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Sacred Worth Books

Church and Society has a searchable database to find books that teach all children that they are created in the image of God.


Children's books

Honoring the dignity and worth of every person — including oneself — is at the heart of the Gospel. “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

Our earliest understandings of ourselves and our self-worth are often related to what we see around us. The earliest images we see as children are our closest family members and community, books, and other media.

Children’s books have predominantly featured white able-bodied boys as the main character. So what happens when the majority of the images in society do not reflect the strength, beauty and brilliance how God created you?

An increasing number of books include girls, people with disabilities and people of color as protagonists in children’s literature. However, they are still challenging to find.

Books that reflect the diversity of God’s creation help children to:

  • decrease the bias they learn as they grow older;
  • value all children as God’s creation;
  • and see themselves represented and part of the beautiful tapestry that God has gifted to us.

Church and Society has a searchable database to find books that teach all children that they are created in the image of God.