After the Fall: A Book about Healing from Fear

After the Fall: A Book about Healing from Fear

After the Fall, the newest picture book by Caldecott medalist Dan Santat, is not just for kids. I know I say that about a lot of books. I truly believe that a picture book is a work of visual and literary art. The best of them are beautiful, rich, and deep. Of course...
St. Peter the Tax Collector

St. Peter the Tax Collector

To understand the story of St. Peter the Tax Collector, you have to understand something about tax collectors in the Roman Empire. They were not book-keepers and accountants. They were mobsters. It worked like this. A village was assessed a certain amount in taxes....
A Hole in the Universe: When Grief is Harder Than You Expected

A Hole in the Universe: When Grief is Harder Than You Expected

When my father died, in 2004, I was surprised at how hard the grief hit me. I had known, for a very long time, that he was dying. It wasn’t a surprise. And yet it was harder, when he died, than it was when my mom had died four years earlier. I didn’t...
King for a Day: A Picture Book for Basant

King for a Day: A Picture Book for Basant

In King for a Day, a picture book by Rukhsana Khan, a boy named Malik takes part in the kite-flying festival of Basant. He’s created a small, speedy kite that he calls Falcon. He hopes he can use it to snag all the other kites out of the sky. If he can,...
Venerable Vitalis, Patron of Prostitutes

Venerable Vitalis, Patron of Prostitutes

As a young man, the Venerable Vitalis of Gaza became a monk at the Monastery of St. Seridus in Gaza. When he was 60 years old, he left Gaza and went to Alexandria. There, he did two things. First, he began working as a day laborer. That gave him a steady stream of...
The Nian Monster: A Review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

The Nian Monster: A Review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

As The Nian Monster begins, Xingling and her grandmother, Po Po, are getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Shanghai. As they hang the last of the lanterns, Xingling asks Po Po why New Year’s decorations are always all red. The Nian Monster Po Po explains...

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