Great children’s books are great for God’s children of all ages. Union Presbyterian Seminary now has a web site called Children’s Literature: A Resource for Ministry . You will find book reviews, lesson plans, and other ideas for using children’s literature in ministry. You will even find books that correlate with lessons from the Revised Common Lectionary.
Here is a children’s book that I treasure in my story archive: …And Now Miguel, by Joseph Krumgold, winner of the 1954 Newbery Medal. Twelve-year-old Miguel longs to accompany the men of his family on the annual sheep drive to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. He longs to be treated like a man, not a child. This book is written in the first person, and in chapter four Miguel describes what happens at lambing time. With hundreds of ewes and hundreds of lambs, it is difficult to tell which lamb belongs to which ewe. Miguel helps his family paint numbers on them. Each ewe and her lamb are marked with the same number. This story reminds me of the matching numbers that my newborn daughter and I wore in the hospital. It’s a story to think about the next time somebody asks you what 666 means.