Books in this category reflect the people of the world's nations, religions, and cultures, sometimes as a central feature of the story and other times as part of the story's background.
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All Books in the Cultural & Religious Groups Category
Itâ€™s Israelâ€™s Birthday! Written by Ellen Dietrick Part of the â€śItâ€™s Timeâ€ť series, this book celebrates Israelâ€™s 60th birthday by taking youngsters on a pretend trip to Israel, where they board a plane, visit a kibbutz, enjoy the shuk (outdoor marketplace) in Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, visit the Kotel (Western Wall), and experience Israel in other ways. [Grade Level: K - 2]
Jerusalem Sky Written by Mark H. Podwal According to legend, the Jerusalem sky held off the rains for seven years while King Solomon built his temple. In the Jerusalem sky, the Bible says, a rising star announced the birth of Jesus. Through that same sky, Islamic belief holds, Muhammad climbed to heaven. Now the Jerusalem sky fills with the sounds of worshippers praying for peace in the synagogues, churches, and mosques. [Grade Level: 3 - 6]
John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement James Haskins (Author), Kathleen Benson (Author), Benny Andrews (Illustrator) This illustrated biography celebrates the life of a living legend of U.S. history, a sharecropperâ€™s son who grew up to become a major civil rights leader. Stirred by his experience of segregation and inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis joined Dr. King and other civil rights leaders after graduating high school, and was in the forefront of the major civil rights protests of the 1960s. In the face of physical attacks, he persevered with dignity and a devotion to nonviolence, helping southern black people gain the right to vote. Lewis has continued his commitment to human rights since that time and, in 1986, he was elected to represent Georgia in the U.S. Congress, where he continues to serve today. [Grade Level: 3 - 5]