In KidzRock, we want kids to LOVE reading their Bible. The Bible is the living, breathing Word of God. It’s full of promises, brings encouragement, and strengthens our relationship with Him.


Each weekend, we dig into the Bible to teach God’s Word in a fun and age-appropriate way. We encourage our Big Rockers (elementary) to bring their Bibles to church so they can discover what God says, help them know Jesus more, and teach important skills for reading the Bible on their own.


If you’re looking for a Bible for your child, consider these questions:


1. What is your child’s age and reading level?

Understanding your child’s reading and comprehension ability for their age level will help you select a full-text Bible or storybook Bible that your child can both enjoy and understand. Keep in mind, if the reading part is a challenge, they are more likely to resist reading the Bible. Choosing an age-appropriate Bible helps ensure that it will be inviting and engaging.

Full-text Bibles contain the complete 66 books of the Bible, including the Old and New Testaments. Typically these Bibles are in order of Genesis through Revelation.

Storybook Bibles are designed for younger children and use full-color illustrations to teach basic stories and themes from the Bible. These Bibles use summaries rather than exact scriptures.


2. How will your child use their Bible?

When it comes to full-text Bibles, there are many options. Knowing how your child will use the Bible, such as for personal devotion, to follow along at church, or for Bible studies, will help you choose a Bible with features that best match your child’s needs.

Once you have selected and purchased a Bible, take time to introduce your child to the Bible and its features. Spend time reading a favorite Bible story or doing a devotional reading with your child to help them learn how to use their new Bible. The habit of Bible reading can begin in a child’s foundational years and can start with their own special Bible.


3. What translation will be easiest for them to read?

There are many translations available, which can be overwhelming. It’s important to choose one that is easy to understand. In KidzRock, we typically use NIV (New International Version) or NIrV (New International Reader’s Version). For a more traditional read, the NKJV (New King James Version) is an option.

Once students are in high school, you could consider a Study Bible in the version they enjoy the most.

Translation Examples

John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 (NIrV) God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.

John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


4. What interests your child?

We’re all more likely to read something that we’re interested in. For some kids, an attractive cover or beautiful illustrations will draw them in. For others, larger print and smaller paragraphs may be more appealing. For older elementary students, they may really enjoy picking one out themselves.


Here’s a list of some of our favorites:


Storybook Bibles:

Read Aloud Bible Stories (Ages 0-5)

The Beginner’s Bible (Ages 2-6)

Jesus Storybook Bible (Ages 4-8)

The Action Bible (Ages 9-12)


Full-Text Bibles:

NIrV Adventure Bible (Ages 6-10)

NIV Adventure Bible (Ages 9-12) *Also available in leather

NKJV Study Bible (Ages 8-12)

NIV The Ultimate Bible for Girls (Ages 8-12)