Looking for a Bible storybook to gift to a child in your life? Any age is a great age for teaching them about the love of God and what Jesus has done for us! So I’m sharing our favorite Bible storybooks for kids! I’ve broken it down into baby/toddler, preschool/early elementary and “older kids” age categories.
Remember that these are Bible storybooks, not word for word Bibles (except the very last suggestion).
We’ve chosen for our own children Bible storybooks that we believe do reflect and represent the actual Scriptures well and so these are the same ones that I’m recommending to you!
Baby/Toddler Bible Storybook Gift Guide
The Rhyme Bible Storybook – Just like it says, this is a rhyming story Bible. The illustrations are nice and engaging and the verse form can easily stick in young children’s minds. Ages 18 months and up!
Little Golden Bible – This is a board book with sweet illustrations and is perfect for babies!
Look and Find Bible Storybook – I would probably use this one for church or keeping kids busy on the go. It’s a search and find with flaps to lift and things that you can circle with a dry-erase marker or crayon. There are actually a variety of different “look and find” Bible stories in this collection. I’d recommend it for ages 2-4.
Lift the Flap Bible – This sweet Bible story is written by Sally Lloyd Jones (the same author of the Jesus Storybook Bible) and is great for interactive readers who love flaps! Both Old and New Testament stories are included. Good for ages 1-2.
Preschool/Early Elementary Bible Storybook Gift Ideas
The Beginner’s Bible – Though the cartoon illustrations aren’t my favorite, this one has simple wording that is good for beginning readers and I like how The Beginner’s Bible sticks to the actual Biblical account and uses words from Scripture. There is a mix of well-known and not-so-common Bible stories. I’ve used this one for ages 4-7, after that my kids have been able to move on to something more detailed.
Usborne Book of Bible Stories with CD – I love that there is a CD to go along with this collection of stories. Both my 4 and 6 year old like to listen to it during quiet time (or when I need quiet time!)
Jesus Storybook Bible from Sally Lloyd Jones – the illustrations are unique but my children love this engaging Bible storybook. It covers all of Scripture and has a lot of Biblical accounts that aren’t as familier, which I love. Every story points back to the Rescuer, Jesus, and I love how that helps children understand that all of Scripture points to Christ. Recommended for 4-7 specifically but my 9 year old reads it on her own! It’s one we’ll always keep around.
The Story Bible from Concordia Publishing – I’ve talked a LOT about this one at the blog, and it’s because it’s our absolute favorite. The text is based heavily off the ESV and yet is worded in such a way that even the very young can understand. At the end of every story, there are questions for discussion and a review of what was just read.
The illustrations are beautiful, in my opinion better than any other Bible storybook out there. Hardcover and nicely bound, I’d recommend it for ages 4 and up. My 11 year old will still read The Story Bible. It works well to bridge the gap between storybook Bibles for the very young and a full-text Bible.
A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories – this is an older book with simple text and descriptive illustrations going through about 60 accounts from the Bible. The copy we have is my mom’s from 1948! Good for ages 2 and up! You can still find it on Amazon.
Bible Storybooks for Older Children
Although we feel our older kids (9 and 11) benefit from just reading straight Scripture, I still believe there is value in breaking up different biblical accounts into “bite-size pieces” for devotional purposes. So here are a couple of suggestions for your older ones!
365 Bedtime Bible Stories – This is an older book, and simply contains stories from the Bible that are easily understood with no added “fluff”. They are broken down into one-page readings. With very few illustrations, this one would be good for kids who are fluent readers or who enjoy listening to read-alouds. I’d recommend ages 7 and up.
Egermeier’s Bible Storybook – Our oldest child received this as a gift, and to be honest I didn’t touch it for years. It looked like it might not be interesting, but I was so wrong! The illustrations are “classic” but engaging and I appreciate that the author sticks closely to the original Scriptures. We have the older version and the new copies are the same stories but put into more of a devotional form, rather than the prose of the original. If you want an original copy, you can find them used on Amazon. Otherwise, do look into the newer version as it is still a wonderful choice! Recommended for ages 6 and up as a read-aloud and for older children who want to read on their own.
NKJV Adventure Bible – This isn’t a storybook, but this Bible does contain a lot of amazing extras! It is a full-color, engaging Bible and my son (12) and daughter (9) have both had this Bible (my son just “graduated” to a regular ESV version). There are maps, a concordance, book introductions for deeper understanding and lots of interesting facts that help your kids really apply God’s Word to their lives. I recommend for ages 7 and up!
Any of these Bible storybooks would be wonderful to give as gifts! They can become a treasure in your home or in the home of a child that you love!
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