I love Kid’s Bibles

I’m a huge fan of kid’s Bibles for at least three reasons: 1) I love art 2) I love kids learning the story of the Bible and 3) the preacher in me loves the attempt to make things plain.

Here are two kid’s Bibles I recommend:

I read The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (illustrations by Jago) to my kids. We wore out multiple copies. I have fond memories of reading, and acting out, those stories to my daughter. She loved it. I loved it.

In 2015 Kevin DeYoung (illustrations by Don Clark) released The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings us Back to the Garden. I read it to my kids once. I’ve personally read it at least a dozen times. I love the work DeYoung did in the text, but I’m enthralled by Clark’s artwork. It is bold. It is beautiful. It is not for everybody. Some might find it too artsy, but it is right up my alley. It reduces the Bible story to ten, short, lively chapters in 127 pages.

Last month, DeYoung and Clark released a full(er) version of The Biggest Story called The Biggest Story Bible Storybook. It is much more expansive than the previous version with 104 chapters in 528 pages.

It is a masterpiece. I love the stories. I love the production. And once again, I’m enthralled with Clark’s artwork. One disclaimer: This is not a Bible but a storybook. It summarizes large stories and leaves out much. It aims to tell the big story not the complete story. Here are a few pages from the story of Easter week. Once again, some might not like the artwork, but I recommend it to all.

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