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RESOURCES FOR A BAHA'I EDUCATION

Prayer Books:

My Little Book of Baha'i Prayers, My Little Book of the Writings of Baha'u'llah, My Little Book of the Writings of `Abdu'l-Baha (Boxed Set)
Compiled by Juliet Mabey
These three little books are just the right size for little hands. They have beautiful illustrations on every page by Michael Sours. The illustrations make these books very special and help to convey the holiness of God's Words.

O God, Guide Me!
Illustrations by Wendy Cowper-Thomas, Design by Suni D. Hannan
This prayer book has beautiful, colourful watercolor paintaings of children from around the world.

O Thou Kind Lord!
From a selection by Anne Walker
There are illustrations on almost every page but they are only in purple (monochromatic).

Books of Holy Writings:

Readings (from the Writings of Baha'u'llah) to grow by
Illustrated by Anja Shanmugampillai
Hardcover, glossy pages, beautiful colour illustrations on every page. On average, two lines of Writings per page.

Books about the Holy Family:

The Love of Baha'u'llah
Stories retold by Jacqueline Mehrabi
A book of short stories about the life of Baha'u'llah specifically for children. This book includes beautiful illustrations on every page by Michael Sours.

Stories of Baha'u'llah
Compiled by `Ali-Akbar Furutan
Short one paragraph stories from the life of Baha'u'llah. Organized in chronological order. No pictures.

Stories of `Abdu'l-Baha
Adapted by Jacqueline Mehrabi
A book of short stories about the life of `Abdu'l-Baha specifically for children. This book has illustrations on every page by Hugh Sean O'Rourke.

Stories of the Greatest Holy Leaf
Adapted by Jacqueline Mehrabi
A book of short stories about the life of Bahiyyih Khanum specifically for children. This book has illustrations on every page by Hugh Sean O'Rourke.

Books about the Baha'i Faith:

The Garden of Baha'u'llah: Visual Lessons for the Study of the Baha'i Faith
By Peter A. Oldziey
This book provides a very complete, well-rounded introduction to Baha'i beliefs, history, laws, teachings, practices, and organization. Each page includes an illustration, brief explanation of a subject, and a short selection from a Holy Writing. This book is an excellent resource for teaching young children about the Baha'i Faith.

The Central Figures: Baha'u'llah (Volumes 1, 2, 3)
Compiled by the U.S. National Baha'i Education Task Force
Beautiful hardcover textbooks with colourful illustrations and glossy pages. A compilation of prayers, Writings, and stories. There is a lesson-plan guide which this material is used to support.

Children's Stories from the Dawn-Breakers
written by Zoe Meyer, illustrated by Winifred Barnum-Newman
Beautiful color illustrations on almost every page. Simplified stories from the Dawn-Breakers appropriate for children.

My First Baha'i Book, My Baha'i Book, My Baha'i Junior Youth Book
Prepared by the Central and East African Baha'i Regional Development Committee
Email the Baha'i Publishers of Kenya at: bpakenya@alphanet.co.ke

Books about Holy Days:

Maggie Celebrates Ayyam-i-Ha
By Patti Rae Tomarelli, Illustrated by Wendy Cowper-Thomas

Music CD's:

We are Baha'is!
Produced by Jack Lenz
Children's songs. Some are prayers and Writings, but most are made-up songs.

We are Baha'is Too!
Produced by Jack Lenz
Children's songs. Some are prayers and Writings, but most are made-up songs.

Teaching Peace
By Red Grammer
Children's songs. No prayers or Writings, but Baha'i-like themes.

Songs of the Ancient Beauty

The Music of the Baha'i World Congress

Love All the World
By Tim Urbonya
Prayers and Holy Writings that are beautiful children's songs. Highly recommended.

Melodies of the Nightingale (for the family)
By Elika Ehsani Mahony
The words are the Holy Writings themselves. Beautiful singing. One of my favourite CDs. Not children's songs but good for devotional meetings or Feast.

The Virtues Songs (A Musical Companion to The Family Virtues Guide)
By Jennifer Russell
Each song describes the virtue and uses a variety of musical styles.

Songbooks:

O Be Joyful!
By Ruth Vander Stelt
Baha'i songs in English and French. Includes songs, prayers, Holy Writings. Some of the songs are ones that are very popular and great to learn to share as a musical accompaniment for the whole community singing together.

The Virtues Songbook
By Jennifer Russell
The words and music for all the virtues songs created to accompany the Family Virtues Guide and the CD also by Jennifer. Great to use to be a live musical accompaniment to children singing the songs. Each song describes the virtue and uses a variety of musical styles.

Books for Parents:

Foundations for a Spiritual Education: Research of the Baha'i Writings
Prepared by the National Baha'i Education Task Force

This book is the foundation and standard by which I judge all other resources, choose curriculum, and decided which direction to take in teaching and training my children. This book is simply a compilation of Baha'i Writings on the subject of education. It is very well-organized and includes topics such as: purpose of spiritual education, content of spiritual education, methods of discipline, parental responsibilities etc. - the how, when, why, and what of training children to achieve their full potential as both a physical and spiritual being. To be a successful Baha'i parent, we need to know these Writings well and put them into practice.

The Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves
By Linda Kavelin Popov, Dan Popov, and John Kavelin

Websites:

U.S. National Baha'i Education and Schools Office
An absolutely amazing site with downloadable curriculum and lesson plans.

Children's Baha'i Education Service for the United Kingdom
This site includes a sample curriculum, sample lesson plans and other great resources for creating a Baha'i Education Curriculum.

Internet Baha'i School

Other useful resources for promoting Baha'i principles:

A Life Like Mine (How Children Live Around the World)
A Dorling Kindersley publication in association with Unicef
Beautiful color photographs throughout. An excellent glimpse into how different children eat, live, and play around the world.

People
By Peter Spier
A beautifully illustrated book showing all the different ways we are unique from physical attributes to games we play. There is also a wonderful DVD with the same title that has songs and animation celebrating our differences.

Children Just Like Me
By Barnabas and Anabel Kinderseley
Beautiful color photographs. Each page is about one child. Their family, home, school. Favorite food, toys, and hobbies. An excellent glimpse into the lifestyles of different children around the world. A sticker book is also available with the same title. This is useful for making flashcards that you could stick on a world map, or other games.

Children from Australia to Zimbabwe
By Maya Ajmera and Anna Rhesa Versola
Each page describes a country of the world and includes basic facts. Many colourful photographs of children from each country.

What I Believe
By Alan Brown and Andrew Langley
A combination of colourful photographs and illustrations on each page. Most of the main world religions are explained in simple ways. A good book for introducing children to the different religions of the world. The Baha'i Faith is included in the section: Some Other Faiths.

Global Art
By MaryAnn F. Kohl and Jean Potter
This is a book of arts and crafts projects based on clothes, toys, and art from different parts of the world. Black and white illustrations.

Garden of Virtues
By Christina Keffler and Rebecca Donnelli
A book describing many virtues and ways to practice them. Similar to the Family Virtues Guide.

All the Colors of the Earth
By Sheila Hamanaka
A beautifully illustrated children's book describing the different colours of children around the world.

I'm Like You, You're Like Me
By Cindy Gainer
A children's book describing how we are the same and different. Colourful illustrations.