Recommendations for Kids and Families

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 staff members Heidi Olliff and Sally Thomas.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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