Under the Sea Bible from Zonderkidz: An Excellent Bible for Young Readers (and a Giveaway!)

Leah Courtney
There's nothing like having your very own Bible when you are a child. Although our family has plenty of Bibles on the shelves, each child really appreciates having his or her very own. Several of our Bibles for kids are the New International Reader's Version (NIrV). If you are familiar with the NIV version of the Bible, this is similar except that larger words have been broken down into simpler words to lower the overall reading level of the Bible. I recently had the opportunity to review the Under the Sea Bible from Zonderkidz. It's a NIrV Bible especially for young kids.

Children's Bible from Zonderkidz

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The Under the Sea Bible is a bright and colorful hard cover Bible. The bright blue, shiny foil like cover is filled with colorful fish and under the sea illustrations. The Bible itself isn't a story Bible or only parts of the Bible. It's the entire Old and New Testament.

There are not many illustrations throughout the Bible, but there are a few colorful inserts:

  • An explanation of prayer with the Lord's Prayer written out
  • An insert with the Ten Commandments on one side and an explanation of 1 Corinthians 13- the love passage- on the other
  • A page with a listing of famous children of the Bible on one side and the ABCs of salvation on the other
Other than these three inserts, there are no illustrations. The back of the Bible contains a small Bible dictionary and a listing of well-known Bible stories and their location in the Bible.

The really good...

I loved the bright, colorful cover and the few colorful illustrations inside. It's very appealing to little ones.

The New International Reader's Version is excellent for young readers. We have a few of these belonging to various children, and I really do like the way that it maintains the translation of the NIV but makes the reading level more accessible to kids who want to read the Bible for themselves.

The not so good...

The print is very small. I do have "old eyes" and perhaps a child could read it easier. But, in my experience, young children always do better with larger words and fewer words on a page. I think the word size is pretty intimidating for young readers even if the Bible itself is on their reading level.

I wish there were more illustrations. Yes, I'm glad it's a complete Bible and not just stories and pictures, but the pictures are so beautiful, colorful, and appealing that the cover draws the eye of kids. But then you read to find only three other pretty, illustrated pages.

All in all, this is a cute Bible that will appeal to little ones. If they can overcome the small words, younger readers will be able to claim this Bible for themselves and actually read it! You can find out more about the Under the Sea Bible from Zondervan here. And you can purchase the Bible from Amazon here, Family Christian here, Walmart here, and Barnes and Noble here.


You can win your own copy of the Under the Sea Bible by entering the Giveaway Tools below.

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Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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