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  • People need to breathe air. We cannot live underwater. But we have ways to explore the ocean’s deepest life and mysteries. Snorkels and...

Beacon Press

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    If justice is to be realized, our voices must speak loudly—even boisterously—of love.
  • By Lindasusan Ulrich
    We can’t always predict which choices will wind up having a huge impact on us, whether it's bringing home a stuffed animal or taking a particular train to Oxford Circus.
  • By Karen G. Johnston
    Surrender is the last thing, often the only thing, available. And so we give ourselves to it. We fear it is our end. Sometimes—with grace or luck—we find it is our liberation.
  • By Amanda Poppei
    What, exactly, are we doing when we invite love into our lives? Surely we know that it's much tidier without it, when things stay at a distance.
  • By Yuri Yamamoto
    Who are the angry birds in my life? Do I avoid opportunities in fear of risks? What are the sticks I carry in my heart so as not to be hurt again?
  • By Jake Morrill
    For twelve years, Daisy has been the best dog any person could love. But last week, when she disappeared into the woods? That wasn’t what I...
  • By Maureen Killoran
    He was, I am told, just a dog. But who was it that, fresh from the litter, climbed onto my chest, licked my face, and rubbed his pink baby...

Skinner House Books

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

A Chorus of Faiths, High School Youth

  • A retelling of a Sufi wisdom tale. Once there was a woman who prayed to understand what path she should take in life. One night, after...

Circle of Trees

  • By Carol Reed-Jones
    We gratefully acknowledge Dawn Publications for permission to use the text of the children's picture book The Tree in the Ancient Forest by...
  • Trout Are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre, text copyright 2008. Used with permission by Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc. Read the story...

Creating Home, Kindergarten-1st Grade

  • At the Central Park Zoo in New York City, there were two penguins named Roy and Silo, who adored each other. It is typical for penguins to...
  • One day some worker bees made a honeycomb in the hollow trunk of an oak. They settled nearby to rest. Then, the drones from their hive flew...
  • Adapted from a Jewish folktale from Poland In this fun and participatory story a farmer lives in a house with his wife and children and the...
  • Adapted from a National Park Service website; used by permission of Wind Cave National Park. In this Native American legend, Lizard sings a...
  • Adapted with permission from the version of a Native American folktale on Stonee’s WebLodge: A Native American Lore Website . I. Adapted...
  • Once upon a time in Kenya, on a peaceful river near the east coast of Africa, a herd of hippopotamus was surprised by heavy rain. The rain...

Faithful Journeys, Grades 2-3

Gather the Spirit

Love Surrounds Us, Grades K-1

Love Will Guide Us, Grades 2-3

Miracles, Wide Age Span

  • A retelling of a story from Cherokee tradition. When the earth was first made, it was very dark, and the animals were afraid. One day Bear...
  • Luís lived in the Arctic Circle with his parents who were researching the effects of global warming. Luís wondered about that as he went...

Moral Tales, Grades 2-3

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