I get asked a LOT about our favorite Bibles for kids. While we’re not really Bible connoisseurs, we stick with what we like, and we LOVE these:
For babies, toddlers, and even new preschoolers, we use The Beginner’s Bible. We love these because they have colorful pictures, only a couple sentences on each page (keeps the kids’ attention), and it includes a LOT of stories. The only bad part about this Bible is that the cover falls off easily. We have 3 copies and all of them have lost their covers. I noticed that my friends’ copies of these ALSO have lost their covers, so it’s not just us :).
As the kids get a little older and are ready for a bit more, we’ve used My First Hands-On Bible. It looks more like a “grown-up” Bible at first glance, but it’s not there yet. There are more Bible stories, they’re a bit longer, but it’s still very preschooler-early elementary friendly. As you read, there are activities for the kids to do (clap your hands, make a motion, say something) to help them stay engaged, and then at the end there are questions, an activity suggestion, and a prayer.
When the kids hit kindergarten or so, they start to enjoy the more flowery language of The Jesus Storybook Bible. Hands down one of the best Bibles out there for telling the story of Scripture, this Bible is beautiful, well-written, and adults will love is as much as the kids.
Finally, somewhere around 2nd grade, we’re giving the kids their own first “grown up” Bible. For Asante we’ve chosen the Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV. The reading level is very appropriate. It comes with some inserts about who wrote what book, “Did you Know?” sections, activity ideas, as well as some full-color maps.
For Aly, I’ve been looking at the NIrV Study Bible for Kids. This Bible is a new one from Zondervan, and it includes introductions to each book, a section called “Brain Game” (where kids are asked a couple questions about that portion of Scripture), “Check it out!” (a section that gives a peek into more of the context of selected passages), as well as a “Soak it Up” section that highlights verses they could memorize.
Also included are some full-page inserts that illustrate various stories. The pictures are in muted colors and look a bit more “serious” than I’ would expect from a kids Bible, but other than that, it looks like she’ll enjoy it!
While I can confidently and whole-heartedly recommend the Bibles for ages 0-early elementary, we’re still figuring out which “grown-up” Bible fits our kids the best!
What are your favorite Bibles for kids in the various ages and stages?
Note: I received the NIrV Study Bible for kids from Booklook Bloggers. All opinions are my own!