A Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings: From Faiths and Cultures Around the World

Deloris Jordan, illus. by Shadra Strickland. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4169-9550-0

Jordan presents an interfaith compilation of poems, prayers, and songs that includes familiar offerings such as “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” as well as Tibetan Buddhist and Old Testament blessings, an Islamic prayer, and a Navajo song. Many of the 20+ entries are of unknown origin, and an afterword provides a handful of details about them. Colored in a creamy, restful palette, Strickland’s linoleum prints are loosely structured over an unfolding day, featuring children around the world heading into church, clasping hands while singing, and enjoying moments of quiet solitude. It’s an eclectic and varied look at the way communities and cultures express praise, gratitude, and blessing. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Oct.)