This year, the Children’s Ministry will begin transitioning from the use of the New International Version (NIV) or New International Reader Version (NIRV) to the English Standard Version (ESV), which is more literal and yet easier to understand.

If you have trouble choosing the right Bible for your child(ren), here are some recommendations:

For Infant – Age 3 and below

The Toddler’s Bible

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 2.33.46 PMThe Toddler’s Bible, with a fresh cover and all-new artwork, gives parents an ideal way to begin instilling God’s Word into their child’s heart.

Short stories plus captivating, colorful illustrations make this a keepsake parents and their children will cherish. Geared for infants to three-year-olds, its lessons will make a lasting impression. This perennial best-seller, first published in 1992, is a wonderful introduction to the main events and people in Scripture, including Noah and the flood, Jonah and the whale, Moses and the Ten Commandments, and Jesus’ resurrection, plus many more. 101 “bite-size” Bible stories make this book wonderful to use at story time or when tucking a toddler in at night.

Developed by noted children’s author V. Gilbert Beers, with charming new illustrations by Claudine Gevry.

For Preschooler (Age 3-5 years)

The Beginner’s Bible

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 2.34.15 PMIntroduce children to the stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook. Children six and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more as they discover The Beginner’s Bible, just like millions of children before. This captivating eBook edition will engage children and parents alike.

My First Hands-On Bible

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 2.35.00 PMMy First Hands-On Bible is the preschooler version of the popular Hands-On Bible, which has sold over a half million copies. Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations; My First Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. My First Hands-On Bible is a fun and simple yet meaningful way to engage preschool, pre-K, and K children (ages 3-6) with the Bible while helping them build a solid faith foundation. Each lesson focuses on a specific Bible point through a variety of activities in order to reinforce and help young children remember the stories and lessons. Using common household items, you can help your children have a “hands-on” learning experience while engaging them in 85 key stories from the Bible. My First Hands-On Bible doesn’t just retell the Bible stories; it also includes actual Scripture from the easy-to-understand and easy-to-read Holy Bible, New Living Translation. In addition to the stories and activities, there are fun illustrations, prayers, and a special Jesus Connection feature.

For K-2nd Grade Elementary Children (Age 5-8 years)

ESV Big Picture Bible

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 2.39.50 PMThe ESV Big Picture Bible is designed for children ages 5–8 who are transitioning from a storybook Bible to a full-text Bible. In addition to over 90 beautiful, child-friendly illustrations adapted from the bestselling Big Picture Story Bible, 225 brand-new illustrations created specifically for this edition are included and interspersed throughout the full Bible text. Parents and children will enjoy reading the Big Picture Bible together as the colorful pictures illustrate the beloved stories of the Bible.Features:

  • Size: 5.375″ x 8.375″
  • 9-point Milo Serif type
  • 1,376 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • 225 brand-new illustrations
  • More than 90 illustrations adapted from the bestselling Big Picture Story Bible
  • A kid-friendly catechism featuring 45 questions with answers drawn directly from Scripture
  • Ribbon marker
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: L-card (HC), O-wrap (TruTone)

For 1st-5th Grade Elementary Children (Age 6 – 10 years)

ESV Children Bible

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 2.40.37 PMThe ESV Children’s Bible is designed to help children ages 5–10 see Bible stories come to life. Included with the complete ESV Bible text are more than 200 vibrant, full-color illustrations of Bible events and characters. Additional content includes a dictionary, Old and New Testament timelines, child-friendly maps, and help in directing children to key Scriptures on various topics. The ESV Children’s Bible is a colorful Bible that kids will love!Features:

  • Size: 5.375″ x 8.5″
  • 9.5-point Lexicon type
  • 1,504 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Over 200 full-color illustrations
  • Dictionary
  • Old and New Testament timelines
  • Child-friendly maps
  • “God’s Word for Me When…” and “God’s Word for Me About…” pages
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: L-card

ESV Holy Bible for Kids, Large Print

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 2.40.50 PMThe ESV Holy Bible for Kids, Large Print transforms the content of the original ESV Holy Bible for Kids into an easy-to-read large print edition with 10-point type. Interspersed throughout are twenty-four pages of illustrations depicting major scenes in the story of redemption. With kid-friendly maps in the back, this Bible is one that young children will love to call their own.

Features:

  • Size: 5.375″ x 8.375″
  • 10-point Lexicon type
  • 1,352 pages
  • Black letter text
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • Twenty-four pages of illustrations
  • Kid-friendly maps
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: none

The Action Bible (ESV)

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 2.41.05 PMSee God in action in this illustrated study Bible for kids and teens!
What do you get when you combine the trusted English Standard Version with illustrations from Marvel comic artist Sergio Cariello? An amazing study Bible that brings God’s Word to life for kids and teens! Study tools include:

  • Ancient Archives — Discover the cultural history of ancient times – what were weapons, food, clothes, houses, celebrations and traditions like?
  • Experience the Drama — Comic artist Sergio Cariello’s dramatic illustrations capture your imagination and transport you to another time
  • What About This? — Gain insights to tough questions about faith
  • Unlock It! — Learn who did what, when, and where … and why it matters
  • Guess It! —You get five clues to guess the person, place, or thing in this built-in Bible trivia game
  • Activate — Reflect on Bible themes and see them applied to your life
  • Book introductions — Get the big picture of each book in the Bible
  • Plus maps, a dictionary, and more!

Within these pages you’ll read amazing true stories and see God’s Word come to life in incredible detail. You’ll explore ancient worlds in new and exciting ways and meet fascinating kings and queens, heroic warriors, faithful prophets, and daring revolutionaries. But that’s not all: you will see God in action in your own life!