Review: The Catholic Children’s Bible by St Mary’s Press

Bible cover

Recently released by St Mary’s Press, The Catholic Children’s Bible is a treasure! It’s packed with good-sized print, colorful, kid-friendly illustrations, color-coded sections and tabs and interesting introductions to books of the Bible.

There are 125 specially featured Bible stories, packed with extra illustrations, explanations, ways to “live it!” and an opportunity to re- “tell it!” for deeper understanding.

Bible Baptism

Extra notes, Bible pictures, Bible Time Line, Maps, Catholic Practices and Catholic Prayers are included in the back, as well as critical Bible references for times when you really need them.

In addition to a healthy explanation of the format of the Bible in books, chapters and verses, The Catholic Children’s Bible sports colorful embedded tabs to articulate the various Books of the Bible, (visible from the side of the book) and a continuous bar of color at the bottom of the page showing the organization of these books into sections.

Bible Bookshelf

The imprimatur is included for the text of the articles and introductions, as well as for the text  of the Good News Translation, Catholic Edition.



The Catholic Children’s Bible is another awesome Catholic product that I discovered at the National Catholic Education Association conference last week.  They graciously gave me the new Bible to review on Equipping Catholic Families.

And yes! St Mary’s Press not only shipped my Bible to me up in Canada in record time, they also provided me with an impressive media kit, complete with information about the App and an iTunes card to cover the first couple installations.


Bible and AppCatholic Childrens Bible AppI purchased the Catholic Children’s Bible App for $3.99 and my almost 7 year old Bridget has enjoyed using it. She has studied all 10 of the Bible stories in the App…reading them and summarizing them in her own words and she has conquered the little activities for each section.

She eagerly awaits the next installation of the App…what I understand to be the next in a series of collections of Bible stories and related activities for the iPad.

While the iPad app requires an impressive 1.11 GB of space….it was worth the manouvering of apps and pictures on my iPad to install it…at least for a while!



The Catholic Children’s Bible will however have a permanent home in our family room…for easy access and maximum usage!

The Catholic Children’s Bible is a beautifully printed, 2000 color page book, designed for children in grade 2, 3 and 4, making it an EXCELLENT First Holy Communion gift for your child, niece or nephew, grandchild or Godchild!

Appropriately, there is ample space to record a special message on the inside cover, along with First Sacrament dates.  Don’t under-estimate the importance of a special Sacrament note or dedication, written permanently at the front of this book!

This is a wonderful gift that will be treasured for years to come and will be far more useful than the plaque of the little child praying!

Those can be LOVELY, but we favor Sacrament gifts that will help children along in their Journey of Faith.

Looking for additional Sacrament gifts? Check out our Hand in hand with Jesus Faith Journal, get a FREE Progress Report PDF with your purchase of Dragon Slayers or sneak in a little Catholic Catechism with our Cathletics Playing Cards.

Bible Sing Praise


I think The Catholic Children’s Bible will easily become our kids’ favorite Bible to refer to….many years after grade 4! I have no doubt that this Catholic Bible will be a wonderful resource for our whole family, enticing us to read it out loud, not only at Christmas….or our Seder Supper on Holy Thursday….but all year long!


The Catholic Children’s Bible is available at your local bookstore or at Saint Mary’s Press or by calling 1-800-533-8095.




I received The Catholic Children’s Bible in addition to the media kit with itunes card in exchange for my honest review.



  1. Karen Jones says:

    I’m not sure the translation of this bible is entirely appropriate for children. I found the language to be too crude for my 8 year old. It’s so bad that I’d rather have my child read a bible intended for adults. I will be removing the St Mary’s Press Children’s Bible from our home.

  2. Sister Ann says:

    Thank you so much for the BIBLE. I was so excited when I received it! I went to many teachers to show them the book. They were happy, too and asking if they could get one for their classroom! I am hoping to order one for each grade. I am really wanting to order for each classroom.
    It is by far the best Children’s Bible I ever saw. I could not put it down. It has so many great parts to it.
    Thank you so very much
    Sister Ann

  3. Thanks for the fabulous review, Monica! We are thrilled that you (and your little one) were pleased with our Catholic Children’s Bible line of products!

  4. claire pelletier says:

    I was SO glad to see this review! Dont know if you remember me, we were the ‘groupies’ that visited your booth several times @ the NCEA, so impressed with your materials and all of us so blessed to be using them in our classrooms and with our friends as well! We also purchased these Bibles for two of our classrooms and am looking forward to using them ~ God bless your beautiful family~
    Your friends from Houston!

    • Of course, we remember you and your friends at NCEA, Claire! It was so nice meeting you…thanks for all your encouragement and support and for spreading the word. Hope to see you at the next NCEA!

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