Young readers have choices ranging from traditional to quirky storybook Bibles:
The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible Deluxe Edition (Zonderkidz, Sept.) adds audio to the retelling of 23 familiar stories drawn from the Old and New Testaments. Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear imagine ursine biblical characters, depicted in more than 200 illustrated pages. Ages 4-8.
The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook (B&H Kids, Oct.) includes an augmented reality feature. A free downloadable app allows readers to see 145 full-color illustrations in 3D and hear narration of the stories by Jenna Lucado. The Big Picture brand ties into the Gospel Project for Kids curriculum used by more than 7,000 churches.
Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllister, illus. by Alida Massari (Paraclete, July) imaginatively retells the stories of 11 women who figure in the Bible, from Mother Noah to Lydia, an associate of the apostle Paul. English children's author McAllister wrote the Mistmantle Chronicles series.
Brendan Powell Smith continues The Brick Bible series with David and Goliath (Sky Pony Press, Sept.). The illustrations depict scenes made from Legos®.