CHOOSING A CHILD'S BIBLE
A BIBLE IS ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE GIFTS YOU CAN GIVE YOUR CHILD
The value of the Bible you choose is not dependent upon whether or not it is expensive. The Bible's value lies in the fact that it is God's Word. Choose a Bible that will last for several years. As your child grows they may need a Bible more suitable for their age. Your child may benefit from having two different Bibles before entering the teen years - one as a preschooler and one to use while in elementary school.
Suggestions for selecting a child's Bible:
- Size - The Bible should be large enough for the child to hold easily, but not too large or heavy to carry. Consider a tote for younger children to help carry the Bible.
- Complete - Preschoolers and school-age children alike need to know that both Testaments are included in the Bible and are equally important. Choose a complete Bible rather than a Bible storybook. Bible storybooks are good, but not as a replacement for a Bible.
- User Friendly - The Bible should be easy to use. Consider purchasing a Bible that contains a Table of Contents to assist school-age children in locating hard to find books and verses in the Bible.
- Realistic Illustrations - The people and the stories found in the Bible are true. Pictures in the Bible should be as realistic as possible.
- Translation - Choose an accurate translation of the Biblical text rather than a paraphrase. The best Bible translations for children combine reliability with readability.
- Study Helps - School-age children may wish to know more about the customs or lifestyles of the people in the Bible. Many Bibles include great maps and other study helps.
- Durability - Make sure the cover is a good quality. Consider purchasing a Bible carrying case that will protect and add length to the life of a child's Bible.
- Your Child's Input - Allow you school-age child to help select the color or cover design of their Bible. Monogramming the outer cover or inscribing the inside cover will give them a feeling of ownership.
- How Long To Use The Bible - The Bible that you buy for your 1st grade child may not be suitable when the same child reaches 5th grade. You don't want them embarrassed by their Bible. If it seems like a "baby" Bible to them, then it is time to get them a new Bible.