There are several things I like about the Adventure Bible for Early Readers, published by ZonderKidz. (The publishers sent me a free copy in exchange for my honest opinions and review.)
The 3D cover is really cool. I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture, but it’s a hologram of two kids heading off for an adventure. That immediately captured my kids’ attention.
I also really like the NIrV translation. In Romans 16:1 it translates “diakonos” as “deacon” for Phoebe. That’s awesome.
The maps and dictionary that go with this Bible are also nice.
But will I give this Bible to my kids? No!
There are a lot of “explanations” in this Bible that shove a very particular understanding of Christianity on young children. Adam was absolutely 100% the first human. (p 4) The gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John were 100% for sure written by Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. (pp 1,163, 1,207, 1,235, 1,281) People who don’t believe in Jesus will be thrown in lake of fire forever. (p 1,536)
I kept waiting to find a “Did you Know” section saying the Earth was 7,000 years old, but thankfully that wasn’t included!
I was very disappointed with the Adventure Bible because it targets a narrow audience. If they had just removed some of the dogma, it would have opened up the readership to a wider section of Christians.
By comparison the Deep Blue Kids Bible is amazing. It encourages kids to think and isn’t afraid of tough questions.