The NIV Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible For Kids is geared towards children ages 8-12 according to promotional information from the publisher. It pretty well hits the mark. It has the complete NIV text, with some additional subject matter added, but it is not overdone, which keeps the hardcover a more kids’ friendly size.
The front matter includes a presentation page, making it suitable for giving as a gift. It includes a chart of the books of the Bible, with color coded categories of law, history, poetry, major prophets, minor prophets, Gospels, church history, letters, and prophecy.
A table of contents is included, along with one page introductions to each book of the Bible. A number of Old and New Testament verses are highlighted for emphasis. These verses are suggested for memorization, and often cite examples of prayers and God’s responses.
Inserts mixed in consist of the Ten Commandments for Kids, Lord’s Prayer, and “Prayer Is.” This last one has a picture of a hand, with each finger representing five characteristics of things to include in prayer. (People closest to you, leaders, those in authority, the sick and weak, yourself.) Another chart illustrates the “ABC’s of Being a Christian. (Admit, Believe, Confess)
Back matter has reading plans, a topical index, a table of weights and measures, and several blank pages for prayer journaling.
This Bible is not for little kids. It is more appropriate for those in grades 3-8 in my view. The explanations of the fundamentals of the faith are well done, and age appropriate. This Bible suggests God’s answers to prayer include “yes,” “no,” and “wait.” This boils it down to the most basic way to explain it that I have yet seen. It is a great way to share with young kids about how prayer works, and what to expect.
The Bible focuses on dreams and prayers, not featuring illustrations or maps. The main focus is on the text of the Bible itself. The reviewed hardcover edition has a list price of $29.99.
This Bible gets four of five stars for its solid approach to providing the Word to kids.