The Beginner's Bible was first published in 1989, and has sold over 25 million copies. This book is a timeless classic that will become children's favorite beginner bible. The newest edition has the same bible stories, but the illustrations have been redone with more vibrant colors. This is a hardback book and at 6 1/2" X 7 1/2" it is the perfect size for little hands. It is recommended for children ages 4-8.
Starting with The Beginning and ending with Jesus is Coming! There are 48 stories from the Old Testament and 46 stories from the New Testament. It contains the bible stories that all little kids love including Noah's Ark, baby Moses, Samson, Queen Esther, baby Jesus, the lost coin, and so many more. There are also a few stories that young children don't always know like Psalms 23, the healing of Naaman, and the first Church. In the back of the bible there is a three page dictionary to help children with words they may not be familiar with.
The new illustrations are beautiful, the colors are very vibrant and pleasing to look at. The pages are glossy and thicker than regular paper. There is also great content on The Beginner's Bible webpage. Coloring pages, activity pages, snack suggestions, trivia cards and more are available free to help children become more involved with the scripture. There is also a special section for parents and teachers with free resources to use at home, in the classroom, or at church. Zonderkidz has now added some new features for our world of technology. There is now an app for The Beginner's Bible with narration, music, and sound effects. It also has coloring pages, puzzles, and games for children ages 2-6.
Although all my children are too old for this children's bible we had the older edition when they were younger. When they were very young I would read a bible story to them each day. We would look at the pictures and discuss each one. When they started reading on their own I had them read a story every day. I wanted them to establish their own private devotional time every day. They were very familiar with all the stories, so even when they were struggling with sounding out some of the words they could figure out what it was saying (or maybe they just had them memorized because I had read them out loud so often).
When our new bible came in the mail my 11 year-old was very excited to look through it to see how it had changed. She loves the new brighter colors in the illustrations. My girls baby-sit a two year-old little girl occasionally and they want her to enjoy this bible as much as they did when they were little.
So many people start out the new year making resolutions for themselves. You could help a young child or a new parent make good choices in this new year by giving them the gift of a children's bible. The memories that a parent and child create while reading God's Word together will last a lifetime.