Finding the Right Bible for Your Child

One of the greatest gifts that you can give to your child is the gift of God’s word. Kids need their own copy of the Bible for a few reasons. First, they need to know that God’s word is for them, not just for mommy and daddy or for their vKids leaders. Second, God’s Word never changes, but how we present it to kids does. Kids need a developmentally appropriate version of the Bible so that they can begin hiding the stories, themes, and messages in their heart. Finally, God’s word, regardless of how it is packaged, has the power to change hearts and lives. 

We have compiled a list of Bibles that we recommend for each age group to help you decide which is right for your child. We are not saying that these are the only Bibles you should buy, but that these are some that you can’t go wrong with. As a church, we use the English Standard Version (ESV) because we believe that it is the translation that best balances faithful translation and modern readability. Here is a brief description of each of the Bibles and where you can buy them:

3-5 Year Olds – The Jesus Storybook Bible

  • Reads like one Continuous Story
  • Invites Children to See Jesus at the Heart of the Bible



K-3rd Grade Bible – The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook

  • In-Depth Bible Stories
  • Christ Connection to Every Story
  • Big Picture Questions
  • App that Reads Story and Brings Pictures to Life

3rd-5th Grade Bible – ESV Grow Bible

  • Same translation that we use in worship gatherings
  • 775 “W Questions” answering Who, What, Where, When, and Why of text
  • 90 “4U” boxes explaining how text applies to life
  • 45 “Cross Connections”
  • Color Maps and Images

6th-12th grade Bible – ESV Student Study Bible

  • Adapted from the fantastic ESV Study Bible 
  • 12,000 Study Notes
  • Introductions and timelines for each book