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Charlotte’s books | Books and reading | Picture book reviews | Disability | Guest posts | Feasts | Pascha | Recipes | Reflections | Saints

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About Charlotte’s books

17 ways to use Catherine’s Pascha
Time outside of time
Reviews and awards: Catherine’s Pascha
St. Mark’s Day: Winged Lions and Roses
Catherine’s Pascha is available in Australia
An award-winning book
Why St. Demetrios?
The creation of Catherine’s family
Resources and reviews: The Saint Nicholas Day Snow
Books for Holy Resurrection Cathedral
Why I wrote The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

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Books and reading

Everything Tells Us about God: An autism-accessible picture book
Facing the dragons of hate
Easter picture books for a child’s Lenten journey
Religious books in school libraries
9 steps to an autism-accessible home library
Picture books are for grownups, too
Picture books can change the world
Easter picture books keep Pascha present
Jacob Marley’s Christmas by Tom Mula
Queen Abigail the Wise by Grace Brooks
Spiders, snowflakes, and books

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Picture book reviews

Book lists

Some of my favorite Christmas picture books
14 picture books with disabled characters
Easter books for toddlers
Six exceptional multicultural Easter books
17 essential picture books for Orthodox Christian kids

Picture books with disabled characters

When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb
The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree by Angeliki Pedersen
A Miracle at Bates Memorial by Gin Noon Spaulding
My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best
The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin
Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz
My Pal, Victor by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg
Looking Out for Sarah by Glenna Lang
After the Fall by Dan Santat
King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan
Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari
The Boy, A Kitchen, and His Cave by Catherine K. Contopoulos
The Suitcase by Jane G. Meyer

Picture books with Orthodox Christian characters

The Adventure of Father Evangelos by Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis
I Pray Today by Angela Isaacs
The Man and the Vine and The Woman and the Wheat by Jane G. Meyer
The Lucky Egg by Anna Prokos
Sasha and the Dragon by Laura E. Wolfe
Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
In the Candle’s Glow by Elizabeth Crispina Johnson
Goodnight Jesus by Angela Isaacs
Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue by Jim Forest
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki
Home by Carson Ellis

Picture books with characters who are monastics

Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue by Jim Forest
Vasily and the Dragon by Simon Stern
Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson
In the Candle’s Glow by Elizabeth Crispina Johnson
Magic in the Margins: A Medieval Tale of Book-Making by W. Nikola-Lisa
The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart

Picture books with characters who go to church

The Adventure of Father Evangelos by Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis
Miz Fannie Mae’s Fine New Easter Hat by Melissa Milich
The Man and the Vine and The Woman and the Wheat by Jane G. Meyer
The Lucky Egg by Anna Prokos
Emma’s Easter by Lisa Bullard
The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis
Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen
How the Trollusk Got His Hat by Mercer Mayer
In the Candle’s Glow by Elizabeth Crispina Johnson
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Sawdust Carpets by Amelia Lau Carling
The Miracle of St. Nicholas by Gloria Whelan
King Island Christmas by Jean Rogers
Tekla’s Easter by Lillian Budd
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco

Picture books for Easter/Pascha

Easter picture books for a child’s Lenten journey
Six exceptional multicultural Easter books
The Lucky Egg by Anna Prokos
Pascha at the Duckpond by Mother Melania
Miz Fannie Mae’s Fine New Easter Hat by Melissa Milich
The Magic Babushka by Phyllis Limbacha Tildes
Emma’s Easter by Lisa Bullard
Piccolina and the Easter Bells by Pauline Priolo
My First Easter by Tomie DePaola
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward
The Dance of the Eggshells/Baile de los Cascarones by Carla Aragón
Sawdust Carpets by Amelia Lau Carling
Tekla’s Easter by Lillian Budd
Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith
The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhouse
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco

Picture books for Christmas/Nativity

The Adventure of Father Evangelos by Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis
The Queen and the First Christmas Tree by Nancy Churnin
Elijah’s Angel by Michael J. Rosen
Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan
Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell
We Three Kings, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
The Miracle of St. Nicholas by Gloria Whelan
King Island Christmas by Jean Rogers
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Picture books about St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas and the Mouse of Myra by Jay Stoeckl OFS
St. Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins by Jim Forest
The Baker’s Dozen by Aaron Shepard
Vasily and the Dragon by Simon Stern

Picture books about saints (other than St. Nicholas)

Sweet Song: A story of St. Romanos the Melodist by Jane G. Meyer
St. Francis and the Wolf by Jane Langton
Father and Son by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Life of Saint Brigid by Jane G. Meyer
The Boy, A Kitchen, and His Cave by Catherine K. Contopoulos
Saint George and the Dragon by Jim Forest
The Saint and the Circus by Roberto Piumini (Note: The saints in this delightful story are not real saints.)
The Story of Mary the Mother of God by Dorrie Papademetriou
Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue by Jim Forest
Pascual and the Kitchen Angels by Tomie dePaola
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki
St. Patrick and the Snakes by Patricia Egan

Biography and history picture books

The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Write to me by Cynthia Grady
Lift your light a little higher by Heather Henson
Hidden Figures by Maragot Lee Shetterly
Elijah’s Angel by Michael J. Rosen
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Machizuki
Me and Uncle Romie by Claire Hartfield
The Buffalo Soldier by Sherry Garland
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin
The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower by P. J. Lynch
Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue by Jim Forest
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki

Fairy tales and folk tales

The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
St. Francis and the Wolf by Jane Langton
The Baker’s Dozen by Aaron Shepard
The Talking Eggs by Robert D. SanSouci
The Magic Babushka by Phyllis Limbacha Tildes
The Colombian Mermaid by Janet Balleta
Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen
Vasily and the Dragon by Simon Stern
Sasha and the Dragon by Laura E. Wolfe
Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco

Multicultural picture books

The other picture book categories also include multicultural picture books.
Moon Watchers by Reza Jalali
The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith
The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang
Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest
Beautiful Rainbow World by Daria A. Marmaluk-Hajioannou
Traveler tales by Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby
Clive and His Hats by Jessica Spanyol
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
Blackout by John Rocco
Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill
Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
Zachariah’s Perfect Day by Farrah Qazi
Interview with Maritza M. Mejia, Author and Poet
Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

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Disability

Welcoming everyone to church: Disability and special needs
Pascha for families with special needs
Growing up later: Autistic people in their twenteens
14 picture books with disabled characters
9 steps to an autism-accessible home library
Can a children’s book get William Hoy into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Outside the Box Kids and Sundays of the Paralytic
When your eyes are too tired to see
Saints for children with learning disabilities
Faceblindness in the family
Hearing loss isn’t silence, at church or anywhere
The Giant Cookie Test
“Let ALL the Little Children Come,” Including Those Who Need Gluten-Free Food
Service Dogs and Church
Chores for children with special needs
A child who never sleeps
Farewell, Beloved Dog
It’s not just about the building
When people are mean
Love and food allergies at church
Have a happy special needs Halloween
Loving an autistic child at church
Wheelchairs and sidewalks

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Guest Posts

Natalie: Paska and kulich recipes
Lola J. Lee Beno: Hearing loss isn’t silence, at church or anywhere
Anastasia K. Bond: Outside the Box Kids and Sundays of the Paralytic
Annalisa Boyd: A family like my family
Grace Brooks: The scandalous Mary of Egypt
Nancy Churnin: Can a children’s book get William Hoy into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Bev. Cooke: St. Macrina the Elder, Grandmother of Saints and Bridge of Theology
Susan Cushman: It’s not just about the building
Keila Dawson: ‘Tis the Season for King Cakes
D.G. Driver: When people are mean
Jennifer Hock: Chores for children with special needs
R. J. Hughes: Why St. Demetrios?
Angela Isaacs: Teaching children with children’s books
Summer Kinard: The Logos for my nonverbal son
Summer Kinard: 9 steps to an autism-accessible home library
Victoria Marckx: “Let ALL the Little Children Come,” Including Those Who Need Gluten-Free Food
Kate Olson: Religious books in school libraries
Nicole Roccas, PhD: Can children struggle with despondency?
Nicole Roccas, PhD: Four tips for talking with children about despondency
Agatha Rodi: Saints for children with learning disabilities
Alana Sheldahl: Love and food allergies at church
Alana Sheldahl: Growing up later: Autistic people in their twenteens
Randi Maria Sider-Rose: Anastasis icon of the Resurrection
Sarah Wright: 4 tips for fasting as a family

Guest posts by Charlotte on other blogs

Ancient Faith Presents: Catherine’s Pascha
Angela M Isaacs: Kidlit Karma: 3 children’s books with disabled main characters
Behind the Scenes (Ancient Faith Ministries): Shepherding Sam: The Boy You Were Warned About
Jump Into a Book: The Saint Nicholas Day Snow Picture Book (and cookie recipes!)
Multicultural Children’s Book Day: What Do YOU Look for in an Easter Picture Book?
Orthodox Christian Network: Paschal Evangelism
Orthodox Christian Network: For of Such Is the Kingdom
Orthodox Christian Network: Celebrate Pascha with Your Godchild
Orthodoxy in Dialogue: On the Incarnation: Space and Time Turned Inside Out
Queen Abigail (Grace Brooks): Peonies for Pascha
Summer Kinard: Interview with my Family’s Favorite Easter Book Author, Charlotte Riggle
Time Eternal (Nicole M. Roccas): Time Outside Time

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Orthodox Feasts (other than Pascha)

Seasons of the Faith by Sarah Wright

Advent and Christmas

Four tips for fasting as a family
Fasting on Thanksgiving?
Holiday gift guide for Orthodox families
Getting kids to write thank you notes
Five tips for a merrier Christmas

Other feasts

Almsgiving and the Annunciation
How do you celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos?
The Protection of the Theotokos
Thoughts on our House Blessing
Implications of the Annunciation
The Exaltation of the Cross and a Bed of Basil
Why is Transfiguration in August?
One thing you must not do on Ascension
Upon the Annunciation and Passion
Groundhog’s Day and the Presentation of our Lord
Blessing of bees and flowers and fruit

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Pascha

Celebrating Pascha: The Queen and Lady of Days
Anastasis icon of the Resurrection
How did Easter get its name?
Calculating the date of Pascha
Pascha for families with special needs
Pascha baskets and Pascha basket covers
Paska and kulich recipes
Make red eggs for Pascha using onion-skin dye
Celebrating Pascha with your godchildren
Christ is risen, and I need sleep!
The Sweetest Easter Basket Treats
Like Jonah on the third day
A history of the word Pascha

Pascha recipes

Honey bunnies
Paska and kulich
Peeps in marshmallow nests
Red eggs
Dairy-free paska cheese spread

Pascha crafts and activities

17 ways to use Catherine’s Pascha
Easter picture books keep Pascha present
Children’s basket cover project
Pascha ornaments
Glass icon project

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Recipes

Many of my recipes are designed to work with My crazy anti-inflammatory diet.

Appetizers

Cheese and sausage balls
Bacon-wrapped dates
Bacon-wrapped sweet potatoes
Mexican fudge

Bread

Paska and kulich
Honey bunnies
Almond flour biscuits
Gluten-free, dairy-free date-sweetened banana bread
Blue cornbread

Cookies

Gluten-free double chocolate chocolate chip cookies
Cookies and desserts for special diets and special occasions
Traditional sugar cookies
Impossible coconut cherry cookies
Chocolate chip cookies
Pecan pie bars
Cherry tea bars
Alex’s peanut butter cookies

Desserts

Cookies and desserts for special diets and special occasions
(Almost) traditional pumpkin pie
Dairy-free chocolate mousse
Honey-sweetened frozen berry crisp
Meringue cups with strawberries and creme anglaise
Easy dairy-free fudge
Coconut cake
Tofu chocolate pie
St. Catherine’s Day chocolate cake
My mother’s fruitcake
Berry trifle

Main dishes

Tuna sweet potato patties
Ginger catfish
Veggie Jambalaya
Ginger peach chicken
Catfish in basil cream sauce
Ginger plum chicken
Lenten cole slaw with shrimp
Shrimp with kale and sweet potatoes
Pumpkin curry with shrimp

Pascha

Honey bunnies
Paska and kulich
Peeps in marshmallow nests
Red eggs
Dairy-free paska cheese spread

Side dishes for holidays and every day

Traditional southern ambrosia
Crock pot sweet potato casserole
Green bean casserole with bacon
Strawberry salad

Sauces and spreads

Cashew cream
Lime curd
Dairy-free paska cheese spread

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Reflections on Orthodox faith and life

When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican
How to love strangers: Reflections on philoxenia
In this family, we don’t judge
A glutton for time
A hole in the universe: When grief is harder than you expected
Christ is risen, and I need sleep!
Thoughts on our House Blessing
The Case of the Disappearing Name Day
The Parable of the Great Feast
Falls Creek Falls Trail
The True Cross
Christine, who fasted during the fast-free week
New Year’s Resolutions
After the accident: The child who won’t take no for an answer
Getting ready for Halloween
Times and seasons

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Saints

St. Joseph and the Theotokos

St. John the Theologian and the Mother of God
Joseph Was an Old Man
When Joseph Went Up to Bethlehem

Saint Nicholas

The Life of St. Nicholas: Understanding the stories
Saint Nicholas, pirates, and Thursday prayers
Three boys in a pickling tub
The tale of St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas, deliverer from famine
St. Nicholas, patron of sailors
St. Nicholas takes the executioner’s sword
St. Nicholas and Arius at the Council of Nicea
St. Nicholas, the unwilling Bishop of Myra
A dowry for the widower’s daughters

Married saints

Saints Athanasia and Andronicus: Models of marriage and monasticism
St. Paraskevi and Ss. Joachim and Anna
St. Placilla the Empress
St. Macrina the Elder, Grandmother of Saints and Bridge of Theology
St. Helena and the Cats of Cyprus
The Righteous King Tamar of Georgia
The Mystery of our Holy Mother Anastasia
St. Gorgonia the Audacious
The Lord’s Wise Handmaiden: St. Melania the Younger
Matushka Olga, healer of the abused and broken
Justinian and Theodora: A love story
The Story of Peter and Fevronia
Good King Wenceslas Looked Out

Other saints

When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican
St. Alban, Protomartyr of Britian and Patron of Refugees
The tale of St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas
Why do we celebrate Jonah today?
6 ways to celebrate St. Stephen’s Day
My godson’s patron, St. Theodore the Studite
Saints for children with learning disabilities
St. Peter the Tax Collector
Venerable Vitalis, Patron of Prostitutes
St. Susanna, Deaconess and Martyr
St. Stylianos, Guardian of Children
St. Maria, the Niece of St. Abramius the Recluse
The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus
The Second Death of Lazarus
St. Tikhon and Holy Trinity Temple
The Lenten feast of St. Patrick
St. Nicholas of Pskov, the Fool for Christ
St. Scholastica and the thunderstorm
St. Brigid’s cloak and blueberry jam
St. Gregory, the saint of three names
The Story of Pelagia the Penitent
The Emerald of God, St. Euphrosyne of Alexandria
St. Moses the Black
St. Irene and the Apples of Paradise
The Compass of Dorotheos of Gaza
Abba Ammon and the Woman in the Barrel: Stories from St. Dorotheos of Gaza
St. Dorotheos’s tales: A monk and two slave girls
St. Elizabeth the Dragon Slayer
The Uncondemning Monk
St. Modestos, patron saint of animals
St. John the Almsgiver
What do you eat on St. Michael’s Day?
Like Jonah on the Third Day
St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
St. Phanourious and the missing cell phone
It’s the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. But why?

Charlotte Riggle    Sharing faith, hope, and picture books with Orthodox Christian families and parents of kids with special needs.

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