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. We don’t want to give up reading the Bible or telling the stories within, but what is the best children’s Bible?
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.
Bibles for Preschoolers
The Jesus Storybook Bible is arguably the best children’s bible. It’s very narrative and makes a good Bible for preschool. Every story points back to Jesus. If you choose to, you can read over advent starting December 1st. 24 stories will lead you up to the Christmas story on December 25th.
God Made All Of Me is a great book celebrating God as creator and our bodies as special. 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 kids 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. I’ve also come across several of the books below for a great price (less than $5) at Ross.
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
Here are some great books for reading the Bible to young kids – they are parable based.
Parables Jesus Told – also separated into 5 smaller books as Read Aloud Bible Stories
Once your kids start elementary school, there is an organization called Moms In Prayer that I’d recommend joining or starting at your local school. They go through this book praying over kids, teachers, and school weekly throughout the school year. Of course it’s a great read / prayer book anytime.
You can also download prayer sheets from their website.
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