How can you instill and inspire faith at home? We know there are a lot of companies marketing “Christian” stories to kids and families. Below you’ll find a few of our staff and parents’ recommended books and resources for families and kids.
You can find many of the titles available to borrow during services in the baskets at the main entrance, or in the back of the church. You can also borrow books from our “parish library.” Take a look at the bookcases in the parish lounge, the informal gathering space with a fireplace and big windows facing Delmar. Just sign out the book by leaving your contact information on the clipboard attached to one of the bookcases.
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We’ll be adding to this list in the coming months. What are your favorite reads? Get in touch with our director of children’s formation Heidi Olliff.
Building Faith: Faith Practices for the Home
The "Building Faith" blog from Virginia Seminary has a fantastic set of posts about different practices families might use together at home to practice their faith.Click here for more
All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.Click here for more
The Good Shepherd by Jerome Berryman
This collection of stories is a good companion to the stories children in our Godly Play class will be hearing at church on Sundays in the Easter season.Click here for more
The Marvelous Mustard Seed by Amy-Jill Levine
Discover the surprising potential of one small seed in The Marvelous Mustard Seed. Based on Jesus’ parable of the Mustard Seed, this inspiring children’s book shows young readers that one tiny seed—just like one small child—carries a world of potential. The Marvelous Mustard Seed features ethnically diverse characters, and it is ideal for children ages 4-8.Click here for more
Maybe God is Like that too by Jennifer Grant
Every child wonders where God lives or what God is like. In Maybe God Is Like That Too, a young boy asks his grandma where God is in their city. She invites him to pay attention to where he sees the fruit of the Spirit. Where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are, there too is God.Click here for more
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jago
This delightful storybook, with wonderful illustrations reflecting the diversity of Jesus' followers, presents a thoughtful and engaging look at Jesus for kids and families.Click here for more
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson
A classic spiritual and children's song gets it's own book, with beautiful illustration. While this children's book does use male pronouns for God, it is a beautiful and reassuring book for unsure times.Click here for more
Psalms for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval
The Psalms are the oldest prayers in the Bible. They express the fullness of human emotion. This beautifully illustrated book helps children learn to bring their joy, their sorrow, and their anger to God.Click here for more
A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle, an Episcopalian, won the Newberry Prize for this teen novel. The story features a girl protagonist who is good at science. In 2018 Ava Duvernay adapted the book into a major film for Disney, featuring a diverse cast. This book asks big spiritual and religious questions, and gives loving and generous answers.Click here for more
Camp Phoenix: One Week Every Summer
Camp Phoenix is the Episcopal Camp Program run one week in late summer each year. Scholarships are available from Holy Communion and the wider diocese. No kid should miss camp because of funding. Horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, crafts and a week of spiritual exploration are all part of Camp Phoenix.Click here for more
Anytown: Youth Leadership for Social Justice
Church scholarships are available for Anytown: Anytown Youth Leadership Institute is a 6-day, full immersion, residential program for high school youth interested in making their school and community environments more socially just. Participants have the opportunity to explore topics of discrimination through experiential exercises and group dialogue, while making close friends from across the state and St. Louis region.Click here for more
Calm and Compassionate Children by Susan Dermond
While not directly a resource on faith, this book by a leading educator offers activities and ways of nurturing thoughtful caring kids.Click here for more