As a new-ish mom, I’m checking out Bible resources for little ones with serious fervor. That’s why I was thrilled to receive The Toddler’s Bible from David C. Cook. We’ve been using the Read and Share Bible for our now 2-year old daughter, but I thought this new Bible might be a better fit. Here’s the scoop:
- The Table of Contents: I like the Scripture references next to the stories. It would have been nice if those were on the actual pages as well.
- Questions throughout the book. This is a great way to keep little ones engaged. Likewise, the little things like “Look at the walls” and “See the golden chest” are great for opening up conversations.
- Good pacing: I was glad to see a Bible that didn’t spend 5 pages on Creation and 5 more on the Plagues and then completely skip the New Testament. This Bible seemed to give a good spread of Old Testament and New Testament stories.
- Not too many details. With a book as big as the Bible, it’s tough to condense all the stories down without losing the main things. The Toddler Bible seemed to capture the main points without drowning a little one in too many details.
- New Testament: It’s a pet peeve of mine when picture Bibles spend 300 pages on the Old Testament and then completely skip over the New Testament, ending the Bible right after the gospels. This seems to do a good job of illustrating key points of Paul’s life and the early church.
- The index of stories in the back. This is a great way to teach kids about Cool Bible Tools early on.
- I liked the “Sight”, “Sound”, “Touch” suggestions on page 9, but I didn’t get the reference for “Life Issue” or “Spiritual Building Block”, and I don’t think most parents will either.
- Transitions: Some of the openings of the stories seemed very abrupt and disconnected to the story before it. For example page 62-63 ends with “Someday Jacob and Rachel will get married” and the next set of pages opens with “Oh no! No one would sell their own brother!”. There’s a lot that happened between Jacob and Joseph! I know you can’t include everything, but it seems like there could have been a smoother flow.
What I’d Change
- The book is a bulky for little hands. I might make the pages a little bigger and the book less thick. I know parents will usually be reading the book to the child, but wouldn’t it be great if it were easy for them to pick it up on their own and read?
- The Illustrations: While the illustrations were very good, I think they could have been a little more attention grabbing. Although for ages 1-3 (which is who the Bible is designed for), they may be just right. I know the books our 2-year old daughter really loves have bold colors, but clearly (based on my reading experiments), this doesn’t seem to be a major obstacle. Also, the angels are a little girly for my taste.
- I was reading this Bible today with a two-year old girl and it wasn’t until page 180 that she started to get fidgety. I decided to close the book and take a break and she instantly asked for more. Good sign!