#2 – The Jesus Storybook Bible (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)
Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, The Jesus Storybook Bible is quickly becoming a classic in world of Children’s Bible Stories, and for good reason. The book is written in the form of a storybook, and every story points to Jesus. Sally Lloyd-Jones does a masterful job of showing how the Bible, a collection of 66 books, is actually one story, and it’s all about Jesus. You can’t ask for much more in a book for your kids. Next to the Bible itself (which is the only reason this book is not #1 on my list – hint, hint for the next post), I have found this book to be the single best resource for teaching my kids the story of the Bible. I also know of numerous Children’s Ministries that use this book in their weekly teachings. I am not exaggerating when I say that I think any Christian who has children should own this book and read it to them regularly!
The book is wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated to draw kids into the stories from the Bible. Of all the story Bibles for younger children I have ever read (and I’ve been through a lot of them) I enjoy reading from this one the most. It is written in such a way that it draws you in and rather than just reading an account to your kids, it makes you the storyteller no matter how good you are at it!
With the launch of a new edition of the book which includes an audio reading by David Suchet, the Jesus Storybook Bible now has its own website at:
This website has a great design (like the book) and includes free download of audio and entire chapters so you can check the book out before you buy it. Here’s what the website has to say about the book:
“Written for children ages four and up, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the one story underneath all the stories of the Bible and points to the birth of a child, the Rescuer, Jesus. Complete with 44 Bible stories, The Jesus Storybook Bible paints a beautiful portrait of Jesus and invites children to see that he is not only at the center of God’s great story of redemption—he is at the center of their story too. Children and adults alike will be captivated by the beautifully written narrative and the original and unique illustrations by accomplished artist Jago. Lloyd-Jones’ powerful gift of storytelling draws the reader into the greatest adventure of all time in an exciting page-turner that kids (and adults) find hard to put down.
Since its release in 2007, The Jesus Storybook Bible has become a must-have for children and adults and has grown into a brand that includes: a Spanish edition, an ebook for large and small group presentations, and the new Deluxe Edition, which includes the complete book on audio CD, read by award-winning British actor David Suchet. The audio from the Deluxe Edition is also available separately. To learn more about the contributors and to see a full description of each of these products, see below.”
Here is what Christianbook.com has to say about the Jesus Storybook Bible:
“The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David–every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle–the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, this book invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation–and at the center of their story too. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.”
I can personally attest that this book will capture the attention and imagination of ages kids 2 through 8, as well as adults aged 37!