Here are some resources we have discovered this year that have been really helpful for reading the bible with our children.
My Favourite Story Bible for Toddlers
We found this board-book, My Favourite Story Bible for Toddlers, in the library at Talua. It tells selected stories from the bible very simply (sometimes too simplistically) and has lively, colourful pictures with flaps. Matthew just loves the flaps and will sit for hours (well, maybe not hours) turning pages and lifting flaps. We always know when the Israelites enter Jericho, for he cries out, "Oh dear! Broke!". Sophie enjoys reading it to him and helping him to pray as suggested after each story.
The Child's Story Bible
Bethany just loves listening to stories. Last year I would often go looking Bethany at the end of the day and find her crouching on the grass next to a student, wide eyed and engrossed in their story telling. The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos is fantastic for her. Catherine tells the stories of the bibles interestingly and faithfully. She seamlessly weaves the theology taught by the prophets and in the epistles into each narrative. She always points to fulfilment in Christ and soundly applies the stories to the life of a child (mind you... we're not through Genesis yet!).
The only disadvantage is that it is full of text with only a few pictures scattered througout. This means that Sophie doesn't want to read it on her own, but Bethany just delights in listening to it, and it is perfect for reading aloud.
eXplore The Bible
Following Nicole's lead, we bought XTB for Sophie to introduce her to reading the bible on her own, and we have been delighted to see Sophie doing so each evening. There is a bible reading for each day, with activities to ensure comprehension of the main points (she loves the codes), questions to think about and suggestions for prayer. She really enjoys it and we are only disappointed that it seems that there don't seem to be many available (does anyone have any information about this?)