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Children's Literature Reading Suggestions
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This list will be ever expanding and is arranged topically. Check back often for updates. List of books began on 6/12/13.
 

Creation Stories:

And God Created Squash by Martha Whitmore Hickman. Ages 4 and up.

Batwings and the Curtain of Night by Margarite Davol. Ages 4 and up.

Big Momma Makes the World by Phyllis Root. Ages 4-8.

The Children's Bible: The Old Testatment, the New Testament by Rev. Joseph A. Grispino. Ages 9 and up.

The Children's Book of Myths and Legends: Extradorinary Tales from Around the World  by Ronne Randall. Ages 7 and up.

Creation by Gerald McDermott. Ages 5 and up.

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingrid d'Aulaire. Ages 8 and up.

The Day Ocean Came to Visit by Diane Wolkstein. Ages 3 to 7.

The Dog Who Walked with God by Michael Rosen. Ages 6 to 9.

The Dreamer by Cynthia Rylant. Ages 5 and up.

The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Legend by Joseph Bruchac. Ages 3 to 5.

The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico by Nina Jaffe. Ages 4 and up.

How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend by Jerrie Oughton. Ages 5 to 8.

In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton. Ages 12 and up.

Mama God, Papa God: A Caribbean Tale by Richardo Keens-Douglas. Ages 5-8.

Mr. and Mrs. God in the Creation Kitchen by Nancy Wood. Ages 5 to 9.

Lord of the Animals: A Native American Creation Myth by Fiona French. Ages 4-8.

Older Than the Stars by Karen C. Fox. Ages 6 and up.

The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth by David Anderson. Ages 6-12.

Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott. Ages 4 to 8.

Remaking the Earth: A Creation Story from the Great Plains of North America by Paul Goble. Ages 6-12.

The Simon & Schuster Book of Greek Gods and Heroes by Alice Low. Ages 7 and up.

Snail Girl Brings Water: A Navajo Story by Geri Keams. Ages 5 and up.

The Spider Who Created the World by Amy MacDonald. Ages 4 and up.

The Star-Bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt by Diane Hofmeyr. Ages 8-12.

Sun Mother Wakes the World: An Australian Creation Story by Diane Wolkstein. Ages 3-8.

When Woman Became the Sea: A Costa Rican Creation Story by Susan Strauss. Ages 5 and up.


Religions of the World:


How I Celebrate: A Young Person's Guide to the Festivals of the World by Pam Robson. Ages 9 and up.

One World, Many Religions. The Ways We Worship by Mary Pope Osborne. Ages 8 and up.

What do You Believe: Religions and Faiths in the World Today by DK Publishing. Ages 7 and up.


Diversity - Stories from around the world, Different languages, Different features, etc.

Around the World in 80 Tales by Nicola Baxter. Ages 6 to 9.

Children Just Like Me: Celebrations by Anabel Kindersley. Ages 6 to 12.

Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World by Anabel Kindersley. Ages 6 to 12.

Hello World! Greetings in 42 Languages Around the Globe by Manya Stojic. Ages 4 to 8.

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox. Ages 4 to 8.