Children’s Ministry Magazine’s Children’s Bible Review with the 15 best children’s Bibles for use at home or in the classroom. These are classic Bibles at a good cost!
Choosing a children’s Bible can be overwhelming these days because we have so many choices. We want kids to be steeped in the Word of God so that they might know and love the God of the Word, but which version and which style is best?
To help answer this question, the staff of Children’s Ministry Magazine requested children’s Bibles from publishers and asked me to pour over them. We considered at least 10 books in each age category, and we compared the Bibles using the same passages from each one.
Biblical content Is the Bible true to the Scriptures?
Readability Is the reading level appropriate for children? Does it use modern-day language? Is the type readable?
Ease of handling Are the cover and paper durable? Is the size of the Bible comfortable for children?
Art Is it colorful, realistic, and age appropriate? Are the maps simple and colorful?
Helps Are there any life application helps that relate the Bible to kids’ lives? Are there any Bible-knowledge tools to encourage kids as students of the Bible?
Here are the best Bibles in each age group to recommend to parents and to use in the classroom. We listed only the companies’ Web sites that have online ordering capabilities.
INFANTS TO AGE 3
The Toddlers Bible
This small, sturdy hardcover Bible by V. Gilbert Beers has 101 short stories and simple, colorful illustrations. This is a great tool for introducing little ones to the main characters and events in Scripture. Chariot Victor. Available in Kindle.
AGES 3 TO 5
The Beginners Bible
A favorite for many years now, this hardcover Bible has short sentences, easy words, and bright (though somewhat silly) illustrations. It also has an index of characters, topics, stories, and Scripture references for each story. This is a good basic story Bible with 95 stories. Zonderkidz. Available in Kindle.
My First Hands-On Bible
My First Hands-On Bible gives younger kids (ages 3-6) the same chance to experience the Bible in a way that’s just for them. One-point lessons. Bible stories told with real Scripture (the easy-to-read NLT). And fun activities that make a lasting impression on childrens’ thoughts and hearts. Group.
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
This large hardcover book contains 14 Bible stories, each with a different style of colorful artwork. There are eight to 12 learning activities for each story that include prayer, music, memory helps, crafts, games, snacks, and service ideas. This is great for home or for a preschool class. Group.
The Early Reader’s Bible
This sturdy hardcover Bible is similar to The Beginners Bible in overall format. It includes vocabulary helps for children learning to read, and each story has review questions, thought questions, and life-application “To Do” sections. The 64 stories with short sentences and bright, cheery art make this Bible kid-friendly. Zonderkidz.
The Young Reader’s Bible
This hardcover Bible has 70 easy-to-read stories with colorful artwork kids will love. Bible helps include an index of characters, introductions to the Old and New Testaments, maps, a timeline, and a short dictionary of difficult words. Also a good choice for first graders. Standard Publishing.