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As a Christian parent, my deepest desire is for my kids to know God. One way they can do that is 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 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.
What 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
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.
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.
Best bibles for kids
The Jesus storybook bible
This is one of my favorite bibles for kids. 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 in, the author links events to Christ and gives the big picture. It’s not just a kids bible, it’s good for everyone.
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 this 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 of the images I saw.
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This is the type of bible 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. This 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.
The Children’s Daily Devotional Bible
This was the first bible I found for the kids and I fell in love with it right away. 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 this Bible:
Every night before bed I get this book out 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 if 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.
What bible do you us to read to your kids??