What might be the best version of the Bible to use with elementary age children?
Several translations especially for children have been published in recent years. The Contemporary English Version (or CEV) is a completely new translation published by the American Bible Society in 1995. Originally intended as a children's translation, it uses a very simple, contemporary style. Then there’s the International Children's Bible which was completed in 1985 by 21 evangelical scholars. It is written on a high third-grade level. (An adult edition, known as the New Century Version, also is available. Published by Thomas Nelson/Word.)
Finally, Biblica (formerly the International Bible Society) produced the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) as a children's version of the popular NIV. It also is on a third-grade reading level. The NIrV comes in several study Bible formats designed especially for children. Published by Biblica.