Introductory Session 1 Sturges, Philemon “Sacred Places”

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Book List

for Picture Book World Religions

Unitarian Universalist curriculum by Kate Tweedie Erslev
Introductory Session
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.


6) Nye, Naomi Shihab “Sitti’s Secrets (Aladdin Picture Books)”

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


A description of an Islamic holiday with simple text. ISBN: 0764126717, 2004.

10) Bouchard, David “Buddha in the Garden”

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.

12) Martin, Rafe “The Brave Little Parrot”

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

love enough to let her go. A story about the power of compassion and the guidance of dreams among other Buddhist beliefs. ISBN: 1841488119, 2003.
Concluding Session
15) UNICEF “For Every Child”

"Allow us to say our own prayers in our own words, whether in churches,

temples, synagogues or mosques..." The rights of the child by UNICEF. ISBN: 0803726503, 2001.

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