Friday, December 23, 2011

Perfect Picture Books: Read With Me Bible

Here's another entry into Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book series. 

I'm sharing this picture book today, because on Sunday I'll be celebrating Christmas with my family. While sometimes I have a difficult time expressing my faith — I'm not so good at Bible studies nor specific verses. 

Thankfully, as a Christian you don't have to be perfect. I'm glad because I recently helped another mother ignite Baby Jesus' birthday cake on fire. I had to own that inferno and laugh a bit too. Plus, this is experience speaking:  Don't light those tiny wax candles too early — the frosting will burn. 

I know I'm digressing, but this book is a way for my family to remember the reason for the Christmas season. 

I understand this book doesn't appeal to everyone, but I believe it can be used for personal family time, a home-school program or an illustrated way to learn about different faiths.

Read With Me Bible — An NirV Bible Storybook with Illustrations by Dennis Jones
Zonderkidz, 2000. This illustrated storybook uses scripture from the Holy Bible the New International Reader's Version.

Suitable for: Ages 4 to 8

Theme/Topic: Religion, Christmas

Opening: I skipped to the story of Jesus' birth —Luke 2
Caesar Augustus required that a list be made of everyone in the whole Roman world. All went to their own towns to be listed.  
Joseph went to Bethlehem, the town of David. He went there with Mary. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby.
Brief Synopsis: The illustrated Bible includes both Old and New Testament stories. The book includes an extensive index and a glossary of "words you should know."

Resources: I found a Christmas Bible Quiz to test your knowledge.  This site has several resources for talking about the story and doing activities with your children. Families may want to compare the story in different versions of the Bible. This online resource: has more than 30 versions of the Bible in English, as of this posting.

Why I chose this book: With its illustrations, this storybook is a good way to introduce Bible stories including Jesus' birth. 

I hope you have a wonderful celebration this week. Merry Christmas! 

Like many, I'm taking a break for a few days. I'll be back next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.


  1. Thanks for sharing this, Stacy. It looks like a wonderful way to introduce children to different faiths and to remember the true reason for Christmas which I fear is too often forgotten, or at least overshadowed. Have a very Merry Christmas :)

  2. Judging from the cover (and I know one isn't supposed to judge a book by its cover) it looks as though the illustrations would be very appealing to a child, and the language sounds to be accessible -- that's so important in a Bible for kids.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Have a very merry Christmas!

  3. Stacy, this is a wonderful way to introduce kids to Bible stories and the Chrismas story. The cover alone is engaging and so friendly. It invites one to pick it up.

  4. Merry Christmas Stacy! Wishing you and yours the best.

  5. Very appealing artwork and we need got picture books about the true reason for this worldwide festival!

  6. It looks great Stacy. Happy Christmas and 'see you' next Friday.

  7. I still have my first children's Bible story book from when I was a little girl, and I remember reading from it with my mother. Reading these stories together creates wonderful memories and is a great way to introduce your children to your faith.

  8. I think it's important for all children, Christian or not, to know the story of Christmas and its significance to Christians.

    My family is not "religious," (although I am deeply spiritual), but we have a children's Bible, and I read to my kids from the actual Bible often. I want them to grow up educated about different faiths and with the ability to decide for themselves if they will join a religious or spiritual group or develop their faith/belief independently.

    Anyway, long-winded way of saying every book is important, and all children need to learn about all faiths.

  9. I actually have this one :)It is a good book! Merry Christmas.

  10. Merry Christmas, Stacy!

    Great way to share Christ with kids!

    One of the BEST purchases I ever made was a magazine-type/size children's paperback New Testament Bible. I got it at a Woman of Faith Conference table. It also has neat facts, games, and questions that appeal to kids. I used to read it to my daughter and when she learned to read, she began reading it to me.

  11. I didn't know frosting would burn. (I hope nobody tells my teenagers.)

  12. @Susanna- thanks for helping me out on the link issue too!
    @Elizabethanne - the illustrations are fun.
    @Patricia - I think it is a good way to introduce the Bible.
    @Coleen - Thank you.
    @Joanna - There are lots of fun Christmas books about the season. I'll keep them on my list to share next December.
    @Catherine - Thanks. I'll see you Friday!
    @Kelly - I appreciate you sharing that memory with your Mom.
    @Julie - Not long-winded at all. Lots of fun books on faith and all types of topics.
    @Erik - It's cool that you have it too.
    @Dawn - That New Testament paperback sounds like a great book too.
    @VV - Yep, I would keep it a secret from the teens. The children still loved blowing out the candles, but those corner pieces had to be thrown away.

  13. Thanks for the review. My children's current bible has fallen apart. It's time for a new one. And thanks for the heads up on burning frosting. I've never experienced that one!

  14. Anything that can help kids remember the reason for the season is fabulous!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  15. @Hannah- Just sharing the news about frosting
    @Peggy- We did.


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