The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.
Written by Kara Lawler and illustrated by Jennie Poh, God, Right Here is a picture book for children ages four to eight. Earning the gold Mom’s Choice Award® distinguishes God, Right Here as among the best in family-friendly products. “We are so excited to see God, Right Here receive this recognition,” said IVP Kids editor Elissa Schauer. “Kara Lawler’s beautiful writing and Jennie Poh’s delightful illustrations make for a winning combination!”
God, Right Here is a celebration of God’s creation and the changing seasons. It reminds children that God’s handiwork can be found all throughout nature, and every season is full of beauty and wonder. No matter the time of year, the wonders of creation reflect that God is always with us, always right here.
“In God, Right Here, whimsical illustrations combine with captivating narrative to form a celebration of seasons and the God who is present in each one,” said Jenny Albers, author of Courageously Expecting. “Children will adore encountering the treasures found in nature, all while discovering that God is right here, in everything. While we delight in God’s creation, God delights in us—always—which is the message this beautiful book will plant in the hearts of our children.”
Kara Lawler holds a BA in English and an MA in education. She is the author of Everywhere Holy and her writing has also appeared on The Today Show, Huffington Post, and Parenting.com. As a contributor to magazines and websites, some of her essays have been read and shared millions of times.
Jennie Poh studied Fine Art at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, alongside illustration courses at Central Saint Martins. As an illustrator, she loves to connect with nature—namely through making her own paintbrushes and textures with leaves, bark, flowers, and anything else she may find while walking outside. She also enjoys using watercolor and inks, which make wonderful splatters and splotches on the page.
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