Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Beginner's Bible App for iPad - now available from Zonderkidz

Grand Rapids, Mich, September 13, 2012: Zonderkidz has announced the release of The Beginner's Bible App for iPad, which has already garnered praise from critics including Craig Groeschel, pastor of ( and author of The Christian Atheist. The app is based onThe Beginner 's Bible, the bestselling storybook Bible of all time, having sold over 6 million copies since its release in 1989. Complete with stories, coloring pages, games, and audio, children six and under can enjoy their favorite Bible stories all by themselves.

" I was blown away by The Beginner' s Bible App," commented Groeschel. " As a parent and a pastor, I am constantly looking for ways to engage children with the Word. This app provides a fun way for kids to interact with the Bible using technology that they can relate to."

The Beginner 's Bible App was designed for young children to easily use themselves but will also be a valuable resource for parents wanting to participate as well. The illustrations have interactive elements that a child can manipulate using the touch screen.

" We are excited to offer this app that creates a fun way for kids to learn about the Bible," said Annette Bourland, Senior Vice President Zondervan Group Book Publisher. "The Beginner 's Bible is widely seen as the first Bible a child receives. In a digital world, it is a priority for Zonderkidz to offer a Bible geared for the youngest readers. "

"My children and I enjoyed reading the stories in The Beginner 's Bible App. They already knew what was coming in each story, but they loved reading it anyways and playing with the illustrations that accompany each story," said Lori Cunningham, founder of "The Beginner 's Bible app makes these favorite childhood stories come alive in a new way for kids. "

The Beginner 's Bible App is available free of charge. The complimentary download includes six interactive Bible stories, coloring pages, puzzles, and a game. Additional story packs will be available for $1.99 and will include six new stories, coloring pages, puzzles, and a new game based on one of the stories. All story packs will be released over the next three to five months. At that time the complete storybook Bible will be available to consumers.

To learn more about The Beginner 's Bible App, visit:

Zonderkidz , a division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As a leader in Christian children's communications, it produces bestselling and award-winning Bibles, books, board books, graphic novels, audio, video and digital products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 16 and the people who love them, from family members to educators. Zonderkidz is the publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader s Version) Bible translation, the 3rd-grade reading level edition of the NIV that is ideal for children and those who speak English as a second language. Visit Zonderkidz on the Internet at

About Zondervan

Zondervan, a HarperCollins company, is a world leader in Christian communications and a leading Christian publishing brand. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general and academic resources by influential leaders and emerging voices, and been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with additional offices in Miami, Zondervan publishes its bestselling Bibles, books, audio, video, curriculum, software, and digital products through its Zondervan, Zonderkidz and Editorial Vida brands. Zondervan resources are sold worldwide through retail stores, online, and by Zondervan ChurchSource, and are translated into nearly 200 languages in more than 60 countries. Visit Zondervan on the Internet at
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Fast Facts
  • The Beginner's Bible App is based on The Beginner's Bible which is the best-selling children's storybook Bible of all time with over 6 million copies sold.
  • The initial concept of The Beginner's Bible was first developed in 1984. At that time, it was called the Dovetales Series and consisted of a collection of 48-page booklets with audio cassettes.
  • In 2005, The Beginner's Bible also underwent a full revision with both art and text and is available in more than 20 languages worldwide.
  • Over 15 million units of all The Beginner's Bible book formats have been sold and it has received the 2006 Retailer's Choice award by the Christian Booksellers Association in the U.S. and the 2006 Childrens Nonfiction Book of the Year Award in the U.K.
  • In 2008, Zonderkidz supported the brand with an interactive website complete with on-line games, teaching resources, and product information (
  • The Beginner's Bible App is available free of charge and includes six interactive Bible stories, coloring pages, puzzles, and a game.
  • Additional story packs will be available for $1.99 and will include six new stories, coloring pages, puzzles, and games. The first story pack for sale is available now.
  • App store link to download free app:
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