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Cultivating the Spirit:
Books for Children about Religion and Spirituality

What is God? Boritzer, Etan
What is God?
Illustrated by Robbie Marantz
This book helps children wonder about God and introduces them to the concept of religion, including major world religions and sacred texts. It takes a universalist approach which does not advocate any particular belief system.
A World of Prayers Brooks, Jeremy
A World of Prayers
Illustrated by Elena Gomez
This whimsically illustrated collection of simple prayers for children from countries around the world includes prayers for morning, meals, bedtime, and general blessings, most of which are universal in nature.
Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs Conover, Sarah and Freda Crane
Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents
Illustrated by Valerie Wahl
A wide variety of stories from the Qur'an, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, and other sources illustrate Islamic beliefs and values while acknowledging the diversity of the world of Islamic culture and faith.
Buddha Demi
Demi's exquisite illustrations accompany her retelling of the life of Prince Siddhartha and his spiritual awakening and journey of enlightenment as he became Buddha. Buddhist traditions and values are expressed through tales of his life and death.
The Parables of Jesus DePaola, Tomie
The Parables of Jesus
In his distinctive style, Tomie DePaola retells and illustrates these stories from the New Testament, such as "The Good Samaritan" and "The Prodigal Son", which form the essence of Jesus of Nazareth's moral teachings.
Grace Notes Faithgirlz!
Series by various authors
A series of books about middle-schoolers Sophie, Grace, Jasmine, Annie, and Storm and how they try to live out their Christian faith as they relate to their classmates, families, and friends.
A Book About God Fitch, Florence Mary
A Book About God
Illustrated by Henri Sorensen
This poetic text and the accompanying oil paintings help children understand God in and through the beauty and wonder of nature.
Amazing Grace Granfield, Linda
Amazing Grace: The Story of the Hymn
Illustrated by Janet Wilson
Perhaps the world's most familiar hymn, this song written by a slave trader who later became a minister has inspired and encouraged countless people.
Hodges, Margaret
The Golden Deer
Illustrated by Daniel San Souci
Retold from an ancient text, this book tells the story of how Buddha came to India as a golden deer and inspired the king and his people to live in harmony with all animals.
Moses Hodges, Margaret
Illustrated by Barry Moser
This account of Moses' birth, his life in Egypt, the exodus from Egypt, and the covenant he makes with God reveals the relationship of the God of Israel and God's chosen people.
Saint Francis of Assisi Kennedy Jr., Robert F.
Saint Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy
Illustrated by Dennis Nolan
The life of this universally respected and beloved saint from Italy has inspired many people. Francis lived his Christian faith passionately, caring for animals, the environment, and the poor while preaching humility, simplicity, justice, and peace.
Creation McDermott, Gerald
Inspired by the Bible's creation story, McDermott uses simple, rich language and beautiful, textured illustrations that will draw in anyone from any path who is wondering about the mystery of creation.
True Friends Moore, Stephanie Perry
Carmen Browne Series
Carmen Browne is a middle school-aged African American girl who tries to live out her faith in good times as well as challenging times as she deals with family, puberty, friendships, romance, racism, school, and life in general. Includes references to African-American history and social concerns.
The Golden Compass Pullman, Philip
The Golden Compass
The first book of the prize-winning His Dark Materials trilogy is an intricate fantasy tale (recommended for grades 7 and up) of the adventures of eleven-year-old Lyra Belacqua in which the dangers of corrupt religious institutions and practices become apparent.
Give Me Grace Rylant, Cynthia
Give Me Grace
This brightly illustrated book for young children offers simple, universal prayers for each day of the week.
The Little Prince Saint-Exupery, Antoine de
The Little Prince
This non-religious story of an encounter between an aviator who crashes in the desert and a prince from another planet has been an inspiration to many as the prince helps them ask questions about what is important in life.
Ten Classic Jewish Children's Stories Schram, Peninnah
Ten Classic Jewish Children's Stories
Illustrated by Jeffrey Allon
Classic stories from the Torah and the Talmud, brought to life with vivid illustrations, help children learn Jewish history and values. Each story is accompanied by questions to prompt further reflection.
Our Most Dear Friend Vishaka
Our Most Dear Friend: Bhagavad-gita for Children
This illustrated story presents the essence of the teachings of Lord Krishna in one of the Hindu sacred texts known as the Bhagavad-gita.
What Makes Me Amish? What Makes Me A-- ? (Series)
Various Authors.
This series presents brief, accessible overviews of the beliefs and practices of religious groups, including: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Unitarianism, Judaism, Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity, and Mormonism as well as the Quaker, Amish, and Jehovah's Witness faiths.

August 2007

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