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Children’s Bible story books are a great entry point to one of the world’s greatest religions. In 2020, Christianity had approximately 2.5 billion followers worldwide, and this expression of faith is different from person to person and from community to community. The Bible is the most important book in Christianity, but the Bible is a very long book, especially for children to read. Bible story books are a collection of Bible stories reinterpreted for a younger audience. They allow children to learn the Bible and Christianity one story at a time.
Whether you’re looking to share your faith with the little ones in your life or want to learn more about the faith and the stories behind Christianity, it’s hard to know where to start. It is important to note that Christian encompasses a variety of traditions, but much of it has been whitewashed. Here are some of my favorite Bible story books for kids, written by authors of color, that show Bible stories can be interesting and relevant to read even today. Whether you’re a Christian or just learning religion, these children’s Bible story books are definitely worth checking out.
Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
This Bible storybook features Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 50 favorite Bible stories, showing how God works through each of the stories and each ending with a thoughtful prayer. Each story is illustrated by a different artist, so children can see a variety of representations of people from the Bible.
The Power Bible by Kim Shin-Joong
The Power Bible is a ten-volume series that presents the Bible in comic book form. A collection of bible storytelling books, the dialogue is short and to the point with fun and engaging comic book panels.
The Very Good Idea of God by Trillia J. Newball
This book of Bible stories is a celebration of diversity and the wonderfully unique family of God. Young readers are taken on a journey from the beginning of creation to the throne room of God and shown all the different ways that each can be a part of the family of God.
Once upon a time for the children of Zondervan and Omar Aranda
This book of Bible stories is intended for the little ones. In a kid-friendly hardcover book format, there are eight “once upon a time” stories in the Bible. The illustrations in this book are ideal for children who have not yet learned to read to follow.
Let My People Go: Bible Stories Told by a Free Man of Color by Patricia C. McKissack
This collection presents 12 Bible stories and reveals their importance in the lives of African Americans. He draws poignant parallels between stories from the Bible and African-American history.
The creation of James Weldon Johnson
During the height of the Harlem Renaissance, James Weldon Johnson interpreted the story of creation from the Bible. Located in the Deep South, a campaign preacher tells the story of creation to children. It is written in free verse to pay homage to the oral traditions of black American storytelling and sermonization.
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