#5 – The Memory Bible (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)
I found this book when my son (who is now eight) was four years old. This book is great for helping kids to memorize scripture. Each of the 52 chapters is built around one memory verse. Each chapter includes “Thinkin’ Today” with some kid friendly thoughts on the verse, a “Bible Story” related to the verse, and a section called “for me today” which applies the verse to the child’s life. The book is beautifully illustrated to keep kids’ attentions.
That said, I think the best feature of this book is the two compact discs which come with it. For each of the 52 chapters, the CDs contain the complete audio of the text in the books narrated by Kirk Cameron (who does a great job by the way). In addition, for each memory verse there is an original song to help kids remember the verses. My son still sings some of these songs four years later when he reads them in his Bible. As an adult, I enjoyed the songs as well. By the way, the book includes the complete text of the song lyrics to help you sing along. The CDs can be used to reinforce what you’ve already read to your child or to allow them to enjoy the book on their own time.
At one point, my son and I were reading about five chapters a week, as well as reviewing prior verses. By the time we were done, he could recite all 52 memory verses, many of which he still retains today! This is an invaluable tool for helping kids to write God’s word on their hearts.
I couldn’t find this one on Christianbook.com, but here is what Lifeway Christian Stores website has to say about The Memory Bible:
“Parents, teachers, and kids alike will love memorizing Scripture using 52 original songs by award-winning songwriter Steve Elkins. The fully illustrated storybook package includes two CDs with the music and full narration by Kirk Cameron.”
Amazon.com indicates that the age range for this one is 4-8 years old which is about right in my experience. At around $25, it’s a little bit pricier than some of the other books on the list, but it’s well worth it. If you think of it in terms of getting a great hard cover book as well as two full length audio CDs with 52 original songs, the price is actually quite reasonable! Work through this book with your kids, and you’ll never regret the investment.