I recently read the ENTIRE Bible to my toddler and preschooler.
It was the Read & Share Kids Bible so I admit it wasn’t quite as lengthy as the “real thing.” ;)
My 4-year-old insisted that we read every single page in chronological order. My almost-2-year-old pointed at every page that had a baby with wild excitement (to say that she loves babies would be a massive understatement).
Sometimes I’m not sure what to think about the Bible stories that are traditionally told to children. They can be quite intense and often confusing [even for me]. Tommy Nelson’s version does a good job at tailoring the stories for the littlest readers. They’re short, simple, and include a discussion question at the end of each one.
That said, I DO wish this Bible had more beautiful illustrations. Perhaps it’s the hidden artist in me, but I would prefer to see images that stir my soul. I think a publisher needs to hire someone like Marla Frazee for the task (that’s the first illustrator that comes to mind). As a side note, can you imagine trying to illustrate the Bible? Wow.
When we first received this Bible in the mail, Tim peeked over my shoulder and asked, “Why is everyone white in that Bible?” That is a very good question. [To be fair, there is some ethnic representation…but not much].
Despite its flaws, it is a favorite book around here. Both of my girls choose it above other books with regularity.
Yesterday, I peeked over at the girls as I was cleaning. My 4-year-old was pointing at a picture of Jesus surrounded by children. “See him?” she was saying, excitedly, “Right there! He’s in your heart!”
Do you read the Bible to your children? If so, do you read a “Kid’s Bible”? Who would YOU choose to illustrate a kid’s Bible?
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*UPDATE* The winner is #37 Liann S. Congratulations!