Bible story books for kids are a great way for kids to learn about one of the world’s largest religions. As of 2020, there were about 2.5 billion Christians in the world. This expression of faith looks different from person to person and community to community, but it all comes from the same source: the Bible. If you want to learn about Christianity, you need to read the Bible. But the Bible is a very long book, especially for kids to read. Bible storybooks are a collection of stories from the Bible that have been changed for younger people to read. They teach kids about the Bible and Christianity one story at a time, so they can learn about them.
A lot of people have trouble figuring out where to start when they want to share their faith with their kids or learn more about the faith. You need to know that Christian is a lot of different things, but some of them have been whitewashed by people. Here are some of my favorite Bible story books for kids written by people of color. They show that Bible stories can still be interesting and relevant today. Whether you are a Christian or just want to learn more about the religion, these Bible story books for kids are worth a look.
Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
This storybook Bible has Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 50 favorite Bible stories in it. It shows how God works through each story and ends each one with a prayer. It’s fun for kids to see how different people in the Bible are shown in different ways in each story.
The Power Bible by Kim Shin-Joong
When you read the Power Bible, you get a 10-volume set that shows the Bible in a comic book format. A collection of Bible stories, the dialogue is short and to the point, and the comic panels are fun and interesting.
God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia J. Newball
People of all kinds are celebrated in this Bible storybook. God made each one of us in our own unique way. Take a journey from the beginning of time to God’s throne room and show how everyone can be part of God’s family.
Once Upon a Time for Little Ones by Zondervan and Omar Aranda
This Bible storybook is for the little ones, not the big ones. The Bible has eight stories that happened “once upon a time.” They are in a form that is easy for kids to read. The illustrations in this book make it easy for kids who haven’t learned to read yet to keep up.
Let My People go: Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color by Patricia C. McKissack
This book introduces 12 Bible stories and shows how they are important in the lives of African Americans. It makes a strong connection between the stories in the Bible and the history of African-American people.
The Creation by James Weldon Johnson
At the height of the Harlem Renaissance, James Weldon Johnson told the story of how the world was made from the Bible. In the Deep South, a country preacher tells the story of how God made the world to kids. As a nod to Black American storytelling and sermonizing, it is written in free verse to pay homage.
The Jesus Storybook Bible
All of us love the Jesus Storybook Bible because it’s a story Bible for kids who like to read about Jesus. We’ve been reading this book to our kids since they were about 3. Even now, when they’re 7, they still like it.
The stories in the Jesus Storybook Bible are retellings, not word-for-word Bible verses. We love that about this story book Bible, and we think it’s a great way to teach kids about Jesus. The language makes it easy for kids to understand and fun for kids who get bored quickly when you read from the Bible.
When we read this Bible, one of our favorite things about it is that every story leads to Jesus. The Jesus Storybook Bible is great at teaching kids about the big picture of the Bible and how everything points to Jesus, which is why it’s so good.
It also shows the big story of the Bible as a rescue mission and a love story, which the kids and I both love.
Yes, this is good for kids ages 4 to 8. (but honestly, we started this one with our kids earlier – the stories are great as soon as they have the attention span to listen for 5-10 minutes).
The Spark Story Bible
You can teach your kids about the stories in the Bible with this Spark Story Bible.
This book has 100 stories that you can read to your kids (or that your kids can read on their own), and each story has a question or activity to keep kids interested.
It’s best for kids ages 4 to 8.
The Biggest Story
The Biggest Story is a great storybook Bible for kids who are in elementary school. It tells the whole story of the Bible as one big story, with all of the smaller stories pointing to Jesus at the end.
The Largest Story. A little like the Jesus Storybook Bible, but written more like a chapter book for kids who are older and can read.
Ages 9 to 12 are the best.
BibleForce is a kids’ story book Bible mixed with a comic book. My kids love this one, too! Because it’s mostly about good guys vs. bad guys, fights, defeats, and victories.
There are over 150 epic stories in this book, plus hero profiles, maps, and a timeline to help kids deepen their understanding of the stories and the characters from Scripture.
If you have kids who are a little older, this is the story Bible for you. It’s also great for kids who like battles, good vs. bad, and comic books.
It’s best for kids who are 6 to 10.