Advent with the Jesus Storybook Bible

**UPDATE: I’ve put together a free printable for this Advent reading plan! Go to this post to download and print it!**

Believe it or not, I had never heard of the The Jesus Storybook Bible before the Relevant Conference.

Once I got my hands on a copy, I knew it was something I needed to share about!

What is the The Jesus Storybook Bible?

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David–every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle–the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, this book invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation–and at the center of their story too. Recommended for ages 4 to 8. (from

The boys and I have loved every story we have read out of it so far and they ask for more daily! It is beautifully illustrated and the stories are the perfect length to keep their attention! It couldn’t get much better!

Then I saw this post about using the The Jesus Storybook Bible for Advent. Genius, I tell you.

There are 21 Old Testament stories in this Bible. Each one ends with a short paragraph about how the story relates to Jesus’ coming. Follow that with three stories about the birth of Christ and you have 24 days worth of material to go through with your family starting December 1st! And it helps tie the whole Bible together for even the littlest ones in your household!

Here is what the plan looks like:

Advent with the The Jesus Storybook Bible

Dec. 1 – The Story and The Song (Psalm 19, Hebrews 1)
Dec. 2 – The beginning: a perfect home (Genesis 1-2)
Dec. 3 – The terrible lie (Genesis 3)
Dec. 4 – A new beginning (Genesis 6-9)
Dec. 5 – A giant staircase to heaven (Genesis 11)
Dec. 6 – Son of laughter (Genesis 12-21)
Dec. 7 – The present (Genesis 22)
Dec. 8 – The girl no one wanted (Genesis 29-30)
Dec. 9 – The forgiving prince (Genesis 37-46)
Dec. 10 – God to the rescue (Exodus 3-13)
Dec. 11 – God makes a way (Exodus 14-15)
Dec. 12 – Ten ways to be perfect (Exodus 16-17, 19-40)
Dec. 13 – The warrior leader (Joshua 3, 6)
Dec. 14 – The teeny, weenie…true king (1 Samuel 16)
Dec. 15 – The young hero and the horrible giant (1 Samuel 17)
Dec. 16 – The Good Shepherd (Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 7, Psalm 23)
Dec. 17 – A little servant girl and the proud general (2 Kings 5)
Dec. 18 – Operation “No More Tears!” (Isaiah 9, 11, 40, 50, 53, 55, 60)
Dec. 19 – Daniel and the scary sleepover (Daniel 6)
Dec. 20 – God’s messenger (Jonah 1-4, Hebrews 1:1-2)
Dec. 21 – Get ready! (Nehemiah 8-10, Malachi 1, 3 and 4, Ezra 7)
Dec. 22 – He’s here (Luke 1-2)
Dec. 23 – The Light of the whole world (Luke 2)
Dec. 24 – The King of all kings (Matthew 2)

I will print out this list {free printable available here} and cut each day out on a strip of paper, fold it and put it in our Advent calendar pockets:

I am so excited to do Advent this way this year!

A few more precious gems from the wonderful people of Zondervan

Noisy animals on the ark, jumpy frogs in Pharaoh’s soup, dreamy angels on the stairway to heaven—peek under the flaps and make these and three other Bible stories come alive! Just right for beginning readers, Nolan’s humorous text and Nadine Wickenden’s spritely illustrations will delight your preschoolers—and teach them important truths from God’s Word. (from

A beautifully illustrated picture book for children ages 4-7. If I Were a Mouse depicts a child imagining what adventures he would have if he were one of God’s amazing animals. This book will teach your child how wonderful it is to be a child of God blessed with the gift of imagination.

These are both wonderful books as well! The kids will be getting them for Christmas, but I can tell you that I loved looking through them before the hubby wrapped them up! So glad to have well-written and illustrated Christian books that capture the attention of my boys!


*I received these books to review at no cost from Zondervan. I did not receive any other compensation for this review and all opinions are always 100% my own!

**This post contains affiliate links.

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  1. What a great way to do advent!! I have been seeing all sorts of fun ways to celebrate it! Would love to win…thanks! 🙂

  2. I tweeted!! @AFthfulJrney

  3. I have never seen this book either. I was also just thinking about what I was going to do for advent with my kids. I think tat means I’m destined to win. 🙂

  4. I also shared in facebook

  5. I just love your blog! I ran across your link from “A Holy Experience” and it was love at first sight! I can relate to being home with 3 boys! I have two little ones and one amazing hubby that keeps me busy. The Avent Calendar idea is Fabulous! I have been searching for another way to illustrate the true story of Christmas and focus on Him. What a great book! I’ve never seen it either. Thanks for the chance to win! What a great early Christmas Present!

  6. How cool! I have also been looking for something to do with our kids during Advent. I love this, thanks for sharing!

  7. just tweeted @ Mamalife 🙂

  8. How much fun!!! What a great way to use the JSBB!

  9. this would be awesome for church!


  10. I’m so thrilled about this advent plan! We have the Jesus Storybook Bible and the kids love it! Woohoo!

  11. Erin,

    Thanks so much for this great advent idea. I was actually just lamenting the fact that I do not own an advent wreath and wondering how I could still come up with a way to celebrate with the boys. We actually have the Jesus Storybook Bible and I will definitely be using this idea. 🙂 Hope you are well!


  12. Great book. Love it. would love to win it.

  13. I’ve had the Jesus Storybook Bible on my wishlist for a while! I’ve read so many good things about it!

  14. What a great give away. I have been looking at the Jesus Story Book Bible but have not gotten one yet.

  15. I just shared on Facebook!!!!

  16. I’m in!

  17. wow what a fun way to share advent, I love it xx

  18. Beth Anne May says:

    Love the advent tie in for the Jesus Story Book Bible. May need to go out and get the Jesus Story Book Bible since time is running out to start! Thanks Lil Momma for sharing on facebook!

  19. Melissa Mc says:

    What a great idea. I would love to do this with my kids.

  20. Matthew Olson says:

    What a great way to celebrate the Advent with kids!

  21. Gwen Hamilton says:

    What a great way to celebrate Christmas…..would love this set!

  22. I have been looking for something like this for the month of December, for homeschooling my 6 yr old. Thanks for posting this

  23. Thanks for the opportunity. This is a great giveaway!

  24. I am going to cut the strips into an advent calendar! So fun!!

  25. What a great book this would be to add to our collection. I have a kindergartener who reads 15 minutes a day for school.

  26. I would love to have these great resources! What a great way to celebrate Advent!

  27. Jenni Carlisle says:

    I would love to win this for my littles! How fun!

  28. We have this book, and I so want to do a Jesse Tree/Advent calendar with the kids this year!!

    I would still love to win the giveaway… it would make a great Christmas present for the cousins!!

  29. Such a great book! I give it to every couple I know with kids. I would love to have a copy for myself!

  30. Would love, love, love to win!!

  31. I was searching for a way to do advent with my little one this year and I came across this blog. Such a great way to do advent! I’m definitely going to be doing the same thing!

  32. Thank you so much for this awesome idea. I’m printing it out right now!!

  33. MUHEREZA JOHN says:


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  35. muheezajohn says:

    i cant wait to have a copy

    thank you

  36. Judy Green says:

    So wonderful way to share advent with the family. Can’t wait to use this , this year.

  37. I love this book i ordered the curriculum for my church’s children’s church class!!

  38. We LOVE the Jesus Story Book Bible.
    We have done the Jesse Tree the last 2 years with our kids but I think this year I am going to use our Jesus Story Book Bible to guide us (using this post) and make an orniment that represents each story and hang on out Jesse tree. Our current Jesse Tree book is a little above the understanding level of our toddlers so this will work great!

  39. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Jesus Storybook Bible. It’s the most-well done kids’ paraphrase I’ve seen. Beautiful tellings of Scripture and beautiful artwork. I need to get a new copy because my son pretty much ate it up when He was a toddler. There were some pretty adorable prayers he ripped the pages….”God, I’m sorry I tore your words.” I think I will get out there and buy a new one for the kids to open on the first day of Advent. 🙂

  40. Hey, I found you on Pinterest! I love this idea! We are big fans of the Jesus Storybook Bible at our house, and an Advent that makes use of it is brilliant and beautiful. I am adding the final story, “A Dream of Heaven” from Revelations to Christmas Day, since a big part of Advent is anticipating Jesus’ return. I love the poetry of looking forward to the Second Coming on the day we celebrate the first one…

  41. Thank you so much for sharing this … I love it! We’re adding those readings to our December plans.

  42. We love the Jesus Storybook Bible at our house. Ever time I read one of the stories, I literally cry! Knowing how God loves us so much and everything was all part and is a part of his divine plan for the world. Thank you for this posting, never thought about using this bible for our advent reading but it makes total sense!!! Love it!

  43. sarah schafer says:

    so lovely! absolutely love everything about the way this children’s bible is presented. can never have enough creative and inspirational ways to present Truth to our children!

  44. thanks a bunch for putting this together. my son LOVES this bible. he likes going in order so i’ll have to see if he’ll be willing to do it this way. ha ha ha


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