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.

(We also have recommendations for grown ups).

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.

Add to our recommended reading list.

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.

Illustrated Ministry: Worksheets and Coloring

Illustrated Ministry is offering free weekly resources during this time. These are great ways to engage the lessons together as family, and color together. Give them your email address, and download weeks worth of material!

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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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Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke

A story of a family gathered around Grannie's dinner table. This is a great rhythmic book centered on love, family, and food.

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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.

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When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

God's Love from the very beginning of our life is the center of this book, which centers children of color.

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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 hear.

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Baby Blessings: A Prayer for the Day you are born by James E. Ransom and Deloris Jordan

A prayer for children, a hope for God's presence and blessing.

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Keats's Neighborhood by Ezra Jack Keats

This collection of classic children's stories mark some of the richest tellings of life in a dense urban neighborhood. These stories changed our sense of who is featured in a board book.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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