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2017 Children's Bible Reviews

Viriginia Theological Seminary's Building for Faith Project has posted a great review of Bibles for Children at

They review 11 "storybook" Bibles, not translations. 

Excerpts from their Top Pick reviews....

The Lion Bible for Children

Murray Watts, Helen Cann (Lion Hudson, 2002, 2008, 2014). Available in the United States here. Target age: 9-12

Strengths: A very complete children's Bible, with about 250 stories. The writing is engaging and imaginative, yet quite faithful to the Scriptural outline of each Bible story. Includes Bible map and an index. Beautiful pen and ink (color) illustrations are richly detailed and not at all childish. The pictures are also full of movement and emotion. Gretchen Wolff Pritchard calls this "the best version of the Bible for confident readers, 9 and up." A Building Faith top pick.

Shine On: A Story Bible

(MennoMedia, 2014) Target age: 8-11

Strengths: This 320-page Bible includes a selected variety of stories from the Old and New Testaments. Each story has engaging sidebars called Explore, Connect, and Wonder, which invite deeper thought, additional facts, and suggestions for home. The illustrations are rich and eclectic

A Child’s First Bible

Kenneth N. Taylor (Tyndale, 2000) Target age: 2-4

Strengths: A very complete children's Bible for its compact size. Includes 125 stories, and the large print and simple text make for easy reading aloud. The engaging water-color illustrations are warm, joyful, and quite appropriate for young children.

If you have experience with these titles, post your own review.


They didn’t review some older but still great children’s Bible storybooks, including one of my favorites, The Children's Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor. Good for ages 4-8. 

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