The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

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The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

Grounded in Scripture
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name is the same concept as The Big Picture Story Bible, but designed for either the young child who is looking for a bit more meat during family devotions or an older child who is a confident reader and a ready talker. We emphasize the latter as the concepts reflected in this storybook Bible are grounded in Scripture but missing from the church at large.

Family Devotions Discussion Starter
Also, this is not the Bible but a storybook, and as such, some of the stories have been embroidered a bit to add clarity or drama. What a wonderful opportunity, then, that the author gives us to talk with our children about perspective and intent and in some cases how they would have taken that passage and made it more understandable for children.

Vibrant, Quirky Illustrations
The vibrant, quirky illustrations by an award-winning children's book illustrator are both stunning and intriguing and are liable to promote discussions on their own!

It's All About Jesus
If you want a profound children's Bible storybook, where the overarching story is Jesus, The Jesus Storybook Bible does it nicely.

From the Publisher:
The Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago includes all 44 stories and paints a beautiful portrait of Jesus that invites children to see that he is not only at the center of God’s great story of redemption---he is at the center of their story, too.

If you are a parent, grandparent, pastor, or teacher looking for a way to teach the children in your life about God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love, look no further than The Jesus Storybook Bible.

What makes The Jesus Storybook Bible different from other kids’ bibles? While other kids’ bibles contain stories from the Old and New Testaments, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible, pointing to Jesus as our Savior. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will clearly see that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation—and at the center of their story too.

The Jesus Storybook Bible:

  • Visually brings scripture to life for children ages 4–12
  • Contains 21 stories from the Old Testament & 23 stories from the New Testament
  • Presents the best-loved stories of the Bible in an easy-to-understand forma
  • Features the bestselling writing of Sally Lloyd-Jones & award-winning illustrations of Jago
  • Includes bright illustrations

The Jesus Storybook Bible has sold over 2 million copies!


  • 44 Bible Stories
  • Vividly Illustrated

  • Publisher's Information
    Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones
    Pages: 352
    Binding: Hardback
    Copyright: March 2007
    ISBN: 9780310718789
    Publisher: Zondervan
    Printed In: China
    Illustrated by: Jago,an accomplished illustrator with several prestigious awards to his credit, including an AOI Silver Award in 2004, and the National Literacy Association 'Wow!' Award.
    Faith-Based: Yes

    Awards and Endorsements:
    2007 Gold Moonbeam Award
    2009 NAPPA Award Winner
    2010 Mom's Choice Award Winner
    ALA's 2010 list of Notable Children's Recordings

        "A unique resource for communicating the gospel to children in all it's fullness."

        —Kathy Keller, Redeemer Church Parenting Newsletter, NYC, Feb 2007

        "I would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian"

        —Dr Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC, Feb 2007

        "The Jesus Storybook Bible is unlike any other storybook. True, that's to be expected when you combine the mesmerizing illustrations of Jago and the award-winning writing of Sally Lloyd-Jones, a Brit with an uncanny knack for storytelling. Not only is each story as vividly illustrated as it is portrayed, but also each tale is telling one Big Story--the Story of Jesus. Even the Old Testament stories of `The young hero and the horrible giant' and `Daniel and the scary sleepover' come full circle to Jesus, the greatest Hero, King, Lover and Rescuer the world has ever known." —More to Life Magazine, May 2007

        "'The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name' disproves the adage that you can't judge a book by its cover. Jago's award-winning cover art is a foretaste of the whimsically insightful and richly colored drawings that await you on every one of the book's 351 pages. The illustrations alone are worth the price of the book. Jago the illustrator, and Sally Lloyd-Jones the author, are a good pair. She brings the same creativity and sense of humor to her telling of the Bible's stories. But Lloyd-Jones's writing isn't cutesy. She has a grasp of the profound. How does one explain to a child the agony of Jesus in Gethsemane, and his prayer of surrender to his Father? Lloyd-Jones does it as well as any biblical commentator. The title and subtitle are even better than the book's delightful illustrations and narrative -- because they provide, in one deft stroke, the interpretive key that unlocks the meaning of the whole Bible. 'The Jesus Storybook Bible' says it all: The Scriptures are not merely a collection of stories designed to teach moral lessons. As Jesus explained to the men walking the road to Emmaus on Resurrection Sunday, the whole Bible is about Jesus. In the words of the subtitle, every story whispers his name. Lloyd-Jones manages to show again and again the presence of Christ in all the Old Testament Scriptures, and the presence of the Old Testament Scriptures in the life of Christ." —Christianity Today

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 17 reviews
    We Loved this for Years

    We had two copies of this bible fall apart because it was so very loved between 2 years to 9 years old. The stories are told accurately but with beautiful artistic license that lets a child imagine their place in the story. It's great for teaching compassion.

    Beautifully illustrated

    My daughter loves Bible stories and she picked this out and her instincts were right on. Both the writing and the images engage her and even better there are audio CD’s included so if she doesn’t want to read she can listen to the stories.


    We love this book! We use it for our morning basket and every age of our kids love this! It is easy to read and understand, yet very in-depth and we all learn from reading this. Beautiful

    The Jesus Storybook Bible

    We have almost completed this book. Pros- All stories end with a focus on Jesus Christ being our savior, why it was necessary, and important. Cons- Not everything was "biblical" --- there were a lot of artistic liberties taken.

    Overall, we will continue to read this bible until it is completed but I doubt we will read it again.

    <p>Thank you, Danielle, for sharing your review, and for your balanced perspective. It is true that the author added many details that are not in the Biblical text, and used a fair amount of artistic license. However, for young children who are not yet ready to comprehend a literal Bible translation, this rendering can be helpful - and perhaps not too much more modification than a skilled parent would make when reading the Bible aloud to a young preschooler. While this shouldn't be the only Bible source for a child, especially an older child, we think most families will find it helpful and beneficial as a starting place to teach their children how every story in the Bible is part of the bigger story of Jesus coming as our Rescuer. And for the rare instances where parents feel a bit too much artistic license was taken, we suggest modifying the text slightly as you read - an option we have employed a bit as needed.
    <br> -The Timberdoodle Team</p>

    Our go-to Bible with the kids

    My 3 year old daughter begs me to keep reading more whenever we read from this story Bible! I love the emphasis on the over arching narrative of God's plan and the constant pointing to Jesus.

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