Bible Stories for Kids

Children love stories. Stories are one of the primary ways they learn about the world and themselves. While most children absorb facts easily, stories provide an immediacy that simple information lacks. A child doesn't remember a story so much as know it; it becomes part of their life experience and informs the way they interact with God and other people.

The Bible is a series of stories forming a single narrative about God, mankind and their relationship. These stories each illustrate aspects of God's character. While children need to be taught the terms and "facts" of Christian doctrine, Bible stories provide a vital reinforcement and illustration of abstract concepts.

God chose to reveal Himself primarily through stories about His people. Stories, then, should be the primary way we teach our children about Him. By familiarizing themselves with the history of God's people, our children will begin to better understand their own role in the continuing story of God's redemption of mankind.

We don't carry a lot of books with individual stories, focusing instead on larger collections. While none of these books include all the stories, they offer a sense of the Bible's overall flow that many similar books lack. Once kids get older it's important to move on to the Bible itself, but in their younger years they often need something a bit more comprehensible. To help you find the most age-appropriate Bible storybooks, we've divided what we offer into three groups: books for ages 2-4, 4-7, and 7-10.

Ages 2-4

The Beginner's Bible is best used as a read-aloud and features cartoony illustrations and a smattering of famous Bible stories. More complete and focusing on the flow of Biblical history, The Big Picture Story Bible also includes thoughtful questions to aid retention. The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes pairs 184 paragraph-length Bible stories with one-page full-color illustrations, with the text acting as commentary on and explanation of the pictures. Our favorite for this age group, The Jesus Story Book Bible is humorous, Reformed, and demonstrates the presence of Christ throughout the entirety of Scripture.

Ages 4-7

101 Favorite Stories from the Bible includes many often-neglected tales and doesn't shy away from the violent ones (though stories of an explicitly sexual nature are excluded or glossed). Focusing on events and people rather than theology, The Family-Time Bible in Pictures is beautifully illustrated and includes discussion questions. For a simple overview of the Bible's narrative arc, The Children's Bible in 365 Stories is a solid choice. The EagerReader Bible introduces beginning readers to foundational Bible stories.

365 Great Bible Stories focuses on the presence of Christ throughout the biblical narrative. Starr Meade's The Mighty Acts of God imparts biblical and theological truth through well-written stories with Scripture references. The New Children's Bible highlights key individuals in the history of redemption, imparting a Covenantal understanding of God's work. (The Mighty Acts of God and The New Children's Bible are also good choices for slightly older kids.) Particularly useful for 4-7 year olds, but beneficial for the entire family, The Gospel Story Bible illustrates Jesus' story throughout both Testaments, along with thought-provoking discussion starters.

Ages 7-10

The Egermeier's Bible Story Book is a classic of its kind, simply presenting well-known Bible stories with wholesome illustrations and a moralistic tone. Also a classic, but much better at imparting theological truths, The Child's Story Bible even works as a doctrinal introduction for adult new believers. The Children's Illustrated Bible supplements the famous Bible stories with information about the people and times, maps, etc.

The Golden Children's Bible takes kids through the major stories in chronological order, employing a modified "King James" prose that is neither dumbed-down nor too difficult. For a slightly broader age range (8-12), both The Picture Bible and The Action Bible offer the crucial stories of the Bible in comic book format. If you want your kids introduced to the major stories and themes of the Bible in the Bible's own words, the ESV Illustrated Family Bible pairs beautiful illustrations with extended excerpts from the English Standard Version of God's Word.

Of course it's up to you which books you offer your kids and at what age—these are mostly suggestions. Some kids are ready for more challenge at an earlier age, some parents may want to focus more on doctrine than simply the stories themselves, and there are families who prefer to concentrate on the basic elements of Scripture during family devotions. We offer Bible story books that appeal to each of these situations or inclinations, but all of them are written by Christians dedicated to the Gospel and the training of children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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101 Favorite Stories from the Bible
by Ura Miller
from New Leaf Press
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$14.99
And It Was So
by Tasha Tudor
Second Edition from Westminster Press
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Barnabas
BibleWise Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
Beginner's Bible
by Karyn Henley, Kelly Pulley (illustrator)
from Zonderkidz
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$14.44
Beginner's Bible
by Karyn Henley, Kelly Pulley (illustrator)
from Zonderkidz
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$16.14
Bible Stories
by Mary Alice Jones
from Rand McNally
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Bible Stories to Read
by Martha Rohrer
from Rod & Staff Publishers, Inc.
for Preschool-Kindergarten
in Rod & Staff Phonics & Reading (Location: PHO-R&S)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Bible Story Coloring Pages
by Chizuko Yasuda
from Gospel Light Publications
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Bible Wise Series
by Carine MacKenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
BibleTime Series
by Carine MacKenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
Big Picture Story Bible
by David Helm
from Crossway Books
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Big Picture Story Bible
by David Helm
from Crossway Books
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$29.99 $18.00 (1 in stock)
Children's Bible in 365 Stories
by Mary Batchelor
from Lion Publishing
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$19.99
Children's Bible Story Book
by Anne De Graaf
from Thomas Nelson Publishers
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Children's Everyday Bible
by Selina Hastings
from DK Publishing
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Creation Story for Children
by David & Helen Haidle
from Master Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$14.99
David and Goliath
by Barbara Shook Hazen
from Golden Books
for Nursery-1st grade
in Little Golden Books (Location: O3E)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Dragon and the Garden
The Old Stories
by N. D. Wilson & Peter Bentley
from Canon Press
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$11.90
Eager Reader Bible
from Tyndale House
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$11.99
Early Readers Bible
by V. Gilbert Beers
Revised from Zonderkidz
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$16.99
Elijah
BibleWise Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
$3.99
Esther
BibleTime Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Nursery-2nd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
$3.99
Family Treasury of Bible Stories
by Roberto Brunelli
from Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
for Preschool-3rd Grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Family-Time Bible in Pictures
by Kenneth N. Taylor
from Tyndale House
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$10.39
Gideon
BibleTime Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Nursery-2nd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
$3.99
God's Servant, Job
by Douglas Bond
from P&R Publishing
for Nursery-3rd grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$11.04
Gold & Honey Bible
by Melody Carlson
from Multnomah Books
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Hannah
BibleTime Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Nursery-2nd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
He Is My Shepherd
by Helen Haidle
from Multnomah Books
for Preschool-4th grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Hurlbut's Story of the Bible
by Rev. Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
from Universal Book and Bible House
for Preschool-6th grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$12.50 (1 in stock)
In the Time of Noah
The Old Stories
by N. D. Wilson
from Canon Press
for preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$11.90
Jesus is Alive
BibleWise Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
$3.99
Jesus Storybook Bible (Collector Edition)
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Har/Com Dl from Zonderkidz
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$39.99
Jesus: The Promised Child
BibleWise Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
John the Baptist
BibleTime Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Nursery-2nd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
Jonah
BibleTime Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Nursery-2nd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
Jonathan
BibleWise Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
Joseph
BibleWise Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
$3.99
Joshua
BibleTime Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Nursery-2nd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
Joshua in the Promised Land
by Miriam Chaikin
from Clarion Books
for Preschool-4th grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Life of Jesus for the Very Young
by Isobel Tallach
from Banner of Truth Trust
for Nursery-1st grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
Martha & Mary
BibleTime Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Nursery-2nd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
Mary
BibleTime Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Nursery-2nd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
$3.99
Miriam
BibleWise Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
$3.99
Moses
by Ann Keay Beneduce
for Nursery-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Moses
BibleTime Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Nursery-2nd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
My First Bible in Pictures
from Tyndale House
Realistic Fiction for
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$10.39
Nehemiah
BibleTime Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Nursery-2nd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes
by Kenneth Taylor
Revised from Moody Press
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: J1A-BIB)
$15.99
Noah
BibleWise Books
by Carine Mackenzie
from Christian Focus Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in BibleTime & BibleWise Books (Location: O4E)
$3.99 $2.00 (1 in stock)
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