best uses: Story time with young kids, bedtime stories, daily devotional, independent reading
Read n Grow Picture Bible – Simplified but true to the Bible text told with cartoon format pictures.
Recommended ages: 0-12, or anyone really.
What we liked: This is the picture Bible my husband grew up reading. He had such strong memories of it that he tracked it down a copy on Amazon. It’s out of print, but there are still some copies available. The text is simple with two to four sentences per picture. Each section includes the Book, chapter, and verses covered in the story. Every story is told with 12 pictures.
What we disliked: Nothing but it is worth noting that the Read n Grow Picture Bible is not a complete Bible.
Best uses: family devotional time, story time with young kids, bedtime stories
NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers – A full Genesis to Revelations Bible that takes you on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word. Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly, you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God.
Recommended ages: 6-10 years
What we liked: “Since my oldest is wanting to read on his own more and more, we are currently enjoying the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers. There are many little sections that go over the people of the Bible, the events and many timelines to help early readers stay interested. I wish we had gotten this one in a hardcover, as it is quickly showing the wear of a grade school boy! Currently, my son is using this particular Bible on Sundays at church – I give him a post it with four or five common words (Lord, love, Jesus…) and a highlighting Bible marker. After we decide on a book in the Bible, he goes through and highlights, or circles each word. It’s been fun to see which books he slows down to really read in the process.” Marissa from Reading List
What we disliked: Nothing, it’s a complete Genesis to Revelations Bible.
Best uses: Independent studying, daily devotional, taking to Sunday school and church services
Usborne Illustrated Children’s Bible – text is suitable for reading aloud to young children or for independent reading by older children. Includes a comprehensive ‘Who’s who in the Bible’ for helping children remember the characters and stories and also has two maps of the areas discussed in the Bible.
Recommended ages: 4 years and up
What we liked: Beautiful illustrations tie into the stories well. Over 50 stories from the Old Testament and New Testament.
What we disliked: Nothing but it is worth noting that the Usborne Illustrated Children’s Bible is not a complete Bible.
Best uses: story time with young kids, bedtime stories, independent reading, family devotional time
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): I did receive a sample of The Under the Sea Holy Bible in exchange for this review and post.
The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV – A full Genesis to Revelations Bible. Themes of underwater fun and sparkling fish grace the interior of this wonderful children’s Bible. The outside is covered in foil and sparkle. The interior has color inserts featuring whimsical underwater scenes with themes of God’s care and love for each of us and all of creation.
Recommended ages: 6-10
What we liked: I liked that the Bible includes the full text from Genesis to Revelations. The cover is a strong and sturdy hardcover plus it is adorable. The Bible does include 8 colorful, fish themed additional pages. Those pages are the presentation page, books of the Bible, five fingered prayer, the Lord’s prayer, ten commandments for kids, love passage for kids, famous children of the bible, the ABC’s of becoming a Christian.
What we disliked: The print is too small for a child to read. The pages are thin and flimsy, you can see both sides of the text on them. The book included no maps. While I like the fish themed pages, they are haphazardly thrown in with no thought given as to where they were placed. It would have made more sense to have one page at the beginning of each book with highlights, themes, characters, important lessons, or even questions.
Best uses: Independent studying, daily devotional, taking to Sunday school and church services
Which Bible(s) do you use with your kids? Perhaps I forgot to include your child’s favorite. If so, let me know by contacting me here or by leaving a comment below! I’d love to add your review to my list!
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