Suggested Resources

Kids Bibles

NLT Hands-On Bible:  The Hands-On Bible uses experience-based learning that communicates God’s Word in a way in which kids can be actively involved in their learning.  It includes hundreds of activities for kids and parents to do together.  Recommended for elementary aged kids

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name:  The Jesus Storybook Bible shows how every story points to Jesus!  This story unfolds beginning with the Old Testament and continuing right through the New Testament.  Children will understand how Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation, and the center of their story too!  Recommended for ages 4-8

NIV and NIrV Adventure Bible:  The Adventure Bible takes kids on a fun and exciting journey through God’s Word.  It has features such as Life in Bible Times, Words to Treasure, Did You Know, Live It!, Book Introductions, and more. It comes in hard and soft cover as well as imitation leather in a variety of sizes and colors.  The NIrV is written for early readers.   NIV recommended for ages 9-12, NIrV recommended for ages 6-10

Parenting Books/Websites

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Reggie Joiner & Carey Nieuwhof:  Parenting Beyond Your Capacity will guide you in engaging your family in a bigger story, a story that involves other influencers who are on the journey with you to grow in their journeys with Jesus.  It will help you invite others to invest in your children, create a culture of unconditional love, and tap into the power of quality moments together. You’ll learn about resources you can tap into that will increase your parenting capacity.

The Legacy Path by Brain Haynes:  The Legacy Path will guide you in becoming the spiritual champions of your family.   It includes The Milestone Strategy which gives parents the tools, the path, and the confidence to lead their children in a lifelong relationship with Jesus.

The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian:   Stormie shares in her book from personal experience as to how parents can pray for their children's safety, character, adolescence, peer pressure, school experiences, friends, and relationship with God. Now adults, Stormie's grown-up children also reflect on the way their praying parents raised them---and what a difference it made.

OrangeParents.org: This website will expand your ideas, skills, and influence as a parent.  It includes parenting articles, newsfeeds and podcasts related to our elementary KidZone 252Basics curriculum, and so much more!

http://Studio252.tv:  This website builds upon the Biblical virtue of the month introduced in KidZone each week.  Kids and parents can learn together more about what God wants to do in them to change the world around them. 

Family Times and Teachable Moments

Sticky Situations: 365 Devotions for Kids and Families by Betsy Schmitt:  Our responses to “sticky situations” can get us into trouble or glorify God.  This devotional offers families a year’s worth of situations to discuss and explore where young people live: in the classroom, on the sports fields, at church, and at home.  Parents and kids look at these situations, talk about the variety of choices young people face daily, and look into God’s Word to discover how it can instruct and guide them on His path.

The Gabbit (Group Publishing): The Gabbit is a fun gadget that grows families closer to each other and to God.  It’s an electronic device with hundreds of family friendly questions.  Just pick a category, push a button, and let the fun conversations begin!  Use it wherever you go!

The Family Reading Bible (Zondervan):   This Bible will help your family engage and understand the Bible together as a family. The Family Reading Bible is designed to help parents use the Bible itself as their family devotional tool. A reading system with three easy-to-use tracks allows parents to accommodate children of various ages and stages. Readings of manageable length along with age-appropriate, engaging questions will encourage and maintain your kids’ interest in God's Word.