A Child of God Summary:
Even with a different name and skin a different shade, everyone’s a child of God. He loves us all the same.
This rhyming, read-aloud book with warm illustrations shares a comforting, faith-filled message from a Black father and mother to their children. Along with the children in the story, your own little ones will think about the ways our skin color, gender, and physical features are all different, as well as the things that bind us all together.
In soothing verse, the father assures his children that everyone can look like Jesus and the angels by the things they do. As the family walks through their neighborhood, the father points out the beauty in God’s creations, from flowers, all unique and different, to all the children in their community. This book can start conversations in your family about appreciating the beautiful differences among all of God’s children. And can help your children (and you) become better disciples of Christ.
A Child of God Review
What a delightful book this is. We are all children of God, and He loves each of us. This is a lovely starting place for every family of faith, regardless of denomination, race, skin color, or gender.
A Child of God is a beautifully illustrated children’s book, a reassuring message of love. The Bonners wrote this book especially for children of color, and for all children. This is a book that can and should be read and reread frequently. In addition to the timeless message that we are all created in the image of God, no matter how we look or who we are.
In the back of the book, you will find a page of Discussion topics to encourage family or church class discussion on diversity, culture, and God’s love for us.
About the Authors
Mauli Junior Bonner is a songwriter and film director from Las Vegas, Nevada. He recently completed production on the award-winning film His Name Is Green Flake.
Chantel L. Bonner is a University of Southern California alumna and works as a licensed marriage and family therapist providing trauma-informed care to children in foster care.
The Bonners have been happily married for more than ten years. And they live in Southern California with their two children, Geo and Ari. The Bonners are dedicated to equality and justice among marginalized communities, and they provide resources to underserved children through their nonprofit, Lift Up Voices.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator Morgan Bissant is based in New Orleans. She started drawing as a child by copying cartoons and other things around her. Ms. Bissant later attended a professional art school, pursuing a career in illustration and design. She received a degree in fine arts at Louisiana State University. She focuses on characters with various skin tones and distinct features, seeking to bring ideas to life and inspire others through illustrations. You can learn more at her website here.
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A Child of God by Mauli Junior Bonner and Chantel Bonner is available in Hardcover from Amazon.com.
A Child of God by Mauli Junior Bonner and Chantel Bonner is available in Hardcover from DeseretBook.com.