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Find more Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books for Youth
This year’s top religion and spirituality books for youth, all reviewed in Booklist over the past year, focus less on specific religious traditions and more on broader experiences of wonder and faith. —Gillian Engberg
Angel in My Pocket. By Ilene Cooper. 2011. Feiwell and Friends, $16.99 (9780312370145). Gr. 5–8.
In a story that mixes the everyday with a sense of spiritual wonder, unexpected help comes into the lives of four seventh-graders as each, for a time, possesses a coin embossed with an angel.
Bless This Mouse. By Lois Lowry. Illus. by Eric Rohman. 2011. Houghton, $15.99 (9780547390093). Gr. 3–6.
A group of church mice are quite comfortable until they learn that a group of cats will enter their sanctuary during an upcoming blessing of the animals. A charming tale.
The Book of Trees. By Leanne Liberman. 2010. Orca, $12.95 (9781554692651). Gr. 9–12.
In this tumulutous coming-of-age story, Mia has traveled to Israel to explore her religion, but the Arab-Israeli conflict leads her to feelings of alienation rather than the sense of homecoming that she was expecting.
Brother Sun Sister Moon. By Katherine Paterson. Illus. by Pamela Dalton. 2011. Chronicle, $17.99 (9780811877343). Gr. 2–5.
A beautifully reimagined version of St. Francis’ paen to the natural world and the God who created it, by Newbery medalist Patterson and Dalton, who provides extraordinary paper-cut artwork.
Caleb’s Wars. By David L. Dudley. 2011 Clarion, $16.99 (9780547239972). Gr. 8–12.
While being baptized, Caleb, an African American teen in 1940s Georgia, believes he hears the voice of God. With WWII raging overseas, Caleb’s inner conflict increases when his prayers heal two people.
The Genius of Islam. By Bryn Barnard. Illus. by the author. Knopf, $17.99 (9780375840722). Gr. 6–9.
This visually impressive book explores the historical contributions of Islam in the areas of math, medicine, music, and more.
Images of God for Young Children. By Marie-Elen Delval. Illus. by Barbara Nascimbeni. Eerdmans, $16.50 (9780802853912). K–Gr. 3.
This small book puts forth big ideas about God’s presence with simple phrases: “God is breath,” “God is light,” and “God is a promise.”
Island’s End. By Padma Vernkatraman. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399250996). Gr. 7–10.
A teenage girl living on a remote island becomes a spiritual leader to her community, but she faces many challenges as her people are lured by modernity.
Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise. By Tomi de Paola. Illus. by the author. 2011. Putnam, $15.99 (9780399254789). PreS–K.
In a book that is both a religious creation story and a playful celebration of the environment, De Paola has melded verses from the Book of Daniel and Psalm 148 to make a children’s song.
Naamah and the Ark at Night. By Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Illus. by Holly Meade. 2011. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763642426). PreS–Gr. 1.
A lyrical text and lovely collage artwork combine in this lullaby that tells what Noah’s wife did while the ark tossed on stormy seas.
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