Compiled by Anne E. Neuberger 

This book list has been compiled to assist teachers and parents in using children’s literature and other stories to help children understand social issues and needs. The principles of Catholic Social Teachings are used as the framework for this bibliography, which are mirrored in all significant religions.

Books by Anne: Anne’s own books offer stories, activities and discussion suggestions on every one of the principles, which means these books would fit into each of the book lists on the bibliography. For your convenience, they are listed once here:

Description: When people reach out to others whose lives are very different from theirs, understanding and appreciation begin. This child-and-adult book is designed to begin this process. Forty-four stories of children from all over the world (Pakistan, Guatemala, Latvia, Germany, Sudan, The United Stats, Brazil, China and others) help readers come to feel a bond of friendship and care with their peers in faraway places.

Description: This child-and-adult book is filled with stories of real people who acted justly and helped change the world, and real situations of children struggling in unjust situations. These stories teach the seven social justice principles, the Beatitudes, and introduce social teachings of Vatican II. In addition to stories are activities and resources.

Description: Similar in format to To Love Tenderly, this book for older students contains fifty-five stories from around the world to help students connect with the social, environmental and economic problems of children around the globe, and to think of others as family. Activities included.

Description: These stories give children unique insights into the ways other children live in far-off places such as Turkey, China, Ethiopia and Iraq. It explores cultures and customs along with joys and challenges, all with a backdrop of Catholic Social Teachings.

This book is out of print. To order a copy, contact Anne through her website,

Specific Bibliography for CST Principles

Dignity of the Human Person                                
Family and Community
          Option for the Poor and Vulnerable                      Rights and Responsibilities
           Solidarity                                                                 Stewardship
           Dignity and Rights of Workers