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The Great Big Book of Families

The Great Big Book of Families

There are so many reasons to share picture books with your children. Picture books build your child’s vocabulary and improve your child’s reasoning skills. They provide an engaging activity for quiet times and for settling down to sleep. And they allow you to teach...

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Sweet Song: A story of St. Romanos the Melodist

Sweet Song: A story of St. Romanos the Melodist

Jane G. Meyer’s Sweet Song is a sweet story about St. Romanos the Melodist. St. Romanos lived in the sixth century, and there isn’t a lot known about him for sure. He is said to have composed over 1,000 hymns celebrating the saints and feasts of the Church. Fewer than...

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Teaching children with children’s books

Teaching children with children’s books

Guest post by Angela Isaacs, author of I Pray Today and Goodnight Jesus. I’m a bookworm - reading is my superpower. Whenever I tackle a new task, I turn to books. When I took up gardening, I cleared out our public library. When my husband and I were catechumens, we...

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I Pray Today: A board book for giving and for reading

I Pray Today: A board book for giving and for reading

As far as I’m concerned, a book is the perfect gift for every occasion. And if the occasion is a baby shower or a baptism or a toddler’s birthday, I Pray Today, is the perfect gift. The names on the cover of I Pray Today might look familiar to you. The book was...

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Why do we celebrate Jonah today?

Why do we celebrate Jonah today?

Today is the feast day of St. Jonah, the prophet who tried to run away from God and was swallowed by a fish. But why? Why today? Feast days are usually set on the date of the saint’s death. Sometimes they’re on the date a major church was commemorated to them, or on...

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St. Placilla the Empress

St. Placilla the Empress

Yesterday was St. Placilla’s feast day. Yesterday was also the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, which is undoubtedly why you’ve never heard of St. Placilla. When a saint’s day falls on one of the Twelve Great Feasts, the saint disappears. And I think St. Placilla...

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Out-of-the-box kids and Sundays of the Paralytic

Out-of-the-box kids and Sundays of the Paralytic

Guest post by Anastasia K. Bond And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. -Mark 2:4 (NKJV) When you're the parent of a kid...

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How do you celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos?

How do you celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos?

Are there things you do every year to celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos? I didn’t grow up Orthodox. So I didn’t grow up having customs and traditions for all of the Orthodox feasts. I wish I had. I love the liturgical calendar. Honestly, it’s one of the things...

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14 picture books with disabled characters

14 picture books with disabled characters

I thought it was hard to find picture books about people celebrating Easter. It’s just as hard to find picture books about people with disabilities. Take a look at the picture at the top of this post – see those three big stacks of books? Those are the picture books...

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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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