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When God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner

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

When God Made the World by Matthew Paul TurnerFrom 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…

When God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner quote "…when God made the world, God displayed heaven’s glory for you and for me and for all the world’s stories." graphic by Faithfully BookishMatthew 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

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, RelevantChristianity 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.


also available

When God Made You When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner When I Pray For You by Matthew Paul Turner



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Do you (or did you) continue to read aloud to your children even as they grow older?
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