Recommended Reading for Parents and Kids
Hillside Kids Staff Resource Suggestions
|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 Gods 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|
|Dont Make Me Count to Three!||Plowman, Ginger|
|The Armor of God||Rose Publishing|
|A Practical Guide to Culture||Stonestreet, John & Kunkle, Brett|
|Shepherding a Childs Heart||Tripp, Tedd|
|Instructing a Childs Heart||Tripp, Tedd and Margy|
Selecting a Bible for Kids
There is more to choosing a Bible than picking a cool cover.
Bible Recommendations by Age Group
- 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.
Types of Bibles
With the variety of Bible types available today, consider which model fits your child?s 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).
A number of excellent Bible translations have been produced in the past several decades. There is not a standard recommendation for any age, but the following may prove helpful.
- 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.
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.