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It's Considerate To Be Literate about Religion

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Charitable proceeds: Author proceeds will be donated to organizations supporting children and religious literacy.



It's Considerate To Be Literate about Religion: Poetry and Prose about Religion, Conflict, and Peace in Our World

Written by Steven Cunningham

Illustrations by Susan Detwiler


Religious literacy - Poetry & Prose - Educational

PB ISBN: 9781645384014

HC ISBN: 9781645384137




It’s Considerate To Be Literate about Religion is a book of poems and prose for young readers, their parents, and their teachers. Along with Cunningham’s award-winning books Dinosaur Name Poems and Your Body Sick and Well: How Do You Know? this new book shares the motif of using the names of things (nomenclature) to introduce topics that otherwise may be unfamiliar, such as the difference between the religious and the secular, or between a devotional approach to practicing a religion and an academic approach to studying religion, or among all the various ways one can be religiously literate and religiously illiterate.


The lyrical nature of the poems and the very engaging pencil illustrations by Susan Detwiler give each topic the traction needed to get youth (and adults) reading right into the poems and on through the expansive “Learn More!” sections that follow each poem. 


In addition, a lively preface explains the joy of creating words, such as “poemenclature”; a helpful introduction welcomes readers to the concept of religious literacy; a fulsome glossary defines terms used in the book; and a section of suggested further reading offers a wide variety of sources for those who want to learn more.




Dr. Steven Clark Cunningham was born in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from Creighton University with majors in chemistry and Spanish, he attended medical school at George Washington University. Having completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland and a fellowship in surgery of the liver and pancreas at Johns Hopkins University, he currently works as Director of Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery and Director of Research at Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He is currently completing his master’s degree in religion at Harvard University. 


He has served as a contributing editor of Maryland Poetry Review, and his poems have appeared in that journal. In addition, his work won the literary-arts contest sponsored by the magazine The New Physician. His poems have also appeared in Chimeras, WordHouse Baltimore’s Literary Calendar, and in the anthologies Function at the Junction #2, Pasta Poetics, and Poems for Chromosomes


Dinosaur Name Poems (Three Conditions Press, 2009), his first full-length book of children’s poetry, won the 4th Annual Moonbeam Award in both the Children’s Poetry and the Spanish Language categories. His second book, Your Body Sick and Well: How Do You Know? (Three Conditions Press, 2020), won 1st Place in the 26th Annual CIPA EVVY Awards Contest, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, and the Gold Medal in the 14th Annual Moonbeam Award. It was also a Finalist in the 14th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards.




Susan Detwiler has illustrated several award-winning books for children, including After a While Crocodile, her sixth title for Arbordale Publishing, and Dr. Cunningham's last book, Your Body Sick and Well: How Do You Know? She is the author/illustrator of Fine Life For A Country Mouse, a picture book published by Penguin Random House in 2014. Her illustrations have appeared in the children’s magazines, Highlights for Children and Ladybug and her artwork has been used for puzzles, games, and greeting cards. Susan was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art and she and her artist husband live in Baltimore. She is a volunteer member of the MD/DE/WV chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.




Come celebrate the release of Dr. Steven Cunningham's book!


For those of you in or near Ellicott City, please join us also for the in-person launch at E.C. Pops / Dr. Taylor‘s Toy Emporium on November 12 from 1-4 PM:


For those who cannot attend the in-person event, please join Orange Hat Publishing host Sean Malone, who will be chatting with Steven about the book and the writing process on November 13th at 1:30pm EST. Dr. Cunningham will also be reading an excerpt from the book and engaging with attendees.



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