The Bible is the most important book our children will ever read. There are countless works of literature for kids that may inspire them, but Scripture has the power to change their hearts and minds. It is the literal word of God!
One of the best habits we’ve established with our children is daily Bible reading. It started with me reading storybook bibles aloud to them when they were younger, and has now progressed to each child reading on their own in the morning.
With so many children’s Bibles out there on the market today, it can seem overwhelming to choose one for your kids. And not all are created equal.
Some hold true to the Gospel, while others are really just moralistic stories repackaged as Christianity. Here are ten that we have personally used in our home over the years and been blessed by.
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1. Egermeier’s Bible Story Book
This has been by far one of our favorite children’s Bibles. It retells the Bible in a simple, chronological format with colorful and historically accurate drawings. While it’s written in a child friendly way, it doesn’t water down or sugar coat the scriptures. It also doesn’t leave out large chunks like many other children’s Bibles do in order to be brief.
2. Children’s Story Bible
Appropriate for 4-10 year-olds, this kids’ Bible by Catherine Vos mirrors the biblical narrative and remains true to the Bible as the inspired and infallible Word of God. It emphasizes biblical life lessons while providing scripture references for each story. The Revised Edition incorporates the many archaeological discoveries of recent years which affirm the biblical stories!
3. Promises of God Story Book Bible
A conversational, whimsical, and biblically faithful retelling of more than fifty key Bible stories, The Promises of God Storybook Bible repeatedly assures young children that each word is proof of God’s unstoppable love and unbreakable promises to His people. This Bible storybook is designed for family devotional times, with several thoughtful questions after every story.
I love that it includes multiple stories from the epistles, giving us instruction for the time period in which we live now – able to be in Christ, yet awaiting His return. There are also no extra-biblical story fillers that just assume a reason for something.
4. ICB Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible
This Bible has been perfect for my nine-year-old daughter while she is in that in-between stage where she’s outgrown a storybook Bible, but isn’t quite ready for one with language easily understood by teens and adults. The pink, dual-sided sequins that change color on the cover also provide endless fun and make it something she wants to carry around everywhere.
It’s ideal for those with at least a third-grade reading level and the text is set in ten-point type, with bold in-text subject heads that help kids easily find the passages they are looking for. Also included are boldface words that correspond with a dictionary and concordance entry to explain word definitions. A great new feature in this updated setting is more than 300 key verses that are highlighted throughout for girls to read and learn!
5. NIV Adventure Bible
My son began reading this when he had outgrown a storybook Bible, and used it to read both the Old and New Testaments before transitioning to the NLT version. He loved the full-color features and jungle safari theme which made reading and memorizing his favorite verses engaging and fun!
Some features include: articles and illustrations that offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible and describe what life was like in ancient days, interesting facts that help kids understand God’s Word and the life of faith, hands-on activities to help them apply biblical truths to their lives, book introductions with useful facts about each book of the Bible, a dictionary/concordance for looking up tricky words, and a color map section to help locate places in the Bible.
6. NIrV Discoverer’s Bible for Early Readers
This is specifically designed to help early readers discover the Bible for themselves. My daughter finds the introductions and outlines at the beginning of each book very helpful to studying Scripture on her own, as she goes through all of God’s Word from Genesis from Revelation!
Using the full text of the New International Version written at a third-grade reading level, it includes large 12-point font for easier reading, 30 full-color pages that help kids experience key Bible stories and themes in a fresh way, a dictionary of Bible words for quick reference, and 8 full-color maps for easy visualization of key Bible places.
7. The Beginner’s Bible
Geared for toddlers and preschoolers, this story book Bible includes more than 90 memorable stories with easy-to-read text and bright, bold color illustrations on every page. I enjoyed reading it to my kids when they were young, and then loved having them read it to me when they were old enough! It’s perfect for bedtime, storytime, the car, or anywhere.
8. Bible Storybook from The Bible App for Kids
Based on YouVersion and OneHope’s popular Bible App for Kids, this engaging Bible storybook includes favorite Bible stories, fun illustrations, and discussion questions for 4-8 year olds. While the stories are simplified, they don’t hide tough concepts from kids, and they focus on sharing the Gospel with the ultimate goal of leading a child to Christ.
I love that it goes perfectly with the Bible App, where kids can listen as they follow along in their own book and play games based on the stories. The website has teaching plans for parents and caregivers, as well as activity and color sheets for each story. Plus, the video lessons have great worship songs for the whole family!
9. The Complete Illustrated Children’s Bible
Vivid illustrations bring beloved tales and lesser known stories to life for children in this story book Bible. The Complete Illustrated Children’s Bible has short, easy-to-read stories which you can enjoy together with your kids, or have them practice as beginning readers.
I appreciate how it includes many of the accounts in the Old Testament which most kids’ bibles omit, like what happens in the books of Numbers, Deuteronomy, 2nd Kings, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezekiel, Haggai, Zechariah, and all parts of Daniel. It also tells of several teachings from the Epistles, giving children clear instructions for Christian living.
10. Jesus Storybook Bible
My kids read this one so much, it’s falling apart! I loved how each story connected to the Bible’s overarching theme, which is salvation through Jesus. It is very clear how the familiar accounts in Scripture all relate to one another, and aren’t just random, disconnected pieces. God’s Word truly is a beautiful story of His redemptive plan for mankind, and children will gain a solid grasp of it as they read this story book Bible.