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Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV Hardcover – June 29, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Revised edition (June 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310715474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310715474
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lawrence O. Richards is currently a full-time author and speaker.  He has written over 200 Christian books, including commentaries on every book of the Bible and Zondervan bestselling Adventure Bible and Teen Study Bible, which he did with his wife, Sue.



Jim Madsen has been illustrating for the past 15 years. He has worked on more than 50 books including the recently updated NIV Adventure Bible and the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers. Jim lives in Utah with his wife and three children. He enjoys the outdoors, golf, and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Customer Reviews

My kids love it and read from it every night.
Parson Swede
All of them love their bible and the nirv is an excellent translation for children.
Terry Baker
This Bible is very easy to read and understand.
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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By LadyHawke9973 VINE VOICE on January 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This bible is the well-accepted NIV version...with a twist. It's called the NIrV ('r' for 'readers') due to taking larger words which are fine for older children and adults...and breaking them into smaller words appropriate to 5-8 year old's reading skills.

The meaning/concept has NOT been compromised.

For example...it took me several hours to figure out how to explain "according" to my 5 year old daughter (1 Cor. 15:3b - "that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures.") Granted, a dictionary would have solved this, but I was stubborn and had to figure it out on my own.

Turns out, the NIrV's wording was exactly what I came up with: 1 Cor. 15:3b - "Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would."

My daughter loves being able to read the bible on her own and not having to struggle with the 'grown up words' which can be changed for easier wording.

This is not the case through-out (some words simply can not be substituted)....but it puts her at a good reading point at 5 years old!

Love it!
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A. W. on November 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great bible for kids. I gave it to my 5, 7, and 9 year old and my 14 year old flipped through it and said she wanted one. It is colorful and easy to read and it has questions that kids ask with the answers. It is a teaching bible and you can flip to almost any page and there will be a small highlighted section with a title like, "Did you know?", or "Live it" or "Words to Treasure" etc. and in these sections, there are facts, explainations, and life lessons for the children. I have found that I like flipping through their bibles becasue there are so many interesting facts and they are quick and easy to read. I have seen my 7 year old wake up excited to read before going to school and there is no greater joy than seeing your child read the bible.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Mommy in WA on July 5, 2010
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This is a "big kid" Bible--complete set of scripture, leather bound, silver edged pages--the kind you'd want your kid to have for a while. Which is why we bought it for our third-grade-level 6-year-old reader. But now that we have it, we're realizing it was a mistake to get the NIrV because he's frustrated with the verses he's already memorized in church, etc, and he's not interested in memorizing any out of this Bible knowing that he'll have it "wrong" from the NIV. On the positive side, it truly is a lot easier to read, which is nice, so he reads it on his own all the time for his "free reading" time. Basically, I wish I'd just gotten a cheaper NIrV for him to have for a year or so, and then invested in the leather-bound NIV once it was THE Bible he'd have through school. Oh, and the devotionals are fantastic & age appropriate for 6 year olds or 10 year olds.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chris England on October 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice version of the NIV Bible that has been read and accepted by many around the world. Of course there are other versions which more accurately convey meaning of the original text, but it's still widely accepted by scholars and Bible teachers around the English speaking world. This version is the "reader" version which makes the difficult words easier to understand for younger readers. It DOES NOT, however, remove content to appease your personal sensitivities. So yes, it uses the word "sex" in the Genesis story of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is the Bible and it's a Bible story that's actually in the Bible. Nearly those exact same words are in the "adult" version of the NIV Bible as well. This is the NI"r"V. It IS NOT intended to be a children's Bible story book which would gloss over or remove offensive parts. It's the Bible in simple language. If you want a children's Bible story book that removes all of the offensive parts, then you need to look elsewhere. Or you could just use the NKJV which uses the phrase, "know them carnally", instead of the word sex. Sure, that's better.

As for the rest of it, I believe most of the "helps" by Lawrence Richards are age appropriate and well done. It makes a nice Bible for young readers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought these for my children to take to church so they would be able to follow along. It was their first complete bible. I got the little tabs also. My only advice is for active boys get a bible cover. This book has withstood a lot, but if you want it to look nice then do that. Amazingly although ours do looked loved they are still all together and haven't lost pages or anything. That is saying a lot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BR from indiana on September 7, 2013
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I love recommending this Bible for early readers. I use it in my Sunday School class and purchased on for my Granddaughter as she entered Kindergarten. It is a great "first real Bible" when your child is ready to move up from "story Bibles". It is the complete text Genesis to Revelation, written in simple language easier for them to understand. The extra study helps are useful and appealing to the children. Great to read to them as they are learning to read and then for them to read themselves and their skill improve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Vitsky on June 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Children’s Bibles are tricky. When I was in third grade, I was given a Good News Bible (with a few line drawings every 100 pages or so) and expected to read at an adult level. Since then, publishers have put out illustrated story Bibles for toddlers and preschoolers. Those are terrific, but most children’s Bibles use adult-level translations despite their eye-catching covers, illustrations, and attempts to get kids interested. This Bible is no exception, but it’s a nice effort.

Viewing this book from a child’s perspective, the cover immediately grabs my attention. The 3-D “moving” picture (when you tilt your head from side to side) is great, as are the full-color illustrations and little sections such as “Did you know?” and “Life in Bible Times.” I like the illustrated introductory page to each chapter with basic facts about the author, purpose of the book, and main themes. My favorite section is the “Words to Treasure” that highlights key Bible verses.

All of this is great, and I plan to give the Bible as a gift to a child at my church. But, and this is always the problem with children’s Bibles, the actual Biblical text is too difficult, the font too small, and the lines too close together. I understand it’s cost-prohibitive and too heavy to print larger font and make the book much heavier, but perhaps we could have had a volume one and two? The NIrV is a nice simplification, but it’s still a lot of dense text. From my experiences as an adult trying to read in a foreign language (the closest I can get to remembering what it’s like to be a new reader), I can attest to the importance of manageable amounts of text per page. Otherwise, it’s easy to give up.
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