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
1.  The Farmer and the Poor God by Ruth Wells
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  "A poor god living in the attic of an unsuccessful family prepares to move with them and causes a reversal of their fortunes."
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The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God
2.  The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God by Lise Lunge-Larsen
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  "Features the adventures of Thor, the biggest, strongest, bravest Norse god, whose omnipotent powers and costume easily match the trappings of contemporary superheroes."
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The Planet Gods: Myths and Facts About the Solar System
3.  The Planet Gods: Myths and Facts About the Solar System by Jacqueline Mitton
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  "A lyrical, poetic text explores the features of the planets and compares them to the gods of old who are their namesakes."
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Changing Woman and Her Sisters: Stories of Goddesses from Around the World
4.  Changing Woman and Her Sisters: Stories of Goddesses from Around the World by Katrin Tchana
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  "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."
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The Lady of Ten Thousand Names: Goddess Stories from Many Cultures
5.  The Lady of Ten Thousand Names: Goddess Stories from Many Cultures by Burleigh Mutén
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  "Includes stories of Egyptian, Chinese, Native American, Welsh, Scandinavian, Japanese, Nigerian, and Greek goddesses."
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Grandfather Mountain: Stories of Gods and Heroes from Many Cultures
6.  Grandfather Mountain: Stories of Gods and Heroes from Many Cultures by Burleigh Mutén
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  "Includes stories of Native American, Yoruba, Maori, Aztec, Greek, Japanese, Irish, and Celtic gods and heroes."
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Pele and the Rivers of Fire
7.  Pele and the Rivers of Fire by Michael Nordenstrom
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  "Tells the story of the impetuous and unpredictable Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, Pele."
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How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head
8.  How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head by Harish Johari
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  "Relates adventures of Ganesh, the Hindu god of prosperity, and how he became the gods' gift to humanity."
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Young Zeus
9.  Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas
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  "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."
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The Closet Ghosts
10.  The Closet Ghosts by Uma Krishnaswami
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  "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."
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Cupid and Psyche
11.  Cupid and Psyche by M. Charlotte Craft
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  "The god of love, Cupid, falls in love with the beautiful mortal, Psyche."
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Story of Divaali
12.  Story of Divaali by Vālmīki
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  "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."
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Goddesses
13.  Goddesses by Burleigh Mutén
The list author says:
  "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."
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Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i
14.  Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i by Gerald McDermott
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  "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."
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Anansi Does The Impossible!: An Ashanti Tale (Aladdin Picture Books)
15.  Anansi Does The Impossible!: An Ashanti Tale (Aladdin Picture Books) by Verna Aardema
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  "Anansi and his wife outsmart the Sky God and win back the beloved folktales of their people."
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Turtle Songs: A Tale for Mothers and Daughters
16.  Turtle Songs: A Tale for Mothers and Daughters by Margaret Wolfson
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  "When he hears their plaintive songs, the sea god turns Rani and her mother into sea turtles to keep them from being kidnapped."
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The Shark God
17.  The Shark God by Rafe Martin
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  "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."
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The Seven Gods of Luck
18.  The Seven Gods of Luck by David Kudler
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  "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."
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Little Krishna
19.  Little Krishna by Harish Johari
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  "Relates adventures of the young Krishna, the Hindu god who was known as a child for his mischievous nature."
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Balder and the Mistletoe
20.  Balder and the Mistletoe by Edna Barth and Richard J. Cuffari
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  "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."
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Dear Katie, the Volcano is a Girl
21.  Dear Katie, the Volcano is a Girl by Jean Craighead George
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  "A grandmother and her granddaughter argue over whether a volcano is a geophysical phenomenon or an angry Hawaiian goddess."
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Marriage of the Rain Goddess
22.  Marriage of the Rain Goddess by Margaret Wolfson
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  "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."
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How Music Came to the World: An Ancient Mexican Myth
23.  How Music Came to the World: An Ancient Mexican Myth by Hal Ober
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  "Retells a Mexican legend in which the sky god and the wind god bring music from Sun's house to the Earth."
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The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth
24.  The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth by David A. Anderson
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  "Retells the Yoruba creation myth in which the deity Obatala descends from the sky to create the world."
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The Leopard's Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa
25.  The Leopard's Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa by Jessica Souhami
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  "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."
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Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India
26.  Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India by Judith Mathews
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  "In this tale from the Mahabharata, India's national epic, Princess Savitri outwits the god of death to save her husband."
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Kitchen God
27.  Kitchen God by Kim Xiong
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  "A Chinese family's Kitchen God watches over them and makes sure everyone behaves properly and is kept safe."
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Kaito's Cloth
28.  Kaito's Cloth by Glenda Millard
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  "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."
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Elinda Who Danced in the Sky: An Estonian Folktale
29.  Elinda Who Danced in the Sky: An Estonian Folktale by Lynn Moroney
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  "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."
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Stolen Thunder: A Norse Myth
30.  Stolen Thunder: A Norse Myth by Shirley Climo
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  "Retells the Norse myth about the God of Thunder and his recovery of his magic hammer, Mjolnir, from the Frost Giant, Thrym."
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Why There is No Arguing in Heaven: A Mayan Myth
31.  Why There is No Arguing in Heaven: A Mayan Myth by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
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  "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."
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The Thunder God's Son: A Peruvian Folktale
32.  The Thunder God's Son: A Peruvian Folktale by Ariane Dewey
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  "The son of the thunder god comes to earth and teaches the greedy rich man's family a lesson."
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The Long Haired Girl: A Chinese Legend
33.  The Long Haired Girl: A Chinese Legend by Doreen Rappaport
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  "Ah-mei challenges the God of Thunder so her parched village will have water for planting crops."
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Gengoroh and the Thunder God
34.  Gengoroh and the Thunder God by Miyoko Matsutani
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  "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."
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The Battle of the Wind Gods
35.  The Battle of the Wind Gods by Judy Varga
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  "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."
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Punga: The Goddess of Ugly
36.  Punga: The Goddess of Ugly by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
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  "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."
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Tower to Heaven
37.  Tower to Heaven by Ruby Dee
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  "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."
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Daughter of Earth
38.  Daughter of Earth by Gerald McDermott
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  "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."
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The Hammer of Thunder.
39.  The Hammer of Thunder. by Ann Pyk
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  "The gods devise a trick to retrieve Thor's hammer from the giants who have stolen it and thus make their home safe again.""
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Iduna and the Magic Apples
40.  Iduna and the Magic Apples by Marianna Mayer
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  "The evil giant Thiassi vows to capture Iduna and her magic apples which give the gods on Valhalla everlasting life."
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