I remember as a kid sitting around in a home Bible study group and reading the Bible for what seemed like hours at a time.
Truth be told, the longest reading sessions probably only lasted an hour, but as a kid, it felt like an eternity. It wasn’t that I didn’t like reading, nor that I was bored. It’s just that as a kid, well, there were a few more exciting things to do in the evenings than sit around reading the Bible. I had my own full Bible given to me as a gift. It was the whole thing, from Genesis to Revelation. I read it, when in a group or at church. But when I alone, there was another Bible that captivated me, and had me reading even when there were more exciting things to do in my spare time.
There is a Bible that will capture the attention of your child regardless of how old they are.
So what are the best Bibles for Kids?
Everyone knows that kids’ are different from adults, and that they process things differently than adults. So dropping a full Bible on their laps and telling them to read it, likely is not the most effective way of getting them excited about learning what the Bible says. Thankfully, there are other options available.
The Parents role in this journey
Let us pause for a moment and consider that many adults (and many who say that they are Christians) have never even read the entire Bible for themselves. Yet, they want their kids’ to read it. Obviously these adults recognize the importance of the Scriptures, but maybe don’t know the right way to go about getting their kids’ interested in reading it.
The best way for your child to take interest in the Bible is for them to see that YOU are interested in the Bible.
If you are one of these adults and would like to be that good example for your kids’, take a gander to the post titled: Bible Reading Plan and get going. You know you should be reading the Bible, and you know that it will do you good.
This post will look at the “why” and “how” of the Best of Bibles for kids’ that you can give to a child, that will provide an engaging start to their Bible reading journey. As a bonus, if you are sharing these books with your children, and reading to them, or with them, you might find yourself getting stimulated to start reading the Bible for yourself or find that you need to read the Bible to be able to answer the many questions that are sure to come your way.
For more information on the actual Bibles available for kids see this post: Best of Bibles for Kids – Product Review (link pending).
A toddler has a short attention span and though part of it is due to immaturity, it is also in part because they have a desire to learn. Their constant movement is exploration, to them, life is one adventure after another. If you start them “reading” at a young age, you can help them to focus and teach them to learn and find adventure on the pages of the Bible.
It is interesting to note that with many a child, sitting down with them to look at a book is both calming and nourishing. It is a bonding time that even though it might only last for minutes at a time, is priceless.
A great time for this bonding is around their nap time or right before bedtime. Their physical energy levels are almost exhausted and this special time with Mom or Dad will help set the tone for a great nap or a good sleep.
What to read? You need to find something that has pictures geared towards toddlers. If the book has words, you can read the words on the page and if not, you can tell the story based on your knowledge. As the child looks at the pictures, they will likely interact by pointing to something on the page. This is a great opportunity for you to describe what they are pointing at. Remember that even though your child is not moving around, he is still learning.
If you have been consistently reading the stories in the children’s Bible, you will notice a progression. When your child begins to talk, they will start to “read along” with you.
Eventually, they will tell you that they want to “read the story”.
At this point, you can let them do the “reading” and put your finger on the words as they go along. These are the beginning steps for them associating written words with spoken words.
Starting to Read
When your child starts learning how to read, it opens up a whole new world to them. Many parents leave the task of teaching their children to read to the teachers. They think that it is the teachers job to teach their kids’.
Although teachers play a big part in teaching children how to read, it still falls on the parents to be involved in this important step in their development.
By taking action and reading with your child, not only will you be able to keep track of how they are doing, you will also be able to control what they are reading.
If you have a Bible for them to read from, you are helping to fill their minds with what the Scriptures teach and that will have lasting positive consequences.
Picking up a kids’ beginner’s Bible is just the tool you need. This type of Bible that still uses bright, interactive pictures but also includes a few more words and a bit deeper story line.
As your child grows up and reads with fluency, they might grow out of the “little kids’ Bible”. It is time to look for something a little more substantial, something a little more engaging. At this age, your child will be able to read some short passages from a full Bible but could still be overwhelmed and might find it difficult understanding what they are reading.
Looking for something that is still attractive and allows them to get excited to read is where it’s at.
Into their Teens
As you child hits their teenage years, if they have developed a passion for reading the Scriptures, it will not be hard for them to start picking up a full Bible. As they read the passages they will remember the “stories” they read from the kids’ Bibles and be able to identify the source of those stories. If they are inquisitive readers, they might even look to see if they can find the stories they had previously read and check to see how it is written in the “real” Bible.
If your child has not yet developed any Bible Reading habits, it might be necessary to provide them with something that will get their attention. They might feel overwhelmed by the task of reading the whole Bible.
Action Point: take an affirmative step for you and your child
Take the time to start your child’s life right by getting to know God, and by getting to know His word. Plan ahead and sow the seeds so that as your child grows, they will develop a reverence for the one who is their Creator.
Start now by purchasing a Bible that fits the need of your child. Visit our post Best of Bibles for kids’ – Product Review. Whether your child is a toddler, a beginner reader, growing up or a teenager there is a Bible suited for them.
If you need an overview of what the Bible is all about, I suggest that you visit the following posts that include a written summary, a short video, and a chart. What is the Bible: one BIG book? or a LIBRARY of books?