Best Bibles for Children

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As a Christian parent, I want to teach my children about the bible. One of the best ways to do that is to get Bibles for my children and read it to them. There are many Bibles out there and it’s hard to narrow down the best ones to use. To help you in this process, I share 4 of the best bibles for children, what I look for in a bible and how I use them in my home.

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One of my deepest desire is for my kids to know God. One way they can do that is by reading the bible.

I try to read the bible to my kids once a day. It doesn’t always happen, and it’s not always in the bible. Sometimes it’s bible stories and other days we send our kids straight to bed.

When I do read to my kids from the bible, I like to use a children’s bible.

2 things I look for in a bible

In my search for a bible, I can read to my kids I have read many. What I have discovered is that not all Bibles are created equal.

Some children’s “bibles” only have a few words per page while others skip major stories in the bible.

To qualify for this list, each Bible has to meet a certain standard. These are the x things I look for in a bible

1. Easy to read

I grew up in an age where to be a “good Christian” you had to read the new King James Version of the Bible. Thankfully, I have evolved from that belief and think that there are many Godly versions of the bible.

When I search for a bible for the kids I look for versions that are easier for them to understand. They are too young to understand certain words and I want them to be able to relate to the Bible and enjoy reading it. The best way to do that is by choosing a bible that they can understand.

2. Includes the crucifixion

While I was hunting for a good bible I was surprised by how many of the kid’s versions excluded the crucifixion. I know that it’s a graphic story, but without the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, the rest of the bible is useless.

There are ways to tell the crucifixion story in a way that kids can understand. I want my kids to know from an early age what God has done for them.

I don’t have a long list of requirements for a good bible for kids. Even having those 2 things, it’s not always easy to find a good bible for kids. With these 2 things in mind, here is my list of the best bibles for kids.

4 of the Best bibles for Children

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1. The Jesus storybook bible

5 hand drawn pictures that depict different stories in the bible. They are all in a strip and above are the words: The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible is one of my favourite bibles for children. It’s easy to read, has beautiful art, and includes the crucifixion.

This bible is more than that. The author has made the Bible into a story and tells each part in connection with each other and in anticipation of Jesus. She makes sure to link every story to Christ.

Even as an adult I appreciate this because it’s sometimes hard t read an Old Testament story and know why it matters or how it relates to everything. This book does just that. From the creation story to the end of the book, the author links events to Christ and gives the big picture. It’s not just a kid’s bible, it’s good for everyone.

2. The Action Bible

5 different comic stripes that depict bible stories. One is of Samson pushing the walls down. There are words that say: The Action Bible

Not every child likes to sit down and read words. The idea of reading can be intimidating and hard. That’s what I love about The Action Bible. You can be a non-reader to enjoy this one.

The pictures are awesome and it’s easy to understand what is going on by looking at the pictures.

The bible covers all major stories and is very engaging for all readers. I read something similar as a child and still remember some images I saw.

3. NIRV Bible

A green book with an outline of a lizard and leaves. At the side of the lizard are words that say: Adventure Bible

This NIRV Bible is the one I get for each of my kids when they turn 5. At 5 years old, they start the AWANA program at church and need a bible.

This is a great first bible. It’s the entire book in a format that is easy to read and very engaging. Inside, there are pictures, highlight verses, maps, and key passages highlighted. The NIRV bible also defines words and so much more.

Not only that but there are a variety of covers you can pick from. There are pink ones and blue ones and so on. I just picked green because of the cover. If you are looking for a complete Bible for your children, I highly encourage you to pick this one.

4. The Children’s Daily Devotional Bible

A drawing of Jesus accepting a basket full of loaves and fish from a small boy. Above the drawing are words that say: The Children's Daily Devotional Bible

The Children’s Daily Devotional Bible was the first bible I found for the kids and I fell in love with it right away. It is one of the best bibles for children that I have found.

The authors have chosen most of the bible stories and split the Bible into daily chunks. This bible is perfect if you want to read a portion of the Bible every day but don’t know how to split it up.

Not only that, but the bible also includes pray started and memory verses.

How I use these Bibles for Children:

Every night before bed I get one of these bibles for children and read it to the kids. I start at the start of the bible. We read the portion of the day and then we talk about the story. We then use the prayer started to pray together and then read the memory verse.

You can do this as a family or teach your children to do this on their own.

The version used is the Contemporary English Version. It’s easy to understand and a great start for kids to get into.

I have used each of these Bibles at different times. I sometimes read from one for a week and move on to the other. God’s word is living and reading the bible to our children is a great way to teach our children about it.

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In the comments below, share with me what bible you use to read to your kids.

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Author: Anne Markey

Anne is a stay at home mother of 3 who has been married for more then 10 years. She loves the Lord and is passionate about helping women learn who they are in Christ and how to live a life that glorifies Him.

8 thoughts on “Best Bibles for Children”

  1. The Jesus Storybook Bible is my favorite. Have you read The Story of God’s Love for you? It is a great “adult” version.

  2. Love these! I remember several from when I was growing up and they definitely helped inspire my love for the Bible! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Yes!! The daily devotional is just what I’ve been looking for! I’m wanting to start our day with a kid friendly devotional.. and this looks perfect! If I order today, it should be here just in time for the new year! Thanks for sharing these!

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