Creation Myths for Young Readers

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Big Momma Makes the World (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards))
1.  Big Momma Makes the World (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) by Phyllis Root
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  "Big Momma, with a baby on her hip and laundry piling up, makes the world and everything in it and, at the end of the sixth day, tells the people she has made that they must take care of her creation."
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Mama God, Papa God: A Caribbean Tale
2.  Mama God, Papa God: A Caribbean Tale by Richardo Keens-Douglas
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  "Papa God creates light so that he can see Mama God, and then he makes the world because he wants to give her something beautiful."
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In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World
3.  In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton
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  "An illustrated collection of twenty-five myths from various parts of the world explaining the creation of the world."
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The Coming of Night: A Yoruba Tale from West Africa
4.  The Coming of Night: A Yoruba Tale from West Africa by James Riordan
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  "Long, long ago, when the earth was new, the great river goddess Yemoya sent her daughter Aje to marry a handsome earth chief in the Land of Shining Day. At first Aje was happy, but soon she started to pine for the cool shadows of her mother's realm."
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Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began
5.  Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began by Emmett Shkeme Garcia
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  "According to Santa Ana Pueblo legend, the animals' spirit Leader created the sun, moon, and stars by using woven yucca mats and hot coals. He selected certain animals to climb from their homes in the Third World up to the Fourth World."
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Baby Earth
6.  Baby Earth by Michèle Petit-Jean
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  "The planets give Baby Earth the gifts she needs to make her whole and healthy and to help her nurture her own children when she has grown: the creatures of the ocean, the animals, the insects, the birds, the seeds and rain, the primates and the reptiles, and, of course, the ozone layer to keep the sun's rays from harming baby's tender skin."
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Creation
7.  Creation by Gerald McDermott
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  "In the beginning there was nothing, only darkness. Then came light, water, earth, sun, moon, and stars. Creatures swam in the sea, crawled in the grass, and moved over the land. Man and Woman were created to be the keepers of this beauty. All this was a gift to them."
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Light
8.  Light by Jane Breskin Zalben
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  "In the beginning there was emptiness, like a blank canvas. Then, in a swirl of motion, the Creator made the world. The Creator wanted to finish everything with a special kind of light—a light so powerful it had to be stored away from sight, but when he tried to open the jar of light, it shattered, and sparks of light flew everywhere."
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Why Bear Has a Stumpy Tail and Other Creation Stories
9.  Why Bear Has a Stumpy Tail and Other Creation Stories by Ann Pilling
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  "Why do bears have stumpy tails? Why are rabbits shy? Why do elephants live in the jungle? What part did the Kookaburra bird play in creation? This collection contains animal creation stories from Norway, Ghana and Kenya; from the Australian Aboriginals, the Inuit people and the North American Indian Hopi tribe."
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How the World Began: World Myths (Myths and Legends from Around the World)
10.  How the World Began: World Myths (Myths and Legends from Around the World) by Paul Dowswell
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  "A collection of creation myths from different cultures around the world from the Titans and Olympian Gods of ancient Greece to the Dreamtime of the Aboriginal peoples."
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How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books)
11.  How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books) by Jerrie Oughton
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  "A retelling of the Navaho legend that explains the patterns of the stars in the sky."
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The Star-Bearer: A Creation Myth From Ancient Egypt
12.  The Star-Bearer: A Creation Myth From Ancient Egypt by Dianne Hofmeyr
The list author says:
  "When the godchild Atum emerges from inky silence to begin his work of creation, he first conjures up the passionate gods of air and rain, followed by Geb, god of the earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. But earth and sky cling to each other, sharing whispered secrets and laughter, leaving Atum no room to complete his creation."
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The People with Five Fingers
13.  The People with Five Fingers by John Bierhorst
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  "A tale shared by the different native peoples of California tells how Coyote and other animals created the world and the people who came to live in it."
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The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: The Iroquois Story of Creation
14.  The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: The Iroquois Story of Creation by John Bierhorst
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  "Describes how the creation of the world was begun by a woman who fell down to earth from the sky country, and how it was finished by her two sons Sapling and Flint."
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When Woman Became the Sea: A Costa Rican Creation Myth
15.  When Woman Became the Sea: A Costa Rican Creation Myth by Susan Strauss
The list author says:
  "Sibu creates a woman to be the wife of Thunder but when she asserts her independence from both of them, a spectacular tree and all the beautiful waters of the world spring forth from her."
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Remaking The Earth: A Creation Story from the Great Plains of North America
16.  Remaking The Earth: A Creation Story from the Great Plains of North America by Paul Goble
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  "In this Algonquin creation myth, woven from the ideas of several traditional tales, the water birds and animals left behind when the old world was flooded dive for mud so that the Creator can make dry land again."
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Cry of the Benu Bird: An Egyptian Creation Story
17.  Cry of the Benu Bird: An Egyptian Creation Story by C. Shana Greger
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  "Tells how Nun, a sleeping ocean of deep water surrounded on all sides by Chaos, brings forth first Benu, a magnificent glowing bird, and then Atum, Shu, Tefnut, and the rest of creation."
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The Precious Gift: A Navaho Creation Myth
18.  The Precious Gift: A Navaho Creation Myth by Ellen B. Jackson
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  "A retelling of part of a Navajo creation and evolution myth in which of all the animals the lowly snail alone is responsible for bringing pure water to the new land."
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Maui And The Big Fish: A Polynesian Creation Myth
19.  Maui And The Big Fish: A Polynesian Creation Myth by Barbara Ker Wilson
The list author says:
  "In this delightful myth telling how the Polynesian islands were formed, little Maui Topknot outwits his big brothers, catches the biggest fish in the ocean and earns the title Maui of the Thousand Tricks."
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Lord Of The Animals: A Miwok Indian Creation Myth
20.  Lord Of The Animals: A Miwok Indian Creation Myth by Fiona French
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  "In a beautifully illustrated retelling of a Native American creation myth, Coyote convenes a council of the animals to discuss his ideas for a superior being who will rule over all creation."
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The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth
21.  The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth by David A. Anderson
The list author says:
  "Retells the Yoruba creation myth in which the deity Obatala descends from the sky to create the world."
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Snail Girl Brings Water: A Navajo Story
22.  Snail Girl Brings Water: A Navajo Story by Geri Keams
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  "A retelling of a traditional Navajo creation myth which explains how water came to earth."
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People of Corn: A Mayan Story
23.  People of Corn: A Mayan Story by Mary-Joan Gerson
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  "After several unsuccessful attempts to create grateful creatures, the Mayan gods use sacred corn to fashion a people who will thank and praise their creators."
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The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico
24.  The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico by Nina Jaffe
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  "This myth explains the origin of the sea, the forest, and the island now called Puerto Rico."
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Five Heavenly Emperors: Chinese Myths of Creation
25.  Five Heavenly Emperors: Chinese Myths of Creation by Song Nan Zhang
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  "Chinese lore about the first stirrings of the universe, describing the creative acts of the five emperors of the title, one for each of the five Chinese elements: earth, fire, wood, gold and water."
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On the Trail Made of Dawn: American Indian Creation Myths
26.  On the Trail Made of Dawn: American Indian Creation Myths by M. L. Webster
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  "Presents thirteen creation stories from Native American tribes, putting them in the context of the culture and beliefs of the tribes."
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Four Corners of the Sky: Creation Stories and Cosmologies from Around the World
27.  Four Corners of the Sky: Creation Stories and Cosmologies from Around the World by Steven J. Zeitlin
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  "A collection of folk stories from around the world, each accompanied by background information, that explain the various perspectives of different peoples on how the universe and their world came to be."
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Creation
28.  Creation by Ann Pilling
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  "A collection of stories from around the world that seeks to answer the ancient mystery of our creation."
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The Orchard Book of Creation Stories
29.  The Orchard Book of Creation Stories by Margaret Mayo
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  "A collection of creation stories from many diverse cultures around the world."
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The Fire Children
30.  The Fire Children by Eric Maddern
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  "A retelling of the West African tale about the creation of the world and all its different peoples."
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All of You Was Singing
31.  All of You Was Singing by Richard Lewis
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  "A lyrical retelling of an Aztec myth about the earth's creation and the advent of music."
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Batwings and the Curtain of Night
32.  Batwings and the Curtain of Night by Marguerite W. Davol
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  "After creating the world and its creatures and day and night, the Mother of All Things leaves it to the night animals to find a way to lessen the night's darkness."
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The Spider Who Created the World
33.  The Spider Who Created the World by Amy MacDonald
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  "Spider needs a firm place to set her egg which is about to hatch, but since sun, moon, and cloud tell her they have no room for it, she creates the world."
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Nantu and Auju (Multilingual Edition)
34.  Nantu and Auju (Multilingual Edition) by Alejandro Taish Mayaprua
The list author says:
  "Retelling of the Achuar creation myth about how greed caused Nantu and Auju, a hunter and his gardener wife, to separate. Nantu becomes the Moon and Auju becomes the Potoo Bird, and their separation caused Heaven and Earth to separate."
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And Land Was Born
35.  And Land Was Born by Uma Krishnaswamy Sandhya Rao
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  "This is a story about Bhilalas, an aboriginal tribe in South Asia. In the beginning, there was only water. The frustrated and wet folks beg their lazy god to create land so that they can get dry and stay that way."
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In the Beginning
36.  In the Beginning by Rachel Isadora
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  "Babies play among the various elements of the Creation, including light, sky, land, sea, plants, and animals."
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And in the Beginning...
37.  And in the Beginning... by Sheron Williams
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  "Describes how Mahtmi created the first man from the dark rich earth of Mount Kilimanjaro and gave him a gift marking him as special."
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The Rainbow Serpent
38.  The Rainbow Serpent by Dick Roughsey
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  "Recounts the aborigine story of creation featuring Goorialla, the great Rainbow Serpent."
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Moon Mother: A Native American Creation Tale
39.  Moon Mother: A Native American Creation Tale by Ed Young
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  "A retelling of a traditional Native American tale in which the Spirit that made animals and people falls in love with a Woman Spirit who becomes the moon he carries through the sky every night."
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Marduk the Mighty: And Other Stories of Creation
40.  Marduk the Mighty: And Other Stories of Creation by Andrew Matthews
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  "A collection of creation stories from various world cultures, both ancient and contemporary."
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