What Are The Best Children's Bibles For 2020?

David Cameron December 12th, 2019

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People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
Luke 18:15-17

Children's Bibles hold a special place in our hearts. These precious books can be one of the first introductions that a child has to the Word of God. This makes finding the perfect Children's Bible for your little ones an important but enjoyable journey. Your gift is will be an inspiration for young minds and hearts.

What is a Children's Bible in the first place?

Well the term "Children's Bible" is a little misleading because they are not really a Bible in the traditional sense that you may be accustomed to. A Children's Bible is more of a collection of stories that are often centered around one main theme.

The tradition of these Bibles goes back a long way. The very first Children's Bible was published in 1759 in London, England. Since then, there have been many others that have followed. Over the years, some of the most notable have been:

• The Children's Bible (1759)
• Christian Gottlob Barth's Bible Stories (1763)
• The Wonder Book of Bible Stories (1904)
• Child's Story Bible (1935)
• The Bible Story (1953-57)
• Listen! (1976)
• The Adventure Bible (1989)
• The Children's Bible Story Book (1991)
• Bibles for Children (1997)
• International Children's Bible (1989)

What is the International Children's Bible?

This Bible version has been around for almost thirty years. It was first published in 1989 and was intended to bring the Word of God to students in and around the grade 3 reading level. It is not like other Children's Bibles in that it is not a picture or story Bible. It is a real text-based translation derived from original Hebrew and Greek texts like any other Bible translation.

The International Children's Bible translation has become one of the most popular versions sold today. Sentences are kept short and concepts are kept simple making the messages easier to understand:

Bible version comparison

What To Look For In A Children's Bible

When selecting the perfect book for your young ones, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Is it age-appropriate? - You can quickly tell, often just by the cover, if a Children's Bible will be suitable for the children who will be reading them. You are not going to give a 3rd grade picture book of Bible stories to a teenage girl (and vice versa).

Readability - Is the text written for the audience that you are buying for? There are more advanced Bible version like the New Living Translation (NTL) that is targeted to younger adults and early readers. This version may not be suitable for a younger group of readers due to the more advanced translation.

Pictures or no pictures - If your audience is very young, they may enjoy plenty of colorful pictures but as they get older, they may not appreciate the pictures as much. Much of this depends on the age of the children. There are some adult Bibles like The Way for Cowboys Bible that feature full color pictures.

A story book or Bible translation? - Children's Bibles are divided into two types. 1) The Story book Bible. These Bibles use easy to understand stories to teach God's message. 2) A Bible translation like the International Children's Bible or the New International Readers Version (NiRV) has few or no pictures and a simplified text that has been carefully translated from original texts. Again, this is largely determined by the age of the reader.

How Do You Choose?
Unfortunately, we can't entirely help you with choosing which Children's Bible is best for you. It is recommended that you pay close attention to the age range provided in each product description.

Top Children's Bibles (available in case quantities)

ICB Children's Hardcover Big Red Cove Holy Bible

ICB Children's Hardcover Big Red Cove Holy Bible

• By Thomas Nelson
• 3rd grade reading level
• Illustrated Bible story pages
• Double-column format
• 8-point type size
• 1312 pages
• 8.5(h) x 5.5(w) x 1.25(d) inches
NIrV Adventure Paperback Bible for Early Readers

NIrV Adventure Paperback Bible for Early Readers

• By Lawrence O. Richards
• Recommended for age 6-10
• Full-color design throughout
• Double-column format
• 9-point type size
• 1584 pages
• 8.5(h) x 5.38(w) x 1.38(d) inches
NIrV The Beginner's Bible Hardcover Holy Bible

NIrV The Beginner's Bible Hardcover Holy Bible

• By Zonderkidz
• 3rd grade reading level
• Reading plan of 150 famous Bible stories
• 12-point type size
• 2048 pages
• 8.75(h) x 5.63(w) x 1.88(d) inches
NIrV Hardcover Minecrafters Bible

NIrV Hardcover Minecrafters Bible

• By Zonderkidz
• 3rd grade reading level
• Bible dictionary
• Double-column format
• 9-point type size
• 1152 pages
• 8.5(h) x 5.5(w) x 1.13(d) inches
NIV Kids' Visual Study Hardcover Bible

NIV Kids' Visual Study Hardcover Bible

• By Zonderkidz
• Ages 8 to 12
•Over 700 full-color photographs, illustrations, infographics, and maps
• 8.5-point type size
• 1952 pages
• 8.75(h) x 5.75(w) x 2.13(d) inches
NIV Faithgirlz Hardcover Bible

NIV Faithgirlz Hardcover Bible

• By Zonderkidz
• Ages 8 to 12
• Bible dictionary
• Double-column format
• 9-point type size
• 1504 pages
• 8.75(h) x 6.0(w) x 1.5(d) inches
NIV God's Treasure Hardcover Holy Bible

NIV God's Treasure Hardcover Holy Bible

• By Zonderkidz
• 3rd grade reading level
Ribbon Marker, Maps/Charts
• Double-column format
• 9-point type size
• 1216 pages
• 8.75(h) x 5.6(w) x 1.3(d) inches
NIrV Seek and Explore Hardcover Holy Bible

NIrV Seek and Explore Hardcover Holy Bible

• By Zonderkidz
• 3rd grade reading level
• Full-color throughout
• Single-column format
• 8.75-point type size
• 1824 pages
• 8.75(h) x 5.75(w) x 2.0(d) inches

Find out more about text size on our What is the Difference Between Large & Giant Print Bibles? page.

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Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_for_children