Over the last couple of years, I’ve been inundated with various requests to provide different options for the Children’s Bible Reading plan for kids. Thanks to the help of my speedy cut-and-paste son, Angus, I’ve been able to produce something that I hope will meet most of the requests.

At the moment I publish two versions a week:

  1. Morning and Evening: These notes provide a reading from the Old Testament in the morning and one from the New Testament in the evening. In addition to each reading there is either a verse to write out or a simple question to answer.
  2. Single Use: These notes provide one New Testament reading a day, again with either a verse or a question.

These weekly notes will still be published every Saturday.

What Angus has done for me (see below) is to cut and paste all the entries from each book of the Bible we’ve covered into one document per book. So, for example, if you download the Exodus pdf, you’ll find the book of Exodus covered in that one document at the rate of one reading per day (together with the usual verse to write or question to answer).

If you want to have two readings a day, say a New Testament reading as well, then download one of the New Testament documents and use that as well.

Just few words of qualification. First, Genesis is not complete. We actually started the plan a couple of years ago with Exodus because I figured most people knew Genesis. We’ve only recently gone back to study Genesis and that’s now up to chapter 25. You could still start with Genesis and check back in a few weeks for the completed document.

Second, some of the books don’t start on the Sunday (some Thursday, or Tuesday, etc). That’s because when we were working our way through the books consecutively, they did not all finish conveniently on a Saturday! Instead of adding hugely to Angus’ cut-and-paste burden, we just kept it as it was. If you choose John, for example, just wait until Thursday to start.

Third, remember that I decided to focus mainly on narrative as the plan is for children. Hence, no Leviticus, Numbers starts at chapter 9, and some other chapters are also left out. It’s not that I deem these chapters any less important, but I simply wanted to maximize the interest and engagement of kids. I also omitted chapters that I thought best for parents to teach to their children at what they would deem an appropriate stage in their development.

Fourth, there are probably errors here and there in these documents. I’d be grateful if you could leave a note of any you discover in the comments box.

For further details on the thinking behind this plan, read this post.

Old Testament

New Testament

May God bless you and your children as you study the Word of life.

  • http://www.tarabarthel.com Tara Barthel

    Thank you!
    - Tara B.

    • Brenda

      I was looking for something to use with my Sunday school kids and this looks perfect. I can’t wait to see how it will work for us. Thank you!!! :)

  • Kelly Turney

    this is going to be awesome for my daughter who is just learning to write! Might as well be scripture instead of the cat in the hat…lol

  • Jared

    When I click the links it just takes me to a blank page. Anyone know why that might be?

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Jared: It’s probably downloading the page into the folder you’ve specified for downloads in your browser preferences. Check there and you should find the documents.

      • Jared

        Thanks for the tip David. I checked that folder to no avail. I’m having the same problem with the Bible reading plans that TGC/Justin put out a couple weeks ago. It just takes me to a blank page and nothing downloads. I can’t find any updates I need either. Weird.

        • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

          Do you want me to email them to you, Jared. I can get your email from the comment.

          • Jared

            Sorry for a late response. That would be fantastic! Thank you.

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  • chuck

    what we did for our 4th grade boys was to put a reading plan in form of a calender. each month has a different verse and picture, and the dates follow a reading plan. they will read the NT once Proverbs twice Psalms once, most of the NT again, and december Genesis 1-11, selected OT chapters on exceptional young people.and themed days for the rest of the month. then we pick out verses from the week and discuss them in sunday school.
    we think it will work out better this way.


    Thank you so much! This has come just in time as my 8yr old ds has been reading and studying the 4 Gospels & soon will start Acts. These are very simple & enjoyable to do.thank you and God bless you!

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray


  • Naomi

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I look forward to beginning with my son. I checked out Mark first, wanting some new testament. Can you check the second day of the Mark study? The passage listed is from LUKE.


    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Thanks Naomi. That’s fixed now.

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  • Nate

    I’m excited to use your Children’s Bible Reading resource with my kids this summer! I noticed that “Acts” reading plan’s “week sequence” in the title does not change beginning at week 22. Not a big deal for us, but you mentioned you’d like to know of these. Hugely appreciate the work you’ve done creating this…thank you!

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Thanks Nate.

  • D.

    Is this reading plan to be done along with the parents, especially if the child is younger? Thank you.

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Yes, if the child is younger, it’s best to be done together with a parent.

  • Madonna Fischer-Jones

    Thank You SO MUCH for doing this David!!! I just printed out “Genesis” and can’t wait to get started with my son, for his summer reading :)
    And, AWESOME job Angus!!! Thank You too!

  • Madonna

    OK, just noticed a few corrections needed in the book of Genesis:
    - Week 6 and 7 are duplicate (week 7 is a duplicate of week 6).
    - Week 21, Saturday, Romans 1v24-27 snuck in there :)
    - Week 22, Wednesday, Romans 2v7-11 snuck in.
    That’s all that I saw. Can’t wait to get started! And, hopefully the rest of Genesis will be posted in a few months?
    Thanks again!!!!

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Thanks Madonna. I’ve made a note of these corrections. Every blessing!

  • http://www.raisinggodlychildren.org Bryan


    Please keep these coming. I understand these are “labors of love” but I promise you they will bear much fruit…

    Bryan Schrank
    Ministry Director
    Raising Godly Children Ministries

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Thanks for your encouragement, Bryan.

  • Jennia

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I just prayed that God would give you the strength to continue your ministry, David.

  • http://augmentedfourth.com Brad

    This looks great. Do you have a translation you prefer for kids? Our church uses ESV, but it’s hard to use sometime with my kids (9, 5, and 3). My in-laws gave my oldest an NIrV Bible, which is easier to understand, but I’d rather use a more direct translation if I could, especially for memory purposes (rather than a simplification/edition of an existing translation).

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