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...
When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican

When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican

In today’s Gospel, we hear the story of the publican and the pharisee. And one of the publicans we know from the Bible is Zacchaeus. Little children often learn to sing a song about Zacchaeus. You might remember it. It starts like this: Zacchaeus was a wee...
Home: A picture book built with love and dreams

Home: A picture book built with love and dreams

If your kids like the I Spy books, or Where’s Waldo, they are going to love Carson Ellis’s Home. If anything, Home is more interesting and more intriguing than any of the other books in the “can you find it” genre, because Ellis doesn’t tell you what’s going on in the...
Honey bunnies

Honey bunnies

Honey bunnies are the sweet, sticky, bunny-shaped rolls that Catherine’s mom makes every year at Pascha. As Catherine says, “They are the best!” Honey bunnies You can use this recipe to make between 8 and 32 bunny-shaped rolls, depending on how you shape them....
Anastasis icon of the Resurrection

Anastasis icon of the Resurrection

Explanation and icon by iconographer Randi Maria Sider-Rose The icon called Anastasis (ah-NAH-sta-sis), or The Resurrection, is a symbolic depiction of Christ’s descent into Hades in order to redeem humanity. He is grasping the hands of Adam and (usually) Eve, who...

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