Posted: Monday, October 11, 2010, 9:38 am
In our increasingly multicultural society, many parents are interested in introducing their children to world religions. And what better way to do it than through books?
During an upcoming Worthington Libraries workshop, you will learn ways to introduce books of faith to children as well as criteria for selecting good books.
The Children's Spiritual Literature Workshop will feature panelists Kim Gales, a Worthington Libraries youth services librarian, and Michael J. Rosen and Asma Mobin-Uddin, authors well-known for their multicultural children's books.
In fact, Mobin-Uddin started writing because she had trouble finding books about the Muslim-American experience to read to her own children. In her first book, My Name is Bilal, Bilal and his sister transfer to a school where they are the only Muslims and must learn to fit in while staying true to their beliefs and heritage.
When Elijah's Angel, one of Michael J. Rosen's first children's books was released, Booklist gave it a starred review and said, "In a time of so much dissension, stories like this one…are hopeful guideposts to the way people can live together."
Elijah's Angel is a child's vision of religious tolerance exquisitely played out in the story of an elderly Christian barber and the Jewish child who befriends him. Rosen's other children's books include Chanukah Lights Everywhere and A Thanksgiving Wish.
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