Friday, February 11, 2011

Read and Share Bible -- Review and Giveaway!

Title: Read and Share Bible:  More than 200 Best-Loved Bible Stories
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Stories Retold By: Gwen Ellis
Illustrated By: Steve Smallman
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 420
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-4003-0853-8

"Daddy, will you read me a story before bed?"

Every night my 4 year old daughter walks up to my husband with her Read and Share Bible in her hands, and asks him to read a story to her.   They settle down on the couch, and Steve reads one or two Bible stories to our two year old, four year old, and seven year old.  Each child listens carefully, while they admire the bright and colorful illustrations on each page.

The Read and Share Bible contains over 200 Bible stories.  Each story is told in 2 brief pages, with an illustration on each page.  The story ends with a simple discussion question to use with your young children.  The short lesson format and bright illustrations are perfect for children ages seven and under.  Many of the longer stories are broken down into smaller segments.  For instance, the story of Noah is broken down into five shorter sections.  You can view Noah's story (all ten pages with artwork) at this link.

I realize that some families take issue with Bible story books, but I'm not one of them.  I appreciate books that simplify Bible stories for my young children.  I want them to learn the stories from God's Word in a way they can understand and enjoy.  The Read and Share Bible does just that!  Steve and I have enjoyed reading it to our younger children, and they've enjoyed being read to.  My seven year old has taken it to bed with him, to practice his reading at night, and my four year old has taken it to bed to enjoy the pictures before falling asleep.  The illustrations and discussion question are my favorite parts of this story Bible.

We definitely recommend the Read and Share Bible for families, churches, and Christian daycares.  Though it can be read by my seven year old, I feel the content is more appropriate for children ages 1-5.


The Read and Share Bible is available at your local Christian bookstore, as well as and


Would you like a copy of the Read and Share Bible for your family?

I have one copy to give away to one of my readers in the United States.

Mandatory Entry: to enter, just leave me a comment telling me who you'd give the Read and Share Bible to.

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  • Spread the word about this giveaway on facebook or twitter or your blog and post a link here.  (You can do this once for each type of entry.)

Entries will be accepted through Friday, February 18, 2011 at noon CST.  I'll draw a winner that afternoon, and notify them.  The book will be shipped media mail as soon as I receive a mailing address from the winner.

Thanks for entering, and good luck!
April E.


  1. I would give this to my child w/ autism.

  2. I would give this to both my girls (Bugs is 4 and Beans turns 3 the 17th!!!!)

  3. My sister is being a surragate and is pregnant with twins. I think I would give it to her to pass along to the babies parents.

  4. I would give it to my 5yr old and 3yr old son and daughter :)

  5. I would share this with my 3 year old son!

  6. I would give it to my daughter who struggles to read but loves the Bible and just read 2 pages last week from a Bible.

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  8. I would probably give this to my 5yo daughter. She doesn't have her own Bible and loves reading her brothers (he got his as a gift when we dedicated him.)

  9. If I won this, I would give the Read and Share Bible to my son.

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  11. I already follow your blog with GFC.

  12. I would give this to my 2 year old daughter. :)

  13. I follow you via Google Friend Connect.

  14. I would give this Bible to my four year old. Well, she'll be five by then... :)

  15. I would give this book to my children Rebecca (5) and Samuel (3)

  16. I would give this book to my four year old daughter, Lily.

  17. I would give it to my church. We just began the Read and Share Unit 2 for our children's church, but it did not come with the Bible. We love the program! Thank you for sharing!

  18. I would give this Bible to my 3 year old son, in hopes it would keep him quietly entertained during our schooling time. :)

  19. My 3.5 yr old loves reading the Bible already and will re-tell the stories pretty accuratly so I would give it to him.

  20. I added the site and liked it on facebook.

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