Explore the best of the world’s wisdom traditions. Connect with the past, gain cultural literacy, and develop inner wisdom.

Note: These stories and passages are ideal for kids ages 7+ who have already been through our lesson library and are looking for more. We’ve also included coloring pages for littles to keep their attention too. 

Think of each section as an “advanced track” — an expansive approach to daily devotional reading. If you already have a practice of devotional reading, this wisdom library can be a way to explore new texts together. If you don’t have a daily devotional practice, this is a place to start.

In 52 weeks, you’ll give your kids a “spiritual passport” to the best of all traditions — a source of inspiration for life.

Here’s a view roughly in chronological order:

  1. Egypt and Eastern Europe (Desert Mothers and Fathers + Philokalia)
  2. India (Sikhism, Jainism)
  3. Britain (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton)
  4. Britain (William Blake, Mary Shelley, Dickens, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf)
  5. Britain (Darwin, Huxley)
  6. Thailand (Theravada Buddhism)
  7. Tibet (Mahayana Buddhism)
  8. Africa (Folk stories)
  9. Russia / Slav (Baba Yaga, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky)
  10. Oceania / Polynesia (Folk stories)
  1. America (Native American, Inuit)
  2. America (Meso-America, Latin America)
  3. America (Fredrick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs)
  4. New England (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Margaret Fuller, Walt Whitman)
  5. America (T.S. Eliot, Ursula K. Le Guin, Maya Angelou, Mary Oliver, Alan Watts, Fred Rogers, bell hooks, MLK)
  6. England (Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan)
  7. France (Montague, Proust)
  8. German (Kant, Hegel, Nietzche)
  9. German (Freud, Jung)
  10. World Wisdom (Baháʼu’lláh, Kahlil Gibran, Krishnamurti, Thich Nhat Hanh, Gandhi)
  11. World Wisdom (Jack Kornfield, Eckhart Tolle, Mirabai Starr, Dalai Lama, Pema Chodron)
  12. World Wisdom (Thomas Keating, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Audre Lorde)