We received the The Beginner’s Bible from Zonderkidz to review shortly before Christmas. I thought it might be fun for Riley to read the short stories to Colby during his Christmas vacation. We never quite got to that point because he had bronchitis so Riley read through it to her guinea pigs and pretended Colby was listening to her. I had actually planned on including this as a gift to one of my siblings with younger kids but forgot because Riley had it. I will eventually get it to their house but not before I tell you more about it.
Our Bible Experience
My kids are older then the recommended age range for this Bible. So why did I agree to review it? Simple really. I love this version of the Bible for kids. I found an older copy at a local thrift store when Riley was around 2 years old. She loved the pages right out of it over the years. When I opened the box up and showed it to Riley, her face lit up! She remembered reading it on the floor during Sacrament meeting. It was the only book that would hold her interest for long. I fully believe it’s because of the engaging pictures. Young children don’t need to read the words to figure out what is going on.
As Riley was learning to read she would flip through the pages pointing out words she knew. As she got older she was able to listen to the scripture verses from our Bible and follow along in her book. By the time she was actually reading she knew many of the basic portions of the stories and this helped her transition into the KJV we use. Zonderkidz uses the NIV version of the Bible but at the ages The Beginner’s Bible is geared to, it is not a difficult transition to make if you choose to use a different version.
I highly recommend The Beginner’s Bible to anyone with young kids. The stories are short for young attention spans. The pictures are beautiful and engaging. Each story is broken down to make it easy to understand and follow. I have to admit that reading the simplified version of these stories help me with my own understanding at times. I can’t be the only one who gets sleepy reading their scriptures right? Hopefully I’m not! Either way this is a great way to start your kids on a path to wanting to read scriptures and have a relationship with their Father in Heaven.
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