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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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Outside-the-box kids and Sundays of the Paralytic

Outside-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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A birthday party for The Saint Nicholas Day Snow!

A birthday party for The Saint Nicholas Day Snow!

The Saint Nicholas Day Snow has a birthday coming up! The book will be one year old on October 27. That calls for a celebration. And you can be part of it! Here's how. First, pick a day and time for your party. October 27 is a Saturday this year, which is lovely. You...

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The William Hoy Story: A baseball biography

The William Hoy Story: A baseball biography

It had never occurred to me to wonder why umpires use hand signals to make calls in baseball games. Of course they’re important. How else can the people in the stands, and the players in the outfield, know what the calls are? It seems like they must have always been...

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Cookies and desserts for special diets and special occasions

Cookies and desserts for special diets and special occasions

It's back to school time! Some folks have started up their home school classes. Some districts have kids attending already. Some wait until September. But even if you're waiting, you're getting ready. Making plans, buying supplies, getting out your favorite cookie...

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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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