The list author says: "Older children enjoy picture books, too! These books are so delightful, challenging, readable, and some even important that parents and children will enjoy them deeply. Talk about the characters, their problems, and the ideas in these books. Enjoy!
How we made the list: We took our church mission statement and found children's books to match, but each book must also have strong illustrations, style, and be a "magnet" for children. Our mission statement includes: "welcoming all God's children, celebrating the transforming power of God ... peace, social justice, personal empowerment, spiritual growth ... openness to share beliefs, doubts, struggles, growth, in the context of mutual respect...Our purpose is to reach out taking the risk of opening ourselves to the possiblity of making the stranger a friend." BCC (Brea Congregational Church)
See also our lists for 4 to 8 year old children, and book report books for 9 year old children and up.""
"Conversation between a kid who is about to step on an ant and the ant. It isn't easy to see things from someone else's point of view, or to negotiate when the power is on the other side. Music and lyrics included. Fiction"
"You can read a poem plucked from any page to have things to think about, but you could also sit down and read all the poems straight through and have a lot more to think about. Delicious. (Poems in English and Spanish)"
"Irresistable! How does it work? My way is to read this aloud to my child several times. Then I ask, I don't tell how it worked. What's the ingredient that makes it work? Personal transformation, all God's children"