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The Big Picture Story Bible eBook with Read-Aloud

We’re proud to announce the release of The Big Picture Story Bible eBook with Read-Aloud (available exclusively with iBooks for iOS).

Originally released in 2004, The Big Picture Story Bible by David R. Helm and Gail Shoonmaker received such positive feedback that a companion audio CD was released in 2010.  Now the two have been joined! When purchased on the iPad in the iBooks App, readers can follow along as the book reads itself aloud!

By synchronizing the pre-recorded audio track with the written text of our book, God’s big picture is literally illuminated as the words light up in sync with the narrator’s voice. We know that your children will love this easy and fun new way to read a classic book on your family’s iPad.  Click here to download your copy today ($12.99).

Here’s how it works. Open the book in iBooks and tap the audio icon on the top bar…

Big Picture Story Bible_Screenshot_1When the reader clicks “Start Reading”, the words illuminate in conjunction with the narrator’s voice.

The pages turn on their own as the narrator continues to read the text.

Big Picture Story Bible_Screenshot_3


Review of The Big Picture Story Bible

“This is, hands-down, my new favorite of all our children’s books, as well as the “story Bible” genre. It is superior to most other Bible story books in that it is written not as a collection of stories, but as one story — God’s “Big Picture.” It is, simply, a “Biblical Theology” for children, tracing the grandest Biblical story lines progressively through the entire Bible. Author David Helm does this in a way that is Christ-centered, while also showing how themes like God’s place, God’s people, and God’s Word/Promise find their climax and fulfillment in Jesus.

“Big Picture” also refers to the artwork, which is fantastic. I am sure it is the reason this book was my toddler’s favorite long before she could follow the story itself. Besides being visually engaging, the artwork contributes significantly to the plan of the book by having progressively repeating themes to reinforce the story of redemption that forms the “plot” of this children’s Biblical theology.”

“This book tells the whole story of the Bible so well I would commend it even to adults who want to understand the story line of the Bible better. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”
- Jim Weidenaar, Westminster Bookstore

July 13, 2011 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: admin @ 6:44 am | (5) Comments »


  1. I love this book for my children. Are there any plans to make it available for the Barnes & Noble NookColor?

    Comment by Stephen — July 13, 2011 @ 9:29 am

  2. Stephen,
    Thanks for your interest in the Big Picture Story Bible! Unfortunately at this time the Nook Color does not accommodate the fixed layout encoding required for this book. Until it does, the Big Picture Story Bible will only be available via the iBookstore.
    Thanks for your question!

    Comment by Ted Cockle — August 24, 2011 @ 10:43 am

  3. No love for the BlackBerry PlayBook?

    Comment by Tom — September 18, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

  4. Sorry Tom! At this point the iBookstore is the only platform that supports the fixed layout with read aloud feature. We can only work within the limitations of each device/platform.

    Comment by Angie Cheatham — September 20, 2011 @ 10:08 am

  5. Are other Crossway iBooks in the works with read aloud integration? My toddler loves this book as well as a couple other crossway children’s titles. He is in the process of learning letters and sounds, and I think more iBooks like this will benefit the learning-to-read process (especially with the illuminating words)!

    Comment by Carlos — February 4, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

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