Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson
Happy Saturday, my unicorn readers! March is flying by, and soon it will be April. One thing I love about the month of April is it is the month my great-grandmother was born. A second thing I love about April is that it is Earth Month! Everyone knows that Earth Month is important because our planet is our home, but even more important is knowing the story behind our wonderful home! Earth Month is a great opportunity to discuss big ideas with our children, including the Creation story from the Bible, and I am so excited about today’s book feature. In addition to a book review, I’ll be sharing a kid-friendly craft idea as well as a kid-friendly prayer connected to Earth Month and the creation of our amazing world!
About the Book
Today, I have the opportunity to share a wonderful children’s picture book that I sincerely believe should be added to every public, church, and home library: Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson. Our world needs books that encourage children to seek answers rooted in Biblical truth, and Karen does a seamless job using inquisitive first-grader Lucy Lu and her Papa Joe, whose love for his grandchild and devout faith remind me so much of my own great-grandma, to show kids it’s okay to ask questions because asking questions is how we start to build our relationship with our Creator. Furthermore, the book teaches young people that they are created in God’s image with purpose and that God’s love is unconditional.
Book Summary: Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson
Though only seven-years-old, Lucy is struggling with bullying which is sadly a big issue in today’s world, even for elementary students. Lucy’s classmates taunt her saying no one likes her, but is that true? Lucy’s Papa Joe likes her and he told Lucy that God loves her, too. And Lucy has some big questions about God like “Does God really love me?”
Following Lucy’s curiosity, Papa Joe shows Lucy his Bible and reads her the story of Creation. Lucy is transported into her grandfather’s reading, and in the end she has even more questions about God!
My Thoughts on Guess How Much God Loves You by Karen Ferguson
This picture book, filled with beautiful illustrations by Kate Kutsenko, will engage young readers with scripture in an easily digestible manner. It teaches children that they are loved and will always be loved by God, and I love that it continues to encourage more questions about God at the end! Our children must be encouraged to seek him out, and Karen has given us a wonderful resource for helping our little ones cling to Scripture in a kid-friendly way.
Children will love hearing this story, looking at the pictures, and asking their own questions about God. And Christian parents, church leaders, and teachers will adore reading with their kids and delving into the Biblical story of Creation and starting a journey to understand God’s never-ending love through the perspective of seven-year old Lucy. This is an easy 5-star read and I am so thankful that it has a home in my personal library – I know when I am blessed to be a mom, I will be reading this one with my own little ones! I cannot wait to see what else Karen creates in what I hope to be a large series of picture books!
Craft to Pair with Karen’s Book
To further discussion and engagement with your kids and the Creation story during Earth Month, I highly suggest incorporating some at-home crafts in which the whole family can participate after reading Guess How Much God Loves You. Keep reading, for a short lesson and craft focused on do-it-yourself sun-catchers!
Discussion Questions for Guess How Much God Loves You
Karen includes some discussion questions you can ask your young reader at the end of her book, including “How many days did it take God to create the world?” Stemming from this question, you can break it down further and ask “What did God create on the first day?”
Help your little one remember that light was made on the first day! And encourage your child to ask questions and foster understanding that light is good. Light helps things grow, helps us see, and stay safe. It even helps us be happy!
To further engage with the lesson that God created light on the first day of Creation, you and your family can create sun-catchers!
- Coffee filter, markers (I recommend Crayola washable markers), paper or paper plate to keep markers from bleeding through coffee filter, tape, pipette/dropper (optional)Directions:
- Place 1 coffee filter on paper or paper plate (this will prevent marker bleed-through)
- Color whatever design you want!
- Make sure to encourage your little one to talk and ask questions as they work!
- Optional: splash water drops on your design and watch the colors blur together! You can use the pipette/dropper or even your fingertips!
- Once your coffee filter dries, hang up on your window with the tape of your choice (masking tape and/or painter’s tape will probably be the easiest to remove later!)
Enjoy your sun-catcher and your reminder that God created light on the first day of Creation! God also created us all and he loves us unconditionally; that means his love is never-ending! You can also wrap up craft time with the prayer below.
Have your child repeat each line after you:
Thank you for creating our world.
Thank you for creating light on the first day.
Thank you for creating me!
Thank you for your never-ending love.
I know that you will always love me.
Let me know in the comments when you and your children read this amazing book! If you choose to do the craft, tag me on Instagram so I can see your beautiful sun-catcher creations (My handle is theunicornwriter93)
Remember to follow author Karen Ferguson and purchase your copy of Guess How Much God Loves You from your favorite book retailer today including Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
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