Passing on Your Faith & Bible Resources

I am going to list these resources by age level (youngest to oldest).

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The Rhyme Bible Storybook For Toddlers by L.J. Sattgast – I love the pictures, limited words per page, and introducing poetry at a very young age.  Newborn and up

The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm – I think this is a MUST own Bible for every family.  It teaches how all of scripture points to Jesus.  Not all Bible stories are in this Bible.  Illustrations are very creative and often a bird’s eye point of view.  The Big Picture Story Bible now comes with CDs where the author slowly reads the Bible AND there are chimes when to turn the pages.  The CDs are great for non-readers as little as 2 or 3 or for kids first learning how to read to see if they can follow the words as they are listening to them.  The audio is slow and the author has a calming tone of voice, so we have used it for the kids to listen to as they fall asleep at night.

The Word and Song Bible by Stephen Elkins – comes with CDs; This book alternates between a story and a song; bright pictures and kids can follow along with the CDs (no beeps when to turn the page).

Big Truth for Little Kids by Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt – THIS IS NOT A BIBLE, but a family devotion resource.  She introduces a family with children and tells stories about them and their lives at church and in their neighborhood.  The stories are application of the truths taught in First Catechism.  A catechism is simply a series of questions and answers that systematically teach a body of information (an effective way to teach a framework of biblical knowledge that helps them develop a Christian worldview).  Catechisms are great for the grammar stage of learning.  If you really like this book, she has two more books that follow this one: Discovering Jesus in Genesis and Discovering Jesus in Exodus.

The Jesus Storybook Bible – Sally Lloyd-Jones – The pictures are unique and more ethnically diverse.  She takes some liberty in the way she tells the Bible stories, but I think it keeps it fresh and unique for kids. 

The Child’s Story Bible – Catherine Vos – There are not a lot of pictures to look at, but it is written VERY well.  It is like sitting down with your grandma and having her tell you stories from the Bible.  Her interpretation and application of scripture is right on.  Another MUST HAVE for every family.

The Picture Bible by Iva Hoth – comic Bible; my husband has enjoyed reading it to our kids.

Leading Little Ones To God by Marian Schoolland is a fantastic resource for laying the foundation of faith for kids as young as 4 years old.  It answers a lot of basic faith questions and explains so much of what small children are observing in the life of true believers.

How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth – by Gordon Fee and Douglas StuartTHIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK WRITTEN BY MAN.  It teaches you how to interpret and apply scripture correctly.  Do you understand how to read the different genres of scripture correctly?  Do you understand how translations are made and why one is different from the other?  When you are reading poetry, a narrative, a gospel, or an epistle in scripture do you know what questions you should be asking of the text?   Do you wish you had more skills to lead a discussion with your children about a passage that you have just read with them?  If so, this is the book for you.  The first 2 chapters are the hardest to understand so don’t give up while you are reading those.  These two authors have also published another great book called How To Read the Bible Book By Book.