I’ve had several conversations in the last few weeks with fellow parents trying to figure out how best to help their children understand the Bible and the inevitable questions that arise when you do start talking about God and the Bible. So here are a couple of books that I’ve found helpful in talking with my own kids (and I’ve learned a thing or two as well).
Everything A Child Should Know About God by Kenneth Taylor
This is great book that starts with some more abstract concepts about God and creation and moves towards Jesus and the church. Each topic is broken down into a section and gives you some questions to ask your kids as you read through them. Definitely well worth the time but make sure that you’re prepared for the follow-up conversations that this will create as well.
The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung
If you’re looking for a book that weaves the whole narrative of the Bible together in a visually impressive and theologically cohesive way, then look no further. Starting with creation and moving through the Bible this book uses poetic language and vivid pictures to clearly explain the truth of scripture. An excellent book to have right now, in the season of Advent, so that children can understand why it is that we celebrate Christmas.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Many people may be more familiar with this book than the previous two, but for reading Bible stories for kids, I haven’t found anything better. Clear concise readings that are true to the Bible and help begin to familiarize children with the stories in scripture are a wonderful way to introduce Jesus and the rest of the characters in the Bible. Just an incredibly well done work.
As with all things, there really isn’t any kind of a substitute for engaging your kids and letting them ask you questions about what you’ve read. It can be a little nervy first but I’ve also found that their questions have prompted my own and I’m ok with saying “I don’t know but why don’t we think about that together”. Happy reading!