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Miss Rumphius: Making the world more beautiful

Miss Rumphius: Making the world more beautiful

I didn’t read Miss Rumphius when I was young, of course. It came out in 1982, when I was already an adult, but didn’t yet have children. And so the book escaped my notice for many years. And when I first read it, standing in a bookstore, I thought it was sweet and...

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Holiday gift guide for Orthodox families

Holiday gift guide for Orthodox families

My husband and I love Christmas shopping. We skip the malls and go to the small, eccentric, family-owned brick-and-mortar shops that have unique and meaningful gifts. And we fill in with gifts from small online shops. This year's going to be different, though. It...

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Jump-O-Ween: A Halloween party with a sensory kid

Jump-O-Ween: A Halloween party with a sensory kid

Li-Li, the sensory kid who stars in Miracle at Bates Memorial, is back! In Jump-O-Ween, the third book in Gin Noon Spaulding’s “Adventure of Li-Li” series, it’s Halloween. Li-Li’s church has borrowed the neighborhood school for their annual Hallelujah Party. It’s full...

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Build your own Saint Nicholas Day gift bags

Build your own Saint Nicholas Day gift bags

Friends, St. Nicholas Day is on December 6. And this year, St. Nicholas Day falls on a Sunday, just like it did in The Saint Nicholas Day Snow! Because of that, and because 2020 has been such a hard year for everyone, I wanted to put together a sweet St. Nicholas Day...

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All the Way to the Top: A story of the Capitol Crawl

All the Way to the Top: A story of the Capitol Crawl

I have two things to say about All the Way to the Top. First, this book is important, and every child should have a chance to read it. If you have a picture book shelf, this book should have a place on it. There really isn’t another book like it. Second, All the Way...

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Have a St. Nicholas party in July!

Have a St. Nicholas party in July!

I know you and your little ones are feeling a bit stir-crazy right now. I am, too. All of my regular summer activities have been cancelled. We’re all looking for something fun to do. And I have just the thing: The Nativity of St. Nicholas falls on July 29. You can...

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A table where strangers are welcome

A table where strangers are welcome

I love words. Words are my toys, and they’re my tools. I think with them, I work with them, I play with them. I use them to interact with people, and I use them to understand the world. And while I’d like to say that I love all words equally, that’s not true. I have...

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Why I find the Sunday of the Paralytic disheartening

Why I find the Sunday of the Paralytic disheartening

Guest post by Monica Spoor The Sunday of the Paralytic is just behind us – it is in fact a week later – and I’ve had the week to discover that it made me upset again, and why. I’ve heard sermons on that Sunday for years, of course, and they’re not very different from...

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Rhubarb cookies for Pascha (or any time)

Rhubarb cookies for Pascha (or any time)

Before Holy Week, I had planned to make a half batch of honey bunnies for a Pascha treat. A whole batch would be too many for our family, and I wouldn't be taking them to church to share. So a half batch would do it. But when I went to the grocery on Holy Tuesday,...

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The complete list of multicultural Easter picture books

The complete list of multicultural Easter picture books

For over two thousand years now, people have celebrated Easter with great joy and a dazzling variety of traditions. And it seems natural that the joy and the traditions would find their way into picture books. It would be natural, but it’s not common. When I created...

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Celebrating Holy Week and Pascha at home

Celebrating Holy Week and Pascha at home

Most of us will be celebrating Holy Week and Pascha at home instead of at church this year. And if we focus on what we usually do, what we want to do, what we can't do, it may feel like we’re not having Holy Week and Pascha at all. We can’t re-create our beautiful...

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Pascha gifts during a pandemic

Pascha gifts during a pandemic

The social distancing that is being asked of all of us is providing a quiet and somber Lent. But you still need Pascha gifts for the little ones you love. You don't want to go to the mall. And, as you may have heard, Amazon may not be stocking non-essential items....

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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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