Using Rebus to Teach Bible Stories: Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook + GIVEAWAY

Spending time reading to my son each day is a pure joy! For any child, it can be a precious bonding experience that helps build strong communication and learning skills. Reading Bible stories are extra special, because my son can also learn about God. Rebus books for children are one type that I have become increasingly fond of in the past year. Not only are they tons of fun, but they also offer a unique way to get even the youngest of children involved in reading. Our newest rebus book, Look, I'm Reading Bible Storybook is part of the cherished Read and Share collection for kids.

Your family will love this Bible storybook in the popular rebus style with pictures sprinkled between words, allowing your little ones to read along with you! Kids will love to engage with the Bible stories by pointing out the pictures among the words to tell the story. This is a proven way to help children learn and retain the stories through interaction. In the rebus format, children see the picture key, learn the word, and then complete the sentence using the correct picture. This gives children positive learning and interactive reading time.

Gwen Ellis has been writing and editing all kinds of books for many years. Her Read and Share Bible and its ancillary products have sold more than 1.3 million units. Gwen is fierce in her endeavor to communicate the Word of God to kids, and she is the proud mother of two adult children and two wonderful grandchildren.

We're not strangers to the Read and Share series of books. One of our favorites is the Read and Share 5-Minute Bible Stories. The Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook is very similar, and although it caters to the same age group (4 through 8 years), I personally find that the added rebus feature in this one will definitely appeal to much younger kids. In fact, I especially found it to be a wonderful learning tool for my preschooler, since it gives him a chance to help read the stories with me.

You see with the rebus format, each story includes various words that are actually substituted for pictures, instead. The text is already easy to follow along to, so not only are we able to discuss Bible stories in a way that's comfortable for young children, but my son can participate in reading the actual story with me as he sees pictures throughout the text that actually have meaning. What an excellent way to introduce reading to little ones!

The Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook covers a good amount of Bible stories from Genesis all the way up to Revelation. Children can learn all about the Old Testament and then move onto the New Testament to learn more about the life of Jesus. Each Bible story includes a scripture reference under the title, which is great for when we want to explore the story even more. There's even a handy table of contents that's organized by Old and New Testament stories.

The pictures are colorful, fun, and totally appealing to children. Steven Smallman is responsible for the illustrations in this book, as well as previous Read and Share titles, so there's a nice theme of consistency between the artwork. For example, the illustrations of Jesus in this book share the same resemblance to the artwork from Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories and other books in this collection. The only thing that can get tricky is that little ones may confuse certain pictures for others. Jesus, for example, looks a bit like Moses and John in this book. The difference in details are so subtle that younger children may just miss them, which can lead to a bit of confusion when trying to decipher the key Rebus illustrations in the story. Having one story even include both John and Jesus together (the Baptism of Jesus) can be even more confusing. The only true difference is that one's hair is more tousled than the other, but only slightly. On that note, I do try to think glass half full, and found that this can open up the opportunity for young ones to observe and notice the finer details in things.

My son is crazy about sea creatures, so he especially loved the artwork on these pages:

Whether you have really young children or older ones who are just learning to read, The Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook will prove to be a great asset in helping them learn (and read!) Bible stories early on. We enjoyed this one a lot, so I'm happy to be also offering the chance to win a copy of this book!

One winner will receive a copy of the Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook. To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter prompts, below.

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