Bible translations were so often in the news in 2011 that they landed a berth on the Religion Newswriters Association annual Top Ten religion news stories of the year. Members of the group, journalists who cover religion in secular media, ranked as number ten coverage throughout the year of the 400th anniversary of the King James translation; the update of the widely used New International Version translation; and the completion of the new Common English Bible translation from a consortium of mainline Protestant denominational publishing houses.

The Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been released by Zondervan in a deluxe version that includes two audio CDs of Tutu reading the stories and slipcase packaging. Tutu selected and retold more than 50 familiar Bible stories for the book; the original 2010 edition was named best children’s religious book in the 2011 International Book Awards.