Bibles are one of those staple items for ministry to children. (If it’s not, it should be!) Choosing an age-appropriate Bible for children is sometimes a bit of a challenge because there are so many great options out there. Here’s one I’d like to share with you that children will love.
The International Children’s Bible, the first Bible translation created specifically for children, has been updated and newly typeset in a large readable layout. The Bible text is set in large 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 a key verse index with more than 300 verses that are highlighted throughout the Bible for kids to read and learn. The beautifully illustrated Bible story insert pages are in a style that children love and will delight their imaginations as they read and “see” popular Bible stories.
WHAT I LIKE
The Bible is easy-to-read and easy for younger readers to read on their own. The size of the Bible is perfect for smaller hands to hold and navigate. The colors used in the illustrations are brilliant and the drawings are not too young to turn off older elementary-aged children.
WHAT I’D LIKE TO SEE
I would have loved to have seen a brief synopsis for each book, such as the author and an overview. Giving children this background information could help them see the big picture of God’s story. I also would love to have seen the highlighted verses in a bold color instead of the dull gray; this would help the verses stand out a bit more. Lastly, I would have loved if the illustrations were in close proximity to the story it related to as well as a scripture reference provided under the illustration’s title. I could see how this might cause some confusion for children.
All in all, I think the Bible is a great resource for children to develop a love for God’s Word.