It’s not always easy for young people to arrange to participate in service experiences, since they rely on adults for transportation. Likewise, as a catechist or teacher, it can sometimes be difficult logistically to plan opportunities for your students to participate in off-site service experiences. One solution is to arrange for older children to spend some time reading books to younger children!
Young children love to be read to. In addition to that, reading aloud to young children provides some extra benefits: it’s a great way to engage with young children and invite them to interact, thus building social skills; it promotes language development and literacy skills; it can help build imagination, motivation, curiosity, and memory; it helps children cope during times of stress or anxiety; it builds vocabulary; and finally, it introduces children to places and times they are unfamiliar with.
With all that in mind, here are some great children’s books that older students can read aloud to younger ones in faith formation:
- Leo’s Gift
- Loyola Kids Book of Bible Stories
- Dear Pope Francis
- Loyola Kids Book of Saints
- Loyola Kids Book of Heroes
- Drop by Drop
- Green Street Park
To view all Loyola Press children’s books, click here.