This week's feature is a fun one, and one I think many of you will want to weigh in on.
I would be interested in knowing what children's literature the Matriarchs consider to be their "must haves" for the pastoral library. I would specifically like to know what books have been used for the so-called Children's Message. I am not looking for Bible stories only, but also contemporary (or not) literature that uses theological themes at a kid-friendly level.
Pastor with an Empty Bookshelf
I have a confession to make, I got the question out to the matriarchs late and as such we didn't hear from several that I know will have something to add.
So, in no particular order, here is what our matriarchs (Ann & her friends and Chrysanne especially) came up with, and their limited commentary. Some are stories, some are not, some are for children and some are about engaging children.
We'd love to get more suggestions and discussion going on in the comments!
The Old Turtle - Douglas Wood
The Runaway Bunny - Margaret Wise Brown
Horton Hears a Who - Dr. Seuss
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss
Where's Spot? - Eric Hill
Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - William Steig
The Nativity - Julie Vivas
Dog Heaven (and Cat Heaven) - Cynthia Rylant (with the comment: "I am not sure about heaven for people or dogs but I have given this book as a gift to adults and kids who lose a dog")
God went to beauty school - Also by Cyntha Rylant
Does God have a big toe? by Marc Gellman -- a children's midrash book
Jamie's Way: Stories for worship and family devotion by Susan Harriss
Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (on dealing with disappointment) and The Tenth Good Thing about Barney (grief), both by Judith Viorst
To Dance with God: Family Ritual and Community Celebration by Gertrud Mueller Nelson -- "enhances children's spirituality by going through through the church year with ideas for family Christian formation."
Offering the Gospel to Children by Gretchen Pritchard -- "Presents a wonderful perspective on engaging children with scripture."
For the chapter book crowd, we have Terry Pratchett's "The Bromeliad Trilogy": Truckers, Diggers, and Wings. "About literalism." His Discworld series comes recommended for teens, as well.
And readers of all ages seem to appreciate the Narnia Books of CS Lewis. Ann says her favorite is Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
What books would you recommend for a children's library at church? Share in the comments!