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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 and more
Spiritual Playdate
Books for Littles
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


Use wondering questions.  A Storypath post suggests asking, “I wonder where God is in the story?”  Picture Book Theology lists Five Questions to Ask Any Picture Book.

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.


Short Videos for Faith Formation

updated August 2015.  Many of our members have used Rob Bell’s NOOMA series of films for youth and adult faith formation.  New options in short videos for faith formation are appearing, and many are available online.  These engaging films allow plenty of time for discussion.

The Work Of The People is an independent ecumenical platform that offers multimedia to stir imagination, spark discussion, and move people toward transformation.  Their short “visual epistles” gather the wisdom and insight of well-known figures like Diana Butler Bass, Brene Brown, Walter Brueggemann, Shane Claiborne, Stanley Hauerwas, Brian McLaren, Parker Palmer, Richard Rohr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Jean Vanier, and many more.  Browse by theme or people.

Each of the three Animate studies from Sparkhouse offers seven short videos.  They are available on DVD or as digital downloads.

Practicing Our Faith provides 12 short video conversations from the authors of On Our Way:  Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life (Upper Room, 2010).  Produced for emerging adults, the videos are available online or on DVD, and are accompanied by discussion guides.

Randall Curtis, aka The Holy Geek, has gathered short videos, “slices of life that show…what it means to be in relationship with God,” at Videos For Your Soul.  Each video is accompanied by a thought or question.

At Soul Biographies, local filmmaker Nic Askew has created black and white human portraits, indexed by subject.  Please note the policy on personal use.

The SALT Project produces short films for small groups, available as DVD or downloads.

As part of their Living Spiritual Teachers Project and their Remembering Spiritual Masters Project, Spirituality & Practice offers video clips from major practitioners such as Frederick Buechner, Matthew Fox, Thomas Keating, Wayne Muller, Parker Palmer, Richard Rohr, David Steindl-Rast, Desmond Tutu, and many more.

ChurchNext offers video-based classes from expert teachers.  Students can interact online.

ON Scripture is a free, lectionary-based multimedia resource.

Rethinking Youth Ministry has shared three lessons on faith issues based on YouTube videos, designed for mixed groups of youth and adults.

We love to find new sources of excellent short videos for faith formation:  let us know about your favorites.