Key resources support the use of picture books in ministry, particularly on justice issues.
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
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
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.
Books about Racism and Social Justice, from Common Sense Media
Thirty-five Picture Books for Young Activists, from All the Wonders
Homegrown Faith & Justice suggests picture books.
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.