The Zondervan NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible boasts over 700 images. They range from pictures of historical places, objects, and animals; drawings; infographics; timelines; etcetera. Even as an adult it is neat to see what the Biblical places really look like, and the summary graphics like “Big Ideas in [book]” and “Key Words in [book]” help readers of all ages get a better grasp of what they’re reading. There were a few Wordle-like graphics such as Titles of Christ, which includes both the titles and the verse references. There was also a neat cartoon depiction of grafting a wild olive shoot onto a domesticated olive tree in Romans 11.
The study notes average about two or three per page. That seems appropriate for young children and preteens. My five-year-old enjoyed reading a few of the introductory notes to Mark, and I anticipate having her use this Bible more and more as they start using the Bible more in Sunday school.
The last time I reviewed a Zondervan children’s study Bible I was terribly disappointed over the undercutting of traditional Christian teachings about the age and origin of Scripture, promotion of egalitarianism, and a strong stance against Calvinism. This Bible offers no qualifications when it says Luke wrote the book of Acts and Paul wrote the Pastorals. In Romans 9 the notes read “God chooses people. Paul said that God has the right to grant mercy to whomever he chooses,” and, “The example of a potter making pottery. This was aa way of showing that God, like a potter, is in control of his creation and makes choices about the world and people.” The notes do leave it open on the question of whether women can teach and exercise authority over men, but it is only one note that I can find.
Overall I would recommend the Bible for children between the ages of 5 and 12.
I received this book from the publisher in order to write this review.