for Picture Book World Religions
Unitarian Universalist curriculum by Kate Tweedie Erslev
1) Sturges, Philemon “Sacred Places”
Easy text, stunning collages representing the variety of places where people
worship. ISBN: 0399233172, 2000.
2) Gilmore, Rachna “Lights for Gita”
A Hindu girl living in the U.S. wonders what Diwali will be like. She finds a new
perspective and new way of celebrating instead of being disappointed. ISBN: 0884481514, 2000.
3) Shepard, Aaron “Savitri, A Tale of Ancient India”
Savitri is a beautiful Indian princess but it is her loyalty and wisdom that
impresses the gods. ISBN: 0807572519, 1992.
4) Weitzman, David “Rama and Sita, A Tale from Ancient Java”
A retelling of an epic Hindu saga that conveys, for children, the drama, intensity, and richness
of the Hindu faith for children. ISBN: 1567921515, 2002.
5) Zucker, Jonny “Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story (Festival Time)”
Describes the Hindu holiday of Diwali. ISBN: 0764126709, 2004.
An American girl misses her "sitti," or Palestinian grandmother who lives
across the ocean. ISBN: 0689817061, 1997.
7) Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey “The Hundredth Name”
A little boy hopes that his camel will learn the hundredth name of Allah and feel
proud. ISBN: 1563976943, 1997.
8) Parry, Florence H. “The Day of Ahmed’s Secret”
He has learned to write his name in Arabic, a good moment in many young
children's lives and one that English speaking children will relate to. ISBN: 0688140238, 1995.
9) Zucker, Jonny “Fasting and Dates : A Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr Story (Festival
How a young boy finds enlightenment close by while the rest of the monks are
out in the world searching for enlightenment. ISBN: 1551924528, 2004.
11) Gerstein, Mordicai “Mountains of Tibet”
Based on the Tibetian Book of the Dead, a look at reincarnation simple enough
for young children that can be expanded to cover all kinds of choices as part of
being human. ISBN: 0064432114, 1989.
A Buddhist Jataka tale of hope and courage. ISBN: 039922825X, 1998.
13) Muth, Jon J. “Zen Shorts”
A panda moves to a neighborhood and shares stories with the children. These are
simplified Zen koans told in a very appealing way. ISBN: 0439339111, 2005.
14) Soros, Barbara “Tenzin’s Deer”
Day by day, Tenzin nurses an injured deer, but soon has to understand how to