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Seeking Christianish pb recommendations- books and presses

Started by Kabooms, May 29, 2024, 01:52 PM

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Kabooms

Hi!
Recommendations of creators/publishers doing loosely Christian or spiritual books in a deep, artful way?
A big part of what draws me to making picture books is that I know a lot of exvangelical/spiritual not religious parents who aren't raising their kids in a traditional 'Sunday School' but still want their kids to engage with Christian(ish) seasons/holy days/rituals/prayers/stories that are common reference points in American culture.

Examples I've found: Gayle Boss' All Creation Waits picture book version (Advent reflections through wildlife), Jan Brett's On Noah's Ark (focuses on the child sleeping among all the animals), Todd Parr's Peace book, Many from Beaming Books including This is the Church ("the church is the people") by Sarah Cunningham, Jennifer Grant's Maybe I Can Love My Neighbor Too, Mitali Perkins' Holy Night Little Star and other books from Waterbrook & Multnomah, Big Feelings Days by Aubrey Sampson through NavPress (has Jesus on a porch swing with a kid in a dino costume and focuses on emotions). I know Eerdmans and Zondervan. Someone just recommended Rabbi Sasso's books which I need to track down.

Thanks for any ideas!

RebeccaL-G

You've already gathered some publishers who publish these types of books, so maybe a good starting point is to look up each of these publishers and check out their online catalog to find more books like those you mentioned. I'll also mention that Bushel & Peck is getting into these types of books.
Rebecca Langston-George
www.rebeccalangston-george.com

Debbie Vilardi

Another idea is to search one book on Amazon and see what shows up in the "People also bought" area. Some libraries separate these books, so ask a children's librarian if you have one locally.
Website: http://www.debbievilardi.com/
Twitter: @dvilardi1

Kabooms

Thank you both!
I didn't know Bushel & Peck. Their books are gorgeous, and I love that they value all the book arts details of how it's made.
I have a dream public library with fabulous youth librarians who helped me make the list so far! I may have just walked the few blocks to the library and checked out so many kid books that I had to go back for my car to load the haul. (An excellent day.)

Trine

Creative blessings to you ~

www.trinegrillo.com

Kabooms

Thank you for the note, Trine! I have those open in tabs right now. :)

I love your headline on your site "Writer for Children Young and Old". Mine is "Let's explore the heart of our common stories, in words and pictures," which I'll stick with, but yours is so right to the heart of why we read and write with children. I also adore that you have youth writing prompts and a contact link specifically for your former students. I hope some of them find you on there, which I imagine would be thrilling for them, as well.

Warmly,
Katie


Trine

Creative blessings to you ~

www.trinegrillo.com

Vijaya

Quote from: Kabooms on May 29, 2024, 01:52 PMRecommendations of creators/publishers doing loosely Christian or spiritual books in a deep, artful way?
A big part of what draws me to making picture books is that I know a lot of exvangelical/spiritual not religious parents who aren't raising their kids in a traditional 'Sunday School' but still want their kids to engage with Christian(ish) seasons/holy days/rituals/prayers/stories that are common reference points in American culture.
 

This made me think of Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor :)

Here's a list of New Age publishers: https://writingtipsoasis.com/top-new-age-book-publishers/ which tend to be open to having Christian themes that are popular in the culture but without mentioning Jesus.
Little Thief! Max & Midnight, Bound, Ten Easter Eggs & 100+ bks/mags
https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com https://bodachbooks.blogspot.com

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