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TripleB
Apr 14th 2009, 12:22 PM
I'm looking to get my two year old son his first Bible. Probably not truly the Bible in its entirety but probably a 'picture' type Bible with stories from the Bible in it.

Do you have any suggestions as to what might be a great Bible to start with?

Thanks.

BTW: I don't think there is a better sound than my 2 year old son getting in the car and immediately yelling for 'Jesus music please! Jesus music please!' (other than 'I love you daddy' of course)

TripleB

Izdaari
Apr 14th 2009, 12:40 PM
Hmm. As I remember, by the time I was four, I could read and understand an illustrated children's bible. And I had one: my dad sold children's books for a living. I was very fortunate in that, and was a very precocious reader. It wouldn't hurt your kid to stretch his brain a little, and he will grow into it. But I was that age 50 years ago, and I don't know what's available now.

grit
Apr 14th 2009, 01:35 PM
Hi TripleB, and welcome to the board.
I know Bibles very well.

You're probably aware there's a lot to consider when choosing a Bible these days, and more options than you can shake a stick at.
Just a couple of notes, if it's for carrying to church like mom and dad's Bible, then an inexpensive compact model is the way to go - something to get him used to toting around a Bible. They make a ton of these in lots of models, some even fashioned particularly for boys, but one of the best, most popular, and enduring favourites is My First Bible (http://www.amazon.com/My-First-Bible-Pictures-handle/dp/0842346333/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239714283&sr=1-7).

However, I prefer the even greater variety of quality educational tools available in slightly larger storybook Bibles.
I think quite a lot of the illustrations by Dennis Jones, and he has a couple of items I'd highly recommend: the See With Me Bible (http://www.amazon.com/See-Me-Bible-Told-Pictures/dp/0310709261/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239715725&sr=1-1) (if you can still find one), which is entirely pictures; or the more practical and my personal favourite Bible story book for kids, the NIrV Read With Me Bible (http://www.amazon.com/NIrV-Read-Me-Bible-Zondervan/dp/0310920086/ref=pd_sim_b_1). It was designed with 4-8 year olds in mind though, so I don't know if you might consider it a little much yet for a 2-year old. It remains just about the most popular one too.

Another good one I ought to mention for 4-8 year olds is My ABC Bible Verses (http://www.amazon.com/My-ABC-Bible-Verses-Hiding/dp/1581340052/ref=pd_sim_b_5), but mostly because I know the author. :D

The Beginner's Bible (http://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Bible-Timeless-Childrens-Stories/dp/0310709628/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239716276&sr=1-3) by Karen Henley (make sure it's the one by her) is also a very good choice.

TripleB
Apr 14th 2009, 03:34 PM
Just a couple of notes, if it's for carrying to church like mom and dad's Bible, then an inexpensive compact model is the way to go - something to get him used to toting around a Bible.

The Beginner's Bible (http://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Bible-Timeless-Childrens-Stories/dp/0310709628/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239716276&sr=1-3) by Karen Henley (make sure it's the one by her) is also a very good choice.

Thanks for all the advice and the links to the Bibles you mentioned...I'm a visual learner so links are always nice.

I think you hit the nail on the head (so to speak). I would like for him to get used to carry a Bible to church like my wife, daughter, and I so that he understands that it's an essential part of being/becoming a Christian and should be with you at all times.

One thing, at his age, is that the book should be pretty durable. We try to teach him that you can't tear books but every once in a while it happens (meaning to or not).

I was in Wal-Mart today and saw the Beginner's Bible but I think it was the one by Pulley (like in your link). I think it was $14.34 or so.

Again, thanks for all your help and the links. I'll be sure to check each out thoroughly.

TripleB

keck553
Apr 14th 2009, 05:09 PM
Don't forget Dad (or mom)

Deu 6:7
(7) "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Veretax
Apr 14th 2009, 05:28 PM
I like to read to my son at Bedtime, and I enjoy the Egermeir's Bible Story Book (http://www.amazon.com/Egermeiers-Bible-Story-EGERMEIERS-BIBLE/dp/B001TKH5SU/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239729971&sr=8-5) Its got the stories condensed a bit in some places, but is good for young learners. As far as books for children to read? I don't think I got my first bible till I was 7, and it was a Young Childs NIV if memory serves.

TripleB
Apr 14th 2009, 06:02 PM
I like to read to my son at Bedtime, and I enjoy the Egermeir's Bible Story Book (http://www.amazon.com/Egermeiers-Bible-Story-EGERMEIERS-BIBLE/dp/B001TKH5SU/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239729971&sr=8-5) Its got the stories condensed a bit in some places, but is good for young learners. As far as books for children to read? I don't think I got my first bible till I was 7, and it was a Young Childs NIV if memory serves.

Yea, I'm probably not expecting him to read it just yet...although he can count to 17 :spin:. I would like for the Bible to be nice visually so it's something he'll come back to again and again right now just to look at everything in the Book.

Right now no reading...just asking for Jesus music and our success last week was having him recognize that Jesus and the Cross go together.

Thanks for the advice and the link.

TripleB

Moxie
Apr 14th 2009, 07:03 PM
My daughter's first Bible was a Mommy and me story book Bible, which she still has. We read through it over and over again. When she was 4, she wanted to start reading the "big Bible". So we would read the chapters together (I paraphrased the story on her level; she added her own story:)). She is 11 now and we still love reading the Bible together.

crossnote
Apr 15th 2009, 05:47 AM
Get him one of the first King James Versions..1611 http://www.bible-researcher.com/kjv-heb.html
He will be speaking the King's English by the time he is 7 !!!

TripleB
Apr 15th 2009, 12:55 PM
Get him one of the first King James Versions..1611 http://www.bible-researcher.com/kjv-heb.html
He will be speaking the King's English by the time he is 7 !!!

He's already read and memorized that one. We're just trying to find him a more 'toddler' looking one so that all the kids at Sunday School don't think he's a show off.

TripleB

TripleB
Apr 16th 2009, 05:49 PM
Thanks for all the input.

I went to a local Christian bookstore today and sat down with about 12 different 'Bibles' for toddlers. Many were very nice but too advanced to hold his interest (ie: pictures but not very detailed). Others were a little too expensive. And still others weren't sturdy enough to withstand his pulls and tosses.

I ended up getting the "My ABC Bible Storybook" ( http://www.e316.com/My-ABC-Bible-Storybook-Carolyn-Larsen/1869209265.htm ). Although he's only looked at it for about 20 minutes he really seems to like it. Currently stuck on the 'A' for Ark...has heard the story of Noah many many times.

Thanks again for all your help and God bless.

TripleB

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