A little while ago, I shared some favorite Bible resources, but I knew I would end up wanting to share more.
This year for Easter, we really wanted to give our children books that would help them learn more about the Bible. I felt like I spent hours looking at books on Amazon, and then Seth and I spent some of our date night last week looking at books at a local Christian bookstore. I was really pleased with what we found, and judging by how much time our children have already spent with their books, I think our kids are pleased too.
For our older two children (2nd and 3rd grade), we wanted to find books that would be tools to help them study the Bible. Here’s what we found:
- Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids – This Bible dictionary is full of lots of great Bible terms as well as people and places. Elijah immediately saw the pronunciation guides for the words and thought that was wonderful. It also has maps that Elijah loves. We thought it was a great reference if they get stuck on a term, person, or place in their Bible reading.
- The Action Bible Handbook: A Dictionary of People, Places, and Things – While the Action Bible Handbook is also a dictionary it also tells you where you can find that term in the Action Bible as well as the actual Bible. I keep finding Ruth cross-referencing from the Handbook to the Action Bible to her real Bible. It also has entries about each book of the Bible (time period, author, or main themes of the book).
Even though the Holman Dictionary has 750 words and the Action Bible Handbook has 700, we were surprised by the lack of overlap between the two. Both are great tools for our big two and will hopefully be used for years to come.
For my beginning-to-read boy, we wanted to find him Bible stories he might be able to read himself (at least with help). I’m pleasantly surprised by how much he loves this little Bible book.
- Early Reader’s Bible New Testament is written so simply. Even though Isaiah couldn’t read all the words, he is excited to read it, wants us to help him with words he doesn’t know, and is more than willing to re-read pages to everyone around him (practicing his new words). This book has got him more excited about reading than I have seen yet. If I had ordered on Amazon, I would have bought the Early Readers Bible instead since it also has Old Testament stories, but I do like to shop in a local Christian bookstore when I can. I can’t wait to see my little boy take off in his reading, and I love how excited he is to read his Bible.
For our 4 year old non-reader we found:
- God Helps Me Sticker Book which is just fun. It has colored illustrations of many Bible stories and talks about where God helped people throughout the Bible. The stickers are easy to use, and Gideon has had lots of fun matching up the stickers with the appropriate places. He studies the pictures for each story and really seems to enjoy this simple, age-appropriate Bible sticker book. I like that the book points out God’s provision throughout many stories. It’s also a great book to remind Gideon of Bible stories or to review stories with him.
Have you found any great new Bible resources for your children?