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“Near: Psalm 139” by Sally Lloyd-Jones is chosen as a Best New Picture Book for Fall by The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition (TGC) recently selected books for its Editor’s Choice list for fall of 2021, and Near (Zonderkidz 2021) was picked as a Best Children’s Picture Book. The book, authored by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, is based on Psalm 139 and conveys that God is with little ones anywhere they go in God’s wide world, offering a reassuring message to calm fears and stir faith.

“The illustrations are bright and joyful, and the words are simple and lyrical,” writes Ginger Blomberg of TGC. “The New York Times bestselling team that created The Jesus Storybook Bible uses Psalm 139 as inspiration to say that God will be with you anywhere you could possibly go: in space, under the sea, in a desert, in the North Pole, or in your room. There are race cars, rockets, polar bears, and a dog in scuba gear. Written in a similar format to Found and Loved, the other books in this series by Lloyd-Jones and Jago, Near is a board book with a bright cover and sturdy pages designed with even the smallest listeners in mind.”

From the book:

God is my Father who made everything.

And I am a little explorer of the wide world.

He is near me

And he protects me.

He sees me

And he knows me.

He is strong

And he looks after me.

He is with me—always!

This title, published by Zonderkidz, is available for purchase anywhere books are sold. More information can be found at

Contact: Jessica Westra, Publicity Director, Zonderkidz and Zondervan YA
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