What Bible should I buy?
Parents often ask me which Bible should they buy for their kids. Christian bookstores now stock a wide variety of Bibles for children- it's great! (You can check out a selectionhere..) I usually keep a few samples on hand to give the parents some idea of what to consider- boy or girl, colours (yes, it does make a difference if it encourages your child to pick it up and read or bring along to kids church.) The size of the print is really important, as is the layout of the page. Early readers especially need a clear layout and bigger font size. It's helpful, too, if your version includes sidebars with explanations and more information. Yes, there are some translations that I prefer but it's helpful, too, to mention to parents the version that you use in your kidmin program and materials. If kids hear the Bible verse in kidmin and then read the same words from their Bible, it reinforces the words and helps them to memorise the Scripture passages.
Fire Bible for Kids
Now, you might like to consider the Fire Bible for Kids. This kid's version has a number of helpful features. First, it's a New King James Version and provides some background information about the new King James version.
The font size is great for most kids and the layout is clear with chapters and verses clearly marked. There are some wonderful illustrations by Gary Locke plus lists, maps and charts.
The pages are also filled with sidebars containing God's promises, definitions, ideas, study notes, power for living and short inspirational stories. You'll find symbols added to indicate themes such as Praise, Walking in obedience, Salvation and more.
Each book of the Bible has a special introduction with background information about the historical setting of the book, the writer and the date. There is also an unique addition to the use of this Bible for kids.
Fire Bible iPad app
The Fire Bible for Kids has a downloadable app that works with the Bible to provide more information, involvement and interest to kids' Bible reading.
How does it work?
Easy. Download the app and open it. Hold your iPad over the introduction page of any book of the Bible and click the corresponding icon on your app.
The app will present you with a related question. Answer this correctly and an activity will load on your iPad- puzzle, maze, 3D image and more.
It provides a wonderful interactive element for kids reading God's Word and if you're using this Bible in your family devotion setting, it would be a great introductory activity for any passage you're reading together.
There are sample pages you can download HERE and a lite app version, too. Check it out HERE. Preview clips are provided below.
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