Faith Formation Resources

Faith Formation Resources

Books for Children and Youth

Picture Books 

  • Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth 
  • Secrets of the Vegetable Garden 
  • ABC Earth-Friendly Me 
  • Recycle! A Handbook for Kids 
  • Not for me, please! I choose to act green 
  • Why Should I Recycle? 
  • Life in the Boreal Forest 
  • Senorita Mariposa 
  • Ada’s Violin 
  • Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World 
  • We Are Water Protectors 
  • The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story about Recycling 
  • A is for Activist 
  • One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia 
  • The Keeper of Wild Words 
  • Tree 
  • Outside In 
  • Our House Is On Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet 
  • Sammy Spider's First Tu B'Shevat  by Sylvia A. Rouss  

Younger Elementary 

  • Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival 
  • How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids 

Middle Reader 

  • Kid’s Guide to Helping the Planet
  • What Every Child Should Know about Climate Change 
  • Journey for the Planet: A Kid’s 5 Week Adventure to Create an Earth-Friendly Life 
  • Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch 
  • A Long Walk to Water 
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Readers’ Edition 

Teen 

  • No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference (book) 
  • We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide and The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement 

Faith Formation Leaders 


Elementary School Age

Curriculum

Activities 

At Home 

For Parents (and other adults who care about kids) 


Youth (Middle/High School) 

Curriculum 

Videos 

Learn from youth-led organizers and activists  


Incorporating Creation Care into Intergenerational Ministries 

  • With your congregation’s CE Director, organize an art show featuring children’s art about care of Creation and display the art in your gathering spaces. 

  • Create a family worship service around the Just Peace Players’ presentation “Hey! Save the Earth!”  

  • If your congregation has a community garden, work with the children to plant seeds and tend the garden in the spring and early summer.  Harvest garden produce for people to pick up at coffee hour. Visit to the garden after worship one summer morning with refreshments. 

  • Walk the grounds around the church building with a group from your church. Consider your surroundings, including the land the building sits on, the air you are breathing, and the plants near you. Who are your biotic neighbors? Also, consider the houses, buildings, businesses and other “human-made” neighbors. Reflect on the interactions that occur between you and these multi-faceted surroundings. Are they harmful? Beneficial? Neutral? How do your natural surroundings affect your physical or spiritual existence? Your feelings? Your values? 

  • Encourage church youth to attend summer camp at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, CT, summer camp at Pilgrim Day Camp in Framingham, MA orIrons Homestead Summer Camp  in North Situate, Rhode Island. 

  • Develop a library of children’s and adults’ books on Creation care and justice, recycling, climate change, threatened species, deforestation for church school teachers and youth to use. 


    Also see: Environmental Action Projects for Children and Youth

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