Based on the bestselling The Beginner’s Bible brand, The Beginner’s Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions is perfect for children 6 and under. The simple connections to scripture make the content relevant and understandable for young readers, while the colorful illustrations are sure to be a delight. Each of the 365 devotions has a theme to which the Scripture, story, and art relate. It’s the perfect starting point for children as they develop a stronger relationship with God, to cuddle-up with parents or enjoy at church or daycare.
|Publish Date||Sep 8, 2015|
|Series||The Beginner's Bible|
- Review by Fitzysmom
In that same format Zonderkidz has put together The Beginner's Bible Kid-Sized Devotions. Again short and sweet but very impactful for our little ones. It allows you and your child to journey through the Bible together and get a great foundational overview of what Scripture contains.
The first 60 days are set in the book of Genesis. Days 61 through 203 hit the highlights of the Old Testament. Then from Day 204 through 340 you get the story of Jesus and his ministry through the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). The life and ministry of Jesus is told in order so it flips from one book to the next. The book of Acts is featured in days 341-362 and finally the last three days are from the book of Revelation.
The set-up is designed to be short so it would make a wonderful read at either bedtime or breakfast (or maybe even naptime). The days are numbered but not dated so it is easy to start anytime, and if you happen to miss a day you can just pick up where you left off.
This would make a lovely gift from a grandparent or friend. It would be such a nice encouragement to the parent wanting to introduce their little one to the discipline of daily devotions. I recommend it highly.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 9/2/2016)
- Review by PennyMindingMom
"The Beginner's Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions" is a devotional geared for children 6 and under. It takes your child through the Bible in a year. It starts in Genesis with the story of creation and moves through the bible, one devotion at a time. It ends with a devotion from Revelation, where it talks about accepting God into your heart.
Each devotional is structured the same. It starts with a scripture. This is italicized so that your child can immediately tell that it is something "special". The scriptures are taken from the New International Reader's Version (NIrV).
Then it has the day number.
The Lesson is the next. Each lesson is about a paragraph long and tells a bible story in a simple manner that your little one can easily grasp. I would have loved to see a little more detail in the story, but my children loved them just the way they were.
Each lesson is accompanied by a short summary. I used this summary as a discussion point with the kids. We would focus on this singular point for a few minutes each night and explore the different ways that God shows his love to us.
The illustrations are bright and colourful. They immediately felt familiar to us. When I looked closer, I discovered that they are illustrated by Kelly Pulley. We have read another book that he wrote and illustrated called, "Treasury of Bible Stories". Mr. Pulley has a distinct illustrating style that is fun and full of joy. He has the ability to show the seriousness of some stories (think of Jesus on the Cross) and showing it in a child friendly way.
Finally each devotional ends with a one-line prayer. This is great way to end the night with your child. The kids sometimes find it difficult to start their own bedtime prayers, so I read this line and let them repeat it and finish it with whatever is weighing on their mind and hearts.
There are 365 devotions in this book, one for every day. We found that we weren't able to really skip from day to day like other devotionals we have. The book runs in sequence, and each story before gives a little needed background to the next. We did jump to the beginning of the Christmas story during the Christmas season. We just flipped through the devotions until we found a good spot to start.
The end of the book has "The ABCs of Salvation". I have often seen this done from A to C, but "The Beginner's Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions" goes from A all the way to Y, the letter Z appears to be missing. I'm not sure if this is an oversight or intentional.
"The Beginner's Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions" is a great books for early readers. My six year old loves that she is able to read some of it on her own, and my son loves the bright pictures that go with each devotion. Each devotion helps my children develop a stronger relationship with God.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “The Beginner's Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions" from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are 100% my own. (Posted on 1/10/2016)
- Review by Jalynn
Based entirely on scripture, each devotion has a short and sweet lesson each day consisting of just a few sentences and a Bible verse. So even your young children can benefit from this book without feeling like its to hard o understand or takes up too much of their time. A perfect gift for Christmas!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review through my participation on the Z Blog Squad. (Posted on 10/8/2015)
- Review by April
I have been allowing my 8 year old to read this devotional out loud to her brother on occasion too. These short devotionals can be used as a great addition to bible time. Some nights I try to find ways to ask more questions as well with it.
I enjoy how each page includes scripture, short paragraph, bubble for main idea, and prayer at the bottom. If you are looking to add something very quick to a bedtime routine this is a great option. (Posted on 10/3/2015)
- Review by The IE Mommy
This latest title Kid-Sized Devotions is geared towards children six and under so since it's close to all three ages, I thought this would be great for our family devotions. I have my seven year old read to the rest of us for his required nightly reading and my six year old has started to follow along!
These devotions are what I would classify as short and sweet! In fact, they are almost TOO short but we still like to read them together. There are 365 designed to read one a day for a year and they are all about a page long. That page includes a Bible verse(s), picture and short recap of that story. It finishes each page with a statement like for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego it says We do not need to be scared, Lord.
While the devotions are super short, they provide the opportunity to discuss further. For example, for this we talked about what my kids are scared of, why they are scared and how they can pray for peace and comfort.
I have sometimes found when my kids want to dig deeper they like to look up the verse it begins with and read the story in it's entirety. This is great for getting context and the big picture.
While these Kid-Sized Devotions are almost a little too short for us, they are still a great way to discuss a Bible story each day and opens the door for deeper discussions. (Posted on 9/29/2015)
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