This post has three parts. (All of them really short.) The Contest. The Review. The audio of the conference call with Gilbert Beers, the author of The Preschooler’s Bible that just released last month. Beers has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 160 books, most of them for children.
- Read the review.
- Leave a comment…after this post or on my Facebook Page no later than Sunday at midnight. I would love to compile a list of other great children/teen/family Bibles and Bible resources. If you know of one, include that as well. (Do NOT include your mailing address in the comment. I’ll get that from the winners later.)
- On Monday, I’ll choose TWO winners from the blog comments and ONE from my Facebook Page. Winners will be announced on the blog, the Facebook Page, and through my email list.
Part II – The review.
Here’s what I love:
- Stories – There are a lot of them. It’s not one of those kid’s Bibles with 20 really good stories and that’s it. The Preschooler’s Bible is 430 pages!
- Pictures – Tammie Lyon does a fantastic job with the illustrations. The characters have personality. Lots of vibrant colors on every page. Multi-cultural people. Terrific.
- Questions – One thing that Beers does really well is to weave questions right into the stories. He mentioned on the conference call that his desire was to create a Bible that would engage the parents and kids in conversations about the stories. The questions do a great job of that.
- Reading Level – Beers has said that he wrote this at a preschool “comprehension” level – not reading level. This is really nice. With a son in 2nd Grade, I find that it’s a terrific Bible for him to practice his school reading – or read to his little sister. The reading level is perfect for 6-8 year olds.
The only knock I have on The Preschooler’s Bible is that each story doesn’t have the Scripture reference right near the title. (They ARE all listed in the table of contents.) But when I’m reading a Bible to my kids, I like to tell them where the story comes from in the Bible. Unless you flip back and forth – or you know every reference – you won’t be able to do this.
Bottom Line: If you have a 3-6 year old, get this Bible. They’ll love the stories and pictures. You’ll love that it’s not overly simple and it will give you great questions to engage you and your child in conversations about the Bible.
Part III – The conference call audio.
A couple weeks ago, I was offered the chance to participate in an hour-long conference call with Gilbert Beers. I asked if I could share the audio of that call with my readers. They said Yes. So here you go: