Children's Bibles

Catholic Bible Stories for Children

Author(s): 
Ann Ball
Julianne M. Will
Illustrator(s): 
Kevin Davidson
Copyright: 
2006
Publisher: 
Our Sunday Visitor
Binding: 
Sewn Hardcover
Number of pages: 
208 pages
Subject(s): 
Review: 

This is a very cute and sturdy volume for children who are ready to begin enjoying the stories from the bible but not quite ready for the real thing yet. The paraphrasing is cross-referenced with the corresponding biblical passages and the language is warm and simple yet not overly toned down. Some important passages are kept in the traditional language, such as Psalm 23, the Beatitudes and the Our Father.

Here is an example of the language from the chapter Daniel in the Lions' Den:

The king quickly let Daniel out of the lions' cage, and the jealous men were put in his place. The lions quickly ate them up.

Author Ann Ball is well known to homeschool families: her book Catholic Traditions in the Home and Classroom seems to be in every Catholic homeschool. This friendly child-friendly volume will also serve Catholic families well in the homeschool, offering a curriculum option for Bible stories in the earlier grades.

As the back covers states, this book of Bible stories is "fully Catholic". Indeed, this is the case! It is so lovely to be able to give to our children a book of bible stories that corroborate the faith we teach them at home. Peter is referred to as the first pope, and Mary's Immaculate conception is discussed, along with her Assumption. One of the final chapters is entitled "The Bible and Sacred Tradition" and explains in simple terms the Church's teaching on Sacred, or Apostolic tradition. The illustrations are also very friendly-- although done in simple watercolors, they are attractive and professional. A cute "talking" goldfish named Icthus is introduced in the very beginning and pops up often throughout the book with the important lesson of the story.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Review Date: 
8-26-2007
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Catholic Cardlinks: Bible

Author(s): 
Thomas Craughwell
Copyright: 
2007
Publisher: 
Our Sunday Visitor
Number of pages: 
100 pages
Grade / Age level: 
Review: 

Thomas Craughwell has a knack for informative yet captivating writing! This is a very nice first Bible for a beginning reader, and of course it could be read aloud as well.

Each page has an illustration and a Bible verse in bold, ranging from Genesis to Revelation. I wish the illustrations were a bit more professional, and that the text agreed with the way the "card" pages turn: it is a bit awkward to flip the clunky volume from front to verse on each page.

Mr. Craughwell's retelling of the biblical stories, however, makes up for these minor obstacles! Catholic Cardlinks: Bible could prove to be a valuable Bible stories option for your young elementary school student's curriculum.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Review Date: 
8-11-2007
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Golden Children's Bible

Book cover: 'Golden Children's Bible'
Copyright: 
1965
Publisher: 
Golden Press
Binding: 
Sewn Hardcover
Number of pages: 
510 pages
Subject(s): 
Review: 

I've come to understand why Laura Berquist recommends this bible for Kindergarten age children. It is quite faithful to the original stories and attempts nothing beyond telling the story. The colorful pictures are very intriguing to children and it provides a good means for familiarizing children with the Bible's basic stories. The full color pictures throughout are very nicely done and make it easier for young children to find particular stories on their own. Unfortunately, there are several important stories which are missing, including: Abraham sacrificing Isaac and the story of Tobias.

Review Date: 
1999
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New Catholic Picture Bible

Book cover: 'New Catholic Picture Bible'
Author(s): 
Father Lawrence Lovasik, S.V.D.
Copyright: 
1988
Publisher: 
Catholic Book Publishing Company
Binding: 
Sewn Hardcover
Number of pages: 
232 pages
Subject(s): 
Review: 

Father Lovasik includes many more stories in this work than Tomie de Paola's work. The pictures are more traditional (although not fine art), yet the stories are still short enough to make this a good choice for preschoolers as well. He explains parts of the Bible in light of our Catholic tradition within the story. For example, in the story "Jesus Appears to the Apostles" Fr. Lovasik explains what Jesus said to the apostles with the following quote:
"In these words Jesus gave the apostles the power to forgive sins, which He had promised them. This power Jesus wished to remain in His Church forever. The apostles passed it on to their successors--the bishops of the Catholic Church. This power is exercised by the priest in the Sacrament of Penance."
Some may appreciate his "additions" to the stories, others may find it a little confusing. The book also contains the Stations of the Cross and photos from the Holy Land.

Available from many sources including those listed below.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Review Date: 
1999
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