As a pastor to children and families, I love to research solid resources that would help parents introduce their children to the Bible and the Christian faith. Discipling children is challenging for any parent, so I’m thankful for solid resources that help us as parents plant biblical seeds in our children’s hearts.
I was recently asked by a parent to share the best Bible for his kids to begin using. With the understanding that any faithful English Bible translation (ESV & CSB being my personal favorites for children) is sufficient for training children in the instruction of the Lord, there are also many different supplemental biblical and theological resources that can help parents pass on the faith to their kids.
Below, I’ve compiled 10 of my favorite Bible resources for children. Later this week, I will share 10 of my favorite theology resources for children.
Bible Resources for Kids
I’ve intentionally tiered my list to show a good way to introduce kids to the Bible and progress them from story Bibles to their first Bible. In short, I think it is best to read your copy of the Bible to your children while using story Bibles to help them grasp the purpose of the Bible. The Bible is overwhelming for young children. But with the use of story Bibles, parents can slowly transition their kids from what I call “big picture” Bibles to their first “big kid” Bible.
- The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible | Jared Kennedy
- Aimed at toddlers and preschoolers, this story Bible would be a great first story Bible for your children. Check out my review.
- The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments | Marty Machowski
- Next, I would move to a story Bible. My favorites are listed as numbers 2-4. Walking through each of them wouldn’t be redundant. Each story Bible has a particular lens with the same goal in mind. They each present the Bible as a story with Jesus at the center.
- Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name | Sally Lloyd-Jones
- The Big Picture Story Bible | David Helm
- The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden | Kevin DeYoung
- DeYoung’s book drives home the idea that the Bible is one big story. It helps children trace the Bible’s plot from beginning to end.
- ESV Big Picture Bible | Crossway
- The ESV Big Picture Bible is pitched as a great segue between story Bibles and “real” Bibles. It makes a great first “big kid” Bible.
- ESV Children’s Bible | Crossway
- This is another excellent first Bible for children.
- Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids | David Murray
- I’m currently reviewing this book, so I will save many of my thoughts for that review. I will say that this is a unique and useful book for helping kids develop a skill for Bible study and interaction. It teaches children to ask questions of the Word and reflect on the Word. As your children begin reading the Bible on their own, you’ll want to get this book in their hands.
- Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God | Marty Machowski
- Both numbers 9 & 10 are devotional books that pair well with Machowski’s The Gospel Story Bible. They are interactive guides to help you in family worship.
- Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God | Marty Machowski
What would you add to my list?
Mathew Gilbert is Associate Pastor for Children and Preschool at The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo, MS. He is a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the author of Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God. Mathew and his wife, Erica, live in Tupelo with their two boys, Jude and Jack.