“Everyone Prays – Celebrating Faith Around The World by Alexis York Lumbard, Illustrated by Alireza Sadeghian
Release Date: March 31 2014
Rating: 4/5 Stars
As a Pagan and a Homeschooling Parent, I am always looking for inclusive children’s books, and Alexis Lumbard’s title invited me to take a closer look.
A short, beautifully illustrated book to read to the youngest among us, this book shares a lesson on a common thread – prayer – that goes beyond the usual constraints of Book Religions. While it’s title could use some improvement, because surely not everyone prays, and it implies that everyone believes in a higher power, which is also not true, the book’s intent is appreciated. The diversity shared allows the child to see that there are many ways to connect to one’s spiritual journey, and that fact alone makes the book commendable. While detailed in its illustrations, the artist Alireza Sadeqhian complimented the simple words with warmth.
Overall I recommend this book as a spring board to discuss the diversity of religion and their practices, in an age appropriate manner, for example in a Sunday School setting.