Strong: Psalm 1 – Sally Lloyd Jones and Jago

Strong: Psalm 1 by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Jago
Also by this author: Little One, We Knew You'd Come, Near: Psalm 139, Known: Psalm 139, Happy: A Song of Joy and Thanks for Little Ones, Based on Psalm 92
Series: Jesus Storybook Bible
Published by Zonderkidz on February 6, 2024
Genres: Children's
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Inspired by Psalm 1, Strong’s lyrical text reminds little ones that God loves them and gives them strength. From Sally Lloyd-Jones, the author of the bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, and award-winning illustrator Jago, this uplifting board book encourages little ones to find strength in God’s great love for them.

Like a little tree planted by a fresh stream, children can grow strong and joyful when they draw close to God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

Strong is perfect for babies and infants ages 0-4 and features:

Lyrical text inspired by Psalm 1
An inspiring message that reminds kids they can find strength, joy, and love in God
A padded cover that is a perfect fit for little hands
Beautiful illustrations by Jago
A great gift for a new baby, Baptism, First Communion, or birthday

Look for additional inspirational stories for little ones in this board book series inspired by The Jesus Storybook Bible:

Happy: Psalm 92
Known: Psalm 139
Near: Psalm 139
Loved: The Lord’s Prayer
Found: Psalm 23

This board book is part of a spin-off series related to The Jesus Storybook Bible. Each book adapts the text of a different Bible passage, simplifying it for young children. In Strong: Psalm 1, Sally Lloyd Jones paraphrases part of the first psalm, describing the ways that trees flourish when they are planted by water. She then expresses the psalm’s message that being close to God helps us to grow and be secure like a tree. The book ends on a warm, contented note, and I appreciate this book’s simplicity and its powerful message.

The illustrations are beautiful. Jago depicts different types of trees from around the world, and the illustrations show children with different skin colors interacting with nature by climbing trees, hiding in them, playing around them, and harvesting their fruit. The colors are soft and appealing, with various pages reflecting different seasons of the year, and the gentle illustrations suit the rhythmic, reassuring text.

Strong: Psalm 1 is a wonderful book for Christian families, and I highly recommend it. This expresses an important Scriptural metaphor in a way that children can relate to and appreciate, and the book’s simple, reassuring message can also encourage parents as they read this book to their children. This book would also be an excellent selection for a church nursery or faith-based daycare setting. Even though this series has been hit-or-miss for me, this new installment is excellent. It represents the biblical text fully and poetically, and the illustrations elevate the book even further.