Childrens Bibles

Discussion in 'Bible Versions/Translations' started by Tater77, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. Tater77

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    Hey everyone,
    I'm going to get new Bibles for my kids ages 8 and 5 (she will be reading soon).

    Any recommendations ?

    BTW, the 8 yo. is AD/HD and has a lot of trouble reading. He can barely grasp an NIV which is what he has now. I'm thinking something illustrated maybe?.?.
     
  2. preachinjesus

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    The Good News Bible was my first Bible, given to me by our Pastor and Sunday School Director at my home church. I learned to read with it, I learned to study with it, I learned truths that have lasted till today with it.

    It was the Bible I carried to church with me until I was in 8th grade. Then I got an NIV...which was quickly exchanged for a NKJV. (I was not, um, impressed with the NIV.) ;)

    I don't know if it exists but I think the translation is a good one. Otherwise I'd recommend something like a CEV or NLT to help them get started. Also, our children's minister recommends books with pictures. These are young readers and they want to connect with the stories. Its important for them. :)
     
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    There are so many children's Bibles out there. What we did was to ask some other parents. Then we took a trip to the Bible bookstore. It does two things: gets the kids to the store and buying books, and you can take a look at it for yourself. I would say this: get one your kids will read and get them excited about reading it. It is not important to get one you will read and perfect for you but more important is to get them excited about reading the Bible. They need to see the Bible as something that is not so much a laborious book of antiquity but a book of utmost importance. By reading it to them it will come to life as you discuss it with them and they see its application. You would be amazed at you it will probably help you to better understand the stories too. Today our daughter buys a new Bible about every 3 years. It is all marked up and she feels a need for a new one in a short time. We see that as a result of the example we set from the time she was born. Going to the store and library to get books was a time for all of us. We could hardly get her out of the bookstore and library.

    The attitude you instill in your children is by far the more important thing. Take a look at the dialog we are to have with our children in Deut 6. It is never ending. I followed the advice of a couple of elderly godly men whose children had families of their own whom I saw as godly parents and that is what they told me.

    It is great to read about what you are trying to do as a parent.
     
  4. Tater77

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    Thanks gb

    We already have an illustrated Bible stories book. I think its time for my stepson to get into a more literal Bible. But I just have to compensate for his disorders.

    Good idea about just going to the store. I will take him to Lifeway and Cedarsprings and just let him read around and see what he can understand.

    He understands visual, but has trouble with visualizing what he reads which is what leans me towards illustrated.

    My youngest (15months), we bought a baby Bible for him. Its shaped like a teddy bear head with furry covers. It only has about 6 illustrated pages with everything VERY condensed. But he opens it and points to the picture of Jesus every time, so its a good start. :jesus:
     
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    New International Reader's Version

    The NIrV is very suitable for the young folks of your description. I don't think pictures are that critical a factor for understanding to occur. But parents should read to their children from the same Bible as well.
     
  6. Jim1999

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    My children grew up with a series of books that told the Bible stories in their language and a few pictures as well. It was published by the Seventh Day Adventists, but I didn't trouble about that because their doctrines did not really stand out.

    I gave them away so I can't remember how many volumes it was, but I think about 18 or 20 volumes. We went straight from there to the King James Version....same as mine.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    My son was diagnosed ADHD in 4th grade. At that time he was reading on a 10th grade level. He is a member of MENSA but does not get the best report card but still takes honors classes. This is typical of ADHD kids, they are very smart and high IQ but are disorganized. My advice, don't be too eager to give up challanging reading material but have something easy on hand as an alternate.
     
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    Pure child abuse, plain and simple! :laugh::laugh:
     
  9. Tater77

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    My stepsons high points are math and geometry. He's closer to the autistic end of the spectrum though. He can understand anything laid out for him, but its abstract thought that gets him.
     

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