Zonderkidz Brings the Bible to Little Hearts


Book Notes!

The recent package I received from Zonderkidz, the children’s publishing division of Christian publisher Zondervan, made me wish for a “do over” with my sons. Inside it were several fantastic resources that are perfect for sharing the faith with your children.

Let me note up front that the books I’m going to share with you are not published by a Catholic entity. These are actually “story bibles”, so the language has been re-written to make the books accessible for little ones. I strongly feel that these resources should be used in conjunction with a Catholic bible — for example the New Catholic Children’s Bible — and that Mom or Dad should have his or her own Catholic bible on hand for reference when questions arise.

That being said, the books I’m about to share with you are simply lovely. The meld terrific, accessible writing with gorgeous illustrations to bring the Word to life. Zonderkids has even complimented the books with audio and video resources that will become treasured listening and viewing opportunities for your family. Today, I’m happy to share these books with you and invite your thoughts in the comment box about using children’s bibles in your home.

9780310736424The Jesus Storybook Bible Collector’s Edition – The award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible is now available in a collector’s edition that includes a beautifully crafted book with ribbon marker, audio CDs narrated by David Suchet, and a DVD with animated videos of all forty-four stories packaged in a slipcase box. See the video below for a sample of the video animation from this product.

I also reviewed this book in the lovely “Italian Duo-Tone” version (think a kid-friendly facsimile of leather) that would be very nice for gift occasions.

9780310732228The Story for Children, a Storybook Bible Deluxe Edition – The Story for Children Deluxe Edition is a unique collection of 48 Bible stories written by beloved pastor and writer Max Lucado with Randy Frazee and Karen Hill and tells the big picture of God’s enormous love for his children. This very special edition includes The Story for Children and three enhanced audio CDs of all 48 stories narrated by Max Lucado in a slip case gift box.

As a companion to Max Lucado’s The Story for Childrencheck out God’s Messages for Little Ones: The Story of God’s Enormous Love a lovely little devotional book containing 31 inspirational daily entries that combine scripture with practical applications.

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Do you use a children’s bible in your home? What’s your favorite version? 




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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Marc Cardaronella on

    This is my favorite children’s story Bible. The illustrations are awesome and the text is fantastic! This is the way the Bible should be presented…as an integrated story that tells us about Jesus. In the Old Testament section, it tells how these stories and figures point forward to Jesus. And then it tells how Jesus fulfills the promises from the very beginning by being the Rescuer of mankind. It’s marvelous.

    It’s Protestant, but because it’s a story Bible, you don’t have to worry about completeness. It hits all the major biblical figures and stories. The only problem is at the Last Supper and how it treats the Eucharist. It has Jesus saying the bread is *like* his body and the wine is *like* is blood. You’ll have to be aware of that when you’re reading and insert the right wording or just skip over those sentences. I don’t really like the substitution theory used to explain the crucifixion either but that’s not as bad.

    This is a great children’s Bible and, with a few exceptions, extremely well done.

    • Marc I’m so glad that you chimed in — as DRE and educator yours is a very valuable perspective! I agree with you on the points you noted — moms and dads should definitely use the reading of that particular story as a “teachable moment” to underscore the importance of the Real Presence. Thanks for commenting!

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