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After the Fall: A Book about Healing from Fear

After the Fall: A Book about Healing from Fear

After the Fall, the newest picture book by Caldecott medalist Dan Santat, is not just for kids. I know I say that about a lot of books. I truly believe that a picture book is a work of visual and literary art. The best of them are beautiful, rich, and deep. Of course...

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St. Peter the Tax Collector

St. Peter the Tax Collector

To understand the story of St. Peter the Tax Collector, you have to understand something about tax collectors in the Roman Empire. They were not book-keepers and accountants. They were mobsters. It worked like this. A village was assessed a certain amount in taxes....

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A Hole in the Universe: When Grief is Harder Than You Expected

A Hole in the Universe: When Grief is Harder Than You Expected

When my father died, in 2004, I was surprised at how hard the grief hit me. I had known, for a very long time, that he was dying. It wasn't a surprise. And yet it was harder, when he died, than it was when my mom had died four years earlier. I didn't expect that. For...

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King for a Day: A Picture Book for Basant

King for a Day: A Picture Book for Basant

In King for a Day, a picture book by Rukhsana Khan, a boy named Malik takes part in the kite-flying festival of Basant. He's created a small, speedy kite that he calls Falcon. He hopes he can use it to snag all the other kites out of the sky. If he can, he'll be King...

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Venerable Vitalis, Patron of Prostitutes

Venerable Vitalis, Patron of Prostitutes

As a young man, the Venerable Vitalis of Gaza became a monk at the Monastery of St. Seridus in Gaza. When he was 60 years old, he left Gaza and went to Alexandria. There, he did two things. First, he began working as a day laborer. That gave him a steady stream of...

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Elijah’s Angel: A Review

Elijah’s Angel: A Review

Elijah’s Angel is, according to the front of the book, “A Story for Chanukah and Christmas.” I know Hanukkah is over this year, and Christmas is over for those of us on the New Calendar. But this book is more than a holiday book. Elijah’s Angel is an introduction to...

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Father and Son: A Review

Father and Son: A Review

A Nativity Story from St. Joseph's Point of View Father and Son is one of two Christmas picture books that I don’t put away after Theophany. It’s told from St. Joseph’s point of view, and St. Joseph is, of course, my patron saint. So Father and Son is a year-round joy...

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A Christmas Eve Snow and the Chaos of Christmas

A Christmas Eve Snow and the Chaos of Christmas

It's Christmas Eve, and it's snowing. We live in the Pacific Northwest; our house is about 40 feet above sea level. It doesn't snow here often. Snow throws everything into chaos. My kids are baking cookies for their grandma, who may or may not come for Christmas...

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Getting Kids to Write Thank You Notes

Getting Kids to Write Thank You Notes

If everyone in your family gets together to open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, you might not have ever worried much about thank you notes. Your kids say thanks and give hugs in person, and that’s enough. But in some families, grandparents and godparents...

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St. Susanna, Deaconess and Martyr

St. Susanna, Deaconess and Martyr

St. Susanna was born in Palestine in the year 286. Her father was a wealthy pagan priest named Arthemius, her mother a Hebrew woman named Martha. Diocletian had been emperor only two years at this point, and the most severe persecution of Christians had not yet begun....

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: A Review

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: A Review

Robert Frost is one of my very favorite poets, and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is one of my very favorite poems. When you take that poem, and add illustrations by Susan Jeffers, you get a truly remarkable picture book. You know the poem, of course. Stopping...

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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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