Many faith formation leaders know the power of reading picture books with young people. The Families All Matter Book Project from AMAZE uses picture books to help children understand and respect families and the many cultures and experiences that shape them. Through discussion and activities, children develop empathy, love of neighbor, skills to recognize and challenge bias and mistreatment, and a passion for justice. The books focus on ten diversity issues: families are different, race/ethnicity, divorce and break-ups, lesbian and gay family members, socioeconomics, immigration, adoption, disability, aging, and religion.
The new Christian Faith-Based Curriculum Guide, offering additional questions that invite discussion of Christian stories and themes, is available for preview at the RCC. Members may borrow many of the picture books, with discussion questions and activities.
The Families All Matter Early Childhood Anti-Bias Curriculum is also available for preview. This guide also uses picture books to help preschoolers gain insights about themselves and their families, accept people who are different from them, and learn ways to have a positive impact when bias and unfairness occur.