Sunday, August 4, 2013

Essential Supplies for Fall: Children's Bible

The kids are going back to school soon, which means school supplies!  With newly sharpened pencils, fresh notebooks, and big dreams, they prepare for a new year - perhaps with a butterfly or two in their stomachs.  Their preparation for school makes me think about our preparation for their Christian journeys, journeys that they will simultaneously be making too.  What supplies would be helpful for us to have on hand for a great year in faith? 

Enter the new series for August, Essential Supplies for Fall, where I will introduce a new category of Christian supplies each week.  I will share the best recommendation that I have found for that category, and I invite you to share yours too.  This is a great way for us to learn from each other and share resources!  So this month will be less formal without a weekly devotion, but I invite you to go back through the archives and reread some of your favorites.  And as I prepare for a great fall launch with new devotions, I hope to read comments from each of YOU!

This week, I wanted to talk about the category of Children's Bible.  My home church back in Indiana gave me our favorite one.  The church has a meaningful tradition of giving out kids' Bibles at each baptism as a gift from the congregation.  They gave us The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories (Zonderkidz Publishing), which covers major Old and New Testament stories.  The stories are short and simple and filled with endearing pictures.  Both my preschooler and toddler love it, and we have already read it cover to cover at my preschooler's request! 

What about you?  Do your children have a favorite Bible?  If so, please share the one that you use and tell us your child or children's ages! 

Update:  You have overwhelmingly recommended Sally Lloyd-Jones' The Jesus Storybook Bible.  Add that one to your list for preschool-aged children on!


  1. We like: The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones (~age 3-6) and The Bible for Little Eyes by Kenneth Taylor (~age 2-4)

    1. Thank you for responding! I can't wait to look those up!

  2. What a great idea to share resources! I love to hear what others have found useful! We also have The Beginner's Bible, which seems to be directed more to the 2-4 year range! My mother-in-law gave us The Jesus Storybook Bible, which my 5 year old really enjoys. She really took interest in it when she was 4. The stories are more detailed and is worded beautifully!


  3. That's two votes for the Jesus Storybook Bible - sounds like I need to get that one too! Thank you so much, Stephanie, for commenting! :-)

  4. I had a couple of noteworthy emails this week suggesting further resources that I wanted to pass on...

    Traci, a Mom of two school age boys said, "This is a great opportunity for families to get insight on the available resources - book shares are so helpful. My 8 year old received the Jesus Storybook Bible from PCNP for graduating Kindergarten and it was such inspiration to him, that his goal was to finish it and move onto the ‘real’ Bible - The Adventure Bible. The author Sally Lloyd-Jones has such a gift. The book holds woven words demonstrating a passion in Christ that oozes through the pages. One day I found myself hidden in my son’s room reading a story before taking an exam just to put the test into perspective (and selfishly to calm my nerves!). Another words, not only your child, but the whole family, will benefit from her beautiful translations. Perfectly paired with Jago, an amazing artist, this book could not get any better!"

    Also, Jeanne, a Mom and Preschool Director, said, "My favorite Bible for children is The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones. It is for children of all ages."

    Every Mom who has written in has mentioned the Jesus Storybook Bible. Okay, I am buying it!!

  5. Amazing backstory on the Jesus Storybook Bible. Check it out!


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