#CybilsAwards Book Lists: Celebrating Religion and Faith

A Happy Christmas to all those who celebrate today! As a nod to the holiday, and to be more inclusive, I thought we’d celebrate all the books that embrace religion and faith – no matter what it is – in some way. Enjoy this!


Piece by Piece: The Story of Nisrin’s Hijab
by Priya Huq
Harry N Abrams


Huda F Are You?
by Huda Fahmy
Dial Books

“One more thing I really appreciate about this story is its exploration of Muslim identity. Like I said above, Muslims are underrepresented in kidlit, especially in graphic novels, so it’s wonderful to see books like this bringing a nuanced and realistic portrayal of Muslim kids like Huda to the table.” – Max at Completely Full Bookshlf


The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School
by Sonora Reyes
Balzer + Bray

“I want to say there’s not much to SAY about this because it’s more about the FEELINGS and I felt very captivated by this story! Definitely worth a read if you just want to get in touch with your teenage self and both the frustration and excitement that comes with it.” – Gina A.


Awe-some Days: Poems about the Jewish Holidays
by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
Dial Books

“I think this would be a nice addition to any elementary library. I am even thinking of buying it for my church library. I am sure others would appreciate knowing more about the Jewish faith.” – Anne @ Headfullofbooks


Coming of Age: 13 B’nai Mitzvah Stories
Edited by Jonathan Rosen & Henry Herz
Albert Whitman & Company

” I found this collection to be interesting, enlightening, and entertaining. It’s a quick read that I would definitely recommend to young readers, Jewish or not.” – Susan


The Seed of Faith: A Christmas Miracle
by Daniel Petronelli, illustrated by Emily Pritchett
Walnut Ridge Publishing Company


Feasts and Festivals Around the World: From Lunar New Year to Christmas
by Alice B. McGinty, Illustrated by Tomoko Suzuki
little bee books

“Interesting and inclusive, this book is a worldwide celebration of festivals, sharing also the foods that go with them. You know they’ve chosen some interesting holidays when there are a few we’ve really never heard of. Great global perspective!” – TheBrookeList


Hanukkah Nights
by Amalia Hoffman

“Using only simple text and simple verse, Hanukkah Night delightfully shares the Hanukkah experience. ” – Deb Nance at Readerbuzz


Diwali in My New Home
by Shachi Kaushik, illustrated by Aishwarya Tandon
Beaming Books