When my seven year old son decided that he wanted his own Bible, I knew it would be difficult to find the right one for him. He has been reading my bible for a while, and said he would like it if there were pictures. We looked around for a week or so and finally found this Bible. It is fabulous. It does have pictures and is definitely geared for kids, but it is a real Bible. All the books are there, and they are un-abridged. Even better, it comes in the ESV which is a solid conservative translation.
I purchased this Bible for my 4 year old son. I thought that it might be a little much for him at his age but he is receiving it very well. He begs me to "read" him his Bible, and so I will walk through the pictures and explain to him the scripture. Later, when he is by himself I catch him repeating to himself what I explained to him before. The pictures are his scripture at this time. This bible is well done! The layout is crisp and exciting. The text is in paragraph form but each verse number is marked in red (black in the gospels where the words of Christ are in red). This Bible carries the full ESV translation text with paragraph headers. The text type size is just right and in an easy to read type. There are a lot of pictures in between the text. Each picture contains two verses to explain the picture. Each book has a short introduction written about it, and the Bible contains some study helps in the back. Some of the helps are: "Who Is God? What Is He Like?" (gives attributes), "God Makes Himself Known" (explains how we can know God), "The Ten Commandments" (explains them and why they are important to us) "From Old Testament To New Testament" (shows how they flow together). There are many other helps that explain and talk about Salvation, Sanctification, Fighting the Fight of Faith, Scripture memorization, The Promises of God, Going into all the world, and much more. It also contains a short Dictionary of words used in the text and explains what they mean and where in the Bible they can be found. In the front there is several sections of explanation like, "How to Use the Bible". The only con is that the Bible doesn't have maps! Seems like that would be VERY helpful for children. The Bible is glued not sewn, but seems to be pretty durable. As A Pastor I am always looking for solid helpful things to recommend and I do highly recommend this Bible.
I absolutely love this Bible. We purchased two for our two boys. They are learning to have a "quiet time" and are memorizing scripture. We love the ESV translation as well. Only request -- make one in a soft cover!! (That fake leather stuff is great!)
I have looked over many children's bibles in search of one I thought would be good for my kids. I'd almost given up but then I found the ESV Children's Bible! It more than surpasses my expectations for a children's bible. I bought one for my oldest and after looking it over, I ordered three more for my other kids who will receive them when they are old enough to read.
Not only is it the ESV translation (a much more readable version than the KJV by far) It has some 245 photos throughout that illustrate the text for kids. It has nearly 30 pages of material that clearly and effectively explain to CHILDREN what is the Bible, how to read it and get the most out of it, and it under no uncertian terms explains God's plan of salvation!
EVERY church serious about children's ministry should seriously consider switching to using the new ESV Children's Bible!
I bought 3 Children's Bibles in the English Standard Version by Crossway Bibles for my Grandchildren ages 6-9. I love them and so do the kids. They are real bibles with all the text. This is important to me as most children's bibles I've seen are either just a few bible stories or regular adult bibles with a childish looking cover. Also these bibles are beautifully illustrated. The kids and I get together a couple of times a week for bible study and they really are learning to use their bibles. My ONLY complaint is that I would have liked to have them in a leatherette cover instead of hard cover however this is a small point. I have one more grandaughter too young to read yet and I will be buying another one for her very soon.
I have been looking for a children's bible that isn't just a story book and this is it. It's the complete bible with a hard cover and some pictures. The type is a little bigger so it's easier for our son to read. There are also some great study material included. I would HIGHLY recommend this bible!