Children's Books
compiled by & Sensei Fredrich Ulrich & Joey Olafsson, Branch Head, West End Public Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba
A list of adult titles are available here.

Maneki Neko
By Susan Lendroth, Illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi (Shen's Books, 2010)
The Japanese legend of the beckoning cat. To this day, the cat with raised paw beckoning guests is a symbol of good luck and good fortune in many Asian countries. The story takes place in Setagaya, Japan which is the sister city to Winnipeg, Canada.

Wabi Sabi
by Reibstein, Mark (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2008)
Wabi Sabi, a little cat in Kyoto, Japan, sets on a journey to uncover the meaning of her name, and on the way discovers what wabi sabi is: a Japanese philosophy of seeing beauty in simplicity, the ordinary, and imperfection.

by Roth, Susan L. (New York : Delacorte Press, 1994)
The story of how Siddhartha became the Buddha.

Prince Siddhartha : The Story of Buddha
by Landaw, Jonathan., Brooke, Janet (Boston : Wisdom, 1984)

The Dragon New Year : A Chinese Legend
by Bouchard, Dave, Huang & Zhong-Yang (Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 1999)
A grandmother comforts her small granddaughter, as the fireworks outside her window keeps her from sleep.

The Prince Who Ran Away : The Story of Gautama Buddha
by Rockwell, Anne F. & Amiri, Fahimeh (New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2001)

Buddha Boy
by Koja, Kathe (New York : Frances Foster Books, 2003)
With his shaved head and perpetual smile, a young boy certainly doesn't help matters when he starts begging for lunch money in the cafeteria. (Ages 12 and up)

Buddha in the Garden
by Bouchard, Dave, & Huang, Zhong-Yang (Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 2001)
Valuable to teachers wishing to broaden their students' understanding of spirituality.

Buddhist Tales
by Chodzin, Sherab., Cameron, Marie & Kohn, Alexandra (Bolton, Ont. : Fenn Pub. Co., 1997)
Buddhist concepts and principles are playfully explored in numerous tales from the folk traditions of India, China, Japan, Tibet and other countries.

This is My Faith: Buddhism (This is My Faith Books)
by Wallace, Holly (New York : Barron's, 2006)
Zen Shorts
by Muth, Jon J. (Scholastic Press, 2005)
A story about three siblings and their new neighbour, a panda. One by one, the children visit Stillwater, enjoying his company and listening to him tell a brief tale that illustrates a Zen principle.


Buddha in Your Backpack : Everyday Buddhism for Teens
by Metcalf, Franz. (Berkeley, Calif. : Seastone/Ulysses Press, 2003)
A book describing Buddha as a young rebel not satisfied with the answers of his elders. (Ages 12 and up)

by Demi (New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1996)
Beautifully storybook of the Life of the Buddha. Many of the legends of the Buddha's life are also presented in this book.

Buddha Stories
by Demi (New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1997)
Printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text). Introduction to Buddhism for children.

by Snelling, John & Barker,Carol (Hove East Sussex : Wayland, 1986)
Snelling has been involved in Buddhism since early 1970s, practicing mainly in the Zen and Theravada traditions.

The Life of the Buddha
by Snelling, John & Barker, Carol (Hove East Sussex : Wayland, 1987)

Buddhist Stories
by Snelling, John, & Barker, Carol (East Sussex : Wayland, 1986)

Buddhist Festivals
by Snelling, John (Vero Beach, FL : Rourke Enterprises, 1987)

by Wilkinson, Philip & Teague, Steve
New York : DK Pub., 2003

From the DK Eyewitness Guides series.

Buddhist Stories
by Ganeri, Anita (Mankato : Sea-to-Sea Publications, 2005)
This collection of eight brief illustrated stories from the Buddha's life has been specially adapted for primary school children.

The Prince Who Gave Up a Throne : A Story of the Buddha
by Serage, Nancy & Mizumura, Kazue (New York : Crowell, 1966)