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Devotional Bible and The God Calling 365 Day Devotional Bible. The KJV titles take readers through the Bible in a year, pairing daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament and passages from Psalms or Proverbs with readings from Murray’s classic works ($14.99, softcover; $29.99, imitation leather).

TOTS TO TEENS From interactive storybooks to blingladen covers, tiny tots and young children have many designs to choose from, but tweens and teens are turning to Bibles with more substance than sparkle. Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Ignite is an interactive teen Bible that introduces teens to parts of scripture they may have overlooked while helping them face everyday challenges ($24.99 softcover to $49.99 Leathersoft, July). Also in July comes Tyndale’s Teen Life Application Study Bible, Compact NLT, offering traditional study Bible features with life applications geared for the high school set ($22.99 softcover). “We have two groups of kids,” Gilson said. “We have the ones who want the cute pictures, activities and pretty covers. The other half want a real Bible like mom and dad have. Once kids hit the 10- to 12-yearold age range, we direct them to a youth Bible or a smaller version of an adult Bible.” For kids ages 8 to 12, Tyndale’s compact-sized glikit Bible comes in three bright silicone covers with raised square or heart patterns, plus five pieces that attach to the covers, including a glow-in-the-dark crossshaped piece ($24.99, July). Barbour’s God “Hearts” Me New Life Version Bible offers a pink cover and is designed for girls ages 10 and older. It uses a limited vocabulary of only 850 words to make it an easy read for girls ($19.99, imitation leather, July). Elementary-age girls are gobbling up Thomas Nelson’s Cupcake Bible, a fulltext International Children’s Bible offering a Leathersoft cover with a silk-screened image of a cupcake. Features include a Bible timeline, Kids in the Bible and “How do I pray?” ($24.99, January). Elementary-age boys can wield their own “sword” with Brave Knight Bible (KJV), with 12 full-color pages to encourage boys to develop character traits of respect, honor, love, truth, bravery and other knightly qualities ($14.99 hardcover, April, Zonderkidz). For the tiny tots, Thomas Nelson released in February the Baby Bear Bible— Boy and Baby Bear Bible—Girl. These clothbound Bibles feature bear appliqués and include the full International Children’s Bible text ($22.99). Ideal Publications’ Candy Cane Press releases Baby’s First Photo Bible, a board book with stories of creation, Noah and the ark, baby Moses, Daniel and the lions, the Nativity and Jesus as our Teacher. The text relates the message of the story to blessings in the child’s life and includes photo pockets for parents to customize the stories with their own child’s photo ($10.99, March). Zonderkidz introduces in March the

My Learn to Read Bible: Stories in Words and Pictures by Tracy Harrast. Designed for children ages 4 to 7 who are just learning to read, the illustrated Bible storybook uses special icons to help children discover new words and gain reading confidence ($19.99, hardcover). B&H’s illustrated Read to Me Bible for Kids gathers 45 favorite Bible stories about God and how he loves us through Jesus ($19.99, hardcover, March).

hardcover, multiple bindings available). What’s Your Mark? by celebrity photographer and social artist Jeremy Cowart presents 16 compelling stories of people making their mark today, rooted in the truths of the Gospel of Mark (Zondervan, March, $14.99, softcover). In September, Zondervan builds on the success of its first graphic novel (The Book of Revelation) with Firstborn, a graphic novel that pairs the original Greek translation with hundreds of illustrations ($19.99, softcover) to tell the story of Jesus and His mission to save the world from sin.

and new believers, from graphic novels to inexpensive outreach editions that make answers to tough questions easier to find. Crossway’s The Story ESV Bible incorporates Spread Truth Ministries’ The Story gospel pamphlet (not to be confused with Zondervan’s The Story Bible products) into the front of this inexpensive outreach Bible ($10, softcover, February). In October, Tyndale introduces The Wayfinding Bible, The NLT, which offers a three-tiered reading plan. Users can choose between the fly-over, direct or scenic routes through Scripture ($39.99,

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