Adapted from Director of Religious Education Katy Carpman’s newsletter column

In 1941, Robert McCloskey wrote Make Way for Ducklings—a picture book about a duck family setting out for their new home in Boston’s Public Garden, and all the help they needed along their journey.

The city of Boston loves this story—in the Garden are the often-photographed bronze statues of the ducklings.  Every May families dress up and take part in a Ducklings Parade.  Children petitioned the state legislature to make Make Way for Ducklings the official book of the Commonwealth!

What stories has your family adopted as your own?

Our Living Text Project helps us to take the stories of the world and engage them with our own lived experiences.  The thing is, this is not just about ancient heavy tomes—sometimes it is about a picture storybook.

Our Summer Sunday School  (June 1 to August 24) will embrace the central messages of books like William’s Doll, The Story of Ruby Bridges, and my favorite, Horton Hears a Who.  Many of our most beloved children’s books are loved because they speak so intently to the human experience, to our most deeply held beliefs.

Each Sunday we will engage with one story, linking to one or two of our Unitarian Universalist Principles with dynamic activities to practice living out our values in the world. Games and experiments, crafts and treats–we build memories and values in rich and delightful ways!

Stop by our Summer Sunday School table in the Gathering Place or email Katy if you’d like to assist with a lesson one Sunday this summer.