In many congregations, fall is a time when a specific emphasis on stewardship begins. Although almost always tied to encouraging financial gifts to support God’s work in a particular setting, stewardship is best understand as our faithful and grateful response to God’s good gifts. Being a good steward is primarily about how we live our daily lives and how we use our gifts of money is certainly a part of that.
Setting stewardship in the context of grace and gratitude offers possibilities to include children more fully in stewardship season and there are many children’s books that can help children think about the gifts they bring to their friendships, their families, and their communities.
We’ve had several requests over the last few years for a bibliography on stewardship for children. Noell Rathbun-Cook has compiled this bibliography which suggests books that have not been reviewed on Storypath. She has focused on books that reflect issues of sharing, saving, consumerism, generosity, and scarcity vs abundance. At the bottom of the bibliography, you will find links to books that have been reviewed here that may also be worth a look. (We’re particularly partial to More!) Feel free to download and print this bibliography and share it!
What books will you share with children during your stewardship season? We’d love to add your suggestions here.
We are grateful to our regular Lectionary Links contributor, Noell Rathbun-Cook, for compiling this bibliography for Storypath. Noell’s love of books and connections with children of all ages makes her a perfect person to call when we get requests for bibliographies!