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relig_bullard_myreligionBullard, Lisa My Religion, Your Religion
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook

Illustrated by Holli Conger. Cloverleaf Books: Alike and Different series. After attending his neighbor’s bat mitzvah, David, who’s Christian, is interested in learning about other religions. Friend Sophia’s family isn’t religious, but she likes helping others. Fahmi’s Muslim family has its own special celebrations. David’s babysitter tells him about Buddhism. Accompanied by cheerful cartoon illustrations, this is an appealing if simplified introduction. An activity encouraging helpfulness is appended. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Religious Holidays; Family

relig_grun_the-legend-of-saint-nicholas-lrgGrün, Anselm The Legend of Saint Nicholas
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Eerdmans

Illustrated by Giuliano Ferri. This beautifully illustrated German import tells of the kindness and generosity of the fourth-century saint who became the model for the modern Santa Claus. The clear, engaging text highlights some better-known legends surrounding Nicholas of Myra, including his performing miracles to aid sailors and starving people. Luminous paintings on full-bleed double-page spreads capture the saint’s humanity as well as the Mediterranean setting.
Subjects: Religious Holidays; Santa Claus; Nicholas, Saint; Religion—Saints; Books in translation; Religion—Christian saints

relig_lumbard_everyonepraysLumbard, Alexis York Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Wisdom Tales

Illustrated by Alireza Sadeghian. This is a very simple introduction to the role of prayer in many world religions. The vividly colored illustrations often include more interesting details than the bare-bones text; informative notes on major religions and on the illustrations flesh out the presentation. This volume will be useful for comparative religion studies (though there’s no mention that not everyone prays).
Subjects: General Religion; Religion—Prayer

relig_paterson_givingthanksPaterson, Katherine Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving
Gr. 4–6, middle school     56 pp.     Chronicle/Handprint

Illustrated by Pamela Dalton. Paterson divides this collection of prayers, poems, and meditations into thanks for food, life, spirit, and community. Her selection is small-c catholic and spans the centuries, from the Bible to Julian of Norwich to the Dalai Lama, along with folk material. Cut-paper silhouettes, occasionally embellished with watercolor, decorate the pages. Short autobiographical essays introduce each section, giving the volume a welcome personal touch. Ind.
Subjects: General Religion; Emotions—Gratitude; Holidays—Thanksgiving; Religion—Prayer; Poetry

relig_seidman_what-if-im-an-atheist-9781582704074_lgSeidman, David What If I’m an Atheist?: A Teen’s Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion
Middle school, high school     246 pp.     Simon Pulse/Beyond Words

Defining atheism broadly (including agnosticism), the book discusses important, controversial issues such as whether religion is necessary for morality; whether belief in science and religion can co-exist; how the choice of unbelief can affect one’s life now and as an adult; and how to deal with theistic parents and friends. A well-researched and easy-to-read guide for non-theistic and questioning teens. Reading list, websites. Glos.
Subjects: General Religion; Atheism

From the November 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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