Big Stories for Little Ones by Rain for Roots

Rain for Roots is four young musicians from the Nashville area who all have their own successful careers as singer-songwriters and are also mothers of young children. Sandra McCracken, Katy Bowser, Ellie Holcomb, and Flo Paris have joined together to create a wonderful album of songs that speak the truth of God’s Word to children.

Aside from the delightful music on this album—no surprise, given the quality of the artists involved—the lyrics are both simple and theologically strong. Each of the songs places the focus clearly on God’s work and not what biblical heroes did or how we ought to behave. It was God who took care of baby Moses, God who helped David fight the giant, and God who will “help a little child like you.”

Although this album is aimed at children it is not childish. The melodies are strong, but not complex, and the arrangements are simple enough to help us attend to the lyrics. This is a great example of how to make a high-quality album for children. Available May 15 at

About the Author

Robert J. Keeley is professor of education at Calvin College and director of distance learning at Calvin Seminary.