Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to Bible stories. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about Bible stories.
Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.
We hope this list of kids books about Bible stories can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!
“the book is a triumph, the definitive Noah’s Ark.”—Publishers Weekly
Winner of the Caldecott Medal, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Peter Spier’s Noah’s Ark has been the iconic edition of this tale for over 40 years, in print continuously since its debut in 1977.
In Spier’s imaginative retelling, readers witness the danger and the grandeur of the terrifying flood but also the lighter moments: Noah’s wife jumping on a crate to avoid the rats; Noah shooing all but two bees from a busy hive; and all the animal babies being born in the spring. It’s an illustration feat that’s both majestic and tender.
The perfect introduction to Jesus’ stories, six much-loved parables from the New Testament are re-told simply and clearly and accompanied by beautiful picture-book style illustrations. Each story can be read to the child but can also be enjoyed by children on their own as their reading skills develop. Next Steps are included at the back of the book to encourage further discussion and there’s a rhyme for children to join in with and lots to spot throughout the books.
"In the very beginning, God's love bubbled over when there was nothing else--no trees, no birds, no animals, no sky, no sea--only darkness."
From the creators of the bestselling Jesus Storybook Bible--with over two million copies sold--comes Found, a board book retelling of Psalm 23 in very child-friendly language that helps little ones know they are always cared for and protected by God. And the colorful, engaging illustrations that show a shepherd with his sheep will hold your child's interest as you snuggle up and read together.
From Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden to Zion and the new creation world, the Bible is telling one big story--the story of God's promise to deliver his people. Kevin DeYoung, best-selling author of The Biggest Story, has written a new board book to help kids ages 1 to 3 to make connections from Genesis to Revelation and from A to Z. Each page introduces a new letter of the alphabet with engaging and whimsical illustrations from award-winning artist Don Clark, retelling the biblical narrative in one continuous story. This board book is a fun way for parents to introduce their small children to the big story of the Bible.
Tiny Tots Christmas - A Christmas book in the popular Tiny Tots Bible range. Retold with no more than 50 words per double page, and fun, jolly artwork from Kay Widdowson. The clear text is easy to read aloud and the swirly, bright art style will capture the attention of any young child, with lots of smiley animals and characters and little details to spot. A great introduction to the story of the Nativity to share with little tots.
Christmas Story - Share the true meaning of Christmas with your children this holiday season. This simple but poetic text brings to life the story of Jesus' birth in a stable in Bethlehem.
Baby's First Bible Stories: 12 Favorite Stories - Baby’s First Bible Stories is a wonderful board book with simple retellings of 12 favorite tales. These first Bible stories are the perfect way to introduce your child to your faith and the love of God. Use the added interactive elements in each story to develop their own relationship with God.
A child plants a mustard seed in an empty garden. It is an itty-bitty seed. It isnt anything very specialyet.
Flaps alter the illustrations of this retelling of the Biblical account of Noah and the great flood
The story of Noah and his ark filled with animals, and the terrible flood that covered all the earth, has always held particular appeal for children – and great fascination for artists.
This new version, faithful to the spirit and content of the Bible text, is graced with stylish and distinctive illustrations by internationally acclaimed artist Lisbeth Zwerger. Fanciful yet reverent, her full-page pictures and charming vignettes offer an imaginative interpretation of this favorite Old Testament story that will appeal to all ages.
Bring Noah’s Ark to life with this interactive retelling. Perfect for story time! This interactive retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark is brought to life with die-cut windows, colorful illustrations, simple text, and clever lift-the-flaps on every spread. Perfect for introducing the stories of the Bible to young children, this book will become a story time favorite! Count two by two as Noah leads animals from the jungle, farm, garden, and more into his ark, safe and warm, away from the flood.
Noah's Ark - The story of Noah’s ark filled with animals, and the terrible flood that covered the earth, has always held particular appeal for children–and great fascination for artists. This retelling, faithful to the spirit of the Bible text, is graced with distinctive illustrations by internationally acclaimed artist Lisbeth Zwerger. Fanciful yet reverent, her full-page pictures and charming vignettes offer an imaginative interpretation of this favorite Old Testament story.
Reflections on the Psalms - A repackaged edition of the revered author’s moving theological work in which he considers the most poetic portions from Scripture and what they tell us about God, the Bible, and faith. In this wise and enlightening book, C. S. Lewis—the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics—examines the Psalms. As Lewis divines the meaning behind these timeless poetic verses, he makes clear their significance in our daily lives, and reminds us of their power to illuminate moments of grace.
Jonah and the Big Fish - God asks Jonah to go to Nineveh to deliver a message. What happens when he disobeys him? Why is Jonah thrown into the stormy sea? Read about Jonah’s adventure and find out how he ends up inside a big fish! These beautifully illustrated classic Bible stories are perfect for reading together as well as reading alone. The most popular stories from the Old Testament are retold in easy-to-read language and provide a perfect introduction into the Bible. The series allows children to become familiar with colorful stories from the Old Testament using the familiar picture story format. Whilst the language is simple and easy to understand, the detailed illustrations support the text and provide ideal opportunities for spotting things and for further discussion.
Ecclesiastes - In the spirit of her acclaimed Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant illustrates verses from the King James Bible chapter of Ecclesiastes in a simple yet powerful folk art style. Cynthia Rylant takes the familiar text of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, as told in the King James Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in her simple but bold style that has been called “stunning” by School Library Journal. As she did with the creation story, Rylant has created a sublime take on a classic story that will appeal to readers of all ages.
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