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.

Bible Trivia, Jokes, & Fun Facts for Kids {by Troy Schmidt}

Love this new book full of jokes and Bible facts -- for kids but definitely neat for adults, too!

When I told my husband about this new book I received that had both Bible trivia and jokes, we chuckled that it was the perfect book for me. Sure, it’s written “for kids,” but trust me, it’s fantastic for adults, too. I’m a big fan of short, silly jokes and I doubt many people actually know all these facts from the Bible.

One of the neat things about this book is the author presents the trivia in a fun-filled way that can easily produce giggles from a child. In this unique format, absolute truths are instilled in their hearts without it being a painful memorization process.

There are various games and quizzes, too — for individuals, pairs or groups. It’s quite the dynamic book that is a powerful tool for parents and teachers. My children are too young for the majority of this book, but I can’t wait to incorporate it into some fun family time in the future.

One of my favorite sections is toward the end — entitled “Talk the Talk.” It provides all sorts of conversation starters that would be so great at the family dinner table or on a road trip. They are all geared toward children and I always appreciate these types of lists.

Overall, this is an excellent book that was very professionally designed and published. I’m glad I had the opportunity to review it.


I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House 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.

Where Does Love Hide? {by Mary Manz Simon}

A short but amazing book to teach children ways to "unhide" their love and share it with others in many types of situations.Children begin to understand what love is from a very young age, as they either receive it in abundance from loving parents or, sadly, lack it in a lesser situation. They also understand the concept of hiding as it’s often a part of play — from baby peek-a-boo to toddler blanket forts to older kids’ hide & seek activities. That is why it’s such a clever idea to combine those two things into a board book.

Each page gives an example of how our love is hidden until we do a certain gesture — like sharing toys or helping put away groceries. Our friends or family don’t get to see or benefit from our love until we let it out.

This is also a lift-the-flap book, which, not only is always enjoyed by my toddler son, it also grounds in the concept of “unhiding” one’s love, even if subconsciously.

With one of the world’s favorite holidays just around the corner on February 14, this a great book to pull out and talk more deeply about the love God wants us to show others. I most appreciate how each lesson includes a Bible verse that the parent could either incorporate into their reading or use later in another situation that is teaching that particular concept or this book could even be used as a mini devotional, studying one type of love-sharing and what God’s Word says about it.

Where Does Love Hide? is a solid book and one I am thankful to have on my children’s book shelves now.


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.

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional

An excellent nightly devotional to do with your kiddos.Who doesn’t know (and love) the Berenstain Bears? Many of us have grown up with them and appreciate the feel-good atmosphere in the stories. So many books hold so many good lessons and visual examples of ways to live in light of God’s love.

I realize that when presented with options from publishers to review, I often choose the latest Berenstain Bear book (see Love One Another and Easter Blessing, for examples). And I believe that is because of their quality and goodness.

This devotional is geared toward children in perhaps the 4-8 age range. Each of the 90 devotionals starts out with a Bible verse. Then there is a little lesson with an example from the lives of the Berenstain Bears. It sometimes includes a [possibly rhetorical] question toward the children.

That is usually (not always) followed by a “Carry on Cub” paragraph which challenges the child to think more on a certain topic before they close their eyes — for example, how they can show God they are thankful for His love, how they can be helpful to their parents in the morning, etc.

At the end of each night’s devotional is a short prayer. Each is catchy and rhymes so it captures children’s attentions and can perhaps be used later that night when tucking them in.

This is a solid book. It’s a nice size and has a quality ribbon to keep your place. My husband and I are looking forward to using it in our nightly family Bible times when our children get older. For now, we are mostly just reading out of various Bible board books. 🙂


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.

First Bible Stories for Boys

Packed with 42 accurate stories from the Bible, this is a great daily book to read with your kiddos.

Every once in a while, our local grocery store in Quito, Ecuador (SuperMaxi) would carry books in English. Surprisingly, I have several great books we bought there over the years! I snagged this one a couple years ago — it was too advanced for my son but I wanted to have it for later years. Fast forward..

For the last few months, we’ve worked through it, one story at a time, during our nightly family Bible times. Each story is written on only one page and is accompanied with one picture on the adjoining page. It’s not specifically designed to be read “one a day,” but it worked well for that.

First Bible Stories for Boys touched on more stories than most kids’ Bible story books tend to. I appreciated that.

But they weren’t all written very well. Admittedly, our almost-three-year-old was probably still a little young for some of the stories, but even if our children were older, the stories weren’t always clearly articulated. My husband and I had to explain a lot or reword some of the stories (always matching the Bible, of course).

It wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read in this genre, but I wasn’t thrilled by it. I will say it’s likely we use it again in later years just for variety, so that’s a positive note. Since we bought it on another continent than we live now and I’ve never seen it anywhere since, I did a little Amazon search and see that you can find it, but I’d recommend just buying it used from places like Thriftbooks.

The Berenstain Bears: Love One Another {by Mike Berenstain}

What toddler doesn't need a boost in sharing/loving/thinking of others? This is a cute book that teaches that in a non-teachy way. :)Are you parenting a toddler right now? Then you might nod your head when I say that “kindness” is a commonly discussed topic around our house — particularly when it comes to said toddler’s baby sister (but in general, too). Loving others and being kind to them is a a concept that children can start to grasp at a pretty young age.

That’s why I’m thrilled to share with you a new addition to the long line of beloved Berenstain Bear stories. Love One Another addresses the topic of showing love with kindness and thoughtfulness in a straightforward, simple way that is ideal for toddlers.

The scene opens in the kitchen with the three young bear children helping Mama Bear make muffins. This and other situations (such as raking leaves and playing with the baby) touch perfectly on the everyday familiarity in the typical toddler’s world.

This board book is really the perfect size for both parents and children to hold on to. The artwork is classic “Berenstain Bears” style and really draws out each page as it’s fun to examine all the parts of the picture.

Besides the main theme of loving one another and seeing examples of that, I also appreciate an underlying message. These children respect their parents. They listen to things they say, even when it is initially disappointing to their little hearts’ desires. The book teaches my children how to respect in a gentle, “non-teaching” way.

I, for one, appreciate Mike Berenstain taking on his parents’ legacy. He continues to bring powerful stories to our kids’ bookshelf — stories that teach, encourage, occasionally induce giggles and provide smiles all around. Love One Another is definitely a keeper!


I received this book free from the publisher through the Worthy Publishing First Look 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.