Yesterday I decided to start a weekly feature on Wednesdays- recommendations. Basically, I'll be telling you about resources I've found helpful and would recommend- books, music, audio messages, etc. Recently I had a conversation with a friend about family worship (family devotions, family Bible time, or whatever you call it). This week I want to recommend my favorite resource for teaching Bible stories to younger children.
The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm, Illustrated by Gail Schoonmaker
The Big Picture Story Bible does a masterful job leading the reader through the story line of the Bible (I realized recently that its been good for my understanding of biblical theology to read it repeatedly). I find that it is faithful to the text and conveying the main point of the various stories. The illustrations are well done and do an excellent job complimenting the stories. It is ideal for children from around ages 2-6.
You can purchase it here from Westminster books or other book retailers (Westminster probably has the best price and allows you to view pdfs of some of the chapters).
There are a lot of Bible story books out there but this is the best I've seen (another solid one is The Jesus Story Book Bible). Either of these would be great tools to have for Fathers to go through with your kids. Put it on your family Christmas list.