The best Christian children’s books about God’s love

Who am I?

“I am loved and forgiven. What a wonderful thing! I’m adopted as God’s own. I’m a child of the King!” I am an author who wants to help parents write important truths on their children’s hearts. Nothing is a book I wish I had written sooner, and would have loved to have read with my own children when they were little enough to hold in my lap. I hope these book recommendations help you share God’s love with your little ones, so that when they grow up they are sure of the promise that nothing can ever separate them from God’s love.

I wrote...

Nothing: Nothing Can Separate You from God's Love!

By Natalee Creech, Joseph Cowman (illustrator),

Book cover of Nothing: Nothing Can Separate You from God's Love!

What is my book about?

Nothing is a joyful celebration of the promise from Romans 8:38-39 that nothing can separate us from God’s love: not the deepest sea, not a rumbling volcano...not even the things we do wrong! 

The books I picked & why

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Don't Forget to Remember

By Ellie Holcomb, Kayla Harren (illustrator),

Book cover of Don't Forget to Remember

Why this book?

With gentle rhyming verse, Ellie Holcomb’s Don’t Forget to Remember tells how all creation reminds us of God’s love. Kayla Harren’s beautiful illustrations are more detailed than what is typical in a board book. I also recommend listening to Ellie Holcomb's song by the same title. Be warned though; you may find yourself singing it at any given moment. 

God's Always Loving You

By Janna Matthies, Airin O'Callaghan (illustrator),

Book cover of God's Always Loving You

Why this book?

God’s Always Loving You lets children know that God is with them in every situation, whether joyous, frightening, or frustrating. Most of all, he is loving them and working to make things new. The meter is flawless, and the stanzas are sprinkled with just the right amount of alliteration to make it pleasing to read, but not a tongue twister. Toddlers will love to join in on the answer to the question posed in each scenario: God, that’s who! 

God's Great Love for You

By Rick Warren, Chris Saunders (illustrator),

Book cover of God's Great Love for You

Why this book?

This book is short, but it contains a powerful message for children: God created you and loves you - everywhere and always. Despite its economy of words, it can spark deep conversations. The text is a wonderful affirmation for children to take into their hearts. It can be savored, but can also be a quick read on those busy nights when parents are as tired as their listeners during storytime. (For reference, God’s Great Love for You is the same number of words as this recommendation.) 

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

By Sally Lloyd-Jones, Jago (illustrator),

Book cover of The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

Why this book?

The stories in this book all point back to Jesus, and God’s “rescue plan” which he had in mind from the very beginning. I love that through the author’s use of repeated phrases children start to discover the big story of the Bible. “The story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.”

A Father's Love

By Hannah Holt, Yee Von Chan (illustrator),

Book cover of A Father's Love

Why this book?

A Father’s Love by Hannah Holt showcases animal fathers loving and taking care of their young. It culminates with a message of unconditional love on a spread with human fathers: A father’s love is always there. A father’s love is everywhere. Personally, I can’t help but love that she included some less obvious choices of animals such as a marmoset and emu, and that each stanza features a color. I also love the perfect meter, rich language, and the use of similes to describe a father’s love. But...weren’t these book recommendations supposed to be about God’s love? While this book is about “a father’s love,” it can also be used as a springboard to talk about the Father’s love!

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