As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV
The Bible is meant for everyone, young and old. We are blessed to live in a time of abundance. There are lots of Bibles to choose from. Whether you are looking for a gift to make Christmas or Easter more meaningful, or just to add some pizazz to your regular Bible study, here is a list of some of our favorite, age-appropriate Bibles.
I give you a word of caution however. As you know, all kids are different and learn at various levels. Just because a Bible is listed for a certain age, doesn’t mean children of other ages can’t enjoy it and learn something from it. We often do our Bible study with all of our kids (ages 8, 5, and 2) at the same time. We just adjust the story to each one’s appropriate level as much as possible.
Babies and Toddlers
It’s never too early to start reading with your babies! The younger you read to a child, the more likely they are to develop a love of reading later in life. The visual stimulation is so good for those little minds too. I also believe, according to the verses above, that reading God’s word to a child always has a positive impact on them, no matter how little! When reading with toddlers, having them sit on your lap helps develop a bond between you. Even if they are snuggled up by your side, it is a special time that they can spend learning with you. At first, they may not be able to listen to even a page, but keep trying! Just hit the highlights and do what you can. Before you know it, your child will be bringing you books and saying, “Read!”
Large illustrations accompany just a few words so toddlers can pay attention for the entire page. In just a few pages, the entire story is revealed. I love that this one includes the story of Jesus and the Little Children.
This story is a super simple version of Jesus’ whole life. It starts with Christmas and goes through the Easter celebration. It also includes some of the miracles Jesus did during His ministry. It even talks about how Jesus is with us today. I have never heard this story so simply told in just a few pages!
Little ones of all pages love lift-the-flap books. I have a love hate relationship with them as they tend to get torn apart. Amazingly, this one is built sturdy. Even though we are on child number 3, all the flaps are still in place. The flaps really help the child interact with the short Bible story, perfect for young attention spans.
Preschoolers and kindergarteners are approaching their reading with a bit more knowledge and a slightly longer attention span. They are learning about text and ABCs. They can often tell the stories just by looking at the pictures. Bibles with wonderful illustrations and simple words are perfect for this age group.
This Bible is written with just a few sentences per page. Younger children will be able to pay attention and will enjoy the colorful illustrations. For those who are beginning to read, the text is written line by line and very readable.
This book of rebus stories will have your child reading the Bible along with you. Since some of the words are replaced with pictures, even the non-reader can join in. They will feel a sense of pride knowing that they helped tell the story. A moral is also discussed at the end of each story.
Each story is told in just 2 brief pages. A thought provoking question is at the end of each one. Although I love books, the DVDs that come with this Bible are really the best part. The clips are fast paced, but don’t miss the heart of the story.
Younger elementary students are ready to read and take on the world! They are able to go deeper with basic concepts. This is a perfect time to introduce them to the wonder of God. Bibles that capture the aw of God’s true nature and point to Jesus as the one true God are perfect for this age group. They help create a firm foundation before they reach an age of questioning that lies ahead.
The gorgeous illustrations would be alluring to anyone. At the end of each story, a discovery is pointed out. They also include a story verse straight from traditional scripture.
As with the other Bibles, the story and illustrations are wonderful, but this one adds something extra. A verse straight from the Bible is used. Then there is a little statement written as if Jesus is talking directly to the child. It uses the Bible story to show that God is trying to talk to us directly through the Bible.
Every story in the Bible ties back to Jesus. Sally Lloyd Jones has a unique perspective that helps even adults learn about the Bible in a new way. The end of the each story ties it to the whole Bible. This is a great Bible to use for Advent as well.
Upper elementary students are ready for a “real” Bible, but it never hurts to add a few cute pictures and charts to the mix. After all, Bible study doesn’t have to be boring. We definitely don’t want our kids to think it is!
With all the talk about STEAM (science-technology-engineering-art-math), this Bible fits right in. It’s a traditional Bible with coordinating art, puzzles, and science experiments built right in. We bought this one for my son, the budding scientist.
This comes in various covers for girls or boys. It is a traditional bible with a more grown-up version of the Adventure Storybook Bible illustrations mixed in. There are also helpful charts and lists mixed in.
These are NOT really a Bible, but these DEVOTIONS coordinate with the Bible to make sure your kids are getting a deeper look. Each week contains 5 daily devotions with an introduction and scripture, plus something to think about, talk about, and pray about.
No matter what you choose to use, I hope you are digging into the Bible with your little ones!
What children’s Bibles are your favorites?