Picture Books

I’ll help you find wonderful picture books of all kinds, especially stories that include people of faith and people with disabilities.



Thank You, Mr. Falker: A tribute to teachers

Thank You, Mr. Falker: A tribute to teachers

I should have known not to read Thank You, Mr. Falker on the train. I’m a sappy and sentimental reader, and all kinds of stories make me cry. And it’s awkward, sitting on the train with a book on my lap and tears running down my face. I try to avoid it....
A Boy and a Jaguar: A story of words and promises

A Boy and a Jaguar: A story of words and promises

A Boy and a Jaguar is more than a picture book. It’s a memoir written by a noted zoologist and conservationist, Alan Rabinowitz. When Rabinowitz was a child, he stuttered. Except when he was singing, or talking to animals. Then he could speak fluently. He could tell...
17 essential picture books for Orthodox Christian kids

17 essential picture books for Orthodox Christian kids

When my children were young, it was hard to find picture books where they could see themselves and their Orthodox Christian faith. Sure, there were books about saints, and books that explained the feasts. But picture books about Orthodox children who loved the saints?...
The Man and the Vine and the Woman and the Wheat

The Man and the Vine and the Woman and the Wheat

A dozen years ago, my kids were too old for picture books. So I didn’t see The Man and the Vine when it came out. And when its companion book, The Woman and the Wheat, came out, I didn’t see it, either. And what I have missed for not having them! If you’re looking for...
My Pal, Victor: A bilingual story with a disabled character

My Pal, Victor: A bilingual story with a disabled character

I thought that I would love Diane Gonzales Bertrand’s bilingual picture book, My Pal, Victor. Characters with disabilities are incredibly rare in picture books. A picture book that includes a child who has a disability and who is not white, is a rare and precious...
Saint Francis and the Wolf: A new telling of an old story

Saint Francis and the Wolf: A new telling of an old story

Saint Francis and the Wolf is Jane Langton’s lovely retelling of a legend from the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Perhaps you know the story. The town of Gubbio, in Tuscany, was being terrorized by an enormous wolf. It prowled around Gubbio, “clawing at the gates by...

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