Wednesday 17 August 2011

Bible picture books

I'm having a bit of a book week but this is something that I've been thinking about for a while.
These are our criteria for a good Bible picture book

  • reverent
  • keeps to Biblical facts-no Jonah being swallowed by a whale. A whale isn't the same thing as a fish, no way.
  • no pictures of the Lord Jesus. This article by John Murray explains this far better than I could
  • attractive pictures
  • proof read. I know that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones but having the same word spelt in different ways on the same page jars.
  • narrative that isn't so summarised that is makes very little sense
So what do we like?
  • Psalm 103 and 127 by Johanna Bluedorm. These are illustrated versions of these psalms using the King James Version.
  • The series by B Ramsbottom. We do read the chapters with full colour illustrations more than those without but this is a minor problem.
  • Some of the old Ladybird Old Testament books. The New Testament books tend to have pictures of the Lord.
  • Some of the Famous Bible stories by Carine Mackenzie.
Not a long list.

Don't forget reading the Bible itself. Little children can often understand a short reading from a Gospel better than a retelling.

If anyone else has suggestions please share them.

1 comment:

  1. Great list of criterion! I agree with each one and will read John Murray's article as well. Thank you!