We are reviewing children's Bibles this week! See our reviews for board Bibles and storybook Bibles.
*God Loves Me Bible (Link/photo for revised edition, though review is based on an earlier edition.) Written by Susan Elizabeth Beck, is a small Bible for younger children. Through 66 stories of the lives of people from the Bible, the God Loves Me Bible teaches children they are loved. There is no table of contents, but an index is included. Suggested ages are 2-4, though I think it may be best for the younger children on that spectrum. Each story is short with 4-7 sentences. Bible references are sited by chapter (such as Jeremiah 38). On page facing story is a picture, and below the illustration it says God loves who the story was about. Each is titled with someone's name (except Creation), and includes names such as The Shepard Boy David, The Prophet Elijah, and The Little Children. The stories are so short and simplified enough that I think this would be too simple for a four year old who has Bible experience. In my own experience, my 3 1/2 year old often asks questions related to the Bible, and this Bible would not be sufficient to answer her questions...and would probably create more since the stories are so short. However, it is a great way to start daily Bible reading with a child of about two years of age or to introduce the Bible to an older child!
Amazon price: (for revised edition which may be different than I described) $7.99, published by Zonderkidz
Outstanding feature: Its compact size and simple text. A good introductory Bible with many very simple stories.
*The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes by Kenneth N. Taylor ages 4-7 This Bible has many stories included in it. Each story is one lengthy paragraph and is followed by several questions and a short prayer. Unlike many children's Bibles, this has realistic drawings. The stories and questions often reference the drawings to draw the children in a bit more and help visual (or younger) learners. The stories are short, but include a good amount of detail. Each story ends with specific verse references included if you need to find more information. We actually used this Bible daily for about a year and a half (reading through it twice). We began when our daughter turned two years old. At that age, she didn't really understand all of it, but by the time she was 3 1/2 she did understand a significant amount, especially with the illustrations help. The suggested ages of 4-7 are probably quite appropriateA helpful ribbon bookmark is in gift edition.
Amazon price: $9.99 for regular edition, $16.49 for Gift Edition, published by Moody
Outstanding feature: Realistic pictures, great text, many stories, and several questions with each reading.
*Notes that these Bibles are part of our own collection and were not provided by a publisher for review. All opinions are my own.
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