I am a “none.” I am one of a growing number of religiously unaffiliated people in the United States. Since we are a minority group in a religious world, it is helpful to connect with other people’s experiences. This page collects my posts related to secular family life and the books we read along the way. :)
Updated December 2013: I have recently traded in my unaffiliated status for a new label: Unitarian-Universalist. More about that in this post.
Books for Secular Families about Religion
- Exploring Religion From a Secular Perspective – Features The Story of Religion, One World, Many Religions, and What Do You Believe?. (Ages 8-12)
- Exploring Religious Diversity from a Secular Perspective – Features Many Ways and Faith. (Ages 4-8)
- Faith and Doubt in Teen Fiction – Looks at the portrayal of religious teens in fiction featuring Small Town Sinners and others. (Ages 12 and up)
- Speaking Up, or #YAsaves again – Features the teen novel Hush and the author’s decision to publish under a pen name due to her religious community. (Ages 14 and up)
- Secular Teen in a Secular Family – Reviews the teen novel Girls Don’t Fly. (Ages 12 and up)
- Magic, Miracles, & Skepticism – Explores the nature of skepticism as portrayed in a picture book, Anton Can do Magic, and a teen novel, The Probability of Miracles.
- Big Questions for Little Skeptics – Features Really, Really Big Questions about God, Faith, and Religion. (Ages 10-13)
- Fictional Religions of Teen Fiction – Features two teen novels that include made up religions, Godless and Sparks. (Ages 13 and up)
- Reading Bible Stories – Features a couple of picture books about the Noah story, We’re all in the Same Boat and Noah’s Bark. (Ages 4 to 8)
Books for Secular Families about Science & Wonder
- On the Day You Were Born’s Lasting Connections – Features Debra Frasier’s classic picture book. (Ages 4 to 8)
- Celebrating Questions – Features a couple of picture books that encourage inquisitiveness. (Ages 4 to 7)
- Exploring Evolution – Introduce evolution with these three books. (Ages 6 to 10)
- Exploring Our Origins – Review of Older than the Stars by Karen Fox. (Ages 6 to 10)
- The Good and the Bad in Science – Review of Nibbling on Einstein’s Brain by Diane Swanson. (Ages 10 to 14)
- Introducing Darwin to Kids – A picture book version of Darwin’s words just might pique a kid’s interest in science and nature. (Ages 8 to 12)
- Choosing Science Books – Highlights a few inspiring science titles. (Ages 10-14)
- The Poetry of Science – Reviews The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination. (All ages)
- Vicki Cobb Wins Lifetime Achievement Award – Vicki Cobb is well known for her hands-on approach to science for young readers.
- Finding Magic & Wonder – Features a couple of picture books that encourage a sense of wonder. (Ages 4 to 8)
- Searching for Magic with Richard Dawkins – Reviews The Magic of Reality. (Ages 12 and up)
- 11 Experiments That Failed – Reviews this picture book and talks about the scientific method. (Ages 4 to 8)
- Evolution for Everyone – Features three books about evolution at various levels.
Secular Family Life
- Answering Questions – Thoughts on my inquisitive daughter and my attempt to answer her questions.
- How We Learn – Looks at the parenting book The Mind in the Making and encouraging curiosity.
- How Non-Religious People Talk About Religion – Thoughts on using respectful language and modeling tolerance to our kids.
- Finding a World Greater Than Ourselves – Features a poem written by a UU teen about nature.
- Our Secular Bedtime – My reluctant search for a bedtime “blessing.”
- Happy Anni-birth-mas! – A look at my family’s December traditions.
- In Anticipation of Mother’s Day – Features my zine about becoming a mother and how that relates to my religious beliefs.
General Science, Religion, & Skepticism
- Science vs. Myth – Features a quote from The Dolphin in the Mirror by Diana Reiss about myth and its relation to science.
- How to be 3rd Grade – Thoughts on connecting with science.
- Exploring a Possible Future – Reviews When She Woke, a dystopian novel about religion & politics.
- What is a Skeptic Anyway? – Reviews 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are True by Guy Harrison.