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60+ Books about World Religions

Books on World Religions for Kids- Kid World Citizen

 

This is a post in a series on World Religions for Kids, a group of articles packed with resources to help teachers and parents teach their children about World Religions as a means to promote compassion, empathy, cultural understanding, and tolerance. These books are a sample of the incredible list of 300+ multicultural books featured in The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners, a new book with hundreds of easy activities, resources, and projects to help busy educators incorporate global and cultural awareness in their classroom.

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General Books about World Religions

Use these books to explore similarities and differences in traditions, rituals, beliefs, and celebrations of world religions for kids.

Buller, Laura (2005). A Faith Like MineNew York, NY: DK.  Includes Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Sikhism in detail, with bits on Zoroastrianism, Shinto, Taoism, Jainism and Baha’i, for ages 9-12.

DK Publishing (2011). What Do You Believe? New York, NY: DK. Includes all of the largest faiths, many smaller religious, plus ancient philosophers such as Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato, as well as modern thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Kant, and Sartre.

Glossop, Jennifer, & Mantha, John (2003). The Kids Book of World Religions. Toronto, Canada: Kids Can Press. In addition to the general information about the different world religions for kids, it also includes info on leaders and places of worship (focusing on the major religions only).

Lumbard, Alexis York (2014). Everyone Prays. Bloomington, IN: Wisdom Tales. Perfect introductory text for kids ages 4-8, with a unifying message that despite our different cultures and traditions, many people have a deep faith.

Meredith, Susan (2012). The Usborne Book of World Religions. London, IL: Usborne Publishing. Like many of the other books listed, it includes sections on the main religions and briefly touches on some of the smaller faiths. Unique to this book is the addition of numerous web sites (viewed through the Usborne site) that are constantly updated.

Osborne, Mary Pope (1996). One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship. New York, NY: Knopf Books for Young Readers.  Includes Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, for ages 8-12.

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School Library Journal Reviews The Global Education Toolkit

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On May 8, 2014, the School Library Journal wrote this excellent review of The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners. In addition to appearing on-line, the article was also featured in School Library Journal‘s Curriculum Connections e-newsletter. 

Teaching kids to think globally is no longer an option. Technological advances have made our world smaller and the impact of nations on distant places and cultures is ever more pronounced. Add to that, the number of children who enter our public schools speaking a first (or second) language other than English, and it’s imperative that we open their classmates’ eyes to the world that exists beyond our borders.

With The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners (Corwin, 2014), Homa Sabet Tavanger, author ofGrowing Up Global: Raising Children to Be at Home in the World(Random, 2009) and Becky Mladic-Morales, founder ofKidWorldCitizen.org, have compiled a treasure trove of materials guaranteed to encourage and energize meaningful global learning. Infused with enthusiasm, this how-to guide for adults working with K-5 students is chockfull of practical ideas, activities, and resources. A password-protected companion site with links to materials referenced in the text is indispensable, so Internet access while using the toolkit is a must.

In Chapter 1, the authors offer guidance for assessing a school community’s commitment to global learning and suggest using an online “Global Footprint quiz” to determine an entry point for raising awareness and building a curriculum. They recognize the value of an International Night or other related events, “perhaps as a stepping stone to more in-depth curricular integration,” and provide a planning timeline along with pointers for engaging stakeholders, enlisting volunteers, and tapping into the larger community. Chapter 2, aptly titled “Things to Do,” details creative approaches to school-wide and classroom activities that incorporate crafts, food, music, games, language, and more.

For teachers and schools that are ready to move beyond an event, Chapter 3, “Infusing Global Learning Into Academic Subject Areas,” provides lesson plans in global education aligned with Common Core State Standards. Wisely, the authors prompt teachers to look within topics commonly taught in elementary schools, such as nutrition, pollution, the water cycle, families, etc., for simple ways in which to add a broader, global perspective, and they present examples to get teachers started.

With an emphasis on teaching empathy by building relationships, the last two chapters, “Technology Tools to Connect With the World” and “Charitable Giving and Service,” are a solid source of suggestions for opening doors to the world. Technology tools encompass social media, blogs and wikis, videoconferencing, online lesson plans, digital multimedia, and global professional development with helpful hints on specific tools, such as a list of “12 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom,” how to increase student participation with a “Skype Jobs Chart,” and a sampling of particularly effective classroom blogs.

As children learn about the world, they’ll also learn that the distribution of resources and advantages isn’t equal. Students develop empathy as they’re guided through service activities that can make a difference; service that is carefully planned, has a purpose, and is integrated with learning objectives. Inspiring examples of kids in action along with links to global organizations are nicely incorporated. Rounding out the toolkit are a few additional resources, including a printable global passport and a geographically arranged “Multicultural Book List” featuring over 300 titles.

This article was featured in School Library Journal‘s Curriculum Connections enewsletter.Subscribe today to have more articles like this delivered every month for free.

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IB World Magazine Praises “Global Education Toolkit”

We are excited to see more and more global educators interested in our new book. Thank you to IB World magazine for highlighting “The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners” in the most recent (March) issue. IB World magazine is the official magazine of the International Baccalaureate® (IB), published twice per year in hardcopy and online.
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“Globalizing” a Lesson on Rivers

Learn about Rivers- Kid World CItizen

By Becky Mladic-Morales

In our book, The Global Education Toolkit, we offer many examples of common lessons in elementary schools, and show how to bring in a global aspect. Without having to revamp curriculum, teachers can incorporate a global perspective into activities across subject areas.

Learning about rivers (among other water sources) is a common elementary school social studies and science topic. Here’s how teachers can take some of the frequent learning objectives when teaching kids about rivers, and add a global twist!

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Global Collaboration in Early Childhood Education

Kids Skype with New Zealand- Kid World CitizenBy Becky Mladic-Morales

I frequently get questions from teachers and homeschoolers about how to incorporate global learning into lessons for the youngest students. Margaret Powers is the Lower School Technology Coordinator for The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA. She has an amazing web site called Tech for a Global Early Education, that is chock full of valuable resources. Margaret is passionate about global education for early childhood, and using educational technology to connect with students around the world, and shares some of her tips and resources with us today.

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International Food Fest

International Week Food Festival- Kid World CItizen

By: Becky Mladic-Morales

Many people think of kids as picky eaters, who won’t try new foods- which is certainly true in some cases. But under the right conditions, and with the right prompting and preparation, an International Pot-luck during international week might be a way for kids to try different flavors, and learn a bit about cultural cuisines and traditions.

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