Known: Psalm 139 – Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago

Known Sally Lloyd-Jones
Known: Psalm 139 by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Jago
Also by this author: Little One, We Knew You'd Come, Near: Psalm 139
Series: Jesus Storybook Bible
Published by Zonderkidz on October 4, 2022
Genres: Children's
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Inspired by Psalm 139, Known's lyrical text reminds little ones that God sees them, knows them, and loves them more than they could ever imagine. Trust Sally Lloyd-Jones, the author of the bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, and Jago, award-winning illustrator, to encourage even the smallest believer and share God’s love in this uplifting board book.

Known shows children God sees them, He knows them, and He loves them – with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

Known is perfect for babies and infants ages 0 – 4 and features:
lyrical text inspired by Psalm 139
a reassuring message that reminds kids that God fully knows them and fully loves them, no matter what—a foundational truth to comfort and inspire children
a padded cover that is a perfect fit for little hands
beautiful, colorful illustrations that are a great gift for a new baby, First Communion, or birthday 

Look for additional inspirational children’s books in the series inspired by The Jesus Storybook Bible:
Near: Psalm 139
Loved: The Lord’s Prayer
Found: Psalm 23

This short, simple board book draws on concepts from Psalm 139 to teach children about God’s nearness and love. The simple text from Sally Lloyd-Jones will be easy for very small children to understand, and instead of quoting or paraphrasing from the Bible, she phrases general concepts in concrete ways that babies and toddlers can relate to. The diverse illustrations from Jago are soft and gentle, showing a father and son going through their day. The book indirectly parallels God’s knowledge and care for us with the father’s care for his child.

Known: Psalm 139 will appeal to people looking for simple ways to introduce their children to God’s character. If someone has a special attachment to this psalm and wants to see it represented in a children’s book, they need to know that this book just focuses on the concept of being known. It doesn’t go through the psalm as a whole, but this is a lovely introduction to a key concept. I would recommend this for parents to use with their children at home, and for church and Christian school settings.

Although some books include references that are specific to a parent’s perspective, the text in Known only talks about God. It never puts a label on the relationship between the adult and child reading this together, making it suitable for a variety of contexts. However, with that said, this book can be especially meaningful for dads who are primary caregivers. There aren’t many books in the Christian or secular markets that show fathers spending everyday life with their children, and this book emphasizes a father-son bond while the mother comes home from work at the end of the story. This reversal on stereotypical family representations can be meaningful to readers who see their lives and routines reflected here.

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