Museum of the Bible Books Kid's Debut Collection {Review + GIVEAWAY}

If you happen to live in the Washington DC area then you are probably familiar with a new educational institution being built right in the Capital region. It's the Museum of the Bible, and is actually set to open up this month on November 17, 2017. This technologically advanced museum will have 430,000-square-feett of everything and anything dedicated to the Bible. Wow! How amazing is that? Oh how I wish this would have opened up years ago, back when we had lived closer to that area, because it sounds fantastic!

Luckily, we get to experience a little bit of this Museum right from the comforts of our own home here in New York. A special partnership between Worthy Publishing Group and the Museum have generated a new collection of books that reveals the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible, the Museum of the Bible Books. Just recently we had a unique opportunity to read the first four children's books in this debut series.

  • What’s the Bible All About?
  • Children of the World Storybook Bible
  • Wild and Wacky Things in the Bible
  • That’s So Weird! (100 Fun and Fascinating Facts About the Bible)

What’s the Bible All About? is the first book in the collection that we've read. This is a precious little board book that gives younger children a chance to find out what the Bible really is. The sturdy board pages are perfect for little hands who are just beginning to learn how to turn pages, plus it's compact in size–another nice feature for much younger kids. The story opens up with a brief explanation of what the Bible is and then dives into further detail with the turn of each page. It touches up on God's creation and other exciting stories like Noah's Ark and the battle between David and Goliath, as well as a mention of Jesus' birth.

In between the stories, there are small notes and tidbits on how the Bible was written, who wrote it and the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament. There is a lot of focus on the Old Testament, and only a small bit of information about the New Testament. I do wish there were a few extra pages dedicated to the life and sacrifice of Jesus. Having said that, it has fun illustrations and the information provided inside is age-appropriate and sufficient enough for a friendly introduction to the Bible for little ones.

Children of the World Storybook Bible is a beautiful Bible storybook that has a specific feature that you wouldn't normally find in other Bible storybooks–the illustrations were actually created by real children from all around the globe. Notations next to each illustration show who drew it, their age, and where they're from. I personally think this is a great way to encourage other children who read this to create their own Biblically inspired artwork.

The recommended age range for this book is eight through twelve, but it will fancy the interest of younger children, as well. My son was definitely intrigued with the stories and drawings on every page. Each Bible story is told in an age-appropriate manner, so it's easy to follow along to. Children have the option to read many stories at once or simply focus on one each day of the week. A story will begin with a title, as well as a scripture note, so kids can further reference it in the Bible. I like that the Bible stories encompass everything from the story of creation all the way through Revelation. Other handy features include a table of contents that divide stories found in the Old Testament and those found in the New Testament, as well a People and Places Index. There's even a colored map in the back of the book to show the different countries from where the art came from. The children's illustrations really had to be one of our favorite aspects of this book. No two pages had the same artwork, so not only do we get to read this and take in the amazing stories throughout Biblical history, but we get to also admire and cherish the precious artwork on each page.

I am all about fun fact books that teach my child a thing or two about Bible, especially if the information is something really interesting or simply out of the ordinary. That's pretty much what both Wild and Wacky Things in the Bible and That's SO Weird! offer.
Wild and Wacky Things in the Bible sort of reminds me of a National Geographic book, only it solely contains everything and anything to do with the Bible. The book offers a ton of neat stories that many may or may not know. I even learned quite a few things. Page after page, contains images and beautiful photography to really engage children as they read about all sorts of new and exciting tidbits. Kids will learn about important people and their feats, as well as tons of other impressive and rather fascinating scientific facts.

Each two page spread offers a different topic of discussion. There are Bible references for further investigating and other side bar commentary like a Did You Know? or Who's Who? section to further expand on the topic. For instance, in one topic called Walls of Water, a brief introduction to the property of water (molecules, etc) is discussed. It then goes on to tell of accounts in the Bible where God did wondrous things with water that only He could accomplish, including helping Moses part the waters for the Exodus out of Egypt and even temporarily drying up the Jordan River so Joshua could lead the Israelites across. The Did You Know? section in this topic offers fun scientific facts about water like how our bodies are made up of about 65% of it, and how it covers three-fourths of the Earth's surface. There are no shortage of fun and interesting facts included in this book. That's why it was one of our favorites of the bunch! It has even given me some inspiration on some future unit study ideas in the years to come.

Speaking of fun and interesting facts, That's So Weird! is another really great book that's chock full of interesting information. Each page offers a bizarre and interesting facts about the Bible and the stories told in it. Colorful illustrations and photography help to enhance the learning experience as children will read each fun fact page. Kids will learn that King Solomon had 4000 stalls for his horses and chariots. Now that's a lot of horses to take care of...I wouldn't want to be the one who had to clean up that mess! Can you imagine having a bed that was so large that a grown elephant could actually fit in it? Well King Og knew firsthand what that was like. I have to say that this is a fun one to have in the collection...we definitely learned quite a few things from reading the book. 

What a fantastic collection of books to help teach children of all ages about the Bible! Each one has something new and unique to bring to the table. I can't think of a better selection of kid's books to debut in the Museum of the Bible Books series.

I'm happy to also announce a new giveaway opportunity for readers! One person will be randomly picked to win one of the four books shown here. The winner will be able to choose from What’s the Bible All About?, Children of the World Storybook Bible, Wild and Wacky Things in the Bible, or That’s So Weird! (100 Fun and Fascinating Facts About the Bible). To enter, please follow the giveaway prompts, below.

Children's Bible Book Giveaway

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