Stewardship Resources

Posted: Oct 28

Will Our Children Be Stewards? Books to Read with Children

Stewardship Formation

Amos and Boris, by William Steig. This is about giving to strangers through the experience of a mouse and a whale.

Arthur’s Pet Business, by Marc Brown. Arthur’s determination to prove he is responsible enough the have a puppy brings him a menagerie of animals to care for. Little, Brown and Company, 1990.

Beatrice’s Goat, by Page McBrier recounts the true story of a young girl in Africa given a gift of a goat and how the gift extends.

The Berenstain Bears’ Dollars and Sense, by Jan and Stan Berenstain. Mama and Papa try to teach Brother and Sister the value of money and how to manage their allowance. Random House, 2001

The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money, by Jan and Stan Berenstain. Brother and Sister Bear learn some important lessons about earning and spending money. Random House, 1983.

The Give-Away, by Ray Buckley is a story of Christmas in the Native American tradition. The animals gather and offer to give themselves in order to revive a declining vitality of spirit in the humans. Abingdon Press, 1999.

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein reflects the joy of continual giving.

Just a Piggy Bank, by Gina and Mercer Mayer. Little Critter learns about earning, spending and saving money. Golden Books Publishing Company, 2001

Miss Fannie’s Hat, by Jan Karon tells the story of an older woman who gives up one of her many precious hats to help raise money for the church.

Miss Rumphius, story and pictures by Barbara Cooney. Doing something to make the world more beautiful was taught to Miss Rumphius by her grandfather. She passed this on to the children around her.

Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown. A classic based on an old French tale relating how the soldiers helped the villagers create a feast out of what they thought was nothing.

The Table Where Rich People Sit, by Byrd Baylor. A girl discovers that her impoverished family is rich in things that matter in life, especially being outdoors and experiencing nature. Aladdin Paperbooks, 1994.

Teaching Kids To Care & Share, by Jolene Roehlkepartain. Filled with more than 300 ideas and activities to involved children in service to one another.

Teens with the Courage to Give, by Jackie Waldman. Describes 30 young people who have helped others and helped themselves.

Don't Sit on Your Stuff - A Bible Study for Youth. Mennonite Media Video featuring Ted & Lee, Tangled Blue, and a Youth Group. In twenty-one minutes the viewer is escorted through a three-part unique approach to Bible study. "Ted and Lee" explore the parable of the master and three servants with a brief skit titled Don't Sit of Your Stuff. A second feature includes a performance of the song Gift of Grace by singer/musicians Tangled Blue. In the last segment a Cloverdale, Virginia youth group shares what happens when giving means reaching out to a member of the group who has cancer. A study guide is included. Available by contacting Mennonite Media mm@mennomedia.org or contacting Third Way Café by way of:www.thirdway.com

Money Sense for Kids, by Hollis Page Harman. Explains the nature of money, the different ways in which it can be represented and how it can be saved or invested, discussing mutual funds, the stock market, banks and inflation. Includes games and activities. Barrons Educational Services, Inc., 1999.

Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids, by Gail Karlitz and Debbie Honig. Explains different types of investing - savings accounts, bonds, stocks, and mutual funds - and provides information to help make decisions on each kind of investment. Price Stern Slone, Inc. member of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1999.