Rather than retell Bible stories in prose, The Beginning Reader’s Bible (illustrated by Marijke ten Cate) includes 26 Bible stories comprised of selected verses within the text. This illustrated children’s Bible uses actual verses (from the International Children’s Bible version), and includes several stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as a third section with extra resources.
Each story includes two sidebars: one titled “Remember God’s Word” with a verse to memorize along with the story, and another titled “Pray God’s Word” with a separate verse to lift up in prayer. Most of the 26 stories also have a third sidebar titled “Do God’s Word,” with activities to apply the story’s lesson to our lives now. The “Resources to Guide Your Children” section includes extra verses to read, memory verse and reading charts for children to fill out, and resource lists (of books of the Bible, the 12 disciples, and more).
With the version used, I would place the reading level at about 2nd grade or higher, but these verses would be good for parents to read aloud to children of any age. I particularly liked the activities included with many of the Bible stories. (In fact, that’s what drew me to take a look at this children’s bible.) Many of the activities involve the children with the story’s message well, like learning to take responsibility of caring for God’s creation of the earth (tied in with a Genesis story) and having a treasure hunt with verses (tied in with the truth of Christ’s words). These activities seem really appropriate for preschool age up to 1st or 2nd grade, but could also be modified to include extra steps for older elementary-age kids. Parents could easily make a homeschool or a bible study unit with one activity and memorized verse roughly every ten days to two weeks (not including using the resources in the back). I am thoroughly pleased with this children’s Bible.
Children will enjoy searching the beautiful illustrations of this very sturdy Bible, especially the details in the backgrounds. Parents and children can work together to memorize verses, study God’s Word, and live out its truth as a family!
Questions for you: Do you use a bible study plan or curriculum with your children? What’s one of your favorite children’s Bibles?
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