Christian publishing for children needs more books written by people of color, illustrated by people of color, and depicting people of color. This new picture book is all three.
I could be happy to see this new picture book for that reason alone.
But I have other reasons as well!
Inspired by Psalm 139, told and illustrated as the author-illustrator’s life experience, You See Me, God lets children in on the awesome fact that God their Creator has seen them, known them, and cared for them since before they were born, while they were still in the womb.
Even more, He is with them and involved in their lives, guiding and seeing them through even the bad times.
Children can appreciate many different art styles, and in this book they’ll be drawn in by illustrations of a young girl deep in thought, colorful montages, and scenes about an injury that kept her for a time in a wheelchair on the front porch, alone and afraid.
The painterly style of the illustrations is true to Jan Spivey Gilchrist’s long and award-winning career as an illustrator and fine artist.
I love the simple, powerful text throughout the book too.
I especially like the paraphrased verses from Psalm 139 at the back of the book.
The entire package speaks of sincere faith and knowledge of God and invites children in to share the same.
You See Me, God
written and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
published by Our Daily Bread for Kids
hardcover picture book, 32 pages, 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Making Him known to the next generation,