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.

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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.

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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.

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



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




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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.

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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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This is My Faith: Buddhism (This is My Faith Books)
by Wallace, Holly (New York : Barron's, 2006)
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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.

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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)

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Buddha
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.

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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.

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Buddhism
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.

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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)

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

From the DK Eyewitness Guides series.


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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.

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