Words to Love by

Rick Warren (Author) Ag Jatkowska (Illustrator)


With warmth and wisdom that speaks to the hearts of little ones, Words to Love By--written by #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren, and illustrated by Ag Jatkowska--is an inspirational, heartfelt look at language and how children can use their words to encourage, forgive, express gratitude, heal, and love.

Words to Love By teaches children ages 4-8 to understand:

  • How their words can change their lives and the lives of those around them
  • How everyone must take ownership of their words

"Words may be small, but they can do BIG things. Words can encourage. They can bring out the best in people. They can spread love and kindness ... and let us know we're not alone."

Pastor Rick Warren's picture book:

  • Features charming illustrations and engaging text for kids
  • Is a wonderful read-aloud picture book for parents and kids, grandparents and grandchildren, and teachers and students
  • Is perfect for birthdays, Easter, Valentine's Day, holidays, or as an addition to your family library

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Publish Date
December 25, 2018
9.3 X 11.1 X 0.3 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Rick Warren is a pastor and the bestselling author of The Purpose-Driven Life. The co-founder of Saddleback Church, a 30,000 member congregation which has campuses in major cities across the world, he has spoken at numerous universities, seminaries, forums, and institutes and before governing bodies such as the United Nations. He founded the Global PEACE Plan, which plants and nurtures churches of reconciliation. His daily 25-minute audio teaching and devotionals are available online at PastorRick.com.

Ag Jatkowska was born in Gdansk, Poland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk with an MA in Graphic Design and Illustration. She lives in Bath, England.


In supportive, uplifting fashion, Warren focuses on the multifaceted impact of words and being mindful of those we use with others. The straightforward, brief main text introduces concepts, which are enlivened by brightly colored cartoon illustrations incorporating examples of related words and language and featuring expressive, multicultural characters, predominantly kids, in connected activities. For instance, 'Words can show respect' depicts a boy saying, 'After you, Ma'am, ' as he opens a door for a woman pushing stroller. Other scenarios highlight words for fostering inclusiveness and showing appreciation, as well as a faith-based element ('God wants you to have a heart filled with kindness and love'). Fanciful touches in the art help temper, though not undermine, some of the more cautionary assertions, such as 'Be careful with your words . . . you can't take them back, ' accompanied by an image of a girl trying to scrub away the phrase 'I hate you.' With a gently emphasized Christian message at its core, this thought-provoking, motivational picture book is a nice additional to faith-based collections. -- Shelle Rosenfeld--Booklist
Using a series of relatable, concrete examples, pastor and bestselling adult author Warren (The Purpose Driven Life) introduces young readers to the idea that the words one chooses to speak can greatly affect others. Alongside Warren's brief passages of text ('Words can encourage.... They can bring out the best in people'), Jatkowska's sunny mixed-media vignettes feature ethnically diverse children using language that spurs positive actions and reactions. In one spread, four spot illustrations, connected via arrows and dotted lines, demonstrate how one 'can spread love and kindness.' Hurtful, angry words and phrases are also addressed, though Warren's suggestion to be careful with one's words feels heavy-handed: 'Once you send them out into the world, you can't get them back.' This ode to compassionate language should have broad appeal. Ages 4--8. (Dec.)--Publishers Weekly