I wanted to start early with Squeaker when it came to teaching her about God and God’s word. I read Bible verses to her while I was still pregnant and she enjoys hearing Jesus Loves Me as one of her nighttime songs. I also knew that it would eventually come time to start getting a Bible that was appropriate for her. And though I do have a book of Bible stories, I was lacking any sort of Bible that was more kid-friendly (something that I hope to remedy soon). So, I thought why not start adventures in the Bible? I felt that was something that we could grow with and I also feel that reading is an every day adventure within itself.
The Adventure Bible for Toddlers
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers to facilitate this review. I was not required to give a positive review and all thoughts, text, and opinions are mine.
About the Adventure Bible for Toddlers
The Adventure Bible for Toddlers starts children ages 2-5 on the journey of a lifetime, teaching them about the Bible’s great stories and themes. It helps young children grow in their relationship with God using stories and art from the wildly popular Adventure Bible Storybook. With ten beautifully illustrated and beloved Bible stories from the Old and New Testament, this sturdy padded board book will stimulate toddlers’ minds and fill their hearts with love for their heavenly Father.
About the Author
Catherine DeVries is a writer and editor. She has been influential in the development of many bestselling children’s Bibles and Bible storybooks including The Adventure Bible, The Beginner’s Bible and the Jesus Storybook Bible. She is also the author of My Time with God and many articles that have been published in professional magazines and journals. Catherine lives with her husband and three children in Colorado.
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking… Squeaker doesn’t turn a year old until December. So, why am I reviewing a Bible that’s intended for Toddlers? For me, this was more about introducing her to God’s word on her terms instead of mine. So I let her play with the book and explore the book, while I talked about the book. She didn’t show much interest in the actual stories, and that’s okay. Instead, I talked about the pictures and the concepts. She did eventually sit with me for one story, and I intend to incorporate this into our daily reading time. Eventually, when she’s actually a toddler, we’ll also incorporate this into Tot School and Homeschool Preschool.
Exploring her adventure Bible
I think that, used as intended and for the appropriate age, this Bible is a welcomed addition to any home. The stories are short (as they should be for this age group) but get the essential message across. The illustrations are rich and full, bringing to life the accompanying words. Pages are easy to turn for little hands, and the book (so far) has held up to quite a bit of baby-handling. This truly does open the door to an adventure in the Bible and I think is a great starting point to introducing the Word of God to young ones. Or, for children who are already familiar with the Bible, the Adventure Bible for Toddlers does a wonderful job of reinforcing key Bible stories such as Creation, the Ten Commandments, the birth of Jesus, and the Resurrection. Both on it’s own or as a supplement to other Bibles geared towards this age (such as The Beginner’s Bible), I would definitely recommend the Adventure Bible for Toddlers.
With that being said, I would also recommend this for parents of children with Special Needs. Yes, Sweet B is 13, but the way that this book presents the stories (easy to follow format, colorful illustrations); I think that this would also benefit her in the long run. B is not a high reading level, and if I recall correctly, she really can’t read much. She can recognize a few sight words, her name, and that sort of thing but she’s nowhere near being at a developmentally appropriate level. So, for her, this Bible is perfect. I can easily create lessons from this that would be relevant and appealing to her. B is also non-verbal, so adapting this book for lessons (ex. creating PECS to do a matching board or sequencing) would also be useful to her.
All in all, I’m happy to add this book to our bookshelf and look forward to using it in many more adventures.