Gregory at IsaiahSix writes about switching from children’s Bible storybooks to a “real” Bible for family devotions:
One of the things we’ve been trying recently in my family is reading the actual Bible, not the condensed stories. Modern translations are often broken into sections and paragraphs short enough that they can be used in family worship times. It does take some leading questioning from the parents sometimes to help the children connect everything, but you would be surprised how readable and understandable the Bible’s text is to children. I recommend the English Standard Version or the Holman Christian Standard Bible because they are both easy to read, accurate translations….
The narrative sections of the Old Testament and the parables in the Gospels are excellent sources for family worship and they’re short enough to keep even the shortest attention spans engaged. If you have young children, give it a try. You may be surprised how much they’ll pick up on with just a little bit of guidance from you.
Meanwhile, Christ Centered Children recommends some Bible storybooks if your family isn’t ready to make the leap.