I’d like to thank Christian Focus 4 Kids for sending me four Bible Heroes Colouring Books in return for my honest review, and also for providing a set to give away!
Friends, do you remember the set of Colour Through the Psalms coloring books I reviewed in September? Well, Christian Focus 4 Kids has another great new set of coloring books out for kids ages 4-8, each focusing on different Bible characters from the Old Testament. Just like last month, they’re allowing me to give a set away to one blessed reader.
Bible Heroes Colouring Books (Christian Focus Publications, 2014) by Carine Mackenzie are 16 page books, measuring 6″ x 8 1/2″. Each book contains focuses on a particular Bible person: Adam, Sarah, Moses, or David. Every page has line picture to color, drawn by illustrator Fred Apps with bubble lettering (you know how important bubble lettering is for an excited coloring kiddo!) summarizing the story of each person…..
My favorite aspect of each coloring book is the way Carine Mackenzie ties the Gospel into the story of the individual featured. For example, here’s the gospel message from the last page of the Moses coloring book: “God kept his promise. He always does. He promises eternal life to those who trust his Son, Jesus, to save them from their sin.” Or from the book on Adam: “Sin came through Adam, but forgiveness and eternal life would come through God’s Son, Jesus Christ.” I love that!
These four new coloring books actually add to an existing Christian Focus series. You can also purchase coloring books on: Gideon, Esther, Daniel, Noah, Joseph, Elijah, Ruth, Paul, Peter, and Mary.
I’d recommend using colored pencils with the books (we like the big set of 100 colors: RoseArt Colored Pencils, Assorted Colors, 100-Count, Packaging May Vary (1055WA-4)) as the drawings are detailed enough for an eight-year-old. Colored pencils will allow kids to get the result they desire as the tips are finer than crayons.
We’ve been using coloring books aimed at older children like these for a number of years during our read aloud times. It’s an effective way to allow children to satisfy their need to move while still allowing them to listen. Also, I’m of the opinion that fine-motor muscle memory increases long-term memory. I haven’t looked at any studies on it, but I know my kids retain more information when they’re doing something like coloring while listening. These books would lend themselves especially well to a family worship environment.
Bible Heroes Colouring Books are another godly resource from Christian Focus. I’m so encouraged by their devotion to teaching children about Scripture. I’d absolutely recommend these little coloring books. The cost is so low that I’d suggest getting an entire set for each child. After all, there are only 16 pages per book, so your children will want to be able to move onto the next book after they’ve finished the one they’re working on. I’ve included links for the Christian Focus Colour the Psalms series as well.
You can purchase Bible Heroes Colouring Books at:
You can purchase Colour the Psalms at:
More books for 4-7 year olds reviewed at Thinking Kids:
- 365 Great Bible Stories by Carine Mackenzie
- 52 Spurgeon Stories by Tony Hutter
- When God Says It – He Does It by Carine Mackenzie
- Words About God to Help You Worship Him by Nicholas Choy
- 44 Animals of the Bible by Nancy Pelander Johnson
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- Christian Books for Preschoolers
- Christian Books for 4-7 Year Olds
- Christian Books for the Middle Grades
- Christian Books for Middle School
- Christian Books for High School
- Christian Books for Kids’ Devotions
- Christian Books about Parenting
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.