I want my children to know the Bible. I want them to understand the theology. I want them to read the Bible cover to cover.
I also want them to know about the Bible: how it’s structured, how it came to be, how it relates to their day to day lives, and the overarching themes–the theology–of the Bible.
If you love Jesus, you probably feel the same way about your kids and teens knowing his written word.
Bible Road Trip™ will take your kids through the Bible in three years. In addition to going through the Bible as a family, there are some wonderful books about the Bible for kids and teens available. They are books your kids will enjoy that are worth keeping around for your grandkids or passing onto the neighbors.
I’ve put together a list of some of our favorite books about the Bible for kids, and another list for teens. I looked for books that covered the canon of Scripture, the grand themes of the Bible, the importance of the books of the Bible, Bible application (devotions), and theology of the Bible. You’ll find my favorite Bible atlas on the list for teens as well. My teens and I often reference it as we read through Scripture.
Great Videos about the Bible for Kids and Teens
Buck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 1- In the BeginningBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 2 – Let My People GoBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 3 – Wanderin’ in the DesertBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 4 – Battle for the Promised LandBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 5 – Israel Gets a KingBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 6 – A Nation DividedBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 7 – Exile and ReturnBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 8 – Words to Make Us WiseBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 9 – God SpeaksBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 10 – Jesus is the Good NewsBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 11 – Spreading the Good NewsBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 12 – Letters from PaulBuck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume 13 – God’s Kingdom Comes!Drive Thru History® – The Gospels – For TeensDrive Thru History® – Holy Land – For Teens
(Find more videos on teaching the Bible to your kids over at my YouTube channel!)
Books about the Bible for Kids
I’ve organized these books about the Bible for kids according to age range, with books for toddlers through kindergarten at the beginning and books for tweens at the end. You’ll find books about the Bible for teens in the list below this one.
365 Great Bible Stories: The Good News of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation (Colour Books)The Biggest Story ABCThe Bible’s Big Story: Salvation History for KidsThe Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the GardenThe Garden, the Curtain and the CrossThe Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New66 Books One Story: A Guide to Every Book of the BibleThe Bible Is God’s Word: The EvidenceGuarding the Treasure: How God’s People Preserve God’s Word (Biography)God’s Word And Jesus: What the Bible Teaches about The Gospel, Evangelism, Prayer and other Essential Stuff (Think Ask Bible Book 3)God’s Word And Your Life: What the Bible says about social media, money and other exciting stuff (Think Ask Bible)God’s Word and Your World: What the Bible says about Creation, Languages, Missions and other amazing stuff! (Think Ask Bible)God’s Word And You: What the Bible says about family, friends and other important stuff (Think Ask Bible)Fascinating Bible Facts Vol. 1: 103 DevotionsFascinating Bible Facts Vol. 2: 104 Devotions
- 365 Great Bible Stories ~ A wonderful retelling of the Bible, including stories not usually seen in a children’s Bible story book. This is the spine book for the Preschool and Kindergarten level of Bible Road Trip™.
- The Biggest Story ABC (Board Book) ~ Toddlers will learn about the biblical narrative in one A to Z board book.
- The Bible’s Big Story ~ Rhymes, Bible verses, and narrative explain the story of salvation.
- The Biggest Story ~ Learn the overarching narrative of the Bible story in this delightful picture book.
- The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross ~ Children will learn about the victory of the Resurrection story through an overview of the Bible.
- The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New ~ A must-have for every household, The Ology covers systematic theology in a fun and understandable way.
- 66 Books One Story ~ Perfect for reading aloud after dinner, this book covers the themes, style, purpose, and plan for salvation found in each book of the Bible.
- The Bible is God’s Word: The Evidence ~ This fun book for 8-12 year olds helps them explore each question about the Bible’s veracity they may have.
- Guarding the Treasure: How God’s People Preserve God’s Word ~ Alternating between historical fiction and engaging nonfiction, each chapter of this book for 7-12 year olds tells a part of the story of how the Bible was written, assembled, translated, and preserved for new generations.
- The Think Ask – Bible! Series (God’s Word and…) ~ This excellent series helps 8-12 year olds apply God’s word to issues they face today.
- Fascinating Bible Facts Devotions ~ Learn a little more each day with devotionals about God’s promises that contain interesting facts and brief stories about the Bible for 7-12 year olds.
These are some great options for books about the Bible for kids. Keep reading for some wonderful choices for teens.
Books about the Bible for Teens
With your teens, you’ll want to take learning about the Bible and about biblical doctrine up a notch. Your teens will soon encounter resistance to Scriptural truth and to the Bible itself. These books will help them understand God’s Word at a whole new level.
Crossway ESV Bible AtlasHow We Got the BibleTaking God At His Word (Paperback Edition): Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and MeHow to Enjoy Reading Your BibleBible OverviewVisual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About GodBitesize Theology: An ABC of the Christian FaithChristian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should KnowQuestions Jesus Asks: Where Divinity Meets HumanityQuestions God Asks
- ESV Bible Atlas ~ My teens and I love the ESV Bible Atlas. It has incredible 3D diagrams, photographs, timelines, maps, and more. We refer to it often as we’re going through Bible Road Trip™ together.
- How We Got the Bible ~ With over a million copies sold over 40 years, Lightfoot’s How We Got the Bible is a must read for your students. I went through this with my boys when they were upper elementary. Your middle and high school students could certainly go through this adult text on the origination of the Bible and its translations. They would likely benefit from reading it with you.
- Taking God at His Word ~ Another must read for teens, Taking God at His Word is concise and readable. The book covers the truth that God’s Word is enough, clear, final, and necessary.
- How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible ~ Your teens will benefit from learning 10 tips for reading their Bible. Each tip will help them approach the Bible from a new angle. Each chapter has group questions and a devotional aspect.
- Bible Overview ~ This is an engaging study of the themes and books of the Bible.
- Visual Theology ~ For your visually oriented teens, this is a great book to cover the basics of their relationship with Christ, God’s plan for salvation, the process of sanctification, and living for Jesus.
- Bitesize Theology ~ Short chapters and easy to understand explanations cover 18 important Scriptural doctrines like the Trinity, grace, atonement, justification, sanctification, election, and the Second Coming.
- Christian Beliefs ~ I’ve been going through the meaty Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem with my teens for a few years. Here, his son distills Grudem’s writings to 20 essential Christian doctrines that every teen must know. It should be much more accessible for your teens.
- Questions Jesus Asks ~ This fascinating book uses 20 questions Jesus asked to cover topics like Christology, the virgin birth, healing, fear, and demonology.
- Questions God Asks ~ 19 questions asked by God are examined to learn more about subjects such as anger, service, evangelism, syncretism, missions, and more.
The books above will help your teens understand more about the veracity of God’s word and how it relates to them. Check here for 10 faith-growing books for teens.
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Teach Your Kids the Bible with Bible Road Trip™
Bible Road Trip™ is a three-year Bible survey curriculum. Take your family through the Bible five times from preschool to high school.
To help you get the most out of your studies, Bible Road Trip™ has an array of coordinating weekly activities:
- Researching the section of the Bible you’re studying
- Reading and discussing the Bible
- Memorizing Scripture
- Notebooking about your studies
- Praying for the nations
- Suggestions for further study
- Crafting about what you’ve learned
- For your older students: A project to share what they’ve learned
- Bible Road Trip™ also has some great tools you can use along with it, such as:
- Notebooking Journals for grades 1-9. Want a structured notebooking journal for high school? Don’t hesitate to use the Dialectic journal (grades 7-9).
- Bible Memory Card Sets for all five levels of study, preschool to high school. These are available in both ESV and KJV.
Grab your Bible Road Trip™ Year One Sample Pack. You’ll get:
- The Bible Road Trip™ Parent / Teacher Guide.
- The first three weeks of the curriculum for all five learning levels. Week Three is where we really dive into the Bible and begin to our systematic study. Week Three will give you a good feel for the rest of the curriculum.
- The first three weeks of the Bible Memory Card sets for all five levels, in ESV and KJV.
- The first three weeks of each of the three leveled Notebooking Journals.
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Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
A Crash Course in Teaching the Bible to Your Kids
Danika Cooley’s book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, will give you the tools and confidence to study the Bible as a family. It will help you identify and overcome your objections and fears, give you a crash course in what the Bible is all about and how to teach it, and provide the guidance you need to set up a family Bible study habit.
You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
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