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Identify the gender, age, & reading level of the child:
Understanding your child’s reading and comprehension ability for their
age level will help you select a Bible or storybook Bible that your child can
both enjoy and understand. Using gender as a guide is helpful for children
who might have a particular preference for covers and illustrations that
appeal most to boys or girls.
Storybook Bibles are designed for children ages 4 to 7 and use
full-color illustrations to teach basic stories and themes from the Bible.
Full-Text Bibles contain the complete 66 books of the Bible,
including the Old and New Testaments. Typically these Bibles are in order
of Genesis through Revelation.
Determine how the Bible will be used: When it comes to
full-text Bibles, there are many options. Knowing how your child will use
the Bible, such as for personal devotion or to follow along at church or
youth Bible studies, will help you choose a Bible with features that best
match your child’s needs.
Decide on translation: There are 24 biblical translations available
today. You can choose a translation that your church or family already
uses, or, if don’t have a preferred translation or would like something that
is easier for your child to understand, you can select a translation that
best fits your child’s reading comprehension level.
New International Version (NIV) is the most widely read
translation and is known for presenting the Word of God in a language
that is easy to understand yet true to the original text.
New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) is a great
stepping-stone translation to the NIV. It is ideal for emerging readers in
need of simpler phrasing and shorter sentences.
Shop the options: Visiting your local book seller or Christian
bookstore offers you the option to compare different Bibles side-by-side.
Bring your child along so that they can explore the options, talk about
the readability of the font sizes, the feel of the different paper styles
and the appeal of illustrations or special features. Your child’s feedback
after comparing a selection of Bibles will help you choose the one
that is most comfortable and appropriate for their use and enjoyment.
Knowledgeable store clerks can also help answer questions and explain
features during your side-by-side comparisons.
Buy and use the Bible: Once you have selected and purchased
a Bible for your child, take the time to introduce your child to the Bible
and its features. Spending time reading a favorite Bible story or doing a
devotional reading with your child will help them learn how to use their
new Bible. The habit of Bible reading can begin in a child’s foundational
years, and can start with their own special Bible.
And remember, it’s never too early to start reading the
Bible with your child. Family and children’s devotionals,
Bible reading plans, and study kits are great ways to
engage the whole family. Help your child grow to learn
that the Bible is a book our hearts never tire of.
Hi, I’m Jeannie Cunnion, author
of “Parenting the Wholehearted Child.” I’m
also the mom of three children and I’m here
to tell you that getting the right kid-friendly,
age-appropriate Bible in your child’s hands
is the key to getting them engaged in God’s
Word and on the path to learning his truth
and experiencing his love.
Plant the seed of God’s Word in your child’s
heart and watch them grow in his love and
Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the
leader in Christian children’s communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of
kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the
third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.
References: Children’s Bible PR Survey, July 2014
Parenting the Wholehearted Child, by Jeannie Cunnion