Thursday, September 5, 2013

Favorite Character Building Books, Part 1: Bibles

As a Christian homeschooling mom who loves books, I'm always looking for great character-building books. During this series I will share my favorite children's Bibles, devotionals, character building books, biographies and holiday books. My oldest son is 6 and in first grade, so these books are appropriate for preschoolers through elementary ages. This post is about my favorite Bibles. It is tough to find a good children's Bible! I must have bought 20+ Bibles before finally finding ones I like!

This was my favorite Bible for the BABY THROUGH TODDLER stage:
Child's First Bible by Kenneth N. Taylor
I liked the pictures in this Bible, the way the stories are written and the number of stories it contains. There is also a simple question to ask the child at the end of each story, which I really liked because I think questions enhance comprehension. The actual stories are VERY short, so if your child has a short attention span, this is a great Bible. If your child has a normal to longer attention span, I'd recommend the next Bible.

For the TODDLER THROUGH PRESCHOOL stage, I liked the next Bible up by the same author as the Bible above:
Family Time Bible by Kenneth N. Taylor
My oldest son really liked this Bible and used it through Kindergarten. I really like the pictures and the length of the stories was perfect for his attention span. It seemed like this Bible covered most of the stories and covered several stories that I don't remember reading in other children's Bibles. There are also questions at the end of each story.

For the ELEMENTARY stage, we are really liking:
Children's Illustrated Bible by Selma Hastings
The stories are a good length and are well written with quite a bit of detail. My son really likes the pictures (Although as a warning, some reviewers found the pictures too detail oriented. At times there is blood and bones shown in the pictures). What we really like about this Bible is all of the extra details. For each story, there are little pictures, photographs and blurbs about things discussed in the story such as photos and info about a fruit mentioned or a current picture of the Jordan River, etc.

To transition to a regular Bible, we really like:
Seek and Find Bible (English Standard Version)
This is a regular Bible but it has paraphrased Bible stories throughout the Bible that highlight the major stories found in children's Bibles. It is great because you can read the paraphrased pages for younger children or the actual Bible for older children. Each paraphrased story has a nice full page picture, a "SEEK and FIND" section after it with where to find the story in the Bible, a key Bible verse to memorize, questions to ask children about the section and additional "related Bible readings" verses. Throughout the regular Bible sections, there are highlighted verses that are suggested as memory verses for children to learn, pictures with Character Profiles for individual people in the Bible, and additional pages with pictures and detailed information such as the various temples (Solomon's Temple, Herod's Temple, Golgotha and the Temple Mount, etc).

These aren't books, but I'm going to put them in this post anyway because these DVD's are WONDERFUL! Here is a link to a previous post about this series.

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