Two Excellent Children’s Bibles

A few years ago I remember going into a Christian bookstore with the goal of finding a good children’s Bible for my kids. I assumed this would be a simple task, but I was actually quite unimpressed by most of the kids’ Bibles out there and their lack of depth and ability to communicate meaningful Biblical truth over simply a collection of fun Bible-themed stories with colorful pictures. Thankfully that summer, some good friends of ours (Jami, who posts here, and her husband), gave us the first of two Bibles that I think are just excellent.

This story Bible is based on the theme of God’s promises and their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus tying all of the Bible together into one story, as it should be seen, rather than a series of isolated events. It is an excellent and simple picture of Biblical history and a great place for little ones to start forming solid theology in a fun and engaging way. It is artistic and truthful and doesn’t gloss over hard truths (like the true story of Noah’s Ark) but rather tells the true story on an appropriate  child’s level.

This story Bible is one that I have heard of for awhile but just finally received in the mail about a month ago.  I absolutely LOVE this kids’ Bible! Again, this Bible doesn’t simply tell isolated biblical stories, but rather ties each story together with the true unifying theme of the Bible, Jesus. It shows throughout the Old Testament how God was at work preparing the way for the Messiah, again communicating biblical history and theology with depth and meaning yet in an amazingly palatable and engaging way for young kids. My daughter begs to read this Bible over anything else on her bookshelf!

Do you have any other great Bible suggestions for kids? Do you have older kids who are past the ages of picture Bibles? What do you recommend for older kids? Please share!


7 Responses to “Two Excellent Children’s Bibles”

  1. 1 Shilo February 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    We LOVE the Jesus Story Book Bible at our house too!

  2. 2 Kelly February 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Ditto on the Jesus Story Bible- I just love the tagline: Every story whispers His name 🙂 LOVE!

  3. 3 Addie February 2, 2010 at 12:23 am

    The JSB is the best, and the illustrations are so beautiful. I’ll have to check out the other one too, thanks Ashley.

  4. 4 Jami Gustafson February 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    We just started going through the Big Picture Story Bible again this last week. Now that our daughter is two, she’s riveted by it and every day asks to read the “Bible”. So great! I’ll definitely be getting the JSB when we’re in the States next!!

  5. 5 Patty Sommer February 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    We LOVE the Big Picture Story Bible! Some friends of ours recommended it to us when we were last in the States. It makes the truths of Jesus Christ so clear! We’ll have to take a look at the other!

  6. 6 Phyllis February 4, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Those look good! We also like The Lamb. You can read the whole book and listen to it online, free:

  1. 1 Missionary Moms Trackback on October 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm

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