This interactive board book teaches kids and parents the 5-4-3-2-1 anxiety coping method. Toddlers and preschoolers often struggle with emotions like anxiety, fear, and sadness because they lack the maturity to address, process, and communicate their hardest feelings. But counting down and focusing on the five senses can help calm and conquer any fired-up emotions. Through lyrical rhyme and whimsical illustrations, kids can practice counting, learn the five senses, and redirect their big feelings.
Toddlers and Preschoolers follow an upset baby bear through his daily routine. He is guided by his mama to focus attention on his senses God. By observing the outer world, the baby bear learns to manage his inner world. Once calm and focused, the baby bear’s mama reminds him that God cares about what he is feeling.
You Count! reminds kids that God gave them emotions, and no matter what they feel, they always count to God!
About the Author
Champ Thornton (PhD) is an acquisitions editor. He and his wife, Robben, live in Newark, Delaware, have been married since 1996, and enjoy being parents to three energetic teenage children. He’s the author of many books for kids and families, including The Radical Book for Kids and Why Do We Say Thank You?Learning to Be Grateful. And even after writing You Count! he’s still terrible at math. You can learn more about Champ at www.champthornton.com
In a world where our children struggle to believe God loves them, You Count! gives parents a helpful tool they can use to encourage their children. The online Parent Connection provides the gospel resources that parents can use to share the good news of Christ, the ultimate expression of God's love to each of us.
-Marty Machowski, Family Pastor and author of The Ology, Wonderful, The Treasure, and other gospel-rich resources for church and home
This beautifully illustrated new board book helps preschoolers identify their emotions, practice self-control, and bring those big feelings to the Lord. What a sweet reminder that God collects our tears in a bottle. He knows them all. We always count to him.
-Jared Kennedy, editor at The Gospel Coalition, author of Keeping Your Children's Ministry on Mission and The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible
Dealing with emotions is a learned skill, and parents play a key role in helping a child develop that skill. You Count! is a wonderful gift to children as it reminds them that God gave them emotions and that no matter what they feel, those feelings matter to God. Children will be able to recognize and name different types of emotions as well as to talk about them as they relate to God, themselves, and others.
-Justin S. Holcomb & Lindsey A. Holcomb, authors of God Made All of Me, God Made Babies, God Made Me in His Image, and Children and Trauma
You Count! delightfully helps young hearts and minds take all their feelings to the Lord. Champ Thornton reminds us that God cares and we count. Such an important lesson to learn at a young age that will carry them through adulthood.
-Trillia Newbell, author of Jesus and the Gift of Friendship, The Big Wide Welcome, and God’s Very Good Idea
What a delightful book! Simple and warm, You Count! is a practical tool for parents to help their child manage their emotions—and make it fun!
-Laura Wifler, co-founder of Risen Motherhood and author of Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer, and Like Me
Champ Thornton has delivered again with a very helpful resource for parents and teachers designed to help children understand their God-given emotions and respond in God-glorifying ways. In an age of fear, anxiety, and anger, this book helps young children move from a place of restlessness to calm. You’ll want this book in your home, children's ministry, or school.
-Daniel Darling, director of The Land Center for Cultural Engagement at Southwestern Seminary and author of several books including, The Biggest Best Light and The Characters of Christmas.
Are your kids stressed out? You Count is a colorful and clever teaching tool to help your little ones manage their emotions. They’ll discover they can calm their minds by focusing on their five senses. Most importantly, they’ll learn God wants to help when they’re feeling low. Champ’s book offers you a winsome way to teach your kids self-regulation in difficult times.
-Jim Daly, President – Focus on the Family
You Count! A Five-Senses Countdown to Calm by Champ Thornton is a delightful and beautifully illustrated interactive board book for children of all ages. Helping children navigate emotions can be hard and often confusing. You Count! equips both parents and children with a creative and helpful tool to diffuse strong emotions and feelings. This lyrical story then gives space for parents to help their children process how they are feeling all the while reminding them they count, and are beloved children of the living God.
-Deborah Harrell, TCK Resource Team Leader, Serge: author of What’s Up? Elementary, coauthor of What’s Up? Discovering the Gospel, Jesus, and Who You Really Are and Gospel-Centered Parent.
Champ Thornton delivers a delightful book for our littlest littles and their big feelings. Parents will love the gentle, practical, and Biblical approach to dealing with our emotions; kids will love the fun rhymes, charming illustrations, and affirming takeaway. Christian parents will want to have this one handy on their bookshelf!
-Hannah C. Hall, bestselling author of God Bless You and Good Night
Champ provides a great resource for reminding children that God both cares about their big feelings and that He enters in and personally helps them.
-Julie E. Lowe, MA, LPC, RPT-S, Counselor and Faculty at CCEF, author of Building Bridges: Biblical Counseling Activities for Children and Teens
We love this book and wish it had been available when our kids were small! It’s such a practical, sweet, and delightful way to point little ones to God when they’re struggling with big emotions.
-Deepak and Sarah Reju, Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC), Authors of Great Kings of the Bible and God is Better Than Trucks