When it comes to preschool-aged children they progress to a point where they want to read books like the older kids but they don’t quite have the skills necessary to read on their own. Usually at this age good books are defined by the illustrations inside the book and the parents’ willingness to help their child read. As a family pastor I seek two things: 1) to help the next generation fall in love with God’s Word and 2) to inspire and equip parents to embrace their roles as the spiritual leaders of their children. For these reasons I recommend The Preschooler’s Bible by V. Gilbert Beers. Here are some reasons why:
Physical Book: The size of the book is perfect for a preschooler. I remember when children’s Bibles were huge for kids. The compact size of The Preschooler’s Bible allows children to carry it around and read it on their own. Also, my child is notorious for ripping pages so that’s why I appreciate the thicker, durable pages of this Bible!
Illustrations: Tammie Lyon, the illustrator of The Preschooler’s Bible, did an outstanding job of creating the visual scenes of the Bible stories shared in this book. Small details in pictures really stood out to me. For instance, when you look at the picture above you’ll see a small mouse on a flower, a monkey holding a banana and a tiny ladybug. The artworks allow for further interaction between adults and children because you can explore the pictures and not just look at them.
Interactive: When I interviewed the author, Gill, he was quick to point out that he desired the adults to interact with the children and not just read the story. Gill accomplishes this interaction by sprinkling age-appropriate questions throughout the stories to help generate dialogue. As a family ministry pastor, I appreciate this aspect of the book because it helps establish a faith-dialogue between parents and children.
Selection of Bible Stories. The Bible stories Gill selected are age-appropriate and give a general storyline to the overall story of God. The Preschooler’s Bible allows for a general understanding of the Bible by covering both the Old Testament and New Testament. Although the stories don’t recite scripture, the paraphrasing of the stories is appropriate for the age of child trying to grasp the very basics about God.
Topical Index: I found the list of Bible lessons at the back of the book to be helpful. This great addition allows for parents/pastors to share stories that might be relevant to a particular situation your family is going through or a subject you want to teach.
Overall, The Preschooler’s Bible is a wonderful book for your ministry. Parents will appreciate the suggestion of this resource because it will help instill Biblical knowledge in their little ones and generate opportunities for parents to be the spiritual leaders in their children’s lives. The Preschooler’s Bible is a platform to launch conversations and spiritual moments with children as they grow.
Win a copy! I’m giving away a copy of The Preschooler’s Bible to one lucky winner. To enter:
- Read this book review.
- Leave a comment sharing your favorite Bible story as a kid (or adult).
- Deadline: Sunday, Nov. 11 at midnight. The winner will be revealed in a comment on this post on Monday, Nov 12. Good luck and thanks for participating!