Best Children's Books About Religious

39 Children's Books About Religious

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Chameleon That Saved Noah's Ark book
#1
The Chameleon That Saved Noah's Ark
Written by Yael Molchadsky and illustrated by Orit Bergman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

It’s mealtime on the ark! Striking folk-art-style paintings illustrate this charming tale about the purpose of every creature and the harmony of nature. Noah and his family work hard to keep all the animals on the ark happy and well-fed. They find just the right food for every creature—except for the two chameleons. These picky eaters won’t eat anything! Noah is worried! What will tempt these two? It is not until the ark’s food supply is suddenly threatened, that Noah gets a surprising answer—and discovers that even the SMALLEST creatures have a BIG role to play in nature!

David and the Lost Lamb book
#2
David and the Lost Lamb
Written by W C Bauers and illustrated by Marta Costa
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tiny Bible Tales, a new series of board books, shares the stories of the Bible’s bravest heroes. With gentle, rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations, this book tells the tale of David saving a lost lamb from a hungry lion. Each day, David leads his flock of sheep out into the hills. When one lamb wanders from the rest and a hungry lion takes interest, David rushes to its aid, bringing the young sheep back to safety. This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible’s most treasured stories.

Jonah and the Whale book
#3
Jonah and the Whale
Written by W C Bauers and illustrated by Marta Costa
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tiny Bible Tales, a new series of board books, shares the stories of the Bible’s bravest heroes. With gentle, rhyming text, this book tells the tale of Jonah getting swallowed by the great whale. And with illustrations depicting these heroic Biblical characters as children, readers can easily put themselves directly in the story. Little Jonah hears God say, Help the people to obey. After Jonah sets sail against God’s command, he finds himself in the belly of a great whale. Trapped there for three days and three nights, he learns a valuable lesson in forgiveness.

Daniel in the Lions Den book
#4
Daniel in the Lions Den
Written by W C Bauers and illustrated by Marta Costa
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Tiny Bible Tales, a series of board books, shares the stories of the Bible’s bravest heroes with gentle, rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations. When Daniel is thrown into the lion’s den, it will take all of his prayer and faith to save him. This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible’s most treasured stories.

The Night Before My First Communion book
#5
The Night Before My First Communion
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this story, written in the style of Clement C. Moore's classic poem, a girl and her twin brother nervously prepare for their first communion.

When God Made Light book
#6
When God Made Light
Written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the creators of the bestselling "When God Made You" comes a new illuminating message of a God-made light that cuts through darkness to bring vision and hope to all young readers. Full color.

The Day the Buddha Woke Up book
#7
The Day the Buddha Woke Up
Written by Andrea Miller and illustrated by Rima Fujita
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The heart of the Buddha’s story in a handful of words— beautifully illustrated by a world-renowned artist. The Day the Buddha Woke Up is a board book that will captivate children of all ages. It’s the perfect way to introduce young children to the story of the Buddha—the clear, gracefully written story puts the Buddha's awakening into language children can understand. The simple arc of the Buddha’s questions, his quest, and his ultimate understanding will provide a meaningful and peaceful story that children—and their parents!—will love returning to again and again.

My First Christmas book
#8
My First Christmas
Written by and illustrated by Stephen Barker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce young children to the Nativity story with this adorable and interactive storybook! With die-cut windows, colorful illustrations, simple text, and clever lift-the-flaps, My First Christmas retells the Nativity story and will become a Christmas classic for families. Follow along in this interactive storybook as Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem and welcome baby Jesus into the world.

Noah's Ark book
#9
Noah's Ark
Written by and illustrated by Stephen Barker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Bring Noah’s Ark to life with this interactive retelling. Perfect for story time! This interactive retelling of the story of Noah's Ark is brought to life with die-cut windows, colorful illustrations, simple text, and clever lift-the-flaps on every spread. Perfect for introducing the stories of the Bible to young children, this book will become a story time favorite! Count two by two as Noah leads animals from the jungle, farm, garden, and more into his ark, safe and warm, away from the flood.

A Child's Book of Prayers book
#10
A Child's Book of Prayers
Written and illustrated by Michael Hague
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

I see the moon And the moon sees me; God bless the moon, And God bless me. Michael Hague's beautifully illustrated, best-selling collection of traditional prayers is now available as a padded board book. From "The Lord's Prayer" to "Now I Lay MeDown to Sleep," the verses included are familiar, comforting, and appropriate for even the youngest child. The art is full of love and spirit, presenting a reassuring vision of the world.

Ecclesiastes book
#11
Ecclesiastes
Written and illustrated by Cynthia Rylant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8

In the spirit of her acclaimed Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant illustrates verses from the King James Bible chapter of Ecclesiastes in a simple yet powerful folk art style. Cynthia Rylant takes the familiar text of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, as told in the King James Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in her simple but bold style that has been called “stunning” by School Library Journal. As she did with the creation story, Rylant has created a sublime take on a classic story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

The Length of a String book
#12
The Length of a String
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Imani is adopted, and she’s ready to search for her birth parents. But when she discovers the diary her Jewish great-grandmother wrote chronicling her escape from Holocaust-era Europe, Imani begins to see family in a new way. Imani knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to find her birth parents. She loves her family and her Jewish community in Baltimore, but she has always wondered where she came from, especially since she’s black and almost everyone she knows is white. Then her mom’s grandmother–Imani’s great-grandma Anna–passes away, and Imani discovers an old journal among her books. It’s Anna’s diary from 1941, the year she was twelve and fled Nazi-occupied Luxembourg alone, sent by her parents to seek refuge in Brooklyn, New York. Anna’s diary records her journey to America and her new life with an adoptive family of her own. And as Imani reads the diary, she begins to see her family, and her place in it, in a whole new way.

Buddha book
#13
Buddha
Written and illustrated by Demi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A nonfiction picture book with full-color illustrations about the life of the Buddha, from award-winning author and illustrator Demi Many centuries ago, in a kingdom in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, a miraculous child was born to the king and queen. The young prince, Siddhartha, was raised in the greatest luxury, sheltered from all pain and ugliness. But one day Siddhartha left the palace and saw, for the first time, human suffering and death. He knew then that he must relinquish everything-- his family, his wealth, his position-- to discover the Truth of life and death. With only a few humble possessions, he began a remarkable spiritual journey that ended many years later under a bodhi tree. There he finally discovered the Truth and became an Enlightened One, a Buddha. The Buddha taught the Truth and the path to inner peace for forty-five years, attracting thousands of disciples. Today millions of people around the world live by his teachings. Demi's exquisite illustrations, inspired by the paintings and sculptures of several Asian cultures, are layered with meaning; each brush stroke has a special significance. Demi, herself a Buddhist, brings her devotion to the teachings of the Buddha and her vast knowledge of his life to this comprehensive picture-book biography of an extraordinary spiritual leader.

The Dalai Lama book
#14
The Dalai Lama
Written and illustrated by Demi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

By award-winning picture book author Demi, this is a fully illustrated nonfiction picture book that tells the story of the search for the fourteenth Dalai Lama. Now in paperback for the first time, with a foreword written by The Dalai Lama himself. When the thirteenth Dalai Lama died in 1933, the highest holy men in Tibet searched throughout the land for his successor. They were spiritually guided to the humble dwelling of a loving family high in the Himalayas. When the search party greeted the youngest son, the child told them, "Now I am going home!" At last the fourteenth Dalai Lama had been found, and at the age of two, the young boy was taken to the capital city, Lhasa, where he began his training to become the spiritual leader of Tibet. The work of the Dalai Lama and the fate of Tibet are topics of evergrowing international focus. In simple language and glorious art, Demi pays tribute to the fourteenth Dalai Lama's remarkable life. She captures the beauty of Tibetan culture, as well as the charm, talent, and vision of one of the world's best-known spiritual figures.

Little Sid book
#15
Little Sid
Written by Ian Lendler and illustrated by Xanthe Bouma
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this charming and accessible picture book, Ian Lendler and Xanthe Bouma offer a heart-warming account of the childhood of the Buddha. A spoiled young prince, Siddhartha got everything he ever asked for, until he asked for what couldn’t be given—happiness. Join Little Sid as he sets off on a journey of discovery and encounters mysterious wise-folk, terrifying tigers, and one very annoying mouse. With Lendler’s delightful prose and Bouma’s lyrical artwork, Little Sid weaves traditional Buddhist fables into a classic new tale of mindfulness, the meaning of life, and an awakening that is as profound today as it was 2,500 years ago.

Stories Jesus Told Us book
#16
Stories Jesus Told Us
Written and illustrated by Su Box
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

The perfect introduction to Jesus’ stories, six much-loved parables from the New Testament are re-told simply and clearly and accompanied by beautiful picture-book style illustrations. Each story can be read to the child but can also be enjoyed by children on their own as their reading skills develop. Next Steps are included at the back of the book to encourage further discussion and there’s a rhyme for children to join in with and lots to spot throughout the books.

Jonah and the Big Fish book
#17
Jonah and the Big Fish
Written by Katherine Scully and illustrated by Simona Sanfilippo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

God asks Jonah to go to Nineveh to deliver a message. What happens when he disobeys him? Why is Jonah thrown into the stormy sea? Read about Jonah's adventure and find out how he ends up inside a big fish! These beautifully illustrated classic Bible stories are perfect for reading together as well as reading alone. The most popular stories from the Old Testament are retold in easy-to-read language and provide a perfect introduction into the Bible. The series allows children to become familiar with colorful stories from the Old Testament using the familiar picture story format. Whilst the language is simple and easy to understand, the detailed illustrations support the text and provide ideal opportunities for spotting things and for further discussion.

Diwali book
#18
Diwali
Written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Learn all about the traditions of Diwali with this third book in the delightful board book series Celebrate the World, which highlights special occasions and holidays across the globe. Each autumn we gather with our friends and family and light our brightest lanterns. It’s time for Diwali, the festival of lights! In this lovely board book with illustrations from Archana Sreenivasan, readers learn that the five days of Diwali are a time to pray for a bountiful season, celebrate the special bonds between siblings, and rejoice in the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.

A Precious Moments Christmas book
#19
A Precious Moments Christmas
Written and illustrated by Precious Moments
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The Precious Moments characters are paired with two of the world's most treasured Christmas carols, "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Away in a Manger." The beautiful illustrations and classic lyrics come together to create a precious book that families can read aloud--or even sing!--together each Christmas for a new holiday treat.

Ramadan book
#20
Ramadan
Written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Rashin, Hannah Eliot
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Learn all about the traditions of Ramadan with this first book in the brand-new board book series Celebrate the World, which highlights celebrations across the globe. In the ninth month of the year, when the first crescent moon rises in the sky, it’s time to celebrate Ramadan! In this lovely board book with illustrations from Rashin Kheiriyeh, readers learn that Ramadan is a time to reflect on ourselves, to be thankful, and a time to help others.

Buddha Stories book
#21
Buddha Stories
Written and illustrated by Demi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A golden goose demonstrates the wealth of kindness. A rabbit learns not to believe everything he hears. Throughout the ages, moral tales have been passed down from one generation to the next. Centuries ago in China, hundreds of parables were told by the Buddha to his devoted followers. His messages became widespread through fables adapted by famous storytellers like Aesop and La Fontaine. In this collection, the author has chosen ten of the most engaging classic tales from the Buddha's works. Compiled and illustrated by Demi, this wonderful collection of stories is sure to draw young readers into the ancient teachings of the Buddha, teachings that are as relevant today as they were over two thousand years ago.

Passover Family book
#22
Passover Family
Written and illustrated by Monique Polak
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A photographic board book that focuses on family coming together to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover. Teach babies and toddlers about this important Jewish festival by exploring what happens during the Passover seder with this delightful photographic board book. This primer features family and friends coming together to share a meal, tell stories and sing songs, and encourages littles ones to participate in this special time. Children of all faiths will enjoy the bright photos and primary text that focuses on bringing family together to celebrate and observe a holiday tradition.

A Church for All book
#23
A Church for All
Written by Gayle E. Pitman and illustrated by Laure Fournier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This simple, lyrical story celebrates a diverse community on a Sunday morning at an inclusive church that welcomes all people regardless of age, class, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Come to the church for all!

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns book
#24
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns
Written by Hena Khan and illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam s beauty and traditions. 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. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is equally at home in a classroom reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent s lap.

Is It Sukkot Yet? book
#25
Is It Sukkot Yet?
Written by Chris Barash and illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The first sights of fall arrive—pumpkins, gourds, and colorful leaves—and that means that Sukkot is almost here. Sukkot is the Jewish holiday celebrating the fall harvest and commemorating the time when the children of Israel spent forty years wandering the desert and living in temporary shelters (rebuilt as a sukkah during Sukkot). Soft illustrations and thoughtful gentle text pair for a charming invitation for children to celebrate the joyful holiday.

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