Jesus is the reason for the season! I can’t believe it is already December! How is your shopping list coming along? If you are looking for a useful and meaningful gift idea for a child ages 6-12 years old, I have a suggestion for you! I think I have found the best children’s bible for upper elementary, and I only wish that I had this bible when I was a kid!
The CSB Explorer Bible for Kids helps kids place God’s word in the middle of God’s world. This is the most engaging kids bible I have seen and has easy-to-read text and pages that are interesting and full-color. This bible is great for really any age, though. I am learning so much right alongside my almost 10 year old. The Explorer Bible for Kids is full of fun facts, timelines, photography, and illustrations. There is so much attention to detail and several helpful resources designed to give kids the tools to find their way around God’s Word.
For each book of the bible, there is an introduction page to help kids understand the key truths and takeaways for every book, including the “Who, What, When, Where, and Why”. There is also a “Christ in Context” section after each book’s introduction that shows how the entire Bible points to Jesus and the good news of the gospel! How cool is that?
Throughout the Bible, there are icons that help the child dive deeper into the word
- Discovering the Truth puts a spotlight on the big truths of the Bible — including really cool QR codes linked to engaging videos along with discussion questions that help start meaningful conversations.
- Excavating the Past has colorful illustrations and real-world images to help connect the dots between important archaeological discoveries and the Bible
- Exploring Creation sections help kids wrap their minds around Bible stories and images by explaining them in comparison with modern-day experiences.
- Charting History have timelines and maps to show kids when and where specific events connect to the rest of the Bible and the surrounding world. This has been helpful for me too!
- Character Field Guides explain important people in the Bible with fun facts and helpful background information (like what their name means and who they are connected with).
Other cool features
Throughout the bible, you can find highlighted key memory verses to aid in Scripture memorization.
The Explorer Glossary is another really helpful tool in this bible. There are so many words that my son (and myself) aren’t familiar with. We can flip to this section quickly for reference.
In the beginning of the book, there is a QR code that takes you to additional resources, including a range of worksheets to help kids understand and apply key passages.
The Topical Concordance for Kids section at the back of the book is also very helpful! This list contains many Bible topics listed in alphabetical order. The child can find the topic that they want to learn more about and then look up the Bible versus.
Today we started our 14 day Christmas Bible reading plan using our Explorer Bible, and my son was flipping through looking at images and reading versus long after our reading was done for the day. Gosh, do I love that ! And because we homeschool and keep our faith at the forefront of my son’s education, I know this Bible will be used daily in our homeschool routine for years to come.
I think the only thing missing from this Bible is book dividers, which I just ordered from Amazon, so that my son can easily find the book he is looking for and flip right to it.
The CSB Explorer Bible for Kids is really such a great gift idea to keep Jesus at the center of Christmas and to help your child connect and grow in their faith and learn God’s word. Don’t forget to write an inscription at the beginning of the book where you can also jot down the date. This Bible will be a cherished family heirloom someday! If you have any children or maybe a God-child getting confirmed, baptized, or any other special event, grab a few copies of this bible so you can have them for next year, ready to go as amazing gifts !
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Thank you to Front Gate Media for sending me a copy of the CSB Explorer Bible for Kids to review. As always, all opinions are my own. To read my full disclaimer click here.