Many children’s books portray God as controlling and authoritarian, a distant Creator we must fear. Others portray God as creating alone, never mentioning the creaturely roles as co-creators. Or say God is unaffected by our joys and tears. Some offer prayers that if answered would require God to fix problems singlehandedly. This sets up children to think unanswered prayers mean God doesn’t care or isn’t listening. Some books fail to include children of diverse colors and experiences. Or they portray God poised to punish children acting badly.
We promote a different kind of children’s book. We teach a God who is open, relational, and loving. The books we recommend and write emphasize God’s love, the beauty and diversity of creation, relationality between creatures and Creator, and the free choices children can make with God to create a more beautiful world.