The Book of Mormon for Young Readers
Finally! The scriptures are presented in a format designed just for young readers. Perfect for personal and family scripture study!
Would you love for your children and grandchildren to get more out of reading the scriptures? The Book of Mormon for Young Readers presents key scripture stories in an abridge, creative, and engaging format designed to make it easy for children to understand and love the scriptures! Young readers (ages 7-12) can enjoy the scriptures on their own and establish a habit of personal scripture study, which will strengthen their faith and their resolve to live the gospel. Special features help families to see how the scriptures apply to their lives today. These fifty-two exciting chapters make it clear that Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer and that happiness comes from obedience to His teachings. You'll be amazed at how much easier scripture study is for your children!
Special features include over 90 full-color paintings, maps, timelines, hard word definitions, suggestions for applying scripture principles, quotes from prophets, and more! This is an abridged version of The Book of Mormon.
By Jenna Bowman, Submitted on 2016-12-06
This book helps my children REMEMBER the scriptures. I purchased this book when my husband deployed, and my kids were having a difficult time focusing on doing scriptures. It has really changed how we do scripture study at our house! My oldest loves reading, and it has been so helpful to have the difficult words in parenthesis to help them actually understand what we are reading. I love how there are summaries in the beginning of each chapter, it helps my children understand what we are reading about, and when we get to specific parts in the scriptures, they recognize things from the summary. Also, at the end of each chapter there is a section of questions that apply to each chapter, and how to apply to our lives. Instead of just reading the scriptures and being done, we now discuss things I wouldn't have thought to talk about, in relation to what we read. I also love the random quotes and scriptures that are posted throughout the book. The pictures are great, and my kids are excited to do scripture study every day.
The only parts that I don't love, (and I really, really do LOVE this book!) are the pages are a little flimsy, I don't let my smallest children handle the book to make sure they don't rip. Also, I wasn't aware when I purchased that it was missing sections of the scriptures. This wouldn't have changed my mind in purchasing, as my children have learned SO much more than with other children's scriptures, and the way it is put together is teaching them the stories of the scriptures.
I love having a scripture study book that works and makes sense to my children!
By Hillary Gale, Submitted on 2016-12-05
I use this book as part of my homeschool morning devotional and my kids LOVE it! Here are my favorite parts:
1. Each lesson includes a quick summary of what we will be reading about in that lesson. Especially handy for my struggling reader to know beforehand what we will reading about.
2. Each lesson has a short scripture chosen that we practice, memorize, and pass off at the end of the lesson. I typed, numbered, and laminated all of the memorization scriptures and put them on a ring. Each child is assigned a colored dot and once they've passed off the scripture for that lesson, they can add their dot to the card. I love that the scriptures are short so even my 5 year old can memorize it in a weeks time.
3. Each lesson includes suggested primary songs that go along with the scriptures you are reading about.
4. The lessons include colorful pictures, quotes from prophets and apostles, and suggested questions. The questions invite a lot of discussion about gospel principals between me and the kids.
5. Within in the text, difficult or unknown words are paired with a parenthesis of an explanation or substitute word which makes certain passages/words so much easier to understand.
6. Not every single scripture is included in the reading. The ones listed are the ones that are pertinent to the story being told. I like this because my kids are inexperienced readers and comprehension is not always there, especially when reading scriptures. The scriptures we read in the lesson make it easy to follow the story.
I bought and laminated some paper Book of Mormon characters from someone on Etsy and put magnet tape on the back of each one. We use these magnet people on a cookie sheet as a visual for the stories we are reading about.
We love this book so much! It has really changed the way we study, not just read, the scriptures.
By Chantel McMullan, Submitted on 2016-12-02
I have struggled to find a good way to help my kids learn, understand and find a love for the scriptures. My kids are 8, 6, and 2. We tried just reading straight from the Book of Mormon, we've tried other guides directed toward children but they summarized the scriptures instead of helping them learn the language to be able to read on their own. Then we found this book. Book of Mormon for Young Readers has changed the way we study together. What was once a battle, is now enjoyed and looked forward to by our family. I love how it explains the language of the scriptures. It breaks the scriptures up by stories and adds words from latter-day prophets, linking past with present. We have been encouraged to memorize scriptures but for my kids, while passage is too much. They offer one liners my children can easily memorize and recall when needed. Even my two year old has a few memorized from hearing us say them. I really can't talk up this book enough. It not only has helped my children's understanding, but mine. From struggling in my personal study, to finally understanding and being able to teach my kids has been a real relief. Thank you so much for writing this book. Everyone would be blessed to own a copy.
By Anonymous, Submitted on 2016-11-22
I think this book is done very well, but beware that it skips verses and even chapters. We got past 2 Ne 1-5 and it jumps right into Jacob. I was blown away at how much it skipped. It's ironic, too, because on the very last page of the book is quoted the scripture from 2 Ne 32:3 about feasting upon the words of Christ.
My kids enjoy the book, and so do I, but skipping that many chapters frustrated me a bit. I didn't mind the passing over of some verses because the story was still complete. We will now go back and read those chapters (2 Ne 6-33) in the Book of Mormon because there is some great stuff in those chapters! I don't skip the Isaiah chapters and I don't want my kids to either.
For the price, I wouldn't have expected so much to be passed over, plus it's spiral bound and not super sturdy for young handlers. There should be some sort of disclaimer letting people know before they buy it that chapters are skipped. I may or may not have still bought it. I just didn't like not being informed about that. It should be titled "Book of Mormon for Young Readers abridged by Kelli Coughanour".
I do applaud her for coming out with a book that is visually attractive to kids, though. I just want the buyer to know before they purchase it what I didn't know, and then decide from there if they want it or not.
By Stacey, Submitted on 2016-11-19
The content of this book is great, but the pages are too thin to hold up to the spiral binding. Many pages are close to ripping out after reading it once as a family. For $40, it should hold up better, especially being a book designed for kids.
By Karen Joy Clark, Submitted on 2016-11-16
I love this book and not only bought one for myself but also one for each of my sons families. I know it has helped them in reading the Book of Mormon with their younger children. I love that Kelli has taken words and phrases and put it in into language we can help the children understand. The illustrations are just beautiful and are another way to help increase our understanding.
I also love that the chapters are divided up into short sections of just a few verses- and each day as you read with the children - it can help them to remember. It is easy to see that Kelli put so much time, energy and love into this book and it has been a great blessing g to all of us!
By Mandy Wallace, Submitted on 2016-08-27
I have never been so happy with a book purchase as I am with this wonderful gem! Have you ever wanted someone to just sit down and explain the entire Book of Mormon to you in exciting, easy-to-understand prose? I know I have! How about to your kids? I bought this book for me, because I had heard about it from a friend. I love the fact that there are exactly 52 chapters. I have this great idea! I'm going to buy 5 more copies, one for each of my kids and give them to them for Christmas this year. Then we are going to set a goal to cover 1 "chapter" a week so we can finish the BOM in 1 year. I love that this book will be so engaging for both my young children and my teenagers alike! Part of my dream will be to have each of my kids take turns presenting what they learned the following week for FHE, so we will always have a good summary after each chapter, taking a moment to review and discuss. Maybe we can have a big family reward at the end of the year.... hmmm.... anyway- I am so excited about the whole thing! The graphics in the book are excellent, and I love the little learning hints and scripture mastery blurbs in the sidenotes. One reviewer mentioned disappointment at the fact that certain chapters of the BOM are actually missing from this book, but I think that is exactly how the author managed to make it so unique and have so much continuity. It is designed to tell the stories of the BOM, but leaves out some of the long, doctrinal passages, such as the Isaiah chapters from 2nd Nephi. Of course these are important chapters, and there is a time and a place to study each thing. But for younger readers, this format is really really wonderful! Ok, for younger readers, and for older ones like me who just want to learn the scriptures better. :)
By KF, Submitted on 2016-07-29
I bought this book to help my daughter read the book of mormon. I didn't realize when I bought the book that in almost every chapter there are verses missing. There is even entire chapters missing. This makes it difficult to read when reading together as a family, as manny passages are missing.
By Samantha, Submitted on 2016-02-09
I cannot say enough about this beautiful book! It has become a huge part of our day. We use it in our homeschool and my 4 rowdy boys (ages 2-12) beg to read it daily! I have been looking for something that is not only beautifully illustrated but is easy for children to understand and this was a literal answer to my prayers! Not only does it help my children gain a better knowledge of the scriptures but me, as well! It's amazing how much more you can learn when there is excitement involved! Amazing is an understatement! Worth every penny! Thank you for creating such an remarkable tool for my family to cherish!
By CW, Submitted on 2015-10-06
I thought this looked really neat but worried it was a little busy when I saw it in the store. I didn't know if it would be visually overwhelming for my kids. But I personally really liked the way it looked and felt with all the color and graphics and the shiny paper and spiral binding, so I ended up ordering it later anyway. Now that I've really absorbed what's going on with this book, I'm really happy with it. It's basically a Book of Mormon with certain verses or chapters cut out in order to move the stories along. One purpose of this would be so the kids don't get bogged down in certain sections that may "stall" the story or be teaching so in depth that you "lose" your children. For example, you might be reading Chapter 1, Verse 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 15, 22, 23... and then be reading Chapter 20 next. The author has cut the scriptures in such a way that the story should flow and make sense. Furthermore, this author's version of the Book of Mormon is made into 52 chapters which tell the different "stories." We are in Chapter 8 of her version, which covers 1 Nephi Chapters 1-5, with selected verses from those chapters that tell the story of Nephi coming to the Promised Land and then separating from his older brothers. So it's sort of similar to other books that summarize the scripture stories, except that you are using the actual verses, and it feels like you are reading the actual scriptures (which you are). One last thing about the format: the author has included in a separate color more modern language to define what certain phrases or words mean right beside the original words in the verse as you are reading it. It's a little distracting to me, but I think it might be pretty helpful for kids. It also could be something you could train yourself to overlook if you didn't like it, since it's in a lighter color. Also included on the pages are pictures and explanations and quotes, etc., making it look overall very upbeat and fun. It makes the Book of Mormon look like a fun and interesting story (which it is!) for kids.
By Hannah, Submitted on 2015-09-30
A truly remarkable book! We've been using it for our Family Home Evenings. We've been using the questions from each chapter and ideas to give us goals for each week. We love the amazing graphics and the way each illustration brings the Book of Mormon to life!
By Hannah, Submitted on 2015-09-29
What a truly remarkable book that is going to help my children grow and learn about the Gospel in such a fun format! Love all the graphics and our family can't wait to finish reading it. With the 52 chapters, it's perfect for Family Home Evening every single week. I am amazed at how this book isn't just for "young readers", I have learned a lot too and it's not just for kids!
By Brandi Gilleland, Submitted on 2015-09-22
This book is AMAZING! So much attention to detail! So many helps that make the stories come alive and make it easy to understand for all ages! Highly recommend!
By Eileen Ackermann, Submitted on 2015-09-16
My girls were struggling to understand the scriptures. So when I found out my friend helped put the layout together for this book i was so excited. I bought it the day it was released and i don't regret it! My girls love it! It has pictures and chapter reviews. It even highlights the hard words and gives a simpler definition for them that kids can understand. And it has different little boxes with things they can think about to further their scripture study. It's just a wonderful book all around! I would reccommend it for any child!