You can always find books with Bible stories. But these put a new twist on some well-known stories.
For bedtime reading, try Five-Minute Bible Stories by Lois Rock. The book contains 20 classics, including Noah, David and Goliath, and Jesus’ birth. The enaging stories (for ages 4 to 8) are easy to read and understand. The art has a simplicity and color scheme that can be calming during bedtime. With five-minute stories, expect to hear “just one more.” (Order from Augsburg Fortress: (800) 638-4648; www.augsburgbooks.org.)
Interactive books can teach children while they have fun. Changing Picture Bible Stories by Tim Dowley is one such example for the baby-preschool age. The hardcover book, which gives a short recounting of five Bible stories, stands out with its colorful before-and-after pictures. For example, pull a tab and Noah’s ark moves from the water to land. (Order from Kregel Publications: http://kregel.gospelcom.net/; 616-451-4775, Ext. 218.)
For the 4- to 8-year-old set there’s Dowley’s interactive book The Great Bible Treasure Hunt (also from Kregel). Kids can travel with a team of Indiana Jones-style explorers to investigate Old Testament events. They can build a model of Noah’s ark, play Moses’ wilderness game and more. With plenty of creative activities, this is a great book to have on hand when a child says, “I’m bored.”
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