Posted: Sept 7, 2020
Storypath: Connecting Children’s Literature with our Faith Story
Storypath is an effort of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s William Smith Morton Library to connect the great lessons of Scripture we encounter in church through the lectionary to literature for children of all ages. The Revised Common Lectionary runs on a three-year cycle through Year A, Year B, and Year C, so with new content having been created for Storypath from October 2009 through June 2020 this resource has quite an abundance of suggestions to share with your family.
At the top of Storypath’s webpage you can use the “Lectionary Links” tab to access book pairings with the Revised Common Lectionary. Each Lectionary Link tells you which day from the lectionary it comes from (e.g. 6th Sunday of Easter, Year A) and suggests a book for each of the three Scripture readings for that day. Each book is accompanied by comments on how the book ties in with the Scripture reading it relates to, the ages the book is written for, and a link to where the book can be purchased (though the vast majority can be found in your local library, at the William Smith Morton Library, or both).
Storypath also offers book reviews for books intended for infants through high schoolers if you would like to look up titles by age range or title. These reviews are an excellent way to discover quality books to add to your family’s library and to see how they connect to the faith in Christ we share. Additionally, you can simply search the Storypath website using the “Scripture Index” tab to find books connected to specific texts from the lectionary, regardless of the time of year or given reading for each week.
If you are interested in expanding your child’s horizons for reading while connecting what they read to the teachings of our faith then this is a wonderful resource to give a look.