I’ve always loved children’s books. When I finished my student teaching in college, I graduated with a huge pile of them. I felt the need to restrain myself from buying children’s books for a long time, but now that AudreyKate is a toddler, I have an excuse!
I’m thrilled that AudreyKate is such a big book lover. I am especially thankful that she is already so interested in reading the “Byebull.” Grant and I read to her from one of her children’s Bibles every day. I thought I’d post a few of our current favorites here!
This one just came in the mail today, so I haven’t read it with AudreyKate yet, but I can’t wait to! Grant and I have heard great things about this Bible and Grant recently had the opportunity to hear David Helm preach (Grant then came home and ordered this Bible). What I love about this Bible is its focus on helping children understand that the Bible is one big book telling one big story – the story of Christ.
Read Aloud Bible Stories by Ella K. Lindvall
I just love these books. We have the first two volumes (there are four). What I love about these is how they are written in short, storybook format. They are really beautifully written and fun to read. The only thing about them is that Jesus’ face is never pictured. I guess the illustrator thought it would be better to leave Jesus’ face out of it so little kids wouldn’t think Jesus looked a certain way. However, I think it’s a little difficult at times when I’m trying to explain Jesus to AudreyKate and I’m having to point to the back of his head. These are awesome books though and I plan on purchasing the other volumes.
This one is more of a traditional children’s Bible that my parents gave AudreyKate for Christmas. What I really like about it is that it’s on a toddler level. I love The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, but it’s really over her head at this point. This Bible is also gentle and simple in its language while staying true to the story. Grant reads to AudreyKate from this Bible every night and they are working their way through the whole Bible. This is also AudreyKate’s favorite book to “read” during her independent reading time every day.
I’m so thankful that there are a variety of children’s resources available that are biblically sound! And I’m having fun learning the stories of God like a kid all over again.
For a more complete list of age-approriate and theologically sound children’s Bibles, I would encourage you to check out this list.*
“I know you are looking for Jesus. He’s not here. He’s not dead anymore. Go tell His friends. Jesus is alive.” – the angel, Vol. II of the Read~Aloud Bible Stories
*I trust this list (put together w/the help of one of Grant’s profs who is a professor of N.T. Interpretation), though as a parent, I always want to be immersed in the Scripture myself so that I am able to discern if the accurate intent of the passage/story is being conveyed.