Here’s another entry into Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. 

I’m sharing this picture book today, because on Sunday I’ll be celebrating Christmas with my family. While sometimes I have a difficult time expressing my faith — I’m not so good at Bible studies nor specific verses. 

Thankfully, as a Christian you don’t have to be perfect. I’m glad because I recently helped another mother ignite Baby Jesus’ birthday cake on fire. I had to own that inferno and laugh a bit too. Plus, this is experience speaking:  Don’t light those tiny wax candles too early — the frosting will burn. 

I know I’m digressing, but this book is a way for my family to remember the reason for the Christmas season. 

I understand this book doesn’t appeal to everyone, but I believe it can be used for personal family time, a home-school program or an illustrated way to learn about different faiths.

Read With Me Bible — An NirV Bible Storybook with Illustrations by Dennis Jones
Zonderkidz, 2000. This illustrated storybook uses scripture from the Holy Bible the New International Reader’s Version.

Suitable for: Ages 4 to 8

Theme/Topic: Religion, Christmas

Opening: I skipped to the story of Jesus’ birth —Luke 2

Caesar Augustus required that a list be made of everyone in the whole Roman world. All went to their own towns to be listed.  

Joseph went to Bethlehem, the town of David. He went there with Mary. Mary was engaged to him. She was expecting a baby.

Brief Synopsis: The illustrated Bible includes both Old and New Testament stories. The book includes an extensive index and a glossary of “words you should know.”

Resources: I found a Christmas Bible Quiz to test your knowledge.  This site has several resources for talking about the story and doing activities with your children. Families may want to compare the story in different versions of the Bible. This online resource: has more than 30 versions of the Bible in English, as of this posting.

Why I chose this book: With its illustrations, this storybook is a good way to introduce Bible stories including Jesus’ birth. 

I hope you have a wonderful celebration this week. Merry Christmas! 

Like many, I’m taking a break for a few days. I’ll be back next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.