I thought it would be fun to share our top picks for kids’ Bible resources, and I thought it would be really fun to hear about yours! I asked each of our kids their favorites, and I’ve thrown Mom’s and Dad’s in, too!
In no particular order…
These books were top picks from Mom, Dad, and Mary Sorrels (5). They have been well-loved at our house for years. The pictures are bold and bright and big! The text is short and simple for even the youngest listeners. We’ve read them so many times, I probably have them memorized!
2. Leven’s (9) favorite: Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Timelines
Leven loves details, comparing and contrasting, charts, and lists. He spends a lot of time studying the information and pictures in this book!
3. Catherine’s (8) top pick: The Children’s Illustrated Bible
I remember getting this Bible when the big kids were little. They spent hours (I’m not kidding!) looking at the pictures. I think it must have been the first children’s Bible we purchased with realistic illustrations. It is still getting looked at for hours. 😉
4. Jack’s (5) favorite Bible: The Jubilee Illustrated Family Bible
I think this book is Jack’s favorite because of the illustrations. This is the book in which he saw a picture depicting the tragic story of John the Baptist’s death and saw his head on a plate. He was shocked to actually see it. He spends a lot of time looking at this book!
5. Mom’s favorite story Bible: The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine F. Voss
This book has almost no illustrations. The stories are perfect for reading aloud. There is so much detail that my kids make “mind movies” while I read. “Just as soon as he came to the bottom of the mountain, he took the golden calf and broke it in pieces. Even that was not enough. He put the pieces in a mill and ground them into a fine powder. He threw the powder into some water, and made the people drink it.” I think that’s a pretty good mind movie, don’t you?
6. We all love Buck Denver Asks… What’s In the Bible? .
No joke. All of us. Adults included. My kids have learned SO MUCH from these videos (and I actually wish I could the take credit for teaching them!). 😉 There were a few things in some of the videos that were a little too silly or a bit irreverent, but we talked about them and continue to watch and learn!
7. ICB Version
Thanks to a GREAT suggestion from our friends at wingedwisdom our 3rd graders have Bibles that they can easily read and understand! We purchased International Children’s Bibles for our big kids. These Bibles are written on an elementary reading level and do not have pictures or stories. They really are a translation for children. And that’s just what we need because we’ve accepted our pastor’s challenge to read through the Bible in a year with our church!
This book has a chapter by chapter break down of each book of the Bible! It has been great for the older kids (and me, too!) There are also “Connecting _______ (any book of the Bible) With Jesus” sections and time lines for each book, as well.
Well, you can just look at our copy and tell that we’ve used it a lot! 🙂
10. Our last favorite Bible resource for kids is an electronic Bible. 🙂
This link isn’t the exact the one we have, but we gave our oldest a similar one for his birthday a couple of years ago. He loves looking for verses with certain words, seeing how many times certain words appear, and really just playing around. I guess this is a kid’s version of my smart phone app! 😉
You may also remember that we enjoy Journey Through the Bible and Glo! You can read a little about those here.
Moms, what are your families’ favorites? I’d love to check them out!
Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD!