When it comes to books about religion for kids, I am a firm believer that children should be educated in the practices and beliefs of all the world’s religions. When children understand why a classmate celebrates a holiday that he or she does not or why they refer to the Supreme Being with a different name then eventually a tolerance and respect grows in their hearts. Children will also start to see that the basic teachings of most religions are very similar: living a good and honest life while being kind to the humans and creatures around them. I am not promoting a one religion fits all when I say this, either. Being able to discuss with our children why we follow a certain line of teachings will help them to decide for themselves what they will follow as an adult.
For as long as I can remember, I have been a spiritual person. I was raised in a Christian family and started to ask hard questions at a very early age. What I found was that the adults in my life were very prejudiced against people from other faiths and did not like, even a little bit, my asking about anything other than the religious traditions that they followed. What did that do to me as a kid? It turned me away! Before I knew what the word hypocrisy meant, I understood that those adults were not practicing what they preached. I picked up on the intolerance and knew even as a child that it was not what God or more specifically Jesus taught. We were to love our neighbor as we loved ourselves. So, instead of me following in the traditions of my family, I began to look elsewhere for a way to grow in my own faith.
|The Kids Book of World Religions
New in the series of The Kids Books, this book should be in every household who has children (as far as I am concerned). The book covers the religions of the world in a way that kids can comprehend and explains the history, religious leaders, major holidays, where they worship and some of their scriptures. As a child begins to learn about other faith systems, discussions can be started about the differences and similarities from the religious culture that your family belongs to.
|The Kids’ Book of Prayers About All Sorts of Things (More for Kids)
Prayer, in some form, is a part of just about every religion in the world. We tell kids to pray but we do not always teach them how to pray. This book offers prayers for just about anything in a child’s life that they want to pray about. What I like the most about this book is that it teaches children that speaking to God is actually very easy.
|The Children’s Book of Virtues
I love this book for kids! Being a person of virtue is what all religions teach so without getting into an actual religious tenet this books gives children examples of honesty, compassion, loyalty and faith in the form of stories with an example of a virtue.
|Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire
Let’s be honest, the problems that children face today are much different than when we were children. The world is a very different place. Reading one of these 20 stories each night will help them with some gentle moral guidance without sounding too preachy while we share the updated teachings of the Buddha with them.
|Classic Bible Stories for Jewish Children
What I love about this book for kids is that the stories are all from the Old Testament sharing the stories of the prophets, heroes and heroines of the ancient scriptures. The people are all important in the teachings of Judaism, Islam and Christianity making it a wonderful book to share with kids.
Beverly Owens follows the teachings of her ancestors in an Earth Based Faith system mixed with the teachings of her childhood in Christianity and the teachings of the Buddha in her spiritual journey on this Earth. She raised her own children to be tolerant and respective of all of the religions of the world and is encouraging the same with her grandchildren. She shares some of her knowledge of ancestral teachings at: Native American Totems.