Do your kids ever ask, “How did we get the Bible?” It’s an intelligent question. If you are going to study a book and follow its teachings, you want to know it is reliable.

There are whole classes on this subject. There are encyclopedia-sized volumes of very dry reading. How can you find something that spells it out in a child-friendly way?

Let me suggest The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Story of the Bible by Tim Dowley (published by Kregel Publications, 2001). It is a colorful, 10 ½ by 7 ½ inch, 32-page booklet designed for elementary-aged children. Nearly every page is illustrated with maps, charts, drawings and photographs.

The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Story of the Bible explains oral tradition, the languages in which the Bible is written, the materials on which it was written (including a fun section on how to make papyrus), book summaries, how the Bible was copied, and what led to current translations of the text into modern languages. There are photos of illuminated manuscripts and an explanation of how the Bible moved from scroll to book form.

Brief stories of people who labored to bring the Book to us are shared, including those of Jerome, Waldo, Erasmus, John Wycliffe, John Hus, William Tyndale, and William Carey. There are lists of interesting facts and statistics.

For the curious mind, this book will answer many questions. It is available from, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

Mrs. Fujimoto has a collection of short stories, 9 Slightly Strange Stories with an Uplifting Edge, available as an e-reader at Amazon. Find our review under “N” in the alphabetical listing: Titles We’ve Reviewed.