God Cares for Me – Kristen Wetherell and Grace Habib

God Cares for Me by Kristen Wetherell, Grace Habib
Also by this author: God Speaks to Me, God Hears Me, God Came Near to Me, God Rescues Me
Series: For the Bible Tells Me So #2
Published by Crossway on September 26, 2023
Genres: Children's, Bible Stories

This Board Book Teaches Children about God's Care for His Creation

Everyone's a theologian--even our little ones. Each board book in the For the Bible Tells Me So series offers kids ages 0-4 an introduction to key facets of the gospel and a glimpse at the joy found when children embrace Christ as their Lord and Savior. In God Cares for Me, author Kristen Wetherell explores God's creation and providence, revealing his abundant care for the things he has made--including his children!

This board book uses repetition, easy-to-understand language, and interactive elements to keep kids engaged and coming back again and again. Deeply rooted in Scripture, Wetherell's words highlight God's power, creativity, and provision for his people to teach children about the comfort found in Christ.

Teaches Kids about God's Creation and Providence: Little ones learn who God is and the comfort found in him
Created for Kids Ages 0-4: Thoughtful language, colorful illustrations, and interactive elements keep kids engaged
For the Bible Tells Me So Series: Each book in this series teaches kids the gospel through an important biblical doctrine
Makes a Great Gift: Perfect for children, grandchildren, loved ones, or a church ministry

This board book is part of a new series that introduces young children to key themes from Christian theology. Each book features simple rhyming text from Kristen Wetherell and soft, colorful illustrations from Grace Habib. God Cares for Me shows scenes from nature, with creatures big and small, and shows diverse children, including one in a wheelchair. The book teaches kids that God created the world and made us, and that He loves us and provides for our needs, just as he provides for all of His creatures.

Each book in this series ends with a Christ-centered message, sharing the gospel in a way that fits with that book’s theme. Unlike the others, this one assumes more prior knowledge and refers to the crucifixion directly, talking about how God’s Son died on a tree, showing His love for us. Some parents may not be ready to talk about Jesus’s death with very young children, but they should know that this is the only book in the series so far that refers to Jesus’s sacrificial death. The other two highlight elements of the gospel.

On the final page, there is a flap to lift, revealing a mirror. The mirror paper gives a slightly wonky reflection, which is typical for books with that feature, but it’s a nice touch that personalizes the message for the child reading the book, underscoring the final message that God cares for them. There is also an afterword for parents that explains the teaching in grown-up terms, references Scripture passages, and offers additional ideas for how parents can engage with their kids on this topic.

God Cares for Me is a great board book for parents who are looking for simple ways to introduce theology to their kids. The rhymes flow well, the message is clear and enthusiastic, and the illustrations are cute and engaging. This book introduces biblical concepts and symbolism in a way that kids can understand, and even adults can find this encouraging. I would recommend this whole series to Christian families and for church nursery contexts, because the books are so grounded in truth and convey it with joy.