And Other Resources to Grow Your Children’s Faith
As Christian parents, it’s part of our biblical calling to teach our children the Bible. But jumping right in can be challenging, unless we have an age-appropriate translation. So what is the best children’s Bible?
Some Bible Stories Aren’t for Preschoolers
I’m part of a Tuesday moms group where a few moms had shared that they were unsure about getting into gruesome details of the Bible (murder and adultery) with young children. One six year old had asked, seemingly randomly, “How do you gouge someone’s eyes out?” When asked where she had heard of such a thing, it was discovered that she had read about it in the story of Sampson and Delilah. Not the best for baby’s first Bible stories.
Yesterday we met and discussed how to teach and share the Bible with children in age appropriate ways. A lot of wisdom was in that room so I thought I’d share some of the thoughts and resources I learned about there, plus a few more. We didn’t come to a conclusion on just one best children’s Bible, but many options depending on age.
Personally I am a fan of teaching about Jesus first, hence all the Parenting In Christ books. Seeing and getting to know Christ in you will have profound effects on how they come to see and accept (or reject) the scriptures and lessons they learn, even into adulthood.
Below I’ve included some additional resources for parents to help them educate preschool and elementary school children about the Bible. You can guide your children through scripture – building them up in essential truths without also having to deal with subjects like gouging out eyes, adultery, murder, etc.
Best Bible for Preschoolers
The Jesus Storybook Bible is my pick as the best children’s bible. It’s narrative, full of pictures, and ideal for preschool to elementary aged kids. Every story points back to Jesus.
If you choose to, you can read one story a day over advent starting December 1st. And this will lead you up to the Christmas story on December 25th. For more ideas on children’s Bibles, Kingdom Bloggers has a great list of 10 bibles for babies and toddlers.
God Made All Of Me is a smart book celebrating God as creator and our bodies as His special creation. It does a great job explaining body boundaries. Do beware that there is heavier content within the book directed to parents, so I don’t leave it unattended for the better readers to explore on their own.
I’m a big fan of smaller board books for the littlest ones. I’ve included some books we have by Patricia A. Pingry and Sally Lloyd Jones.
Looking for a deal? I’ve also come across several of the books above for less than $5 at Ross.
Best Children’s Bible App
Children love screens. Sometimes it’s more appealing to them to connect with the Bible via an app. My two favorite apps are FREE!
Songs for Saplings by Dana Dirksen – catechizing through song on Spotify
Wee Sing Bible Songs 1 and 2 – scripture set to music on Spotify
Big Stories for Little Ones – available on Amazon (streaming free if you have Prime)
And Hidden In My Heart is the top rated audio CD for Scriptures set to music on Amazon
Best Children’s Bibles for Elementary Aged Kids
For early readers the International Children’s Bible and Easy to Read translations of the Bible will be the easiest for your children to digest. I happen to prefer the Easy to Read version. It’s what I used in my Bible study discussion guides: Growing In Christ: Lessons from the Parables for Kids and it’s companion guide Parenting in Christ: Lessons from the Parables.
Other Helpful Resoures
It’s been recommended to me to go through a catechism with my kids. It distills the foundations of faith. It’s on my to do list!
Another great way to build up your child’s Bible knowledge is through Parables Jesus Told – separated into 5 smaller books as Read Aloud Bible Stories
Seeds Family Worship – Scripture memorization palatable to most age groups on Spotify
Go Fish has some great Kid’s worship music – streams free on Amazon Prime.
Music Videos to Dance Along With – on youtube
Here’s Go Fish’s YouTube Channel.
Some favorites of my kids from VBS’s
Lifetree Kids is full of great stuff… Here’s their youtube channel
And some of our favorite CD’s / DVDs from them
Maker Fun Factory 2017
Cave Quest 2016
My Hope Is In The Lord is my personal favorite song
Some Final Thoughts on the Best Children’s Bible
As we teach our children the Bible, it’s important we discuss it with them and ask questions. No matter which version or story Bible you read, discussing the Word will help them process and personalize it.
Getting the best children’s Bible doesn’t guarantee your child will come to a full understanding of faith. Faith is meant to be built in loving community, with discipleship and prayer.
If you’d like a good book to help disciple your preteen or teen, check out my Bible study discussion guide,