by Leah Wall
Lead Catechist for Children
This past Sunday we, as a church, spent time lamenting all forms of violence and praying for peace. I have found that, more often than we notice, the heavy things on our hearts are also on the hearts of our children. Story reaches out in a way that direct teaching often can’t. If you would like to discuss this week’s topic with your children and are looking for a way to open that conversation, here are some books that I have read and believe would be a help. These are also just great books with themes that resonate with the heart of God. Because of some of the themes presented, I recommend pre-reading, using your own discretion on the age-appropriateness of each book.
THE CELLO OF MR.O by Greg Couch. In a city struggling under the conditions of war, even a relief truck is destroyed. A man with a cello and great courage is able to lift the spirits of a boy and all who will listen. (Ages 5+)
GOD MADE ALL OF ME (a book to help children protect their bodies) by Justin Holcomb & Lindsey Holcomb. This is an excellent book on the topic of body-autonomy. It will help give your children the freedom and language to speak up for themselves. There are helpful discussion pointers in the back of the book. (Ages 3+)
PEACE IS AN OFFERING by Annette Le Box. This book is about being a peacemaker. It discusses different aspects of peace in ways that are accessible to children. (Ages 3+)