Recommended Readings for Parents and Kids
|Book Title or Resource||Author or Publisher|
|Remember the Ten Commandments: easy as 1, 2, 3||Burrows, Stephen E.|
|The Armor of God||Evans, Tony|
|Parenting in the Pew||Castleman, Robbie|
|Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart||Greear, J.D.|
|Wise Words for Moms||Hubbard, Ginger|
|My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts||Hunt, Susan|
|Big Truths for Little Kids||Hunt, Susan and Richie|
|Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling||Kruis, John G.|
|The Jesus Storybook Bible||Lloyd-Jones, Sally|
|My 1st Book of Questions and Answers||Mackenzie, Carine|
|“Don’t Make Me Count to Three!”||Plowman, Ginger|
|The Armor of God||Rose Publishing|
|A Practical Guide to Culture||Stonestreet, John & Kunkle, Brett|
|Shepherding a Child’s Heart||Tripp, Tedd|
|Instructing a Child’s Heart||Tripp, Tedd and Margy|
Selecting a Bible for Kids
There is more to choosing a Bible than picking a cool cover. The information below may help to explain different types of Bibles available and provide guidance for selecting the best fit for your child.
Types of Bibles
With the variety of Bible types available today, consider which model fits your childs need:
- Reference Bibles Contain a cross-reference system, to refer the reader to related verses.
- Study Bibles Provide helpful info about biblical people, places, times and specific Bible passages. Includes maps, charts, introductions, outlines, and concordances. Great for study.
- Thinline Bibles A smaller version of a reference Bible. Not too thick to carry or pack easily.
- Personal-Size Bibles Very small size with minimal extra info. Great for carrying around.
- Devotional Bibles Includes daily reading plans with devotional thoughts (for boys or girls).
There is not a standard recommendation for any age, but here are a number of excellent Bible translations that have been produced in the past several decades.
- NIrV A translation for children. Recommended for parents to read aloud to little ones.
- NCV Good for kids as they begin reading the Bible on their own.
- NLT Easy to read. Translated phrase-by-phrase. Great for devotional reading.
- NIV Easy to read and memorize. Very popular. Clear, but not wordy. Not as good for study.
- HCSB This is our top choice of translations, and the one we use on the weekends.
- ESV and NASB are the preferred translations of our church Elders, because of the word-for-word translation style. Requires a stronger reading ability for children. Great for Bible study.
Bible Recommendations by Age Group
There is not a standard recommendation for any age, but the following may prove helpful:
- Pre-School Select a translation that parents can read for young children (NIrV or NCV).
- Children (K-5th) Select a version that is cool with features that will motivate kids to read it.
- Middle School Some teens are ready for ESV or NASB and desire study or reference features.
- High School More likely to want devotional Bibles and study Bibles with more information.
Additional Notes about Bibles & Covers
For kids of any age, it is often a good idea to include your child in picking out a Bible that has the features and cover style that they like. They will be more likely to read and study a model that they find attractive. Use the info above to help guide your child in their search.