Using Picture Books in Ministry

Key resources support the use of picture books in ministry, particularly on justice issues.

Storypath from Union Presbyterian Seminary is a deep collection.  A video explains ways to use the site.

Picture Book Theology is another helpful resource.  There is a topical index and a search function.

God and Goodnight Moon connects classic children’s books with scripture and activities.

The Best Children’s Books links picture books with topics like compassion, gratitude and kindness.

Perfect Picture Books lists recommended books by theme and includes links to discussion guides and activity ideas.

Sermon-Stories uses sacred and folk tales of many cultures to illumine lectionary texts.

Here are some excellent sources of picture books for ministry.
Brain Pickings yearly lists of best children’s books
Fabulous Children’s Books, a list from Building Faith
Spirituality and Practice children’s book reviews
New York Times Children’s Books section
Award winners:  Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, and more
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s books for children are particularly helpful ministry resources.

Using Picture Books to Explore Justice Issues

Doing the Word, Lesson Plans from Storypath
Lists on prejudice, tolerance and diversity; welcoming the stranger; and peace; from Storypath

Picture Book Theology presents a general lesson plan in the free sample of an ebook, 25 Books about Justice.
Find terms like justice, bullying, civil rights, immigration, refugees, and racism in PBT’s index of topics.

The Families All Matter Book Project from AMAZE suggests books on diversity/identity issues and guides discussion.  Find the faith-based curriculum guide and many of the books at the RCC.

CitizenKid books from Kids Can Press treat global issues.

I’m Your Neighbor features children’s literature on “new arrival” cultures and groups.

Cool Mom Picks lists children’s books about the immigration experience, activism, and more.

Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to be a Refugee, from Brightly

Hennepin County Library’s Black Lives Matter booklist for children and for teens

Books about Racism and Social Justice, from Common Sense Media

Thirty-five Picture Books for Young Activists, from All the Wonders

Teaching for Change Books

Homegrown Faith & Justice suggests picture books.

Raising Race Conscious Children


Ideas:

Use wondering questions.  A Storypath post suggests asking, “I wonder where God is in the story?”

Consider parent-child reading groups.

Let us know about your favorite picture books for ministry, and innovative ways you use them.  Find a curated collection, including many out-of-print titles, at the RCC.