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Picture Books with Christian/Hindu/Jewish/Muslim Characters and/or Religious Themes @ Staley Library
All Things Bright and Beautiful by
Call Number: JUV. BV353 .A44 2010
Publication Date: 2010-01-05
An illustrated version of the well-known hymn, which describes the marvels of God's creation.
The Beatitudes by
Call Number: JUV. E185.61 .W356 2010
Publication Date: 2009-11-01
The Beatitudes form the backdrop for Weatherford's free-verse poem that traces the African American journey from slavery to civil rights.
Binny's Diwali by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.U48 Bi 2020
Publication Date: 2020-09-01
Binny's class is learning about different holiday traditions, and today it is time for Binny to share the story of her favorite holiday, Diwali, the Festival of Lights--and she even has some special treats to give her classmates. Includes information on the five days of Diwali, what it commemorates, and its special traditions.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.P273 Bs 2011
Publication Date: 2011-06-01
Reimagines Francis of Assisi's 1224 prayer of praise in celebration of God's gifts throughout the universe.
Brothers: a Hebrew Legend by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.F87 B7
Publication Date: 1985-10-01
Hard times on adjoining farms bring about parallel acts of kindness and a celebration of "how good it is for brothers to live together in friendship."
The Champion of Children by
Call Number: JUV. DS134.72.K67 B64 2009
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
The story of a courageous man who, during one of the grimmest moments in world history, dedicated his life's work--and ultimately his life itself--to children.
The Color of Home by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H67562 C6 2002
Publication Date: 2002-09-30
Hassan, newly-arrived in the United States and feeling homesick, paints a picture at school that shows his old home in Somalia as well as the reason his family had to leave.
Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.K493 Cr 2018
Publication Date: 2018-04-10
In simple rhyming text a young Muslim girl guides the reader through the traditions and shapes of Islam.
The Day of Ahmed's Secret by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H36 D3 1995
Publication Date: 1995-04-25
A young Egyptian boy describes the city of Cairo as he goes about his daily work and waits for the evening to share a special surprise with his family.
Deep in the Sahara by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.C91625 De 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-08
In Mauritania, West Africa, an Arab girl who wants to wear a malafa, the veiled dress worn by her mother and older sister, learns that the garment represents beauty, mystery, tradition, belonging, and faith.
Call Number: JUV. BL1239.82.D58 P48 2015
Publication Date: 2014-08-01
This photo-illustrated book for early readers describes the Hindu holiday of Diwali and the things people do to celebrate.
Call Number: JUV. BL48 .A36 2009
Publication Date: 2009-02-01
In our world there are many faiths. Celebrate faith around the world in its many expressions: praying, singing, learning, helping, caring and more. Photographs from many different cultures and religions traditions highlight the common threads that bring people together in reverence and joy.
Gathering Sparks by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.S4078 Gat 2010
Publication Date: 2010-08-03
A grandfather introduces his grandson to the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam, a centuries-old concept which proposes that everyone must do their part in order to improve the world.
The Genius of Islam by
Call Number: JUV. BP163 .B2684 2011
Publication Date: 2011-04-05
The Muslim world has often been a bridge between East and West, but many of Islam's crucial innovations are hidden within the folds of history. In this important book, Bryn Barnard uses short, engaging text and gorgeous full-color artwork to bring Islam's contributions gloriously to life.
Goha the Wise Fool by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.J639 G6 2005
Publication Date: 2005-08-04
A collection of fourteen tales about the folk hero Nasreddin Hoca, also known as Goha, a man with a reputation for being able to answer difficult questions in a clever way.
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.K493 Go 2012
Publication Date: 2012-06-06
From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide.
The Golden Rule by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.C7856 Gol 2007
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
Grandpa explains that the golden rule is a simple statement on how to live that can be practiced by people of all ages and faiths, then helps his grandson figure out how to apply the rule to his own life.
The Golden Sandal by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.H5 G6 1998
Publication Date: 1998-01-01
An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story in which a kind and beautiful girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister finds a husband with the help of a magic fish.
Call Number: JUV. BM531 .W571996
Publication Date: 1996-10-18
A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.
Goodnight Ganesha by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.S25 Goo 2021
Publication Date: 2021-08-31
As nighttime falls over the city, two children visiting their grandparents in India find there's so much fun to be had! Whether it's listening to epic stories or observing rituals in the puja room, there are many moments that make this time together special.
The Grand Mosque of Paris by
Call Number: JUV. D804.65 .R84 2009
Publication Date: 2009-08-01
Presents the story of how Si Kaddour Benghabret, rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, and other Muslims, gave Jews shelter and worked in the resistance to help them escape Nazi persecution during the German occupation of Paris.
Hair Twins by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.M6333 Hai 2021
Publication Date: 2021-05-04
Follows a Sikh father and his daughter as they go through their daily hair routine.
Every morning Papa combs through his daughter's waves like he does his own--parting it down the middle, using coconut oil to get all the tangles out. Some days he braids her hair in two twists down the side of her face. Other days he weaves it into one long braid hanging down her back. But her favorite style is when he combs her hair in a tight bun on the top of her head, just like the joora he wears every day under his turban. They call this their hair twin look! This charming story about the special hair bond between a Sikh father and daughter is sure to inspire readers to boldly celebrate and proudly share their own family traditions.
Hannah's Way by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.G48047 Han 2012
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
In rural Minnesota in 1932, Hannah, a young orthodox Jewish girl, deals with being the new girl in class.
Jerusalem Sky by
Call Number: JUV. PS3566.O328 J47 2005
Publication Date: 2005-08-23
Jerusalem–ancient home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims–is blanketed by a sky like no other. According to legend, the Jerusalem sky held off the rains for seven years while King Solomon built his temple. In the Jerusalem sky, the Bible tells us, a rising star announced the birth of Jesus. Through that same wondrous sky, Islamic belief holds, Muhammad climbed to heaven. In our own times, the Jerusalem sky fills with the sounds of worshippers praying for peace in the synagogues, churches, and mosques below. And each year new voices rise up to the Jerusalem sky, where so many miracles have been witnessed.
Call Number: JUV. BT299.3 .S66 2010
Publication Date: 2010-02-01
Gennady Spirin created one original, spectacular oil painting to illustrate thirteen principal events in the life of Jesus. The painting has been lifted and reproduced to illustrate this book's Biblical text.
Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.N47988 Ket 2015
Publication Date: 2015-10-06
Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn't mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he'd never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! "Come on, little Ketzel," Moshe said, "I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together." And they did--in a most surprising way. Inspired by a true story.
King for a Day by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K52654 Ki 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
Basant is here, with feasts and parties to celebrate the arrival of spring. But what Malik is looking forward to most is doing battle from his rooftop with Falcon, the special kite he has built for speed. Today is Malik's chance to be the best kite fighter, the king of Basant.
This lively, contemporary story introduces readers to a centuries-old festival and the traditional sport of kite fighting, and to a spirited, determined young boy who masters the sport while finding his own way to face and overcome life's challenges.
Kuan Yin by
Call Number: JUV. BQ4710.A8 M44 2021
Publication Date: 2021-05-04
Kuan Yin, whose name means "one who hears the cries of the world," is perhaps the most widely revered Buddhist saint in the world. Known as Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit, Kannon in Japanese, and Chenrezig in Tibetan, this compassionate bodhisattva is at the heart of all Mahayana Buddhist traditions. Sometimes depicted as male and other times as female, Kuan Yin took the vow to free all sentient beings from their suffering. The legend of Princess Miao-Shan is the origin story of how she became the bodhisattva known as Kuan Yin.
Lailah's Lunchbox by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.F37 Lai 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-01
Now that she is ten, Lailah is delighted that she can fast during the month of Ramadan like her family and her friends in Abu Dhabi, but finding a way to explain to her teacher and classmates in Atlanta is a challenge until she gets some good advice from the librarian, Mrs. Carman.
The Legend of the Poinsettia by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.D43 L44 1997
Publication Date: 1997-10-06
When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia.
The Librarian of Basra by
Call Number: JUV. Z720.B24 W56 2005
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever.
Let It Shine by
Call Number: JUV. BV353 .L48 2007
Publication Date: 2007-01-09
With a kaleidoscope of color and cut paper, Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee and two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan celebrates three favorite spirituals: "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." The power of these beloved songs simply emanates through his joyous interpretations. Come, sing, and celebrate!
The Light of the World by
Call Number: JUV. BT302 .P38 2008
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Newbery Medalist & minister's wife Katherine Paterson retells the life of Jesus in simple, beautiful language for all ages, making the story new again through her trademark generosity and compassion. Iconic images from Jesus's life light the text with the same warmth and directness.
The Little Boy Star by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H38 Li 2006
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
A young Jewish boy is given a star to wear. At first he is proud of the decoration, but soon finds the star overshadowing him no one sees the boy, only the star. Lonely, frightened, and helpless, he watches as other star-wearers are led away into the night.
Martin de Porres by
Call Number: JUV. BX4700.M397 S46 2012
Publication Date: 2012-06-26
The story of Saint Martín de Porres--an endearing tale of perseverance, faith, and triumph over racial and economic prejudice.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.T7532 Mi 2012
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
The Low German-speaking Mennonites from Mexico are a unique group of migrants who moved from Canada to Mexico in the 1920s and became an important part of the farming community there. Anna, the daughter of migrant farm workers, feels like different animals as she follows her family as they travel looking for work.
Mommy's Khimar by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.T4676 Mom 2018
Publication Date: 2018-04-03
In Mommy's Khimar a young girl plays dress-up with her mother's head scarves, feeling her mothers love with each one she tries on. Charming and vibrant illustrations showcase the beauty of a diverse and welcoming community in this portrait of a young Muslim American girls life.
Call Number: JUV. BP75 .D37 2003
Publication Date: 2003-07-01
Introduces Muhammad and the basic tenets of the Islamic faith.
My Name Is Bilal by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M71273 M9 2005
Publication Date: 2005-08-01
When Bilal and his sister transfer to a school where they are the only Muslims, they must learn how to fit in while staying true to their beliefs and heritage.
Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.G384 N3
Publication Date: 1986-11-01
Nathan's unsuccessful search for a Hanukkah menorah takes a new turn when his Grandpa teaches him about old-fashioned bargaining.
New Year at the Pier by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.W35126 Ne 2009
Publication Date: 2009-06-11
On Rosh Hashanah, Izzy and his family make lists of the wrongs they have committed over the past year, and after they have apologized, they throw pieces of bread into the water to "clean their hearts" in a ceremony called tashlich.
The Night of the Moon by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K52652 Nig 2008
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Yasmeen has a wonderful time celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with her family and friends.
The People's Painter by
Call Number: JUV. ND237.S465 L48 2021
Publication Date: 2021-04-20
As an observant young child growing up in Lithuania, Ben Shahn yearns to draw everything he sees--and, after seeing his father banished by the Czar for demanding workers' rights, he develops a keen sense of justice, too. So when Ben and the rest of his family make their way to America, Ben brings with him both his sharp artistic eye and his desire to fight for what's right. As he grows, he speaks for justice through his art--from challenging classmates who bully him for being Jewish, to resisting his teachers' calls to paint beautiful landscapes in favor of painting stories true to life, to using his work to urge the US government to pass Depression-era laws that help people find food and security.
The Proudest Blue by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.M76 Pro 2019
Publication Date: 2019-09-10
Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.
The first day of wearing hijab is important. It means being strong. With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand-new year, and best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab - made of a fabric of beautiful blue, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong. Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad brings readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.
Raisel's Riddle by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.S3457 R35 2003
Publication Date: 2003-03-10
A Jewish version of the Cinderella story in which a poor but educated young woman captivates her "Prince Charming," a rabbi's son, at a Purim ball.
Call Number: JUV. BP186.4 .B35 2017
Publication Date: 2016-06-15
In Ramadan, young readers will learn about this Muslim holiday and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday.A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Ramadan, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary.
The Runaway Latkes by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K56493 Ru 2000
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
When three potato latkes escape Rachel Bloom's frying pan on the first night of Hanukkah, everyone including the cantor, the rabbi, and the mayor joins in the chase.
St. Francis of Assisi by
Call Number: JUV. BX4700.F69 B38
Publication Date: 1983
A biography of the young Italian who gave up his wealth in order to devote his life to preaching God's word and caring for the poor.
Sitti's Secrets by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.N976 S5 1997
Publication Date: 1997-10-01
A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.
Spirit Child by
Call Number: JUV. BT315.2 .S23
Publication Date: 2001-07-01
An English translation of the Aztec version of the birth of Jesus Christ told in 1583.
Star of Fear, Star of Hope by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H67145 S71995
Publication Date: 1996-01-01
Nine-year-old Helen is confused by the disappearance of her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Paris.
The Swirling Hijaab by
Call Number: JUV. PZ10.731 .R63 2002
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
Enter the imaginary world of a little girl playing with her mother's hijaab. With a swirl of the hijaab, she is at once a brave warrior queen, an adventurous nomad in the desert, a beautiful bride, or inside a Bedouin tent.
Through the Window by
Call Number: JUV. N6999.C46 R67 2018
Publication Date: 2018-09-25
Known for both his paintings and stained-glass windows, Marc Chagall rose from humble beginnings to become one of the world's most renowned artists. Admired for his use of color and the powerful emotion in his work, Chagall led a career that spanned decades and continents, and he never stopped growing. This lyrical narrative shows readers, through many different windows, the pre-WWI childhood and wartime experiences that shaped Chagall's path.
Traveling Man by
Call Number: JUV. G370.I2 R86 2001
Publication Date: 2001-09-24
An introduction to the journeys of the little-known 14th century Muslim figure, Ibn Battuta. He traveled for 29 years from Morocco to China, from the steppes of Russia to the shores of Tanzania, 75,000 miles in all.
Under My Hijab by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.K493 Und 2018
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
As a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day.
Under the Ramadan Moon by
Call Number: JUV. BP186.4 .W46 2008
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Ramadan is one of the most special months of the Islamic year, when Muslims pray, fast, and help those in need. Whitman's lyrical story, with luminous illustrations by Sue Williams, serves as an ideal introduction to Ramadan.
The Way Meat Loves Salt by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.J156 Way 1998
Publication Date: 1998-09-15
In this Eastern European Jewish variant of the Cinderella story, the youngest daughter of a rabbi is sent away from home in disgrace, but thanks to the help of the prophet Elijah, marries the son of a renowned scholar and is reunited with her family. Includes words and music to a traditional Yiddish wedding song.
Welcoming Elijah by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.N47988 We 2020
Publication Date: 2020-01-28
Inside the house, a boy prepares for the Passover ritual of welcoming Elijah--meanwhile, outside the house, a kitten lingers in the cold.
What Is Given from the Heart by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M478693 Wf 2019
Publication Date: 2019-01-08
"Misery loves company," Mama says to James Otis. It's been a rough couple of months for them, but Mama says as long as they have their health and strength, they're blessed. One Sunday before Valentine's Day, Reverend Dennis makes an announcement during the service-- the Temples have lost everything in a fire, and the church is collecting anything that might be useful to them. James thinks hard about what he can add to the Temple's "love box," but what does he have worth giving? With her extraordinary gift for storytelling, McKissack--with stunning illustrations by Harrison--delivers a touching, powerful tale of compassion and reminds us all that what is given from the heart, reaches the heart.
The Whispering Town by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.E543 Whi 2014
Publication Date: 2014-02-01
In Denmark during World War II, young Annet, her parents, and their neighbors help a Jewish family hide from Nazi soldiers until it is safe for them to leave Annet's basement.
With a Mighty Hand by
Call Number: JUV. BS551.3 .E75 2013
Publication Date: 2013-08-27
An adaptation of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible presents the stories of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, and other primary figures in a continuous narrative that upholds the complexities of the original text.
Yo Soy Muslim by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.G653 Yo 2017
Publication Date: 2017-08-29
A lyrical celebration of multiculturalism as a parent shares with a child the value of their heritage and why it should be a source of pride, even when others disagree.
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by
Call Number: JUV. GV865.K67 W56 2009
Publication Date: 2009-02-24
In this striking picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax so amazing. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game.
Zara's New Eid Dress by
Call Number: JUV. BP186.45.A3 Za 2020
Publication Date: 2020-05-07
Zara loves all the festivities of Ramadan and Eid. She enjoys visiting with her friends at the mosque and sampling delicious foods from around the world. But one of her favorite things is shopping for her Eid dress. In past years, she wore similar outfits as her friends from different ethnic backgrounds. This year, she wants something uniquely her own. Zara envisions a dress that represents her heritage and her style, a reflection of her culture as an African American Muslim.