One parent recently wrote our office with the following question: As our child grows older, we want to be very intentional about family devotions and sharing the gospel with her. Right now she is 13 1/2 months old and her attention span isn't quite long enough to read the Big Picture Story Bible or the Jesus Storybook Bible. What are some practical things we can do now to begin to share the gospel with her and incorporate a devotional time? Are there any devotional books for younger kids that you would recommend, or any types of activities we can do? I pray that the short answer that follows is helpful both for this family and other families who may be struggling with the same kind of question: I'm so thankful for your desire to be intentional with your daughter. Here are some resources that I really like for children under age 2 and then for toddlers. The Lindvall Read-Aloud Story Bible books for toddlers have shorter and easier stories than the Big Picture Bible, and our girls really loved them. I think that your daughter would enjoy them soon--possibly even now. The stories are short and repetitive, so they are easy for young kids to memorize.
For infants (under age 2):
- Baby’s First Bible, The First Bible Collection, (Reader’s Digest, 1996).
- “Shaped Board Books” by Hazel Scrimshire, (Christian Focus, 1998).
For toddlers (ages 2 & 3):
- A Bible Alphabet by Alison Brown, (The Banner of Truth Trust, 2007).
- Read-Aloud Bible Stories, 4 volumes, by Ella K Lindvall (Moody Press, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1995).
- The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm (Crossway, 2004).
- The Toddler’s ABC Bible Storybook and A Toddler’s 123 Bible Storybook by Carolyn Larsen (Crossway, 2007, 2008).