When my kids were in preschool, we read many Bible story books. A popular Christian bookstore still had a physical location at the time, and I enjoyed browsing the shelves and thumbing through the illustrated Bible story renditions that were suitable for my kids’ ages. As they grew, I knew that it was time for transitioning from Bible story books to the Bible. As a mom of four kids, this happened at different times for each them. When looking to introduce the Bible to kids, always consider their developmental stage and reading level, but the best age is from 4 to 8 years old. Read on for a few tips to help!
I received a copy of the NirV Illustrated Bible for Kids from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Tips for Transitioning from Bible Story Books to the Bible
- Consider the child’s reading level. My daughter was an avid reader at the age of 5, but my boys took a bit longer. If a child is sounding out words and reading sentences, it’s time to make the switch.
- Does the child comprehend what they are reading? Reading level and comprehension level are often different in early readers. For Bible stories and concepts, we want children to comprehend the story. If a child reads a Bible story book and can express the story concept yet reads a Bible section and has no idea what they read, consider taking the transition process slower.
- Incorporate reading Bible sections along with a Bible story book. For instance, read a Bible story book about the loaves and the fishes, followed up by reading this portion in the actual Bible.
- Purchase a Bible geared towards children. We can all admit that going from a Bible story book to a regular Bible can be a challenge for kids. Take advantage of a Bible that is created for kids, one that includes illustrations and easy-to-navigate sections.
As parents, it is important for us to make Bible reading a crucial part of our children’s lives. Let’s help them the best we can!
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The NirV Illustrated Bible for Kids
For a Bible designed for children ages 4 to 8 years old, the NirV Illustrated Bible for Kids is a great option as an introductory Bible.
The NirV Illustrated Bible for kids has:
- Over 750 full-color illustrations and kid-friendly maps
- Text written at the third-grade reading level
- Text based on the NIV translation. Whenever possible the NIrV uses the text of the NIV but where necessary uses shorter sentences and words easier to understand. Throughout the translation, each verse has been meticulously evaluated in light of the meaning of the original languages in which the Bible was written.
- A readable font
- A single column format
- Sections listed under headings, rather than chapter and verse numbers. These have been removed to minimize distractions. As a children’s ministry teacher who thinks it is important for students to be able to navigate the Bible and locate chapter/verses, the lack of the verses individually portioned out is acceptable for an introductory Bible.
Learn more about the Bible and purchase by clicking here.