I recently stumbled across a blog by Union Presbyterian Seminary on Children’s Literature. The blog helps to provide a long list of books that can be used in Children’s Ministries (and beyond — Ever think to read a book to youth or adults to help emphasize a point in a different way?).
What I love about the website is that it gives a lot of the detailed information you would want to know in advance: What is the plot? Is it inclusive to other heritages, families, or traditions? What are ways I can use this book?
It also helps you pair books with the lectionary — a really valuable resource for anyone following the lectionary in Sunday Schools, especially if you do not use a boxed curriculum.
Their list includes a couple of books that I use or love for children (Water, Come Down by Walter Wangerin, Jr., Who’s Coming to Our House?, by Joseph Slate and God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams). It also reminded me how a book from my childhood (The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka) could be used to help my confirmation students understand perspectives in a memorable way.
What are your favorite Children’s Books to use?