Kid’s Church Library

Kid’s Church Library

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“We are convinced that parents are the primary models for children’s forms of faith. Blessed are the homes in which the Christian faith is a constant component of family routines. In which bible stories are familiar tales, from both Old and New Testament. Into which Jesus is a welcome guest. In which family events (both celebrations and losses) are communicated with God in prayer, and perhaps song. In which parents demonstrate the importance of the Christian community, in church attendance and the types of friends they choose, for themselves and their children.

To these, often already well established, family routines we add a fifth component, namely the deliberate use of quality children’s literature. Quality literature at any level cannot help but address the important issues of human life, such issues as “Who am I?”, “What am I living for?”, “What is happiness?”, “How can I love and be loved?” etc.”

– Adrian Peetoom and Bernice Stieva  

Below are links to the resources put together by Adrian Peetoom and Bernice Stieva to help you navigate your way through the HTAC Kid’s Church Library.

HTAC Kid’s Church Library

In early 2014 Holy Trinity Anglican Church launched a new initiative, called HTAC’s Kid’s Church Library.

It acknowledges that our parish has responsibilities towards its children, responsibilities that included providing a safe place for them, and age-suitable participation in the life of the parish.

But we also now (research makes that abundantly clear) that the heart of faith formation is to be found in their homes.

Explicitly in how parents structure home life, to include regular church attendance, parish events participation, as well as home liturgical elements (telling and reading Bible stories, perhaps singing, certainly prayers).

Implicitly how in more casual conversations parents demonstrate their relationship with church and the Kingdom of God. In other words, in the values that actually govern their lives.

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Faith at Home

Bernice is a professor of language arts and children’s literature. Adrian spent his professional life with a children’s book publisher, for many years as editor. We share a love for quality children’s books, and we have come to believe that these can play an additional and important faith formation role.

This essay is written for parents of children (say, ages 0-12) and focuses on children’s faith formation. We both believe that the family is the prime locus for it.

Both of us have grown up in families that provided us with these experiences:

  • The Bible was a familiar and much-read presence, the prime Book.
  • Church was a routine: Sunday attendance and weekdays activities.
  • Our closest family friends were church folk.
  • Mealtimes were also family prayer times.

But to these routines, common in many Christian families, we would now add a component, one prompted by our professional lives, namely the use of quality children’s literature.

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Book list for Young Readers

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Book list for Older Readers

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Chapter Book List

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For the Very Young

NOTE: Some of these picture books do not let themselves easily be treated with the “synopsis” and “Potential” formula.  

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING

By Phoebe Gilman

Published by Scholastic Canada, 1992

Synopsis

Two stories in one, one “up” with text, and one “down” without text. As boy Joseph’s clothes wear out, his clever tailor grandfather saves what he can and transform the “big” to something valuable “little.” Until nothing is left…but the story of it. But “down” the discarded snippets find new uses.

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For Children 8 and Up

PAINTING THE WIND

By Patricia MacLachlan & Emily MacLachlan, Illustrated by Kate Schneider

Published by Joanna Cotler Books (Imprint of HarperCollins), 2003

Synopsis

We follow a boy painter as he beholds his environment and captures it in his paintings. He also tells us about other painters who visit ”his” island in summer, and from who he learns. He wants to paint the wind – but has he?

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Chapter Books 

THERE WILL BE WOLVES

By Karleen Bradford

Published by Puffin Books, 1998

Synopsis

Ursula is the daughter of the local healer (doctor and apothecary) in Cologne (Germany) almost 1000 years ago. As she has no brothers, her dad teaches his medical secrets to her, which includes her ability to read. Moreover, shortly before his death a monk gave her a book which contains healing lore. All very unusual for a girl in her time. So unusual that some evil (frightened?) folks begin to suspect that she is a witch. Innocent happenings, words, and a pet cat get combined in an accusing package, and Ursula is condemned as witch, meaning being burned at the stake. But when the local count decides to join the first  crusade aiming to re-capture Jerusalem for Christians, and compels her dad to accompany him, dad and friend Bruno manage to convince the count to let Ursula join the crusade also. Doing that will give her absolution from her (presumed) witchcraft.

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