As Christian moms, the most important thing we’ll ever do is teach our children about God and His plan of salvation. One way to do that is to read to them from a Bible or Bible storybook that is more geared for their age. I love reading Bible stories to my children, so I have some recommendations on the best children’s Bibles. There are also some great study Bibles for kids as well.
Tips for Choosing a Children’s Bible
Now, there are many different children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks, so I want to give you some tips on what to look for. If you’re buying online, it’s especially helpful to have some recommendations since you can’t leaf through it.
- Consider the age, gender, and reading level of your child.
- Think about how the Bible will be used, so you choose the right type. Do you want an actual Bible, or are you more looking for Bible stories for your young child?
- Make sure it’s accurate, even if it’s simplified. You want a Bible that talks about sin and judgment as well as hope and love.
- Decide on what Bible version you want. This may or may not matter to you, but sometimes it’s helpful if the whole family is using the same version. We love the ESV!
- Make sure you like the illustrations. Some children’s Bibles have very basic or strange pictures, while other Bibles have amazing illustrations.
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Best Bibles for Kids
Okay, now that you have some tips, let’s talk about some of the best children’s Bibles. I’ve broken them up into a couple categories, depending on the age of your child and what you’re using it for. There are some really great Bible storybooks out there as well as Bibles that are geared toward helping your child really dig in.
Best Bibles for Toddlers
- Baby’s First Bible Stories Padded Board Book. Yes, even babies can have a Bible storybook!
- A Child’s First Bible. This has 125 Bible stories with questions at the end of each story. It’s perfect for the pre-reading age.
- The Big Picture Story Bible. See how the Bible is one big overarching story through this story Bible.
- The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories. This Bible is great for early readers. My daughter is actually working through this one right now. It has many of the main Bible stories.
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Bibles for Kids
This section ranges from storybook Bibles for early elementary to actual Bibles for as your child gets a little older. If you have more recommendations, please let me know in the comments. We own several of these Bibles, and I’d love to know which is your favorite.
- The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. This is great for toddlers as well as when your children get a bit older. This particular storybook Bible shows that all of Scripture is pointing to Jesus.
- The Child’s Story Bible. This is an older classic. It’s basically a paraphrased story of the whole Bible, and there are also pictures, but not on every page.
- The Complete Illustrated Children’s Bible. This has a great balance of pictures and words, and the pictures are amazing! This is another Bible storybook.
- The Action Bible. This is a very unique Bible because it illustrates the Bible in comic book form. I wouldn’t use this as your child’s primary Bible, but it is a unique perspective with great comic-type illustrations.
- NIV Adventure Bible. Okay, now we’ll get into actual Bibles. This is a very popular one for kids if you’re looking for the NIV version.
- ESV My Creative Bible for Girls. My 6 and 9-year-old daughters LOVE this Bible. There are coloring places throughout the Bible, and my girls really enjoy coloring.
Kids Study Bible
Having a study Bible for your child as they get older will really encourage them to dig into God’s Word. I think this is very important so they can learn, grow, and own their faith for themselves. There are often helpful tips, observations, character studies, etc. in a study Bible. I was sad to see the GROW! ESV Study Bible is no longer available, but there are other great options.
- HCSB Illustrated Study Bible for Kids. This study Bible includes maps, a Bible dictionary, how to have a quiet time, and more.
- CSB Defend Your Faith: The Apologetics Study Bible for Kids. Today’s culture makes it very necessary for your children to have the tools to solidify their own faith as well as defend it. This study Bible for kids has that information with science, evidence, and inspirational stories to help solidify their faith.
- NKJV Study Bible for Kids. With book introductions, discovery articles, character studies, and more; this Bible will help your child understand God’s Word.
- The Action Study Bible. This Bible will help your child dig into the cultural information, biblical themes, trivia questions, and even illustrations from the Action Bible. One of my sons has this Bible, and it’s pretty great.
It can be tough to choose the best children’s Bible, but this has given you some food for thought as well as some great options to choose from. I’d love to know which ones are your favorites!
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