Hey, moms (and dads) who are trying to teach your kids about God and the Bible . . .
Don’t give up!
I know first hand that it can be a struggle, especially when the kids are young.
Wiggly bodies. Noisy tongues. Short attention spans.
These distractions may make you wonder if family Bible time is really worth the trouble.
And it doesn’t necessarily get easier when they’re older. (Not trying to discourage you, but – now they think they know it all. You just thought they weren’t paying attention when they were younger!)
Don’t give up! Repeating that, ’cause I need to hear it again.
Bible time doesn’t have to be long and it should be engaging. Reading fun Bible books from an early age is a good way to introduce kids to the wonder of God and His Word. Here are some of the best family Bible books we’ve found. (Sometimes, the kids who once complained now ask to read/look at them on their own!)
Best Family Bible Books to Engage Your Kids
The Rhyme Bible Storybook by Linda Sattgast
Each story (from both Old and New testaments) is told in catchy rhyme. Very fun and sometimes funny! Great for the littlest people and still entertaining for older siblings. We actually have (and like) the older version with humorous illustrations by Toni Goffe. It’s out of print, but you can find decent, used copies.
Read Aloud Bible Stories By Ella Lindvall
There are 5 volumes in this series. We’ve never had them in our home, but they’ve been favorites in preschool Sunday school classes we’ve been around. Each one is a large, hardcover book that contains about 5 stories each with simple text and bold, colorful illustrations.
Leading Little Ones To God: A Child’s Book of Bible Teachings by Marian Schoolland
This is a theology book rather than a Bible storybook. It contains easy to understand explanations of big Biblical truths about God, the world, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Salvation and more. Stories from the Bible are used to illustrate the concepts. I especially appreciated the section on the Holy Spirit when teaching a related lesson to a class of 3 year olds!
Simple catechism is combined with engaging stories to teach young children basic truths of the Christian faith. The stories are all about a brother and sister, Cassie and Caleb and their parents as they learn about God together through daily life.
The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments by Marty Machowski
Brightly illustrated stories from both Old and New Testaments reveal Jesus as the hero in every story. We love how each Bible story bears elements of the Gospel. The illustrations give clues to the simple questions that accompany each page. I’m excited to look into a few more of Marty Machowski’s books that Holly recommends in 5 Best Devotionals for Families.
God’s Names by Sally Michael
Introduce your kids to God by studying 25 of His names! Accompanying Scripture and explanations will help you understand more of the character and actions of God. When we went through this book, we made 4×6 cards (the kids and I took turns) with each name, meaning and a simple illustration of the relevant story.
The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos
Thorough and accurate retelling of the Bible from beginning to end. Each chapter (110 for the Old Testament and 92 for he New Testament) indicates what book of the Bible the story is from. Very few illustrations. Chapters range from 1-4 pages long and are good for kids with extended attention spans! An older child would enjoy reading it for themselves.
The Picture Bible by Iva Hoth
Our older boys spent hours with these before they could even read! 223 Bible stories in full-color comic format plus information pages and maps. I was initially hesitant about the comic book style, but it pulled the boys right into the stories. There is still a lot of text and each story indicates where to find it in the Bible. Available in paperback or hardcover. Our copies (yes, we have 2) have long since lost their hardcovers, but the binding remains sturdy despite much use and wear.
More Family Bible Study Options!
Stick Figure Through the Bible with Grapevine Studies – Help your kids draw their way through the Bible with this unique study method. Both overview and topical studies are available for all grade levels, including traceable options for the youngest members of your family.
Lads & Ladies of Wisdom – Compare and contrast characteristics of wisdom and foolishness through the book of Proverbs. The text link will take you to my review of the curriculum that is geared toward elementary age students. Little Lads & Ladies of Virtue is for preschoolers.
Teach Us To Worship – a printable Bible study on worship from Path through the Narrow Gate. Four weeks of lessons, each available in 3 levels contain Scripture, stories and activities.
BONUS! Here are the two little Bible storybooks we keep in our church bag for young ones to look at during the sermon. Their small size makes them easy for little hands to hang onto. The top one is still completely intact after 9 years of use! The second one has lost its front cover but is otherwise holding together well.
A word on age recommendations . . . I have a hard time making these since kids are all so different. We have used all the suggestions below at some point during the ages of 2-10. Some are obviously for the younger range; others work for the younger ones and can still easily include older siblings. If you have specific questions on any of them, feel free to ask in the comments.
Let us know – what are the best family Bible books in your house?
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