If you’re a Christian parent, you’ve probably seen or been given a number of Bible story books for kids. There are scores of them out there, and they are of varying quality. I submit that Bible stories are not just moralistic tales like Aesop’s Fables, but far too many publications are oriented that way. Instead, the stories in the Bible begin to draw us into the Story of the Bible, which is the Gospel.
From the ones that I’ve seen, The Big Picture Story Bible is my personal favorite Bible story book for kids. The stories are written in a manner that is suitable for young kids. At present, my 5-year-old is very interested in these stories and looks forward to reading the next one each night. My 3-year-old is not quite there yet. Obviously each child is different – we’ve used this book for a couple years, but I’d say it’s tough for someone younger than 4. But for kids in that 4-6 range (maybe older?) this book is a great fit.
Obviously the stories are short enough for short attention spans. The thing I like about it, though, is that the biblical narrative, the “Big Story” is in view in each of the little stories. It fits together to introduce children to the narrative arc of the Bible, the story of creation/fall/redemption.
There’s also a Kindle version as well.
I’m definitely interested in hearing about other options as well. What have you found?