In my opinion, we need more diverse children’s books. After all, we live in a diverse world! God Made Me and You is a great book about God’s thoughts on Ethnic Diversity.
About the Book
This beautifully illustrated children’s book invites kids to explore God’s design for ethnic diversity and challenges readers both parents and children to learn and live out counter-cultural, biblical views, fostering a lifelong celebration of diversity for the glory of God. Designed for four- to eleven-year-olds, God Made Me and You by Shai Linne is the second book in the God Made Me series, starting with God Made All of Me by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb.
Because Scripture teaches that ethnic diversity is not something that should be tolerated but rather enthusiastically embraced, Christian hip hop artist Shai Linne helps children, parents, and caregivers to celebrate this biblical truth through a lyrical, rhyming style and colorful illustrations.
God Made Me and You is an approachable guide for families to begin conversations about cultivating a God’s perspective on ethnic diversity, confronting the sins of racism, bigotry, and ethnic pride.
Because children learn from family members, media, or peers, parents and caretakers have a responsibility to teach their children what God has to say about the beauty of diversity in his image-bearers, with a particular focus on ethnic diversity.
This colorful and compelling children’s book serves as a resource and lifelong gift for children and parents, helping families understand diversity from a biblical perspective and with a clear picture of the beauty and glory of God.
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Let me start by saying that I think this book should be in classrooms across our nation. Shai Linne has managed to bring such a taboo topic into a children’s book and knock it out of the ballpark. The message is clear – we are all made by our loving Father and thought of as equals. No matter your skin color, where you’re from, what language you speak, or what you do. I think it’s important for children to see the affect their actions have towards others, and this book showcases that.
The rhyming pattern is great, and makes it even more fun to read. In the back there is a special segment for adults. This portion is designed to help adults teach their children about diversity. This is so important because many parents just don’t know where to start. You can start by reading the tips in the back, and then asking your child to read this. At the end you can have lovely conversations in how you can apply the teachings of the book into your everyday lives!
This is a fun, educational book that adults love just as much as children! I highly recommend adding this to your collection. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Shai Linne is a recording artist who has released numerous acclaimed Christian hip-hop albums, including The Atonement and The Attributes of God. After completing a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, Shai co-founded Risen Christ Fellowship, an inner city church in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Blair and their three children, Sage, Maya, and Ezra. Shai is the author of God Made Me and You: Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity and co-author of It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God