Best Kids Books About Religious

26 Kids 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!

The Night Before My First Communion book
#2
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
#3
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.

Ecclesiastes book
#4
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.

Buddha book
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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.

A Precious Moments Christmas book
#10
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.

Buddha Stories book
#11
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.

A Church for All book
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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.

Is It Rosh Hashanah Yet? book
#15
Is It Rosh Hashanah Yet?
Written by Chris Barash and illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

As summer ends and fall settles in, a family prepares to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. It’s time to pick apples, make cards, light the candles, and eat brisket to ring in the new year!

Bedtime Blessings book
#16
Bedtime Blessings
Written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Dear God, It's the end of the day and time for my prayer to say thanks for your blessings and heavenly care Bedtime Blessings offers a peaceful way to end the day with a special child, through this heartfelt prayer of gratitude and wish for God's blessings on others, too. Created to help grow a joyful spirit of contentment in even the youngest child, this sweet blessing will guide them into dreamland with a heart full of thanks and love.

Is it Passover Yet? book
#17
Is it Passover Yet?
Written by Chris Barash and illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s time to clean the house, set out our best dishes, and fill our homes with food and family to celebrate the joyous holiday of Passover! In this sweet story, join one family as they gather with loved ones to share the joy of togetherness and freedom that Passover brings.

Is It Purim Yet? book
#18
Is It Purim Yet?
Written by Chris Barash and illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It's nearly spring, which means it's time to celebrate the cheerful Jewish holiday of Purim. Purim recounts the time when Esther, Queen of Persia, saved the Jews from the evil Haman, who wanted to execute the Jewish people. It's a time to dress up in costumes, fill the hamantashen, swing the noisemakers, and read the Megillah scroll. Join a family as they celebrate the bravery of Queen Esther and the joy of being together.

One Last Wish book
#19
One Last Wish
Written by Suzanne I. Barchers and illustrated by Sue Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A princess marries a man she loves in spite of his impending death. Due to her devotion and persistence, she is granted a wish, which she uses wisely. Themes: love, devotion, bravery.

Hanukkah Harvie Vs. Santa Claus book
#20
Hanukkah Harvie Vs. Santa Claus
Written by David Michael Slater and illustrated by Michelle Simpson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

Everything was going smoothly, a typical first night of Hanukkah. Or so Harvie thought! There was someone else in the house, and he had presents, too - Santa Claus! Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus is the hilarious and heartfelt story of how two holiday heroes wind up with the greatest gift of all: friendship.

Bible Stories book
#21
Bible Stories
Written by and illustrated by Manuela Adreani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-10

Introduce children to some of the most remarkable stories ever written: tales from the Old Testament, all stunningly illustrated by Manuela Adreani. From God creating Earth to Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, and Daniel in the lion's den, this collection features 12 of the most famous stories told in the Bible. Children will learn about Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, and other protagonists of the Old Testament. Not only do these tales offer lessons and advice, they're filled with incredible adventures, promises broken and kept, repentance and forgiveness, and faith and love.

The Gift of Ramadan book
#22
The Gift of Ramadan
Written by Rabiah York Lumbard and illustrated by Laura K. Horton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. She tries to keep busy throughout the day so she won't think about food. But when the smell of cookies is too much, she breaks her fast early. How can she be part of the festivities now?

Noah Builds an Ark book
#23
Noah Builds an Ark
Written by Kate Banks and illustrated by John Rocco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A storm is coming -- a big one. How does a young urban boy prepare? A lovely allegorical story about ecology and caring inspired by the ancient tale of stewardship. While his family readies his townhouse for an approaching storm, boarding up windows and laying in groceries, Noah heads to the back garden, where beetles are burrowing deeper into the bark and mice are stuffing their hole with moss. Quickly and efficiently, Noah sets to work building an ark for them and other backyard creatures -- salamanders and toads, snakes and spiders, even brightly colored hummingbirds. Setting out fistfuls of nuts and leaves, berries and seeds, the boy props a flashlight inside and arranges some miniature furniture for the animals to sit or sleep on. "Come," Noah whispers to his friends just as his mother calls him inside and the dark storm roars in. From an award-winning author and a Caldecott Honoree comes a quietly inspiring story about how taking action on behalf of our fellow earth travelers can help us face fearsome events.

Pocket Bios: Joan of Arc book
#24
Pocket Bios: Joan of Arc
Written and illustrated by Al Berenger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A colorfully illustrated, pocket-size picture book biography of martyr and Roman Catholic saint, Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc was a teenager known for her instrumental role in the Hundred Years' War between the rulers of France and England. Guided by religious visions, she fearlessly helped King Charles VII win back the French throne from the British. After being captured and burned at the stake, she was declared a martyr and canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic church. Joan of Arc is a national heroine and patron saint, as her legend remains popular and fascinating to this day. About the series:Pocket Bios are full of personality, introducing readers to fascinating figures with simple storytelling and cheerful illustrations. Titles include men and women from history, exploration, the sciences, the arts, and the ancient world. Biographies about religious and spiritual leaders include Gandhi and the Buddha.

Sadie's Snowy Tu B'Shevat book
#25
Sadie's Snowy Tu B'Shevat
Written by Jamie Korngold and illustrated by Julie Fortenberry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Sadie wants to plant a tree for Tu B'Shevat. But it's the middle of winter! Her parents and grandfather assure her that a tree can't take root in the frozen ground. But with help from brother Ori and Grandma, Sadie learns why the tree-planting holiday is celebrated in winter and finds her own special ways to celebrate it.

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