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Can you recommend a bible to use with 7-11 year olds?

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LaBelleDameSansPatience Fri 21-Mar-14 21:15:36

I need to apply for a grant to purchase a class set of bibles for ks2 over this weekend. No time to go to a specialist shop and browse.
Have you any recommendations? Easy to read, attractive, a proper bible, not a set of bible stories and reasonably robust.

AChickenCalledKorma Fri 21-Mar-14 21:58:34

I am a church children's worker. If you can get the money (because it's not the cheapest) I would highly recommend:
this one

It is specifically designed for children in that age group. It's a proper Bible (i.e. a translation) using a vocabulary that doesn't dumb down the text, but is modern and accessible. It's also designed for reading out loud, which is obviously good in a group/class situation.

There aren't all that many pictures, but the cover is nice and bright and there are a few full-page colour pictures mixed in with the text.

My 11 year old daughter has had one for a few years now and prefers it to the ones we have at church (Good News Bibles).

beanandspud Fri 21-Mar-14 22:19:05

I remember having the Good News Bible this one at that age.

LaBelleDameSansPatience Sat 22-Mar-14 06:50:36

Chicken, I have been thinking about that one ... how flimsy are the pages? This is the cricitism I have seen, and it will obviously get heavy and not necessarily careful use. I do want something which has language that sounds good - some of the children's bibles just don't have very beautiful language.
Beanandspud - thanks ... will look at that too. Do I remember you from back in the days when I had time to be in the One Child café? Before looking after one child, one elderly mother with dementia and one teaching job took over? ::waves::

eddiemairswife Sat 22-Mar-14 08:12:56

The Dorling Kindersley Children's Illustrated Bible is lovely, though it might be a bit pricey. Not only does it have good pictures to go with the text it also has information about the way of life in The Holy Land at the relevant times.

ChocolateWombat Sat 22-Mar-14 08:30:02

I Agree with the one recommended by ChickencalledKorm?
The International Childrens Bible is a real Bible, in that it has verses and is complete. Many others mentioned just contain some Bible stories.
Like a real Bible, the paper is very thin. It is designed for Junior age children though and I would expect most to manage it without damaging it. It is what many Sunday schools would use for this age.
Question is, do you want an actual Bible?

LaBelleDameSansPatience Sat 22-Mar-14 08:36:50

Yes, I need an actual bible, to teach them what is looks like, contains, how to find verses, to compare the gospel accounts, etc.

LaBelleDameSansPatience Sat 22-Mar-14 08:37:38

I think the DK bible would be something to have alongside.

beanandspud Sat 22-Mar-14 20:12:34

<<waves at LaBelleDame>>

ChocolateWombat Sat 22-Mar-14 20:19:19

Good News is...well good. Personally though, I wouldn't use it with children as young as 7, as I don't think the language is accessible enough. Would be good for very literate upper Juniors.
If you look on Amazon, you can often see inside the books to see sample pages.
Depends how much you want them to actually read of it and use it. If it is more for finding out what the Bible is and how it works, rather than reading great chunks, the Good News would be fine. Thin paper again though.
The Good Book Company has many childrens bibles and resources. Have a look at their website.

AChickenCalledKorma Sat 22-Mar-14 20:22:15

LaBelle I've just handled DD1's International Children's Bible. The pages are thinner than a paperback, but thicker than the NIV Bible that I use for my own study. So yes, they would be more fragile than other books the children are used to handling, but they ought to stand up to several years of careful handling.

The text is a decent size. It's in two columns per page, with chapter and verse numbers through the text, so they could learn to "navigate" it properly.

To be honest, I don't think you would be able to get a proper Bible with thicker pages. It would just be too thick and heavy to handle.

AChickenCalledKorma Sat 22-Mar-14 20:24:42

PS - if you want to get an idea of what the language is like, have a look at You can search for a passage and specify which translation you want. The International Children's Bible is in the "New Century Version" translation. It reads well - more beautiful than the Good News, but still modern and clear.

Randomnames Sat 22-Mar-14 20:30:34

Yes our church also use the International Children's Bible - from Yr 1 upwards - and they are taught how to use it and the children manage fine - at first by dipping in and out to familiar areas either because of a particular name or event - and it is the same bible being used by the older children i.e KS2.
I was concerned as I thought it was too dense - but it isn't - it's easy enough and will last them for a good few years. There are not many pictures but enough.

confuddledDOTcom Sat 22-Mar-14 20:50:22

My grandad is a Christian bookshop supplier so when I want to buy something for my children I tend to be vague with him. Last year I asked him for a Bible and Topz for my daughter's (7yo) birthday knowing he would send the best Bible for her. He sent ICB. I haven't had chance to read it but I trust his opinion and take that as a recommendation.

You could always use esword or YouVersion which are online versions and have everything but the actual book in your hand. Gateway is also good as Chicken says.

LaBelleDameSansPatience Sat 22-Mar-14 21:22:35

Thank you for these great tips ... off to look at Biblegateway; useful to know which version it is.

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