One-Year Bible Reading Plan for Kids and Families
The idea of reading through the entire Bible in one year as a family probably seems daunting . . . impossible. Right?! Just last night we picked back up on reading the Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew together with my eleven and eight-year-olds. It was tough. To keep their attention . . . to help them understand just how amazing the story is and how fun it can be to get lost in it. They struggled, but in the end, after they each read a few pages aloud to the rest of us, we enjoyed thirty minutes of family reading time.
So if that was a struggle with my two older kids reading a fantasy novel, I definitely understand how hard it is to get even younger kids (let alone upper elementary and middle-school kids) excited about reading the Bible . . . all of it. Like Numbers and Leviticus!
But inviting our children into God’s story is one of the most significant steps we can take in building their faith foundation. And the truth is, reading the Bible doesn’t have to be daunting or boring. It’s the most epic true story ever recorded and ever told. And it’s OUR story!
A Reading Plan That is Kid-Friendly
We at Minno created the Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids so that children can see and understand that the Bible is fun! God’s story is full of epic adventures and important life lessons that will help us live amazing lives. Phil Vischer uses whimsical storytelling in his laugh-out-loud retellings of the Bible—from Creation to Revelation—and everything in between.
The Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids was intentionally designed to help families read through God’s story in a year, with 52 five-minute stories that clearly teach God’s rescue plan and the good news of Jesus’ love.
We invite you to follow along this one-year Bible reading plan. It includes just four or five stories per month so you can read one each week. When you read through the Laugh and Grow Bible your kids (and you) will have a deeper understanding of the full Bible narrative.
One-Year Bible Reading Schedule
Using the Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids
THE OLD TESTAMENT
|THE PENTATEUCH||The Tower of Babel|
|Creation||God Calls Abram|
|Adam and Eve||Abraham’s Family|
|What Is Sin?||Joseph|
|Noah and the Flood||Moses Is Born|
|The Burning Bush||HISTORICAL BOOKS|
|Let My People Go!||Joshua and Jericho|
|The Ten Commandments||Aposta-Cycles|
|Laws, Laws, Laws||Judges|
|King Saul||Solomon’s Wisdom|
|David and Goliath||Bad Kings|
|Israel’s New King||The Fall of Israel and Judah|
|God’s Promise to David||God Gets It Done|
|Brave Queen Esther|
|WRITINGS AND PROPHETS||The Messenger|
|He Gives and Takes Away||The Fiery Furnace|
|The Book of Songs||Daniel and the Lions|
|The Book of Wisdom||Jonah and the Whale|
THE NEW TESTAMENT
|THE GOSPELS||Jesus’ Disciples|
|Born in a Barn||The Sermon on the Mount|
|John Baptizes Jesus||It’s a Miracle!|
|The Desert Temptation||The Last Supper|
|The Phony Pharisees||Jesus’ Death|
|He Is Alive!|
|ACTS, LETTERS, AND REVELATION||Paul’s Letters|
|God’s Super Helper||From Wrong to Right|
|Big Changes for Saul||The Fruit of the Spirit|
|A Vision for Everyone||How Does It End?|
Get a FREE copy of this One-Year Family Bible Reading Plan in the Minno Store!
It includes a dated (by month) plan and an undated plan so you can start your journey any time of the year!
Advice for Families Reading the Bible in One Year
Even with a monthly schedule as your guide, sticking to any activity over 365 days can be tough! Here are some additional tips to help you and your loved ones achieve a full read-through of the Bible in a year:
- Keep a visual reminder front and center in your home. Download the one-page reading plan HERE.
- Create a routine place and time for reading: the kitchen at breakfast or dinnertime, or in the living room before bedtime.
- Facilitate memory retention with Bible-based TV shows, movies, and music like those found on Minno.
- Boost motivation with Bible-focused games, arts, crafts, and other special activities throughout the year.
Here’s what a few customers have said about how adults can learn from reading through the Laugh and Grow Bible, too!
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“The stories easily explain things in a way that children and even adults can better understand.” Amazon Review
“I appreciate how the book brought context to the stories . . . even though I’ve read these same stories hundreds of times in my life, I feel like I understood the deeper meaning of the stories better after reading this version!” Amazon Review
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