The 7 Best Children's Bibles to Buy

Age Appropriate Bibles Your Kids Will Love to Read

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One of the best ways to teach your child about God is to give him or her a children's Bible. You'll want to choose one designed to communicate God's Word at your child's level of understanding. So, with a bit of help from the Children's Ministry Pastor of my church, Jim O'Connor, I'd like to present a selection of top Bibles your kids will love to read, including specific ages and reading levels, and even a Bible suggestion for children's ministers.

The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories
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The "hands on" favorite Bible designed for very young children (ages 2-6), is this Beginner's Bible from Zondervan. The 2005 edition has been updated to bring vibrant life to more than 90 Bible stories and characters for your young child. This best-selling children's Bible is packed with colorful art, fun illustrations and timeless Bible stories that children will love and never forget. It also makes a great resource for homeschoolers and Sunday school teachers.
Zondervan; Hardcover; 528 Pages.

New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes
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Also, a favorite for small children ages 4-8, is this Bible from Moody Publishers by Kenneth N. Taylor. It's considered a classic now after 40 years in circulation, however, it's been updated as recently as 2002 with all new illustrations. Although some people, including Pastor Jim, prefer the colorful pictures of the original version, the new art is nicely done as well. The stories are written in simple English, so your young readers can grasp God's truth. Each account closes with questions for discussion and a prayer.
Moody Publishers; Hardcover; 384 Pages.

The Early Reader's Bible
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If your child is just learning to read (ages 4-8), The Early Reader's Bible by V. Gilbert Beers makes it fun and simple for them to learn God's Word even on their own. An extensive vocabulary list will help young kids understand each story, colorful illustrations will bring those Bible accounts to life, and special activities and questions will help parents and children interact together as they apply the life lessons in each chapter. This edition by Zonderkidz was published in 1995.
Zonderkidz; Hardcover; 528 Pages.

The NLT Young Believer Bible is Pastor Jim's most highly recommended Bible for children who can read. It closely resembles an adult Bible, yet has many kid-friendly qualities, such as a "Say What?" section defining Bible terms, a "Who's Who?" character profile index, "Can You Believe It?" explanations of hard-to-believe Bible events, and a "That's a Fact!" section featuring Bible traditions and facts. This Bible focuses on teaching young believers the basic beliefs of Christianity and answering their most frequently asked questions about the Bible. The 2003 publication is edited by Christian author, Stephen Arterburn.
Tyndale House; Hardcover; 1724 Pages.

Gospel Light has also published a favorite Bible for children of reading ages 8-12. Pastor Jim especially likes the interesting helps it provides, such as an introduction to each book and writer of the Bible, illustrations, maps, timelines, key characters, and most importantly, a clear overview or "big picture" view of the Bible for young Christians. It's colorful, fresh, and encourages children to appreciate the true adventure of Bible exploration. The most recent publication was in 1999, which included the contributions of Frances Blankenbaker (Author), and Billy & Ruth Graham (Foreword).
Gospel Light; Hardcover; Paperback; 366 Pages.

This 2011 updated edition of the NIV Adventure Bible is a popular choice for children ages 8-12, featuring highly colorful illustrations and wonderful helps. The "Let's Live It!" section offers a kid-friendly life-application feature, "Did You Know?" includes fun and interesting Bible facts, and "Famous Children of the Bible" gives this complete Bible a very strong kid-appeal factor. And the NIV translation makes this a study Bible that's truly easy to read and understand.
Zondervan; Hardcover; 1664 Pages.

For children's pastors, ministers and Sunday school teachers, Pastor Jim recommends this Children's Ministry Resource Bible developed in conjunction with Child Evangelism Fellowship. It's filled with teacher training tools, lesson outlines, charts, creative gospel presentation ideas and loads of vital resources for leading young children into an enduring relationship with God.
Thomas Nelson; Hardcover; 1856 Pages.

Which Translation Is Best for Children?

Pastor Jim prefers the New Living Translation for child readers. He recommends avoiding the New International Reader's Version, explaining that in his opinion, it over-simplifies the text to the point of excluding important details, and tends to read a bit awkwardly.