God, I Feel Sad by Michelle Nietert & Tama Fortner

June 26, 2023


About the Book 

Book:  God, I Feel Sad
Author: Michelle Nietert & Tama Fortner
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Release Date: April 1, 2023

Kids have big feelings, but none of their feelings are too big for God. In this picture book from licensed counselor Michelle Nietert and Tama Fortner, young readers will explore what it means to feel their sadness and discover how to manage their emotions in a healthy way.

Sad is a feeling that can be hard, but if we listen to it, we can learn things about ourselves. In God, I Feel Sad, kids discover that it’s okay to be sad and that God is in all things, including sadness. With simple, accessible text, sad becomes an emotion that kids don’t need to avoid and instead something they can use to grow closer to God. The bright, emotive art by Nomar Perez will draw kids in, and a note in the back provides tips and techniques parents and caregivers can use to help young children process their feelings in a beneficial way.

God, I Feel Sad teaches kids ages 4 to 8 how to:

Identify the feeling of sadness
See signs of sadness in others
Recognize things that can make them feel sad
Embrace sadness without letting it overwhelm them
Talk to God about their feelings

My Thoughts 

This is such a great book to have around. This is perfect for those kiddos that have BIG feelings of sadness and not sure what to do with it. There are many books out there about feelings for kids but not very many that direct those feelings to God. As a parent and former teacher I appreciated that this let kids know that it’s okay to have those feelings and it’s okay to cry, get upset and all the things but always remembering that God is always there no matter how we are feeling and we bring those feelings to him. He always shows himself in the midst of our sadness.

I definitely recommend this one if you are a parent of younger kiddos or a teacher that allows Christian books in the classroom.

Thanks @zonderkidz for sending the book for review! All views expressed are completely my own.

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