Here are the books we recommend for the lesson plan packages available on our site (with affiliate links for quick purchasing). There are so many great books, so our short list is not exhaustive or comprehensive, but begins the habit of incorporating contemporary literature into our religious conversations and practices. We’re already working on Year 2 where we’ll use another great selection fo books that complement Love Self, Love Neighbor, and Love God!
If your parish is on a tight budget (which is the case for many of us), consider having a parish-wide book drive and inviting parishioners to contribute to the growing library. Check your local library system too, purchase used books on Amazon, or check with your diocese about grant opportunities. And if you find another creative way to build your library, share your ideas with us!
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Courage by Bernard Waber
One Family by George Shannon
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner
Who’s in My Family by Robie H. Harris
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart by Jill Roman Lord
Thank You, God, for Everything by August Gold
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Blessings Jar by Colleen Coble