We’re delighted to share tried and true kids’ favorites from our family’s collection in order to encourage y’all and your little readers! God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner is another instant favorite for us! Feel free to return the favor and tell us all about your kid lit favorites in the comments!
about the book
When God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner
From the author of the bestselling children’s book When God Made You comes a rhythmic, whimsical journey through creation—for little readers who love science and wonder and the beginnings of all things.
For spiritual parents who are looking for a different kind of creation book, Matthew Paul Turner’s When God Made the World focuses on the complex way that God created our vast and scientifically operating universe, including the biodiversity of life on our planet and the intricacies of a vast solar system. Scottish illustrator Gillian Gamble brings the natural world to vibrant life with rich colors and poignant detail certain to stretch young minds and engage imaginations.
Planet Earth, God made a blue and green sphere,
And designed it to orbit the sun once a year.
God made daytime and nighttime, climates and seasons,
And all kinds of weather that vary by region.
God made continents and oceans, islands and seas,
A north and south pole that God put in deep freeze.
God carved rivers and brooks, mountains and caves,
Made beaches with sand and huge crashing waves.
God made tropics and plateaus, glaciers and meadows,
marshes and tundras and erupting volcanos.
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why we like it…
Matthew Paul Turner combines the delightful rhyming rhythms of a Dr. Suess classic with the depth, intimacy, and grandeur of a C.S. Lewis. The elevated vocabulary moves children out of predictable simplicity and invites them into the beautiful world of a skillful wordsmith.
When God Made the World is a joy to read aloud and the charming illustrations are worthy of repeated examination. This book feeds the appetite of thirsty young minds, plants seeds in their fertile souls, and affirms their tender spirits with the enormity of the Creator and His care for each beloved child.
Despite the fact that my own children have nearly all transitioned into chapter books, the irresistible quality of this author’s work compels me to continue building our picture book collection.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Matthew Paul Turner has authored more than 20 books including the Amazon top 5 best-selling When I Pray for You, When God Made You, and When God Made Light, each of which were ECPA bestsellers.
He has written for publications including USA Today, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Relevant, Christianity Today, and The Daily Beast. His books have been featured in Christian Century, Kirkus Reviews, Read Aloud Revival podcast, Focus on the Family’s PluggedIn, and numerous other media outlets.
His unique blend of story with spiritual commentary has garnered him a large and loyal fan base. Matthew lives with his wife, Jessica, and their three children in Nashville. Visit his website!
about the illustrator
Gillian Gamble is the writer and illustrator of Darcy Daydream, amongst others, living in County Durham with her two young daughters.
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Do you (or did you) continue to read aloud to your children even as they grow older?
What are some of your favorite creation storybooks, reader friends?
14 thoughts on “When God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner”
Picture books – especially by great authors – are always good to add to a collection. We have no children and I have quite the collection LOL
Young at heart! We’re never too old for a pretty story!
Ahhh!!!! This looks amazing!!! I need to get these for the boys!
They’re wonderful! I should have bossed you into getting them sooner!
Yes, reading to my kids is a high priority. Good News! God Made Me! by Glenys Nellist is a recent favorite.
Kids love to be read to long after they can read for themselves. Storytime is great fun!
Would love to add a few to our library!!!
That would make me so happy!
I love reading to my grandchildren now and will do it as long as they let me 🙂
My teenager asked if I would read a chapter aloud just the other day. We’re never too old for storytime!
This would make a good book for my niece to read to her four young kids.
Absolutely! It’s a great candidate for rereading!
Yes I always read to my children when they grew older. Sometimes I would use different character voices which they enjoyed.
Voices are in high demand here, too! lol!