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The Zero Dads Club: A Father’s Day story for kids without dads

The Zero Dads Club: A Father’s Day story for kids without dads

Father’s Day can be hard for children who don’t have a father. At school, there may be crafts and projects celebrating fathers. And those are wonderful! But not for the children who feel left out. If the teacher’s plan doesn’t include the kids who don’t have a dad,...

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Love is in the Hair: Memories and stories and love

Love is in the Hair: Memories and stories and love

Some of the sweetest picture books I’ve ever read are about a little one waiting for the arrival of a new sibling. These books help a child know what to expect when the new baby arrives. In the books, they learn that new babies don’t talk and they don’t play. They...

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Maybe God Is Like That Too: A book to help young children see God

Maybe God Is Like That Too: A book to help young children see God

Jennifer Grant knows how young children think. That’s something most of us forget. But Grant remembers. And in her book, Maybe God Is Like That Too, she explains who God is, and what God is like, in a way that will make sense to young children. Young children are not...

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When Charley Met Emma: A social story about disability

When Charley Met Emma: A social story about disability

It took me a while to figure out why I like When Charley Met Emma so much. At first glance, it’s everything I don’t like in a picture book. But I love it! Seriously. It’s a delightful book. It took me a long while to figure out why it’s so delightful. Let’s start with...

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Moon Watchers: A story about prayer, fasting, and good deeds

Moon Watchers: A story about prayer, fasting, and good deeds

First things first. In Moon Watchers, Reza Jalali tells the story of a Muslim family’s observance of Ramadan. I'm not Muslim, of course. So why am I reviewing a book about a Muslim family? I'm reviewing Moon Watchers because it is a story about a little girl...

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Almsgiving and the Annunciation

Almsgiving and the Annunciation

Tomorrow, when we celebrate the Annunciation, we celebrate the moment when God, the King of heaven and Creator of all, saw Himself as a homeless person and made Himself a beggar. All of heaven was His throne, and the earth His footstool. And yet He asked a human...

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Facing the dragons of hate

Facing the dragons of hate

I never know how to respond when there are horrors in the news. I’m a picture book author. What can I say about a terrorist attack in New Zealand? I am sure that Mister Rogers would have known what to say. He wouldn’t have tried to hide the horrors from the children....

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Easter picture books for a child’s Lenten journey

Easter picture books for a child’s Lenten journey

Pascha is coming! And before Pascha, there will be Lent. So you're planning meals to use up the meat and cheese in your refrigerator. You're stocking up on tofu and beans. You're looking forward to the longer services and Lenten melodies. All of these things are gifts...

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When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican

When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican

In today's Gospel, we hear the story of the publican and the pharisee. And one of the publicans we know from the Bible is Zacchaeus. Little children often learn to sing a song about Zacchaeus. You might remember it. It starts like this: Zacchaeus was a wee little man,...

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Home: A picture book built with love and dreams

Home: A picture book built with love and dreams

If your kids like the I Spy books, or Where’s Waldo, they are going to love Carson Ellis’s Home. If anything, Home is more interesting and more intriguing than any of the other books in the “can you find it” genre, because Ellis doesn’t tell you what’s going on in the...

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Honey bunnies

Honey bunnies

Honey bunnies are the sweet, sticky, bunny-shaped rolls that Catherine’s mom makes every year at Pascha. As Catherine says, “They are the best!” Honey bunnies You can use this recipe to make between 8 and 32 bunny-shaped rolls, depending on how you shape them....

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Charlotte Riggle    Sharing faith, hope, and picture books with Orthodox Christian families and parents of kids with special needs.

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