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...
The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree: A picture book about deafness

The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree: A picture book about deafness

I’ll start with a disclaimer: I love Angeliki Pedersen, author of The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree. We attend the same parish, and I think I must have met her the first time we visited here. She’s the kind of person that reaches out to strangers at coffee hour...
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...
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...
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....
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...

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