Happy Book Birthday: GOD MADE YOU, TOO Plus Critique Giveaway

I’m definitely a fan of birthdays! There’s cake! And presents! And, when it’s a book birthday, there’s a new beautiful story out in the world.

Written by Chelsea Tornetto – Illustrated by Kimberley Barnes – Published by Worthy Kids – Feb 22, 2022

I’m so excited about this book – it’s written by one of my Storm sisters, Chelsea Tornetto. And it a sweet story about how important each of us is in this world – that’s a message kids need to hear over and over again. Plus, even though it’s her book’s birthday, Chelsea is giving the gifts! One lucky winner will have a choice of a copy of the book or a Picture Book Critique. Please make sure you leave a comment.

Here’s a bit about the book from the Amazon sales page:

This uplifting picture book celebrates God’s creation of the world—and of each unique child.God made you. But why? After all, he made great galaxies and vast oceans and fascinating flamingoes. Isn’t that enough?  

Through brilliant rhymes and vivid word pictures, author Chelsea Tornetto reminds little readers that to God, the mountains and the whales and the snowflakes were never enough. To our loving Creator, the beautiful world that he made was always incomplete without one very special piece—you.

Inside spread from GOD MADE YOU, TOO.

Author Chelsea and I had a chance to chat and I asked her how this story came to be:
CHELSEA:

I saw a piece of art once that said something like, “Isn’t it amazing that the same God who made mountains, and oceans, and galaxies, thought the world needed one of you too?” It really struck me and made me feel both special and small at the same time.  I thought – what a great and important message for kids!  

I shared the manuscript with my Grandma before I sent it to my agent.  Of course, she loved it – as Grandma’s always do.  She passed away when it was out on sub, and just a few days later, we got an offer.  I still think she had something to do with it.  

Oh, I love that! Thank you for sharing, Chelsea.

And here’s a little bit about Chelsea:
Chelsea Tornetto is an author, world geography teacher, and mom who has been writing ever since she was a kid. Her first book, Conquering Content Vocabulary, was published by Scholastic in 2018, but now her passion is picture books. In both the classroom and in her books, her goal is to help kids fall in love with the wonders of our world and to introduce them to places and people beyond their own backyard. She lives in Jackson, Missouri, with her husband, Mike, her two kids, Tessa and Milo, and a miniature dachshund named Stella.  She loves snow days, lattes, and summer.  She hates spiders, her sinuses, and laundry.

To connect with Chelsea and find out more about her books:
Website is www.chelseatornetto.com
Twitter is @MrsTornetto
And here are the Amazon links for each book:
God Made You Too
Gardens Are for Growing

Thank you so much for stopping by everyone! I hope everyone is busy crafting their #50PreciousWords entry. If you missed the heads-up-contest-is-coming post, here it is: https://viviankirkfield.com/2022/02/21/sharpen-your-pencils-50preciouswords-is-coming-soon/

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of a PB manuscript critique from author Chelsea or a copy of this beautiful book!

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Please share this post and share about the contest and come back for Perfect Picture Book Friday, How to Dress a Dinosaur by Robin Currie and on Saturday for when Beverly Love Warren Will Write for Cookies.

44 thoughts on “Happy Book Birthday: GOD MADE YOU, TOO Plus Critique Giveaway

  1. I love a PB with great rhyme and can’t wait to read this one! The anecdote about your grandmother is beautiful. I love that you shared your manuscritpt with her. I think I hold mine too tight (other than with critique partners). Best of luck with this one!

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  2. This book has a beautiful and needed message to share with little ones, and with such vibrant illustrations! I love the tribute to your Grandma. Looking forward to reading this with my kiddos. Congratulations and best wishes!

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  3. I LOVE THIS! And I’m so glad to see a book that reminds us that we are all perfect and created for something super special! It is a great message for kids, but adults may discover their beauty in it, too. Thanks, Chelsea!

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  4. Beautiful book! I had to look up the illustrator because it reminded me so much of When I Pray for You and sure enough, she illustrated that book also. Thank you for sharing the sweet story about the inspiration for your book and how your grandma helped get it published!

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  5. I love the vibrant colors on the cover and illustration! Thank you for sharing how you were inspired to write this story with such a beautiful and important message for children.

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