Add a Bible Storybook to Your Child’s Summer Reading
Reading a new Bible storybook makes a wonderful addition to a child’s summer activities, but choosing the right one for your child or grandchild can be confusing—publishers and retailers offer so many great options! Try these five tips to simplify your search.
- Match the format to your child’s age and interest. Babies and toddlers enjoy board books because they can turn the pages themselves. Books with more text than illustration are best for older children. Most Bible storybooks for preschoolers and beginning readers fall somewhere in between.
- Look at the Contents page. Are both Old and New Testament stories well represented? Do the stories present the overall story arc of the whole Bible? Check out how the author handles hard topics, such as the devastation of the flood, the destruction of Jericho, or Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion.
- Read a story or two aloud. Does the writing flow well, with interesting rhythms? Is the writing style appropriate for your child’s age and attention span? Do you want a straightforward retelling of the stories or a freer style with more embellishments? Both exist and both can be done with excellence.
- Consider illustration too. Most children respond well to bright colors and a range of contemporary art styles—but contemporary doesn’t have to mean inaccurate. Older children can appreciate more realistic portrayals of Bible times.
- Choose the right “hook” for your child or your family. New or beginning readers might want stories they can read with little or no help. Some Bible storybooks feature activity ideas or talking points to go along with each story—especially helpful to busy parents and parents unfamiliar with the Bible.
Diane Stortz writes Bible storybooks and devotionals to make God’s wonders known to the next generation. Her newest book, I AM Devotional: 100 Devotions About the Names of God, releases June 6. Visit her at www.DianeStortz.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.