As a homeschool momma, I am always on the lookout for quality resources to enhance our family learning. As almost all homeschool moms would likely attest to, we moms have an obsession with all things books. I am no exception. Throughout the years, my fellow homeschool moms and dear friends have together shared our latest can’t-put-down books or curriculum with an enthusiasm that is always contagious. One of my most favorite types of book to collect throughout the years of parenting and educating my children at home has been children’s bible story books. Today I am so excited to share my most favorite children’s bibles with you. Yay!
We are so fortunate to live in a day and age that has allowed so many access to the Bible. Even more of a blessing is the plethora of bible-based story bibles that allow our younger children and our kids who learn best visually, a more edible version of biblical principles, key concepts, and an understanding of Jesus. As a Christian mom and educator on a mission to equip moms to empower uniquely-designed neurodiverse kids to thrive in education and in life, my passion is to flood our children with an understanding of who God is. My heart is for my children to know who their identity comes from and for them to be solidly rooted in Him.
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Our First Favorite Children’s Bible Story Book
When my daughter was just a year old we had her dedicated to the Lord as so many families do. I will never forget when a dear friend of mine, Noelle, gave my little girl one of her very first bibles. That yellow board book Bible has been with us for almost 13 years and has been through a litany of abuse and sweet moments at bedtime. Almost a relic at this point, battered and worn down as it has been through 3 of my children, that little children’s bible was the first of our illustrated collection of favorite children’s bibles. Grateful for that cardboard book as it has set the tone for many years of Bible exploration as a family.
So without further ado… let’s take a look at my family’s most favorite children’s bibles. I wonder if you have any of these and if so, do they spark joy in your family? Let me know.
Toddler- 6 years old
This bible story book is a beautifully illustrated board book for younger children. I would recommend this book for toddlers all the way up to 5-6 year olds simply because of the powerful imagery depicted in the illustrations. The book is what you would expect. ABCs throughout the bible. Each page has one large letter of the alphabet along with a one line catechism-type truth from Scripture.
This sweet book is perfect for those days or nights when your child has little attention span. The colorful pictures and the simplisity of the text makes for a quick but powerful read.
This one is a classic that we have had for more than 10 years. The Beginner’s Bible is brightly illustrated with dynamic colors and cartoon-like images of various biblical characters. This illustrated bible does a great job of covering a vast number of bible stories while telling each one using simple language. We have multiple copies including a new-testament only version. The Old and New Testament version is a solid book with over 90 bible stories. I highly recommend this as a staple in every home.
The Big Picture Story Bible is a sweet depiction of some of the foundational stories from Scripture. The title says it best… this children’s bible is BIG. It’s definitely a curl-up-in-mom’s lap story bible as it is the size of a large dictionary. Besides being a little cumbersome physically, this children’s bible has it’s own spin on presenting Scripture to children. It is written in “sections” of the larger story of Scripture and is likely meant to be read over time instead of in one sitting.
I recommend this children’s bible for toddlers through kindergarden-aged children.
Lower Elementary & Up
After exploring the Billy Graham Library one winter afternoon, my youngest daughter and I purchased this beautiful Bible story book.
One of the most impactful preachers of our time, Billy Graham does not disappoint in this children’s rendition of the Bible. The images are absolutely beautiful and the text is solid with each story beginning with a portion of Scripture text. The story then continues in a more child-friendly way so that major biblical concepts and the beauty of the Gospel shine through.
The Jesus Storybook Bible is hands down one of the most beautifully-written children’s story bibles I have ever read. This version of the bible has been written and adapted by Sarah Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by the artist Jago. The Jesus Storybook Bible is written from creation to Revelation as the one large story that Scripture is but is so often fragmented so much that many children do not understand the whole. Every story points to Christ in the most powerful way. Ms. Lloyd-Jones uses incredibly powerful language and imagery to portray God’s amazing love for His people.
On more than one occassion, I have found myself choking back tears as I read this to and with my children. The power of Christ’s love for us is overwhelmingly evident and Sarah Lloyd-Jones’ heart for God and His Word is undeniable. Every Christian family will want this favorite children’s bible on their bookshelf. Honestly, even a single adult will be blown away by this depiction of Scripture.
The Jesus Calling Bible Storybook is written by Sarah Young of the popular Jesus Calling series of devotionals for adults. She paired up with illustrator Carolina Farias to create a gorgeous story bible that while more advanced in language than the Beginner’s Bible, is appealing to both younger elementary and older children as well. The illustrations are phenomenal and incredibly engaging.
The main difference I see between this story bible and the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones is the addition of the Devotional element at the end of each smaller story. The devotions are written from the perspective of Jesus speaking in first person to the reader. While some people I know have shown some concern about “putting” words into Jesus’ mouth, I have always prefaced these readings with the caveat that, “This is something Jesus might say.”
All in all, I think this is a wonderful addition to any family collection.
The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden is one of those children’s bibles that I would rank up there with The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones. Quite frankly, I would describe both children’s story bibles as family story bibles because they are both that good.
Kevin DeYoung does a phenomenal job of pointing to Christ throughout the retelling of pivotal stories from Scripture. The illustrator, Don Clark, who also illustrated the The Biggest Story ABC bible storybook, has a unique and captivating style of art that will grab the attention of the entire family. I cannot more highly recommend this favorite children’s bible.
Comic book-lovers, artists, and basically anyone breathing will LOVE this FAVORITE children’s bible. Oh my Word! This is a gem and I recommend this for every Christian home. Let me tell you why.
Not all children (or adults for that matter) learn in the same way. Some are auditory learners, kinesthetic learners and many, many are visual learners. This very detailed and thorough version of Scripture is so powerful as the images are magnetic in their drama and shading. Sergio Cariello has compiled one of the most thorough retellings of the bible. Stories rarely shared with our young church congregations are told with text and alluring art work.
I recommend The Action Bible for every Christian home whether their are children in the home or not. This is just that good!! Grateful that God has blessed Sergio Cariello with such incredible art skills which have opened up Scripture to so many kids and adults alike!
What are your favorite children’s story bible books?
Well, Friend? What about you? Do you have any favorite children’s bible story books in your home? Do you love any on this list? Which ones did I miss? Share in the comments below!