If you're looking for just one bible for a young bilingual child covering many stories in the Bible, this is it!
This Beginner's Bible shines as a children's bible, in its illustrations, readability, and quality. It's well-loved in millions of homes around the world and definitely in our home too.
Features that I find really helpful:
- Easy-to-read stories in simple English and Simplified Chinese
- Clearly printed text on white background
- Colorful and gentle illustrations that look realistic. Engaging to read with multiple kids, even of different ages.
- 原文 Original passage referenced - so we can check out the adult's English or Chinese bible for the full and accurate passage with more details.
- 词语表 Dictionary - Many words like 安息日 Sabbath, 天上 Heaven and 阿们 Amen may not be familiar for little ones or even for some of us! At the end of the book, there's a list of Chinese and English terms in alphabetical order and their meanings, to help us understand the passage better.
As this bible is edited for simplicity to allow kids to understand at their level - inevitably the stories will be slightly watered down. Our role as parents would be to pitch the stories at the appropriate level and add in clarifications or details from the original passages as needed.
There is a wealth of resources on http://www.thebeginnersbible.com/. I strongly recommend heading over to the website to discover all the materials and help the Bible come alive for your child!
Just to highlight that the Section for Parents & Teachers has many printables - sticker sheets, bookmarks, coloring sheets, maze activities, simple writing sheets, suitable for toddlers and up.
I find this Recommended Reading list for various occasions, for example for Christmas and Easter, really helpful. I've cross-checked that the page numbers correspond to the bilingual bible as well!
Over the years, our family has enjoyed The Beginner Bible's animations, with characters from the bible in our hands and imagination, come to life on the screen. Perhaps we can take some time to watch them together with our children and have a discussion afterward!
Here are some videos to share. More on their YouTube channel!
Recommended for Ages: 0-6
(My 5 and 7 year olds enjoy it, and I'm still learning new things in Mandarin from it in adulthood!)
Language: Bilingual - Simplified Chinese and English
Illustrated by: Kelly Pulley
Love this book recommend by @mystorytreasury as a good start to introduce little ones to bible stories! It comes with simple sentences both in English and Chinese with bright coloured pictures that are perfect for beginning readers!
Books were of great quality. The stories and illustrations were well written and drawn, and very suitable for young bilingual readers.
It was a Godsent resource just in time for Christmas - it was of utmost help for my translation of the nativity story in an outreach event. The Mandarin translation is accurate yet simple for layman understanding, therefore also perfect for reading to my toddler! Having the bilingual translations together on the same page aids our comprehension and gives us versatility in choosing which language to read the Bible stories. The cute graphics is a bonus! In all, it’s a must-have for every God-loving child seeking proficiency in both English & Mandarin - a definite keepsake for our family. :)