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This page includes details of publications (books, articles and websites) on children’s spirituality, most of which have been recommended by members of IACS. It is not a comprehensive bibliography, but we are aiming to build it up gradually and hope that you will help with this. If you wish to recommend a publication, please do so on this form. You will see on this page some book covers or titles of recent publications. If you click on one of these, you will find a short description and details of how to access it.

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Teaching with Heart and Soul- Reflections on Spirituality in Teacher Education

Parker J Palmer
Religious Education

Using the Evocative Phenomenological Method in the Godly Play Room to Discover Insights into How Children Are a Means of Grace

Brendan Hyde
Religious Education

Children of the ‘Now’: Dispelling Some Neoliberal Assumptions in Christian Religious Education

Brendan Hyde

Truth as aletheia in the Godly Play approach to religious education: A phenomenological reflection

Brendan Hyde
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Enacting a spiritual pedagogy in the early years: phenomenological reflections on thoughtfulness in practice

Elizabeth Rouse and Brendan Hyde

Developmental Implications of Children’s Early Religious and Spiritual Experiences in Context: A Sociocultural Perspective

M. M. Abo-Zena and A. Midgette
International journal of children's spirituality.

Shining Lights in Unexpected Corners: new angles on young children’s spiritual development

Tony Eaude
Thomas 2023

Children’s Unexplained Experiences in a Post Materialist World: What children can teach us about the mystery of being human

Donna Thomas

Socio-cultural Perspectives on Children's Spirituality

Tony Eaude

A bibliography of publications which approach children's spirituality from a socio-cultural perspective

Young Children and Spirituality

Anita Mortlock

A bibliography of articles related to young children's spirituality


Religion and spirituality in adolescent development

Pamela Ebstyne King and Robert W. Roeser (eds)
Preventive medicine

Domains of spirituality and their associations with positive mental health: A study of adolescents in Canada, England and Scotland

Valerie Michaelson, Nathan King, Jo Inchley, Dorothy Currie, Fiona Brooks and William Pickett
The Routledge international handbook of spirituality in society and the professions

The Routledge international handbook of spirituality in society and the professions

Laszlo Zsolnai and Bernadette Flanagan (eds)

Young children and spirituality

Barbara Kimes Myers
International journal of children's spirituality.

Pathic knowing, lived sensibility and phenomenological reflections on children’s spirituality

Brendan Hyde
Supporting children and youth through spiritual education

Reflections on the Role of Spirituality in How Young Children’s Identities Are Constructed

Tony Eaude
International journal of children's spirituality.

The strings on David’s harp: religious ritual as a container for spirituality.

Sandy Sasso Eisenberg
International journal of children's spirituality.

Happiness, emotional well-being and mental health – what has children’s spirituality to offer?

Tony Eaude
The cover of the european early childhood education research journal.

Early childhood spirituality in education: Towards an understanding of the distinctive features of young children's spirituality

Kate Adams, Rebecca Bull and Mary-Louise Maynes
The spiritual life of children.

The Spiritual Life of Children

Robert Coles

Reconceptualizing Imaginary Friends: Interdisciplinary Approaches for Understanding Invisible Companions

Kate Adams
Unseen worlds looking through the lens of childhood.

Unseen Worlds: Looking through the lens of childhood

Kate Adams
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Action Possibilities Enhancing the Spiritual Wellbeing of Young Children: Applying Affordance Theory to the Godly Play Room

Brendan Hyde
International journal of children's spirituality.

Digital play as a spiritually formative activity

Karen-Marie Yust
International journal of children's spirituality.

Drama, intimacy, and vulnerability: the spiritual challenges of digital culture

Karen-Marie Yust
International journal of children's spirituality.

Digital power: exploring the effects of social media on children's spirituality

Karen-Marie Yust
International journal of children's spirituality.

Cultivating Christians: North American family cultures and religious identity formation

Karen-Marie Yust
The cover of religious education.

Cultivating Compassion: Developmentally Reframing the Religious Nurture of Young Children

Karen-Marie Yust
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Whose Children are They? Talking about Responsibility for Children's Religious Education

Karen-Marie Yust
Let the children lead exploring children's spirituality today.

Let the Children Lead: Exploring Children's Spirituality Today

Elizabeth de Gaynor (ed)
Children's ministry and the spiritual child.

Children's Ministry and the Spiritual Child

Robin Turner and Trevecca Okholm
International journal of children's spirituality.

The potential of ‘wonder’ to engage children’s spirituality: it’s so much more than pondering

Christine Robinson
International journal of children's spirituality.

Teacher voice for reflections on practice: using the voice-centred relational method to determine early childhood teachers’ understanding of spirituality

Brendan Hyde and Elizabeth Rouse
International journal of children's spirituality.

Revisiting some half-forgotten ideas on children’s spirituality

Tony Eaude
International journal of children's spirituality.

The role of culture and traditions in how young children’s identities are constructed

Tony Eaude
Identity, culture and belonging a changing identity for a changing world.

Identity, Culture and Belonging: Educating Young Children for a Changing World

Tony Eaude
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The Education of the Whole Child

Clive Erricker, Dr Cathy Ota, Jane Erricker, Danny Sullivan, Mandy Fletcher
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Reconstructing Religious, Spiritual and Moral Education

Clive Erricker, Jane Erricker
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Spiritual education in a divided world: Social, environmental and pedagogical perspectives on the spirituality of children and young people

Dr Cathy Ota, Mark Chater
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International Handbook of the Religious, Moral and Spiritual Dimensions of Education

Marian de Souza, Kathleen Engebretson, Gloria Durka, Robert Jackson, Andrew McGrady

Lærer og menneske. Å være ekte i møte med religiøs tro

Sturla Sagberg

Teaching for Meaning and Connectedness in the Middle School Years

Marian de Souza, Patricia Cartwright
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Understanding children understanding God

Ronni Lamont
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The Spiritual Dimension of Childhood

Kate Adams, Brendan Hyde, Richard Woolley
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Children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development – Primary and Early Years

Tony Eaude
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International Handbook of Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing

Marian de Souza, Leslie J. Francis, James O'Higgins-Norman, Daniel G. Scott
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How High Should Boys Sing? Gender, authenticity and credibility in the young male voice

Martin Ashley
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Children and spirituality: searching for meaning and connectedness

Brendan Hyde
Religious Education

Religious Education: A Conceptual and Interdisciplinary Approach for Secondary Level

Clive Erricker
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Transcendental Learning: The Educational Legacy of Alcott, Emerson, Fuller, Peabody and Thoreau.

J. Miller
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“Nurturing the Spirit through Literature,” in Educating from the Heart: Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Transforming Education

A. Trousdale
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Educating for Meaningful Lives: Through Existential Spirituality

Webster, S.
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The Edusemiotics of Images: Essays on the Art-Science of Tarot

I. Semetsky
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The Girls’ Diary Project: Writing ourselves into Being

D. Scott, S. McFerran
Spiritual experiences in early childhood education.

Spiritual experiences in Early Childhood Education

Jennifer Mata
New Perspectives on Young Children Moral Education

New Perspectives on Young Children’s Moral Education Developing Character through a Virtue Ethics Approach

Tony Eaude
Life to the full

Life to the Full: The changing landscape of contemporary spirituality - implications for Catholic school religious education

Graham Rossiter
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Meditation with Children: A Resource for Teachers and Parents

Noel Keating
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Holistic Religious Education – Is it Possible?: The Complex Web of Religion, Spirituality and Morality Research on Religious and Spiritual Education

Sturla Sagberg