As a Children’s leader I recommend this Bible to all the families at my church. The CSB is a phenomenal translation that is easy to read for children without losing accuracy of God’s word. We read one every night and I love that my kids are not only learning about everything in the Bible. My favorite thing is that every story has a “Christ Connection” and is centered around Christ and salvation. My children are learning about God’s love, wrath, mercy and grace. I love that it gives a list of the top verses to remember, and the big questions. Kids always want to know “why” and this Bible answers those questions so well.
For my review of the CSB Big Picture Interactive Bible I decided to space it out by sharing three things that make the CSB Big Picture Interactive Bible standout with the flood of Children’s Bibles that exist!
What truly separates this Bible from other Children’s Bible is the full color presentation. The text truly stands out and is presented visually very well. The footnotes and special sections are very visually engaging and encourage a person to read not just the text but the entire page! Its very child friendly and I believe will help readers discover more about Gods word just by how visually appealing it is!
2: Digital Media
The Bible has hundreds of QR Codes, each QR code plays a video on your smartphone! This is great because it adds a video element to help readers understand key stories and passages. The addition of a QR scanner makes the CSB Big Picture Interactive Bible stand out among the many other Children’s Bibles.
Often Children Bibles use the NIV Translation, but with the changes in the NIV translation, I believe that the CSB translation is very effective. The wording is readable at a elementary level and is very understandable. I would prefer the CSB to the ESV, or the NKJV Bibles for Kids. The translation makes the CSB Big Picture Interactive Bible standout!
I highly recommend checking out the new CSB Big Picture Interactive Bible, its great to give as a gift, or as a promotion gift in your Children’s Ministry!
So this week I am reviewing a new children’s Bible that is different in that it uses technology, making it interactive with the reader. There is a free app to download to your mobile device. Throughout the Bible are full-color pictures that when scanned tell a story. A narrator explains the activity happening in the picture.
I recommend that most children will get more out of this Bible if a parent or teacher goes through it with them. The text is written at adult or at least 6th grade level. The interactive pictures must be viewed on the phone or mobile device while looking down onto the Bible. If you pull the phone away, the voice and picture stops. Children under 6th grade will probably need help with that.
If you are looking for a way to bring the Bible to life for your child, and to find sections to explain or highlight important verses, then this could be a good Bible for you to consider.
The Big picture Interactive Bible is touted on the cover as a Bible that will “Bring the Bible to Life for Kids.” Indeed it is a beautiful, bright, vibrant looking Bible.
The Big Picture Interactive Bible comes with access to a free app to download to use along with the Bible to see the illustrations in the Bible come alive. The app was simple for me to find and download on my Ipad. It was also fairly easy to use with no previous experience. Along with the learning portions of the Bible app, there is also a game portion to make learning a little more fun and challenging.
This Big Picture Interactive Bible also includes a lot of special features. First of all, I would also add that this Bible has very nice dark print although it is not real large. I also like that it is a red letter Bible. I couldn’t find out the type size but I am guessing it is 8 point. Also, this Bible uses the Christian Standard Bible translation. This history of this Bible translation is also explained on a full page in this Bible. The Big Picture Interactive Bible’s special features include the beautiful pictures that come to life through the app. The narrator is Jenna Lucado, daughter of Max Lucado. There are introductions for each book of the Bible, verses to remember, a dictionary that defines some of the more challenging words, a question and answer section because we know kids often ask Why?, and a Christ Connection section which helps kids see how Christ connects the new and old testaments. The back of this Bible contains an index to many Bible stories, a topical concordance for kids, and a nice full, color map section.
I thought the Big Picture Interactive Bible was especially nice for the intended age group of 6 to 10 year-olds. When kids are asking questions, this Bible offers more than text but also answers to their questions. I especially like the dark text, red letters for Christ’s words, and the many features of this Bible. Adding in the Bible app is also a nice feature. I highly recommend this Bible for young people.
I received this Big Picture Interactive Bible from Broadman and Holman Publishers at no charge. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
Are you considering buying a new Bible for your child or giving one as a gift? B&H Kids has come out with an updated Bible version for The Big Picture Interactive Bible. This updated version is called the Christian Standard Bible, an updated version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible. The goal of this version is to combine a literal translation with easy readability. This Bible includes many different special features. They are as follows:
* Interactive Full-Page Color Illustrations with Digital Pop-Up
* Introductions for Every Book of the Bible
* Christ Connections
* 100 Verse to Remember
* Big-Words Dictionary
* Big Questions and Answers
* “Seeing the Big Picture” Feature
* CBS Text
This Bible is full of color and the full page illustrations are sure to draw your child’s attention. I appreciate that they have Christ Connections from Genesis to Revelation to help your child realize that the whole Bible points to Jesus. The app is a fun interactive tool, but does have some limitations. The app is a free download, but does use 1.1 GB of your memory. Using the app is pretty self-explanatory, but you do have to hold your device directly over the page in order to hear the story being read. If you move away from the Bible, the story will stop and you’ll have to start the story over again from the beginning. This could prove frustrating for kids. This Bible version is readable, and I like that there is a section on the page you are reading to explain bigger words used in the text. This Bible would make a great gift for kids ages 8-12 years old, and would promote them reading Scripture on their own.
***I received this Bible for free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
The Big Picture Interactive Bible (Christian Standard Bible) by B&H Kids is chalked full of great interactive information and pictures: from memory verses, to mini-dictionary definitions, to tools to help connect the stories in the Old and New Testaments to Christ, to an app. The Bible is full of color and eye-catching formatting. The app is a cool idea, too, in order to try to connect with the current tech-savvy generation. The Bible is well put together and well suited for older elementary-school and middle school kids; but it may be a bit too advanced for children much younger than pre-teen.
Disclosure: I received this book free from B& H Publishing Group through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
While most Bibles that I review are targeted to adults I was curious about this Bible that is targeted to children. The Big Picture Bible contains the complete text of the CSB (Christian Standard Bible) and is accompanied by photos that are designed to draw the attention of children. Most of the major stories have these images and I was impressed by how vivid the pictures are.
Another feature is that an app can be downloaded that we tell the story of selected images. Simply use the app to scan a QR code or image and a narrator reads the story of the select image. I thought this would be a great idea for my young children (I have three all under three years of age).
However, the device used has to remain scanning or else the narration stops. This became quiet annoying and I have not used the app since. As such, we are not using this Bible for family devotion or Bible story time.
Because of the app I would rate this Bible as a 2.5 star. I would have rated it higher had the app been better, such as downloading the entire story versus having to leave the app scanning the entire time, or having no app at all.
*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Holman Bibles has presented an attractive children’s Bible which has some difficulties in the presentation. The Christian Standard Bible hardback version, which I reviewed, is attractively designed to draw children of various ages to the scriptures. Each book contains a brief, “Kid-Friendly”, introduction including details helping the reader know to whom the book is written for, when it was written, why it was written, and a brief (a sentence or two) statement on the book’s key message. Also included in this introductory page is a list of the Bible Stories covered by the interactive features of this Bible. The body of the text includes six different types of sidebars focusing on additional key concepts:
1. Definitions of “Big Words” or ideas found in many of the passages.
2. Answers to “Big Questions” answered in the pages of the Bible
3. “Christ Connections” help the reader see the role Jesus plays throughout the scriptures
4. “Suggested Memory” highlight 100 verses that will help the reader apply the scriptures to their lives.
5. Another section entitled “See the Big Picture” does for individual periscopes or sections what the Book Introductions do for the individual Bible Books.
6. “Parent Connection”s is designed to help parents to “be empowered to use [the publishers] titles to engage deeper in the story with their kids. (Please note, I spent several minutes looking for an example of this kind of entry – I had a difficult time finding an example.)
These add significant value to this children’s Bible. I was disappointed however that I found no index to these features in the hardback version I was provided. A searchable e-book may overcome this limitation.
However, the very feature which is designed to make this edition stand out is poorly executed. After downloading an accompanying app from either the Apple or Android app stores, the reader can scan images within the book and have a Bible story read to them. The catch is that the reader must hold their phone or tablet camera over the picture for the entire story. Once the camera wanders away from the scanned picture, the story stops and must be restarted from the beginning. For older kids, the effort will not be difficult, but they may quickly get bored. Younger kids may have a difficult time leaving the phone focused on the picture long enough to hear the entire story. A couple of comments might be in order:
1. If a written version of the story were included in the text, an adult or older sibling could read the story from where the automated story left off.
2. This may only be a problem with a paper copy of this Bible – I expect that the e-book version of this Bible may not experience this handicap.
I will be giving two stars to this hardback version. I would give 2-½ stars if I could. My guess that the e-book would get a significant higher (4 stars?) rating provided it addresses the two issues mentioned above. I would hope that a future edition of the software or the printed book might address these issues. A parallel web page might also assist the parent and child to address these limitations as well.
The book’s best use for the hardback or paperback version might be in a church or public library, where the parent could borrow the Bible for a couple of weeks to see how well they and their kids can adapt to its use. A pre-school or Kindergarten Sunday School class might also find the book of value as it provides new methods for telling the Bible stories to a tech aware generation of young kids.
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
I may be an adult, but this Bible is so much fun to use! I absolutely love the interactive and virtual reality part, which combines the Bible with modern technology, to really make the Bible connected to today’s generation!