My Bible Book

A book review on an oldie but a goodie children's board Bible book.This is an oldie in our household, but a well-read Bible board book I thought I’d add to my collection of reviews on here. Since describing our lack of enthusiasm for the latest children’s Bible storybook we’ve read, I wanted to counter that with one that is very similar but better done.

My Bible Book is a sturdy board book (and by sturdy, I mean it was already loved by a family with four children and then given to us a few years ago and it’s still in great shape!). Each page has one little lesson, an accompanying Bible verse and a small action to do.

For example, on the God Made Animals page, it points the reader to Genesis 1:1-19 and says:

“God made animals.
God made fish that swim.
God made birds that fly.
God made animals like puppies and kittens that play with you.
God was happy with the animals He made.
Thank You, God, for animals.”

And then it asks a related question to the young child: “What sounds do these animals make?”

Another page is about praising God (Psalm 150 and 115:2):

“Praise God!
Praise God because He made the heavens and earth.
Praise God because He is big and strong.
Let’s make music!
Let’s move about!
Let’s make some noise! Hooray!
Let’s all praise God!”

The action item says: “Praise God like the children in this picture.” I love this because you can get really dramatic (which sticks in kids’ minds) but also keep it focused on the reason we’re jumping for joy. It makes fun memories.

I appreciate how this particular book uses stories that are less touched on in children’s books, like God bringing food to Elijah out in the wilderness or when Mary & Joseph brought baby Jesus to church.

Overall, this is a cherished addition to our children’s bookshelves.


Read & Play Baby Bible

Not my favorite kid Bible, but I blogged about its good parts, too....Babies cuddling on my lap + reading to my kids + pointing them toward Jesus = three of my favorite things! Read & Play Baby Bible is a new Bible geared specifically for babies and I was excited to have a new one to work through with my kiddos.

However, when it says “babies,” it really meant it. My son, who hadn’t turned 3 yet when we started this as a nightly reading, was beyond it. It was too short and too silly for him, so just keep that in mind.

Each page has a very short “message” that was part-Bible verse, part-interactive lesson. It has the parent/reader do specific things like blow (like the wind) or point out eyes & little noses or make a boat with your hands. Just actions that go along with the lesson.

Strangely (because I love almost all children Bibles for various reasons), this one just did not jive with me…or my kids. The artwork isn’t my favorite either — Jesus looks like a girl among other odd things.

Although I read through the whole thing, we stopped using it in our family Bible time before it was finished. It’s worth maybe checking out at the library or borrowing from a friend, but I could recommend others if you’re looking to purchase a new one.

I rated it 3 out of 5 stars because it’s all Biblically accurate, but that’s mostly what it has going for it.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Hidden in My Heart Bible

An amazing new Bible + songs for childrenThis is a fantastic Bible! I’m so glad I had the privilege to receive it and share it with you today. My children are still very young, but this will be an absolute asset to their lives in the future. As Tyndale says, when children are grounded in faith, they are equipped for the future.

The Bible is in the New Living Translation (NLT); however, at various stopping points throughout, there are suggested Core Memory Verses. Each of these is printed in the NLT, New International Version (NIV) and King James Version (KJV). There are 100 of them and they are written out in these three translations to give children (and parents) the opportunity to compare and choose. Additionally, there are 136 “Challenge Verses” emphasized throughout the book to provide and guide further study. These are also in the three translations.

Probably the neatest thing about this Bible is the music! Yes, a Bible that sings! Just kidding. Actually, the publishers have produced songs for each one of the 100 Core Memory Verses — and in each translation, so 300! The songs are very well-done and fun to sing along with. I’m so thankful for this resource as music can be a powerful way to instill God’s Word into our hearts, especially the young.

Each Core Memory Verse is also accompanied by an “Explore & Apply” section — a short description and application of the particular passage — and a “Pray” section, which provides a written out prayer to teach the child how to pray on that particular topic. At the very bottom is a reference to the corresponding song and also a prompt to another page if the reader wanted “To Dig Deeper” and read more about that passage.

There are even more features in this Bible and, like I said, I’m thrilled to own it. It has a lovely first “gifting” page where you can fill out the recipient’s name, the giver’s name, the occasion and date. Definitely a great idea for our upcoming Christmas season!

I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Jesus Calling: My First Bible Storybook {by Sarah Young}

A padded board book with a surprising number of foundational Bible stories for children and new Christians. Jesus Calling: My First Bible Storybook is very attractively written and illustrated!JESUS CALLING: MY FIRST BIBLE STORYBOOK

I have yet to read the original Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, a Christian bestseller for many years now. However, I now own two other books built off of the original — one with devotions for older kids or a family and this latest one I’ve received.

Jesus Calling: My First Bible Storybook is a padded board book with simply adorable artwork. It covers more Bible stories than you might think one little book could include, which I appreciate. From Creation to Abraham to Esther to several pages on Jesus’ life, this book captures most of the main stories which are foundational for young children or new Christians.

Each page includes a small, cutely-written story like this one:

Thousands of people came to hear Jesus. They listened until their tummies rumbled. But they had no food! One boy gave Jesus his lunch — just five loaves and two fish. Jesus prayed to Father God. A miracle happened! And one little lunch fed all the people.

After the story, there is a small “Jesus Calling” section that is written as if Jesus is speaking:

“I can use you to help others — no matter how old you are!”

Lastly, there is a Bible verse that supports the message of each particular story. It is not necessarily from that story’s original passage. This helps paint the picture that we should read God’s Word as a plenary document and how it all works together. For example, on the page describing the Ten Commandments, the accompanying Bible verse is Psalm 19:7-8:

“The Lord’s teachings are perfect…They make people happy.”

There are lots of toddler Bibles out there, some of which I’ve already reviewed on this blog, and most of which are great! But if you’re looking for a new one, I definitely wouldn’t pass this one up.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Baby Blessings Bible

One of our favorite children's books. If you can find a copy, I recommend it. Your kids will love it!!When my first child was born, we were living overseas with little to no access to children’s books in English. We were blessed from afar when some friends gathered a bunch of books and had someone bring them to us. Baby Blessings Bible was one of them! It is worn and tattered and my son quite often asks for it to be read to him.

Each page has a story focusing on a classic Bible story, from Creation to David & Goliath to the resurrection. It tells the story in well-written rhymes that I love to read aloud. Additionally, it gives the parents prompts for conversation on the topic as well as a small prayer to pray with the child. Underneath each page’s title is a scripture reference to read for more.

I really appreciate that this Bible includes the fact that Jesus died and was resurrected. We have a few that end with the story of him riding into town on a donkey and being praised. That is a wonderful chapter of his life, but it’s not the whole story. My husband and I want our kids to know the whole reason we praise Jesus. He died for us! We are saved because of it!

This book doesn’t seem easy to find anymore, but I found what looks like a newer version of it (which is also the image above — ours looks slightly different). I can’t guarantee the inside is the same, but if it is, scoop it up! Your kids will love it.

Say & Pray Bible {by Diane Stortz, Illustrated by Sarah Ward}

Say & Pray Bible for young children (a book review)

Over the last couple years of being parents, we have received several children’s or baby’s Bibles — perhaps 5 or 6 — as gifts or hand-me-downs. This particular Bible, however, might be my favorite!

My son, at barely 20 months old, sat through the entire thing right when we received it. I can foresee this being a great book to curl up with at bedtime throughout the next few years, especially as he learns to talk and read.

Each page has cozy, cute artwork and a handful of “word bubbles,” pointing out specific items on the page like “boat,” “Baby Jesus” or “table.” On one side is the story – typically just one sentence long and clearly written – and the other side includes a related Bible verse and a prayer.

A neat thing is that the Bible verse is usually from a different part of the Bible, drawing a picture that the Bible as a whole is God’s Word and that it should be taken as a plenary document. Sure, this is just a simple kids’ version, but I do appreciate that it is accurate in that way.

For one example, the Book of Esther story goes, “Brave Queen Esther talked to the king to save her people.” The related verse is Psalm 56:11: “I trust in God. I will not be afraid.” This seems to give the parent great discussion starters to dive more into the story with whatever depth seems appropriate for the child.

Lastly, the simple prayers (i.e., “Thank You, God, for helping me when I’m scared! Amen.”) seem to be great tools for a new, young Christian in learning how to talk to God. This is vital in our parenting (both teaching and exemplifying) and I am thankful to have this tool on our shelf now.

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I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.