Books for Young People

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Appropriate for All

Age Groups:

 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach, ISBN-10: 0743278909;  ISBN-13: 978-0743278904.  A spiritual classic for all age groups from adults to small children.  Through a fictional story about a seagull, it delightfully shares the essence of all spiritual teachings in just a few pages.

 

Appropriate for Small Children

 

All I See is a Part of Me, by Chara Curtis (Author), Cynthia Aldrich (Illustrator).  ASIN: B004HFS42A.  A beautifully illustrated, best selling children's book evoking a feeling of a magical, spiritual Oneness with all Life as seen through the eyes of a child.  Very sweet and innocent and sure to be a favorite bedtime story for small children! Even though the recommended age range is for 4 year olds and up, many parents say their 2 & 3 year olds love having it read to them.  Grade Level: Preschool and up.

 

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, by Susan Jeffers. ISBN-10: 0142301329;

ISBN-13: 978-0142301326. Beautifully illustrated by Susan Jeffers, it uses the heart touching words of Chief Seattle to awaken our love of nature. Starting with: "The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth, Chief Seattle stirs within us the memory that nature is a gift from the Great Spirit and it's crucial to cherish and take care of her.  Moving, inspiring and uplifting, it just might bring a tear to your eye.  Even though it is recommended for ages 4-8 years, it has a message for all ages.  Age Range: 4 - 8 years.  Grade Level: Kindergarten through 3rd Grade.

 

Old Turtle,  Author: Douglas Wood; Illustrator: Cheng-Khee Chee. ISBN-10: 0439309085; ISBN-13: 978-0439309080.  A beautifully illustrated, spiritually uplifting book which starts out with various animals arguing over what GOD is - each seeing GOD in their own image.  Fortunately "Old Turtle" saves the day by explaining the oneness of the various images of GOD.  All the animals now live in peace.  Later, when the humans appear on earth, they too begin arguing over who and what GOD is.  Now it's the animals turn to speak from their innocent hearts as they teach us about the Universality of GOD, the Oneness of all Life and the importance of being kind and caring to all life. Thus all becomes well again. This best selling children's book received the American Booksellers Association's 1993 Abby Choice Book of the Year Award.  Age Range: 6 years and up, Grade Level: 1st grade and up.

 

Dear Children of the Earth,  by Schim Schimmel.  ISBN-10: 1559712252; ISBN-13: 978-1559712255.

A loving letter from Mother Earth to the animals and children of earth.  While it doesn't have a direct spiritual teaching, it does have a beautiful message of caring for all the animals, ecosystems and environment of our dear little planet.  Not only are the words uplifting and heart touching, but the illustrations by the author are stunningly gorgeous!

Age Range: 5 - 8 years. Grade Level: Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

 

I AM, by Dr Wayne Dyer with Kristina Tracy.  Illustrated by Stacy Heller Budnick.  ISBN-10: 1401939759; ISBN-13: 978-1401939755.  It's worded as if it were a sweet message from GOD to us.  By using the words "I AM", we learn that we can find GOD within our hearts.  And in the process we learn that we need to use these special words, "I AM", with great care and only say nice things about ourselves to ourself.  Thus, it's a great way to introduce children to the use of affirmations, and on the last page there's a place for children to begin creating affirmations for themselves.   Age Range: 4 - 10 years.