Bibles for children are an amazing asset for parents and children. A Bible is a simple tool adults can use to teach valuable lessons and to discover the treasures of the Word of God with their kids! Most are affordable and all are beneficial. You can purchase a children’s bible or a Bible storybook. You know your child and what they like so I will present a variety of each type of Bible/Storybook for children along with some study helps for older kids and some things for Tweens and Teens. Bibles for children are a special gift because what they learn lasts for a lifetime.
What Is The Best Children’s Bible?
The answer to that depends upon your child, your beliefs, and your goals for them. If you’re purchasing a Bible, not a storybook, you’ll want to consider the translation you believe is best. For Bibles or storybooks, you’ll want to consider what’s being taught. For instance, some may focus more on stories about individuals while others focus on lessons about love and other characteristics.
You can research the various children’s bibles by going to the sites that publish them or to the seller’s sites. For instance, you can go to Amazon, search for children’s bibles, and read the information provided and read the reviews on the product. You can do the same at ChristianBook.com. Where I live, we don’t have a Christian Book Story so I have to rely on friend’s recommendations and what I find online when I’m purchasing a book. Another great source is a Sunday School teacher or the Children’s Ministry leader and other families at your church who have kids the same age as yours. The twelve Bibles/Storybooks and study guides presented here are some of the best.
Why Should You Purchase A Children’s BIble?
As you already know, kids are like sponges. They learn things from you and the people around them that you didn’t even realize they noticed. They’re also full of questions. Having their own Bible is a wonderful way for them to learn and discover answers for themselves. When they see you reading your Bible, they’ll be inspired to read or look at their own Bible. And, of course, you can start very early reading the stories of the Bible out loud to them.
Bibles for children are usually filled with pictures or illustrations to help children visualize what they’re hearing. When they read or hear about the parting of the Red Sea, a picture helps them understand what that means and comprehend the idea of God performing a miracle. And, pictures just make it more fun for you and your children since all of us learn and remember that way.
The Word of God contained in these bibles for children will serve as a guide and place of hope for the rest of their lives. The stories and characters will come back to bring them strength. They are never too young to learn about the love of God and Jesus.
Bibles for Children – Infants and Toddlers
1. Read Aloud Bible Stories
Read Aloud Bible Stories by Ella K. Lindvall comes in a set of 5 volumes or you can purchase them individually. “Bright illustrations and easily understandable text make each entry in this award-winning series a hit with toddler-age children. The action-packed accounts of Zaccheus, Jesus, “The Man Who Said Thank You,” and others prompt little ones to consider God’s love and care. Approx. 160 pages each, five hardcovers from Moody.
At the end of each narrative is a helpful page titled “What did you learn?”” Christian Book. This is a classic series of bibles for children that’s still very popular today.
The full volume set (pictured here) costs $53,99 at Christian Book. You can also purchase each volume individually for $11.99, The link in the picture takes you to the 5 volume set and from there you can find the individual volumes. This is a wonderful set of bibles for children.
2. The Rhyme Bible Storybook
The Rhyme Bible Storybook is targeted for infants through age 2. “Your little ones will love reading aloud from The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Little Ones! Featuring 10 classic Bible stories retold in a rhyming scheme and accompanied by updated illustrations that breathe new life into the Bible. Featuring a padded hardcover binding and sturdy board book pages that are just the right size for small hands.” Christian Book. The link in the picture takes you to Christian Book where you can purchase it for $7.99.
Bibles for Children come in every imaginable size, color, and format and this is a great one because kids love and remember rhymes and you can make a game of memorizing them,
3. The Big Book of Bible Stories For Toddlers
The Big Book of Bible Stories For Toddlers is part of the Big Picture Interactive Series and is designed especially for toddlers, You can purchase it from Christian Book using the link in the picture for $9.99.
“Introduce your preschoolers to God’s Word with this engaging book! In 19 colorfully illustrated stories from both the Old and New Testaments, they’ll meet essential biblical characters including Noah, Jonah, Moses, David, Lazarus, Jesus, and many others. Designed just for toddlers, this collection is sure to become a bedtime favorite.” Christian Book.
Interactive bibles for children are a wonderful way to help kids remember and relate to what you are teaching and what they are learning in church,
Bibles For Children – Two Through Eight
4. NIRV Adventure Bible For Young Readers – six Through Ten
When you’re looking for bibles for children, The Adventure Bible is rated as the best selling Bible for new readers. The NIrV Translation is an updated translation of the NIV Bible offering a bible that is even easier to read and understand than the NIV. If you want to know more about this translation you can read Bible Translations – Find The Best One For You. The Adventure Bible is actually part of a series of 14 books. It comes in paperback but the one I have linked here is hardback for younger readers.
When you click on the link to this book, you will also see the rest of the books in the series.
“Kids ages 6-10 will be even more captivated with learning about the Bible and growing closer in their relationship with God. Now available with full-color throughout, the bestselling NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers includes the complete New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) written for a third grade reading level. Features include:” Christian Book
- Life in Bible Times: Articles and illustrations that describe what life was like in ancient times
- People in Bible Times: Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible
- Live It: Hands-on activities help you apply biblical truths to your life
- Did You Know?: Interesting facts help you understand God’s Word
- Words to Treasure: Great verses to memorize
- Book introductions
- 20 Full-color pages-fun Bible information with a jungle safari theme
- A Dictionary
- Color Maps
- Presentation page
- 9-point text size
- 8.75″ x 5.75″ x 1.50″
5. The Big Picture Story Bible
The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm is recommended for ages 2-7 and is available at Christian Book for $20.49. It also has two companion books – The Big Picture Family Devotional for $10.99, and The Big Picture Bible Verses: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible. When you open the link in the picture, the companion books will be on the same page. Having a set of bibles for children is wonderful because they can find new treasures in each one repeatedly!
“Everyone loves a good story, especially children! But what we sometimes overlook is that the Bible is more than a collection of great stories. It is the real account of God’s love for the world.The Big Picture Story Bible presents this remarkable true story. Simple words and striking illustrations unfold the storyline of God’s Word and His love for the world from Genesis to Revelation. All ages will enjoy this exciting discovery of a God who keeps his big promise!” Christian Book
6. The Jesus Storybook Bible
The Jesus Storybook Bible is different in that it uses Old and New Testament stories to point your child to Jesus. “Every story whispers his name. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation–and at the center of their own story too!
The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of all is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. From Noah to Moses, to the great King David—every story points to him. He is the missing piece to the puzzle—the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle.” Christian Book. The link in the picture will take you to Christian Book where you can purchase it for $9.99. There are also 13 companion resources including animated DVD’s and a coloring book.”
Bibles for Children – FIve Through Twelve
7. The Action Bible
Made for ages 5-12, the action Bible will give kids the adventure they love. The Updated version will be available in September. You can also purchase the current version for $17.99 by clicking on the picture. There are several companion items for this wonderful Bible as well as audio versions. I will include a list with the link to purchase them.
“The Action Bible: New & Expanded Stories is the most epic story ever told, with 128 NEW pages of illustrations for additional and expanded Bible storylines. The Action Bible presents more than 230 fast-paced narratives in chronological order — making it easy to follow the Bible’s historical flow and building up to the thrilling climax of God’s redemptive story. The enhanced storylines come together in the most complete illustrated Bible ever captured in one book.
Every page sparks excitement to explore God’s Word and know Him personally. In vivid scenes and simple language, readers of all ages will witness God’s active presence in the world through stories from the life of Jesus and great heroes of the faith.Let this blend of dramatic imagery and clear storytelling capture your imagination and instill the truth that invites you to discover your own adventure of life with God.” Christian Book
- The Action Bible Current Edition
- The Action Bible New Testament
- The Action Bible Devotional
- ESV Action Study Bible for Boys
8. How To Study The Bible For Kids
Written by Kay Arthur, the founder of the Inductive Bible Study Method, this book will help your 9-12 year-olds learn to study the Bible themselves. This is a paperback available from Christian Book for $6.99. “Put on your deerstalker hat, grab your magnifying glass, and join the M-and-M Detective Agency to discover what the Bible is all about! In this inductive study, your 9- to 12-year-olds will examine the scene (context); interpret clues (who, what, where, why, and when); unscramble secret messages (memory verses); and use their walkie-talkies (prayer). 185 pages, softcover from Harvest.” Christian Book.
9. HCSB The Big Picture Interactive Bible For Kids
The Holman Christian Standard Bible translation provides the base for this wonderful, interactive bible for kids and includes a free app to download. “Kids can now engage in Bible reading and study as never before, seeing scenes from the Bible literally pop off the page via a free downloadable app that lets them view the images in an augmented reality format, as well as listen to narration of the event.
This full color, fully designed Bible includes features to help kids aged 8-12 experience the Bible including call outs of key Bible stories, definitions, memory verses and more, all designed to get kids digging into and learning the Bible for life.Together kids and parents can enjoy the Christ Connections and Big Questions and Answers call outs that show God’s story unfolding from the beginning of time and how we fit into his plan.
This is part of the Big Picture series, which includes The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook, The Big Picture of What God Has Always Wanted, and The Big Picture: Making God the Main Focus in Your Life. Augmented reality narrations by Jenna Lucado.” Christian Book. It includes the following features:
- Free downloadable app for viewing the images in an augmented reality format, as well as for listening to narration of the event
- Introductions for every book of the Bible
- Christ Connections
- Big Questions and Answers
- 100 Verses to Remember
- Call-outs of key Bible stories and themes—showing God’s story unfolding from the beginning of time and how we fit into his plan
- Words of Jesus in red
- Big-Words “Dictionary”
- Presentation page
- Ribbon marker
- 9-point text size
Bibles For Children – Tweens and Teens
Tweens and teens might not consider themselves to be children and not in need of Bibles for children, but they will always be your children so I have included some ideas for them as well!
10. NIV Ultimate Bible For Girls
The New International Version of the Bible is a trusted translation that is also easy to read and understand and this Bible is written for tweens. It is hardcover but can also be purchased in imitation leather. “Help tween girls better understand themselves and Scripture—and realize that the story of God and his people is their story, too!
- Book introductions-Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book
- Dream Girl-Use your imagination to put yourself in the story
- Bring It On!-Take quizzes to really get to know yourself
- Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?-See for yourself what you have in common
- Words to Live By-Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing
- What Happens Next?-Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words
- Oh, I Get It!-Find answers to Bible questions you’ve wondered about
- The complete New International Version (NIV) translation
- Vibrant, two-color interior
- Beautiful cover girls will love
- Features written by bestselling author and tween expert Nancy Rue
11. NLT Tween Slimline Bible, Soft Imitation Leather
The New Living Translation is a great one for Tweens and Teens and both will love this Bible. There are other cover choices for boys or girls. “The slimline New Living Translation text Bible is the perfect size for busy teens to carry with them wherever they go! The New Living Translation is an authoritative Bible translation, rendered faithfully into today’s English from the ancient texts by 90 leading Bible scholars. The NLT’s scholarship and clarity breathe life into even the most difficult-to-understand Bible passages—but even more powerful are stories of how people’s lives are changing as the words speak directly to their hearts. That’s why we call it “The Truth Made Clear.” Christian Book.
12. Learning To Study The Bible – Student Journal
A wonderful book for teens who want to learn more about the Bible and how to study it! “The basics of biblical criticism for tweens! The Learning to Study the Bible Student Journal explains the basics of biblical criticism in a fun, age-appropriate way, and allows tweens to practice their Bible study skills through individual activities and reflection. They’ll explore the wonders of biblical geography and archaeology. They’ll compare and contrast biblical genres. They’ll learn the history of biblical interpretation, and discover that they are Bible interpreters too! The journal can be used in a group or family setting, or individually.” Christian Book.
These 12 are only a few of the Bibles, Storybooks, and Study helps created for toddlers through teens. I hope this helps get you started in your search for the right Bible for your children and your family. If you have questions or suggestions, send me an email. I would love to hear from you.
Inspiration For Life Today uses verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit this page – Scripture Citations.
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