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Children's Books That Catch Your Spirit

Updated on October 4, 2012

Children's Book by L.T. Sparrow

Years ago I bought an eye catching greeting card with a colorful, circular picture. It was a picture of our world-earth, surrounded by insects, reptiles and animals, humans from various continents, birds, trees, and the universe beyond that. It was intended to be sent, but I was so touched by the simple nonverbal message of unity among all things that I kept it.

This past spring I attended a Native American art show and discovered my card adorning the cover of a children’s book entitled, ‘All my relations’ by L.T. Sparrow, who is both author and illustrator of this ‘poem-prayer’. I did not hesitate to purchase the book eagerly waiting to share it with my four grandchildren.

What I have since discovered is that the author spent much of her life growing up in the Bolivia jungles where her parents worked as missionaries. She eventually moved to the United States in the 1960’s, but continued to travel throughout Asia and the Americas. With her Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco, Sparrow’s outlook on the connection of all beings has influenced her writings. And, in this book she has incorporated ideas of endangered species and cultures.

Every page is filled with meaningful drawings that are more than colorful representations of insects, flowers, birds, and creatures that roam the earth. They are placed here as a reminder that these are species that are declining and may one day be extinct. Sparrow does a wonderful job relaying this message with beauty and sensitivity.

One of the simple pleasures of life: reading to my grandchildren

Denise surrounded by her four grandchildren: (clockwise) Olivia, Grace, Alex & Marco
Denise surrounded by her four grandchildren: (clockwise) Olivia, Grace, Alex & Marco | Source

All I See is Part of Me

Chara M Curtis is an author, who had a realization during an activity in natural surroundings of river and forest. In the midst of sitting quietly on a river log she experienced the dancing energy of a ‘thousand lights’. The insight that everything that is created is filled with this same light energy was a monumental one that resulted in an outpouring of words to support this experience.

In the lovely children’s story, ‘All I see is part of me’, Chara brings her message of the deeper connection that we all have through the eyes of a child who gazes at the wonders of the natural world-the sun, moon and stars; the animals; the flowers and trees. At the end of the day, as his mother gently reminds him that this ‘love and light’ is part of all things, including him, the story ends with a glowing heart space in the center of the little boy’s chest.

Published by Illumination Arts, this is a favorite book to give as a gift to any young person who is special in your life.

Starbright Meditations for Children

I have not personally purchased the book ‘Starbright meditations for children’ by Maureen Garth, however, since reviewing this book I do plan on buying it. The subtitle: ‘simple visualizations to help children’ intrigued me.

Within our fast paced society of noise in the form of television, music, advertisements and external directives, a child cannot help but become over stimulated. These constant pollutants on our children’s minds cause distraction and separation from their own inner guidance and heartfelt being.

Garth constructs a path to bridge that gap between noise and stillness that encourages peace, concentration and creativity. I am excited that someone has written such a book and plan to add it to my own library of children’s books and resources.


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    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi literatelibran-I'm so glad your interest was picquet from reading this hub. Happy Starbright Meditations to you! :)

    • literatelibran profile image


      8 years ago from Williamsburg, Virginia

      After reading your suggestions, I'm definitely going to grab a copy of Starbright Meditations- thanks for the tips!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Christin, thanks for reading and commenting. I'm sure your little one will enjoy the story of 'All I see' It's a great book about the connection to all things.

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      Christin Sander 

      9 years ago from Midwest

      These all sound like amazing books and my little one I think would really enjoy them. I am definitely going to check out these titles. The "All I see is part of me" title in particular really struck me. What a great idea for a children's book, especially in this day and age when it seems we are becoming more and more "disconnected" despite all of our new technology. I look forward to checking out these titles.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Kelly-Yes, I think you expressed it very well. Children's books may be written in a simple fashion, but words have to be cleverly used in order to capture the easily bored audience. My grandkids are a testament to that. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Hi Kath-Thanks for bookmarking the hub for later-be sure to check out the other hub I wrote: Children's Book Review: The Wolves. It is a wonderful 'older' child's story.

      Jo-good seeing you. I loved the L.I.W. series. I was in second grade when my teacher, Mrs. Pawlowski, encouraged me to start reading that series. I was captured immediately: my mother's name was Caroline and my father's name was Charles!!! (and we had a dog, of course, but his name was Sam, LOL) Thank you and many blessings to you as well. :)

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      10 years ago

      Reading to children is a serious responsibility. Some of my favorites were those of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her series of Little House. When we read to our kids, we are teaching them how important and valuable it is to read and then understand what you are reading. You have made several great points here. Voted up and you have my deepest thanks and respect~ bless you and your family. :-)

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Thanks for sharing these lovely children's books, will bookmark for future!

    • Kelly Camara profile image

      Kelly Camara 

      10 years ago from Fall River, MA

      Some of my favorite literature is intended for children. The simpler structure is so poetic and candid, and I can see how easily mesmerized my daughter gets when she reads them to me. Wonderful Hub and fantastic book ideas!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Sally-what a great idea - a children's bedtime story. Thanks for commenting.

      My goodness BAYGIRL-you must be a busy lady with all those grandkids--lots of reading there! Thanks for your comments.

      Hi Cara--I had forgotten about that one or I would have added it here. Thanks for reminding me. That was a beautiful book and just perfect for that little angel!

      RedElf-yes, exposure to life outside of the perimeters of their immediate circle of beliefs teaches open mindedness and value of 'differences'. Thanks.

      Hi Ruby--thanks for reading and commenting.

      Alicia-you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by and reading the hub. :)

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      Linda Crampton 

      10 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These sound like lovely books with wonderful and important themes. Thanks for the information.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      10 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree, reading to children is so important. The more books the better. Thank you.

    • RedElf profile image


      10 years ago from Canada

      I totally agree - the more curious our children become about life, life-views, and all the forms this takes, the better chance they have of making informed decisions as adults. Thanks for these thoughtful choices.

    • cardelean profile image


      10 years ago from Michigan

      Remember when you bought Grace the book "The Twelve Gifts of Birth" I'm not sure that it's really considered a children's book but it's a great spiritual one too. Great books suggestions!

    • baygirl33 profile image


      10 years ago from Hamilton On.

      I love how some people can incorporate life in all it's forms and make perfect sense of it all.

      Goes without saying perhaps that I totally agree.I am a grandmother of ten and a former teacher .

      Thanks for sharing !

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      Truckstop Sally 

      10 years ago

      All 3 books sound wonderful. I agree - one of the simple pleasures of life is reading to children. I have 4 or 5 books on my nighttable most of the time. One is always a children's book. Thanks for sharing.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Mrs. M--glad you stopped by. :)

    • Mrs. Menagerie profile image

      Mrs. Menagerie 

      10 years ago from The Zoo

      Children are so curious and open to learning about is nice to be reminded of this. I like these suggestions.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      tlpoague-thanks for visiting and passing this on. I think the messages of these books are very touching and the earlier we start teaching our young ones, the better it will be if there is an opportunity to make a difference in the world.

      Virginia--I think that it depends on the age of your children and what you are looking for. I loved the first one, which I have, because it includes beautiful pictures of Native Americans, and other 'endangered' cultures. I've been attracted to the N.Amer culture since I was very young, so of course I am partial to this.

      However, I am also one whose spiritual path has led me to experiencing the 'dancing' life energy that is described in the second one. And it is a simple book that lovingly points the child to the recognition that 'what is there' is the same as 'what is here--the self' It is all one. So, this is a beautiful message.

      The third one, I have not bought but am immensly curious about and intend on purchasing. I do meditate and believe that the younger we teach our children to 'tune in' to the inner guidance that is their heart and soul, the more we help them bridge the gap between the inner and external self. (external being the developing ego which creates the image that feels it is running the show--the one which is distracted by glitz and glammor in life).

      I don't know if that has helped--?? Thanks for your comments about the hub and the photo, too. LOL If you want to read another of my children's book reviews I have a link to The Wolves (see endangered species) and a hub called: Animal Children's Books. Thanks.

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      Virginia Kearney 

      10 years ago from United States

      I've been wanting to review some children's books too. These sound like interesting ones. I'd love to have you explain a little more about the plot of them and maybe compare them. Is there one you'd recommend above the others? I love the picture of you and your grandchildren. I have five kids and love to read to them. Hope I have as many grandchildren as you someday!

    • tlpoague profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      These sound like some interesting books to read. Thanks for sharing them. I will have to pass this on to my sisters.


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