Have you heard of the Museum of the Bible? It’s a new museum opening this November 17 in Washington, D.C. I am thrilled that, especially with all the negative things going on in the world today, there’s a positive new thing like this, and in DC no less. The museum is “an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. It … aims to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world, … and will be just three blocks from the Capitol.”
Today’s post isn’t actually about the new museum, though. It’s about several books. There is a Museum of the Bible Books imprint, and I was sent four of them to review for you today. I’m guessing you could probably buy these books in the Museum of the Bible gift shop, or other places as well. Let’s take a look at them.
Wild and Wacky Things in the Bible
First up: Wild and Wacky Things in the Bible. This is a big, colorful book that reminds me of a Guinness Book that kids enjoy so much. The book is sort of magazine-style in that it’s a series of photos, side-bars, and brief articles about, well — wild and wacky things in the Bible. For instance — ravens delivering food to Elijah. The destruction of Sodom. Samson’s amazing strength. Many more as well, 147 pages worth. For each topic, there is some science given, and insights into the story. This would be a great book for any child with curiosity, and especially for those at all interested in science and the world around them. I think I would have loved this book as a child. I’d recommend for ages 6-12.
That’s So Weird!
Next, That’s So Weird! If you’re noticing an emphasis on all things weird, wild, and wacky, well, that’s because those things appeal to kids. This book features 100 fun and fascinating facts about the Bible. Like the first book, it is very bright and colorful. Each page has a photo or bright illustration, along with a Biblical fact and reference. A few examples: “The Bible says that a foolish person who keeps acting foolishly is like a dog that vomits and then eats it” — along with a photo of a dog. Or, “How did you spend your spring break? Zimri was king of Israel — for only one week.” Again, great book choice for the smart, curious child aged 5-9 or so.
What’s the Bible All About?
What’s the Bible All About? is a board book suitable for toddlers and younger kids, maybe ages 2-5. This small book is the perfect size for little hands. The 20 pages are brightly illustrated and tell a brief overview of the Bible as well as highlighting some of the most memorable stories.
Children of the World Storybook Bible
Children of the World Storybook Bible is a hardcover, 200+ page Bible storybook. Old and New Testament stories are told in a basic way, with most stories being two pages long (some are 4). A neat feature of the book is that children from around the world drew the illustrations! Each story tells the illustrator’s first name, age, and country. How neat to see God’s world as drawn by children from Italy, Pakistan, the U.K., and beyond! This would be a nice Bible storybook to read aloud to kids at bedtime. Kids ages 9-12 could read it themselves.
Thanks to WorthyKids/Ideals, I can offer one of you one of these books! Which one? Well, if you win, you will get to choose. I was given the choice to choose for you, but honestly, each one is a treasure. It just depends on who you want the book for. So, have fun deciding which Museum of the Bible books you like best.