First off, I struggle with finding fun Bible stories for kids. Sometimes I get a Children’s Bible Story book home and find out it’s not theologically sound, or it’s totally watered down. I’ve gotten a few that had me itching to throw them away, and if you know me and books, that’s just not normal!
I Love Books.
I can rarely stop in the middle of a book, and won’t unless it hits my 3-strike tolerance for inappropriate content. Poor writing or typos don’t usually phase me. Theological issues, well, that’s the only other thing that can stop me. Especially if it is something I want to read to my son’s.
Also, finding the balance between teaching our little ones TRUTH, and being too graphic or explicit, can be tricky. We don’t want to water it down, because they can understand a lot more than we give them credit for, but we also don’t want to overwhelm them unnecessarily.
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The Best Children’s Bible Story Books: Sharing the Truth With Fun Bible Stories
Having read so many fun Bible Stories for kids in the last 5 years, I’d like to share the good ones I’ve found. If you’re looking for children’s Bible story books to give as a gift at the next Baby Shower or Birthday party you’re invited to, or for something to read with your own kids, I have a few suggestions for you.
If you need some suggestions on reading with your child, check out this post!
My First Bible Storybooks
This type of Bible Storybooks are designed for the first couple of years, but would also make good ‘beginning reader’ level books, with easy rhymes and simple stories. Honestly, my little guy didn’t seem to mind hearing whatever novel I was reading, as long as he thought I was talking to him, that first year or so. But as he was 1-2.5, they were just the right style for his attention. Yes, we often read the whole 1-inch book through in one sitting, particularly during a storm!
Our Favorite First Bible Storybook still is the Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers. Fun Bible stories like Samuel and Daniel are both memorized and still quoted at bedtime frequently. I found a damaged copy at church one day, and though the first 30 pages were badly torn, I was still able to quote the stories for the little ones, from memory. They are accurate, and well told. The only one I tried to skip on a regular basis was the Jonah story. I just didn’t like how it flowed. It is accurate, and there’s nothing wrong with it, it just didn’t connect with me.
New Favorite Children’s Bible Story Books
First Bible Basics: A Counting Primer recently crossed my path, and I was very impressed! The author gave me a copy, and I chose to share my thoughts here with you.
This contains some fairly complex truths, in a basic ‘count to ten’ format. The Primer is a beautifully illustrated board book, with pictures that explain each number perfectly.
Six days of Creation was probably my favorite illustration, the way several pictures naturally led into their neighbors. The Seven I AM statements was a close second! Basic numerical Bible facts, presented in a simple format, great for little learners.
*And you don’t want to miss the Say and Pray Bible, a fun collection of Baby’s First Bible Stories!
The Jesus Storybook Bible is my top choice for this category of children’s Bible story books. It follows the HIS-Story style of connecting all things to God’s Love and Jesus’ Mission. I learned a few things while we read this one together. Or at least had things pointed out and connected the dots that I had missed. And they don’t stick to the top 25 fun Bible stories everyone knows. There are several less “common” stories, that are included! And it’s also available on DVD-a kit with both!! This is not a high-tech cartoon, it’s the same drawings from the Bible, but still a powerful message! This book is my Mother-in-law’s go-to choice for a baby shower gift (Thanks again!!).
The Jesus Storybook Bible is very specific in things that happened, and I know some will find it too intense. There are times I read it with my 5-year-old, and find myself skimming/glossing over things. But I know I’m not doing him any favors. I genuinely think it’s right to share with him, and have some conversations. It is written for kids, and I think they can handle it. I’m trying to do better here.
It’s hard for me to not go overboard. Finding the balance of what he needs sheltering from, and what it’s better he learn right up front can be tricky. God has entrusted him to my husband and I, and I know that our responsibility to raise him to honor God needs to be forefront in our daily actions.
*Here’s another option for some really wonderful Bedtime Bible Stories, perfect for younger elementary age!
*If you are looking for some amazing picture books that share the Real Easter story, click here.
Popular Children’s Bible Story Books from Arch Books
The Arch Books line is filled with fun Bible stories for kids. The first of these children’s Bible story books I received, was a Baby shower gift from my awesome friend Shannon. Jonah and the Very Big Fish. Catchy, rhyming, and detailed. It portrays Jonah so accurately, the good and the bad, and has a note in the back about teaching your kids the lessons in the book.
I’ve since purchased a Treasury of children’s Bible story books from Arch Books, of the first 10 stories they wrote. It has popular children’s Bible stories like Zacchaeus, the Rich Fool, The Good Samaritan, a couple of stories about the first Christmas, Eight Bags of Gold, The Prodigal Son, Noah, Creation, The Parable of the Lost sheep (Wow) and The Little Boat that almost sank. An Incredible collection!
Many of the Arch books were written in the 1960s-70s and there was a different mindset then. There was less ‘sheltering’ of the kids, so they have more details than many are comfortable with these days. I think that’s a good thing. Jesus’ lessons weren’t COMFORTABLE, so giving the kids a good foundation while they are young, wait, what’s the verse? They won’t depart from it? Proverbs 22.6. Worth a try!!!
Life Lessons with Children’s Bible Story Books: Preschool-Elementary
“Can we read the next chapter in Caravan Bear?” My kindergartener asks several times every day. *We received a copy of The Animals’ Caravan: The Journey Begins from NetGalley, and what a privilege! This book is so much fun!
Animals on vacation and Christopher Rabbit has a Bible. He reads stories from it in the evening, and though somewhat abridged, they are accurate. And usually applicable to something else happening in the story.
I don’t know what reading a book or watching a movie is like at your house, but around here there is frequent interruption with questions and wondering why. In the Animal Caravan, the animals will connect random truths and ask and answer many of the questions that you or your family may be asking. For example:
“So why didn’t God choose Aaron instead of Moses?” asked Whitby. Hector suddenly looked up.” it’s a bit like Jonah, isn’t it? He didn’t want to do what God asked him either.” “Did Moses end up in a big fish too?” asked Whitby eagerly. “No, Moses didn’t run away like Jonah did…”
The animals ask all kinds of things and Caravan Bear usually has a good answer, while Whitby the dog and Hector the Horse are more creative. Then Christopher Rabbit either has a Biblical answer or says “I’m sure God had his reasons” then continues to tell the story.
*Note, there is occasional name-calling between the animals (stupid being the worst), which I didn’t care for, but its easy to skip.
The Journey Begins includes these Fun Bible Stories:
- Adam and Eve and the serpent
- Cain & Abel (very well done, including God’s protection of Cain)
- Tower of Babel
- Noah and the Flood
- Joseph and his brothers
- Crossing the Red Sea
- Ruth’s New Home
I’m excited to purchase the Animal Caravan book 2, and hoping for book 3 soon!
The Memory Bible is a great set of books. They come with an audio CD, where KIRK CAMERON narrates fun Bible stories, gives the reference for further study, then there is a song to help the main point of the story stick in your memory.
The books themselves have a key verse, an illustration of the key point from daily kids life, then the Bible story that exemplifies the point (Complete with the approximate year!), an application point, and the lyrics to the song for that lesson. The whole thing takes about 2-3 minutes to read, but usually leads to conversations that can last a while.
- Living Like Jesus: A Sing and Remember Book
- Knowing God: A Sing and Remember Book
- The Sure-Fire Way to Learn 52 Bible Verses
- And the New Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible for 6-10 year-olds!
A Few Other Great Children’s Books and Resources
- Growing the Faith of a Child
- Christmas Books that Inspire Faith
- Lessons for Moms and Dads from Storytime
- Faith Filled Adventures for Preschoolers
- Sunday School Songs that Still Comfort
- Fun and Educational Preschool Apps and Games
Children’s Bible Story Books for Elementary & Middle Schoolers
This book is designed for elementary school kids and covers some of the less common stories, which makes it stand out. I think that we focus on certain great stories so much that we forget (or don’t even know about) some of the other fantastic stories in the Bible.
*I did receive a copy of this book from the author, however, all thoughts are my own.
My son loved the story of the Talking Donkey, and God telling Ezekiel to command Bones to rise up. That one, we had to go get my Bible out to see what happened to the people who were raised (couldn’t find an answer, but it was fun to look together!).
Conveniently, the Scriptures are listed at the start of each story, so it’s easy to find. The one about the bears chasing kids who were making fun of Elijah was good, though I admit I may have skipped a sentence, choosing to emphasize the bear chasing the kids, not his successes, with my very sensitive kindergartener.
Other “Untold Bible Stories for Kids” include:
- Ezekiel cooking over poop
- Solomon choosing the correct mother of the baby
- The fat King
- Jael and Sisera
- The Worst Hair Day Ever (Absalom)
- Paul’s Long Sermon
- Strangest Wrestling Match
*Note: you might like to see what made the list of Best Middle Grade Books Of All Time!
The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New is a beautiful book, full of easily understood theology, broken down into bite-sized pieces, in eleven categories (71 lessons) including:
- “The Ology of GOD” which has lessons covering God’s existence, trinity, power, control…
- In “Theology of the Promise and the Law” there are chapters about God keeping his promises, us breaking the law, and Jesus’ Sacrifice…
- “The Ology of Adoption into God’s Family” has lessons like Chosen, Called, Born Again, etc.
- “The Ology of God’s Word” has how God wrote the Bible, The Bible as food, Talking to God…
- And so much more!
The Ology starts with a parent guide filled with instructions on using this book with 6-9 year-olds, 10-12 year-olds, and how Teens and Adults can even use it as well. It works as a family devotional, or Bible class material, etc. I’m looking forward to using this one in our house in a couple of years! And again a few years after that…
**Here are some of the Best Study Bibles for Youth!
Choosing Fun Bible Stories for Your Family
I hope this helps you to choose the best fun Bible Stories for your household. Or if you need some children’s Bible story books for your next Baby Shower or Birthday party, Easter or Christmas gift idea! I know it’s hard to pick sometimes, for so many reasons.
You might also want consider something from this collection of unique Bookish gifts for bookworm kids!
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!