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Gods and Goddesses: Picture Books for Young Readers

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The list author says: "In Western culture, there is often only one god-concept that children are exposed to, but the Judeo-Christian-Islamic deity isn't the only one on the block. For a global perspective, this list features stories about gods and goddesses from a variety of world traditions."
The Farmer and the Poor God
The Farmer and the Poor God
"A poor god living in the attic of an unsuccessful family prepares to move with them and causes a reversal of their fortunes."
The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God
The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God
"Features the adventures of Thor, the biggest, strongest, bravest Norse god, whose omnipotent powers and costume easily match the trappings of contemporary superheroes."
The Planet Gods: Myths and Facts About the Solar System
The Planet Gods: Myths and Facts About the Solar System
"A lyrical, poetic text explores the features of the planets and compares them to the gods of old who are their namesakes."
Changing Woman and Her Sisters: Stories of Goddesses from Around the World
Changing Woman and Her Sisters: Stories of Goddesses from Around the World
"An illustrated collection of traditional tales which feature goddesses from different cultures, including Navajo, Mayan, and Fon. Notes explain each goddess's place in her culture, the reason for the book, and how the illustrations were developed."
The Lady of Ten Thousand Names: Goddess Stories from Many Cultures
The Lady of Ten Thousand Names: Goddess Stories from Many Cultures
"Includes stories of Egyptian, Chinese, Native American, Welsh, Scandinavian, Japanese, Nigerian, and Greek goddesses."
Grandfather Mountain: Stories of Gods and Heroes from Many Cultures
Grandfather Mountain: Stories of Gods and Heroes from Many Cultures
"Includes stories of Native American, Yoruba, Maori, Aztec, Greek, Japanese, Irish, and Celtic gods and heroes."
Pele and the Rivers of Fire
Pele and the Rivers of Fire
"Tells the story of the impetuous and unpredictable Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, Pele."
How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head
How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head
"Relates adventures of Ganesh, the Hindu god of prosperity, and how he became the gods' gift to humanity."
Young Zeus
Young Zeus
"This is the story of how young Zeus, with a little help from six monsters, five gods, an enchanted she-goat, and his mother, became god of gods, master of lightning and thunder, and ruler over all."
The Closet Ghosts
The Closet Ghosts
"With help from Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, Anu finds a way to cope with going to a new school, living in a new home, and even dealing with the mischievous ghosts in her closet."
Cupid and Psyche
Cupid and Psyche
"The god of love, Cupid, falls in love with the beautiful mortal, Psyche."
Story of Divaali
Story of Divaali
"Retells the Hindu tale of a heroic prince and his bride who are separated by the demon prince Ravana until the Monkey Army of Hanuman, god of the wind, helps them."
Goddesses
Goddesses
"Brief entries for each goddess include information about where each goddess comes from, a description of her powers, anecdotes and stories that shed light on her nature, and sometimes details about her sacred animal."
Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i
Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i
"The mischievous, shape-shifting Pig-Boy gets in trouble with both the King and Pele, the goddess of fire, but always manages to slip away as his grandmother has told him to do."
Anansi Does The Impossible!: An Ashanti Tale (Aladdin Picture Books)
Anansi Does The Impossible!: An Ashanti Tale (Aladdin Picture Books)
"Anansi and his wife outsmart the Sky God and win back the beloved folktales of their people."
Turtle Songs: A Tale for Mothers and Daughters
Turtle Songs: A Tale for Mothers and Daughters
"When he hears their plaintive songs, the sea god turns Rani and her mother into sea turtles to keep them from being kidnapped."
The Shark God
The Shark God
"Because they freed a shark caught in a net, the fearsome Shark God rescues a brother and sister from the cruel king's imprisonment and helps them find a new, peaceful kingdom across the sea."
The Seven Gods of Luck
The Seven Gods of Luck
"Two poor Japanese children hope to be able to celebrate New Year's Day properly, and because of their kindness and with the help of the Seven Gods of Luck, they are."
Little Krishna
Little Krishna
"Relates adventures of the young Krishna, the Hindu god who was known as a child for his mischievous nature."
Balder and the Mistletoe
Balder and the Mistletoe
"A retelling of the Norse legend of how Balder, god of light and joy, was brought down by the evil Loki with an arrow made of mistletoe."
Dear Katie, the Volcano is a Girl
Dear Katie, the Volcano is a Girl
"A grandmother and her granddaughter argue over whether a volcano is a geophysical phenomenon or an angry Hawaiian goddess."
Marriage of the Rain Goddess
Marriage of the Rain Goddess
"A retelling of a Zulu myth about the joining of heaven and earth when Mbaba Mwana Waresa, the rain goddess, chooses a mortal for her husband."
How Music Came to the World: An Ancient Mexican Myth
How Music Came to the World: An Ancient Mexican Myth
"Retells a Mexican legend in which the sky god and the wind god bring music from Sun's house to the Earth."
The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth
The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth
"Retells the Yoruba creation myth in which the deity Obatala descends from the sky to create the world."
The Leopard's Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa
The Leopard's Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa
"Osebo the leopard has a magnificent drum that he won't share with anyone else, so Nayme, the Sky-God, offers a reward to the animal who will bring him the drum."
Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India
Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India
"In this tale from the Mahabharata, India's national epic, Princess Savitri outwits the god of death to save her husband."
Kitchen God
Kitchen God
"A Chinese family's Kitchen God watches over them and makes sure everyone behaves properly and is kept safe."
Kaito's Cloth
Kaito's Cloth
"Disappointed that the Lord of Flight cannot revive her butterflies and make them fly one last time, Kaito, nonetheless, begins to understand what he teaches her about flight and finds a way to experience it, even in the wintertime."
Elinda Who Danced in the Sky: An Estonian Folktale
Elinda Who Danced in the Sky: An Estonian Folktale
"An Estonian folk tale about the sky goddess Elinda, who overcomes her disappointment at losing Prince Borealis by continuing her work of guiding the birds in their migrations."
Stolen Thunder: A Norse Myth
Stolen Thunder: A Norse Myth
"Retells the Norse myth about the God of Thunder and his recovery of his magic hammer, Mjolnir, from the Frost Giant, Thrym."
Why There is No Arguing in Heaven: A Mayan Myth
Why There is No Arguing in Heaven: A Mayan Myth
"Hunab Ku, the first Creator God of the Mayas, challenges the Moon Goddess and Lizard House to create a being to worship him, but the Maize God succeeds where the others fail."
The Thunder God's Son: A Peruvian Folktale
The Thunder God's Son: A Peruvian Folktale
"The son of the thunder god comes to earth and teaches the greedy rich man's family a lesson."
The Long Haired Girl: A Chinese Legend
The Long Haired Girl: A Chinese Legend
"Ah-mei challenges the God of Thunder so her parched village will have water for planting crops."
Gengoroh and the Thunder God
Gengoroh and the Thunder God
"The story of a poor Japanese boy who found a small magic drum that possessed the power to make his nose grow long or short and how he is eventually carried to heaven to become a servant to the thunder god."
The Battle of the Wind Gods
The Battle of the Wind Gods
"An original story explaining the origins of Indian summer based on Indian legends of the struggle between the North Wind and South Wind for control of the land of the Blackfeet."
Punga: The Goddess of Ugly
Punga: The Goddess of Ugly
"Because of their bravery and understanding of Maori traditions when they outwit Punga, the goddess of ugly, a pair of twin sisters earn the highly revered chin tattoo called a moko."
Tower to Heaven
Tower to Heaven
"When Yaa, who loves to talk while she works, hits the sky god one too many times with her pestle he disappears high up into the heavens and the villagers decide to build a tower to heaven to find him."
Daughter of Earth
Daughter of Earth
"When Pluto wrongly takes Proserpina to be his bride in the Underworld, Ceres, mother of Proserpina and goddess of the Earth, withdraws into a cave to mourn and refuses to permit crops to grow."
The Hammer of Thunder.
The Hammer of Thunder.
"The gods devise a trick to retrieve Thor's hammer from the giants who have stolen it and thus make their home safe again.""
Iduna and the Magic Apples
Iduna and the Magic Apples
"The evil giant Thiassi vows to capture Iduna and her magic apples which give the gods on Valhalla everlasting life."