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Review: Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids

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You’ve got your dictionaries and your Bible dictionaries.  You’ve got your kids’ dictionaries and your collegiate dictionaries.  You’ve even got your illustrated dictionaries.  Well, now the folks at B&H Publishing Group give you the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids!


This incredibly-illustrated, 212-page dictionary introduces kids (and adults because I thought it was pretty cool, too!) to 750 Bible words using 500 beautiful full-color photos, illustrations, and maps.  Even the cover is, as you can see, visually appealing.

Each definition includes the Scripture-reference, so if you’re just enjoying looking through the dictionary at all the colorful illustrations, you can look up the place in the Bible where the defined word is found.

The Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids includes reconstruction drawings to help kids (and adults!) visualize how building and cities looked in Bible times.  There are even illustrated charts showing the birds, animals, and foods of the Bible, which my kids really enjoyed.


Special features include:

  • The names of God/Jesus (I loved this chart!)
  • The Egyptian plagues
  • Jewish feasts and festivals
  • Armor of a Roman soldier
  • The Twelve apostles

There are pronunciation guides, just as you’d find in a regular dictionary, as well as alternate spellings for words from the King James Version. The pronunciation guide is really useful for some of those hard-to-pronounce Bible names.  Just think, you could practice at home, then, read through passages at church without stumbling over the names.  You’d look like a regular theologian!

Can you tell I’ve stumbled over names before?  I’ve found that if you read them with enough confidence, most people will just go along with you because they don’t have any better idea than you how to pronounce them.  This was a technique regularly employed at the ladies’ Bible study I used to attend, but I digress.

I’m a very visual person, so I think I’ve enjoyed looking through the dictionary as much as the kids have.  From the ark to the armor of God, a Bible-era manger to the layout of Jerusalem, we’ve enjoyed getting great visuals for many Bible passages.  At a reasonably-priced $14.99, the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids will be a welcome addition to your Bible study time.


I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it.  I received no other compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.  Your experience may vary.


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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. I think I simply would enjoy having the nice illustrations to help explain the meaning of a word to my children. A picture is worth a thousand words, right 🙂 Also if you go to Dictionary.com you can type in Bible name and hit the pronunciation button and voila, no more trying to figure out how to say it! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Mrs. Bowen
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  2. I always pronounce name incorrectly, when I read to my children. So, the pronunciation guide would be of great help to me.

  3. I would love all of the information! I know my 8 year old, especially, would love pouring through all of the facts.

  4. Looks like a great book! I think I'd appreciate the pronunciation guide the most and I'm sure my daughter would love looking at the maps!

  5. Cool!! My guys would love this – they love it when I can find pictures of what we are talking about in our Bible and History lessons!

  6. I think the feasts and traditions looks really cool. We would like to try some of these as we study different time periods in the Bible!

  7. I don't think I've ever been the first to post on a contest post! I know we'd love the drawings of how things actually looked during Bible times. The info about the Jewish feasts and celebrations interests me greatly as well.

  8. My kids are preschoolers and we're just starting to explore some of the Bible stories more in depth. As they get older, this dictionary will definitely come in handy!

  9. I also tweeted about the giveaway. I forgot to include my email in the last entry, but here it is.

    raeburk01 at yahoo dot com

  10. What a great resource to have in the home! I think my children would really love all the pictures, would help make the Bible come alive!

    Thanks so much!

    april at menking dot net

  11. This is really needed in my home. Especially the reference part. Jon is always asking – is it true? that they said? somewhere? I look it up in the Strongs and weave him to where it is. Mostly, they are standard questions that I'm sure would be in this dictionary. Raising my hand to be one of the 5!!!!
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  12. Wow, this Bible dictionary looks great! We have a lot of very visual people at my house. When we are studying things my 11 year old son always asks questions about what the people, things or landscape looked like. He draws pictures about everything we study. This dictionary would be such a useful tool for all of us, but especially for him.

    I really enjoy reading your blog.

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  13. I so love your recommendations. You have become quite the Go-To Resource for me of late! Thank you so much!

    I think what we would love best about the Illustrated Bible Dictionary is well….the illustrations! I have a house full of visual learners and I think we all would love it.

    My middle daughter also leads a bible study for 5th/6th grade girls and is always looking for resources to bring their studies alive. They all would eat this dictionary up!

  14. This definitely looks like a book my kids and I would LOVE! My 7 year old daughter is an avid reader, and is always asking me what stuff is. It's not always easy for me to find the answer, and even when I can it's hard to explain in kid-friendly terms.

  15. I think this would be a great asset ot our curriculum! It is so hard to mentally visualize things from ancient time periods. This will make the Bible a much more "living" book. Sure hope we win one!

  16. Wow! Looks amazing! I would love one for my son. I've seen how he is even more interested in getting in the Word when there are interesting facts. He's a fact boy, what can I say 🙂
    Thanks for the review!

  17. I am huge fan of maps and it looks like the book has a wonderful array of them. My daughter will love this book!

  18. I think I would like everything about this dictionary. The pronunciation guide would definitely be helpful. I have a hard time with those names, too.

    Thanks for the entry!

  19. I love the idea of a Bible Dictionary that I can start using with my younger ones. I think it would be fabulous to get them into the habit of using Biblical reference materials.

  20. Oh we would LOVE this! I began really looking for Bible study resources for my kids this past year. We began doing the National Bible Bee and I need some helps for the Bible study portion. This would be wonderful! Thanks for sharing this great resource.
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  21. What a fantastic resource! I would love to have this for my kids, and I think the pronunciation guide would be a big help. I've had it happen more than once where I thought I knew how something was supposed to be pronounced, only to hear it pronounced in a completely different way at church!

  22. I think it is a good way to supplement Bible reading with pictures of what we read about.

    Great giveaway,
    Flyin Peru @ yahoo dot com

  23. I'd love looking at the birds, animals, and foods of the Bible with my 4yo daughter. We'd both find that really interesting!

  24. Well, personally I think I'd like to see a picture of a Bible-era 'manager'. 😉

    Does a smart aleck remark like that count as a comment? Hope so, because I really WOULD love to win this. 🙂

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  25. I attend a Community Bible Study group. I love the program they have for homeschooled children (thru 8th grade) and my kids enjoy the daily Bible Study homework. We do have to look up things for each lesson, and I think the pictures would really help the kids better understand what they're learning about. This is a great dictionary!

  26. Mr. B and I would love to have this to go along with our TOG Yr 1 studies! It looks like his style of book and I always enjoy a good Bible Dictionary! Thanks Kris for the review.

  27. I love seeing the day to day things like where and how they lived. I'm pretty sure I would love this as much as the kids.

  28. I have a child with autism who learns best when words are paired with visuals. He will be confirmed this year so the Bible dictionary would be a great asset to his preparation. Thanks for the review!

  29. Wow! This looks incredible! My boys would love to look at the pictures within the dictionary. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  30. I think I would like the reconstructed drawings. We love talking about the Bible and it's so great to have a picture to look at to describe what it is we are talking about.

  31. Definitely the illustrations! My daughter is a visual learner and this would be awesome along side her Bible study.

  32. I don't think I could pick just one reason I'd like this book! It looks fantastic! What a great way for little ones to better understand the Bible AND get more information!
    jenn dot mrsdjm at gmail dot com

  33. This is totally awesome! I love it – and what a great giveaway =) Thanks!!! I would love sharing the detailed pictures and descriptions with my granddaughters – what a wonderful way for them to learn about the Bible!
    [email protected]

  34. Shared this on my Facebook profile, too =) Again, this is a wonderful giveaway and looks like an amazing thing to help children learn!

  35. I love this amazing resource! We're building our homeschool library and this would definitely make the shelf. I love the illustrations- so great for little kids, but detailed enough to grow into as well. Thanks for the great give-away!

  36. Oh, I'd love this dictionary! My little one is such a visual gal – I think she'd have a blast with this 🙂 Thanks for the great giveaway!

  37. Love the illustrations for my children to be able to "see" the Bible not just read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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