Posted by: dacalu | 7 January 2013

Booklist for Godparents

I was recently challenged to make a list of books suitable as gifts from godparents to their charges.  I realized that, while there were many books I loved, it was hard (off the top of my head) to come up with the right gift for the right age.  So here is a list of recommendations.  I’ve done my best to narrow it down to books that I’d be happy recommending to anyone.  Different kids will, of course have different needs.

By Age:

2:         The Lord’s Prayer illustrated by Heidi Holder {Out of Print?}

3:         You Are Special by Max Lucado

God Created by Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones

Old Arthur by Liesel Skorpen {Out of Print}

4:         Old Turtle and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood

5:         Does God Have a Big Toe? by Marc Gellman

6:         The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

7:         If I Found a Wistful Unicorn: A Gift of Love by Ann Ashford

8:         The Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time

{Hope Larson has a graphic novel of A Wrinkle in Time}

9:         Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Silver Chair, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, A Horse and His Boy, The Last Battle, and The Magician’s Nephew

10:      The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Manga Messiah by Tyndale and Next

Manga Bible by Siku

11:      The Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind

Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin

A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind

12:      The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Good News of Jesus Christ by L. William Countryman

13:      The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

Oxford Study Bible (NRSV)

14:      To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

            The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell

15:      The Sparrow by Marie Doria Russel

            Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

16:      The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Voice: A Story about Faith and Trust by Ryan Metlen

17:      Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

            No Future Without Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu

18:      The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin

            Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren


And a few more books that didn’t fit, but seem appropriate.


Teens and Twenties:

God is Not a Christian: and Other Provocations by Desmond Tutu

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Markings by Dag Hammarskjold

The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

            Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength


For Episcopalians:

Book of Common Prayer

Glorious Companions: Five Centuries of Anglican Spirituality


Insights from other religions that may be helpful:


4          Zen Shorts, Zen Ties by Jon Muth

            The Three Questions by Jon Muth

8          Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tsai Chih Chung and Brian Bruya’s illustrated works

            The Tao Speaks, Zhuangzi Speaks, Zen Speaks

12       The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

16       The Book: On the Taboo against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts



  1. This is wonderful Lucas! Thanks for putting it together. I’m going to share it with the clergy in Rhode Island so that they have it available when they meet with godparents prior to baptism.

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