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About Charlotte’s books

Reviews and awards: Catherine’s Pascha
17 ways to use Catherine’s Pascha
Time outside of time
St. Mark’s Day: Winged Lions and Roses
An award-winning book
The creation of Catherine’s family
Why St. Demetrios?
Book activities with The Saint Nicholas Day Snow
Resources and reviews: The Saint Nicholas Day Snow
The Saint Nicholas Day Snow Picture Book (and cookie recipes!)
Why I wrote The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

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Books and reading

Reviews of books for older readers

Of Such Is the Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability by Summer Kinard
Jacob Marley’s Christmas by Tom Mula
Queen Abigail the Wise by Grace Brooks

Reading

Should children read during Liturgy?
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
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

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

Picture books with Orthodox Christian characters

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

Picture books with characters who are monastics

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

Picture books with characters who go to church

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

Picture books for Easter/Pascha

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

Picture books for Christmas/Nativity

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

Picture books about God

Maybe God Is Like That Too by Jennifer Grant
Everything Tells Us about God by Katherine Bolger Hyde

Picture books about St. Nicholas

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

Picture books about saints (other than St. Nicholas)

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

Biography and history picture books

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

Fairy tales and folk tales

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

Multicultural picture books

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

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Disability

See also Picture books with disabled characters
Welcoming everyone to church: Disability and special needs
Being Orthodox — with asthma
Of Such Is the Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability by Summer Kinard
When an autistic adult goes to the hospital
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?
Nancy Churnin: William Hoy, a picture book, and the 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
Amber Metz: Should children read during Liturgy?
Jeanie Murphy: Being Orthodox — with asthma
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!)
Kate Olson Reads: Multicultural Easter Picture Books
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
Orthodoxy in Dialogue: Disability in the Orthodox Parish: A Call to Love
Orthodoxy in Dialogue: Of Such is the Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability reviewed by Charlotte Riggle and Monica Spoor
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

September 8: How do you celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos?
September 14: The Exaltation of the Cross and a Bed of Basil
October 1 (Slavic) or October 28 (Greek): The Protection of the Theotokos
January 6: Thoughts on our House Blessing (Theophany)
February 2: Groundhog’s Day and the Presentation of our Lord
March 25: Almsgiving and the Annunciation
March 25: Implications of the Annunciation
March 25: Upon the Annunciation and Passion
40 days after Pascha: One thing you must not do on Ascension
August 6: Why is Transfiguration in August?
August 15: Blessing of bees and flowers and fruit (Dormition)

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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

Pascha picture books

Pascha at the Duckpond by Mother Melania
Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
The Lucky Egg by Anna Prokos
The Magic Babushka by Phyllis Limbacha Tildes
The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith

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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

Easy, elegant crescent 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 names matter more than money
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

Saints for children with learning disabilities
Orthodox saints of World War II

St. Joseph

St. Joseph’s feastday is the Sunday after the Nativity.
Joseph Was an Old Man
When Joseph Went Up to Bethlehem
Father and Son by Geraldine McCaughrean

Saint Nicholas

St. Nicholas’s primary feastday is December 6. He is also celebrated on May 9 and July 29.
The Life of St. Nicholas: Understanding the stories
Loooking for the real St. Nicholas
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
St. Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins by Jim Forest
The Baker’s Dozen by Aaron Shepard
Vasily and the Dragon by Simon Stern
St. Nicholas and the Mouse of Myra by Jay Stoeckl OFS

Saints: September, October, November

September 11: How Theodora of Alexandria became a monk and a mother
September 11: The Boy, A Kitchen, and His Cave a story of St. Euphrosynos by Catherine K. Contopoulos
September 15: St. Placilla the Empress
September 21: Why do we celebrate Jonah today?
September 22: Like Jonah on the Third Day
September 24: The Emerald of God, St. Euphrosyne of Alexandria
September 25: St. Dositheos, recluse of the Kiev Caves
September 28: Good King Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia
October 1: Sweet Song: A story of St. Romanos the Melodist by Jane G. Meyer
October 4: St. Francis and the Wolf by Jane Langton
October 8: The Story of Pelagia the Penitent
October 9: Saints Athanasia and Andronicus: Models of marriage and monasticism
October 22: The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus
October 29: St. Maria, the Niece of St. Abramius the Recluse
November 8: Matushka Olga, healer of the abused and broken (Matushka Olga has not yet been formally glorified.)
November 8: What do you eat on St. Michael’s Day?
November 11: My godson’s patron, St. Theodore the Studite
November 12: St. John the Almsgiver
November 14: Justinian and Theodora: A love story
November 25: St. Catherine’s Day chocolate cake
November 26: St. Stylianos, Guardian of Children

Saints: December, January, February

December 15: St. Susanna, Deaconess and Martyr
December 16: St. Modestos, patron saint of animals
December 27: 6 ways to celebrate St. Stephen’s Day
December 31: The Lord’s Wise Handmaiden: St. Melania the Younger
January 11: Venerable Vitalis, Patron of Prostitutes
January 20: St. Peter the Tax Collector
January 25: St. Gregory, the saint of three names
February 1: St. Brigid’s cloak and blueberry jam
February 1: The Life of Saint Brigid by Jane G. Meyer
February 10: St. Scholastica and the thunderstorm
February 22: St. Gorgonia the Audacious
February 28: St. Nicholas of Pskov, the Fool for Christ
February 29: The tale of St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas

Saints: March, April, May

March 10: The Mystery of our Holy Mother Anastasia
March 17: The Lenten feast of St. Patrick
March 17: St. Patrick and the Snakes by Patricia Egan
March 30: The Uncondemning Monk
Saturday before Palm Sunday: The Second Death of Lazarus
April 7: St. Tikhon and Holy Trinity Temple
April 20: When Jesus was the guest of Zacchaeus the Publican
April 23: Saint George and the Dragon by Jim Forest
April 24: St. Elizabeth the Dragon Slayer
May 8: St. John the Theologian and the Mother of God
May 14: The Righteous King Tamar of Georgia
May 21: St. Helena and the Cats of Cyprus
May 30: St. Macrina the Elder, Grandmother of Saints and Bridge of Theology

Saints: June, July, August

June 22: St. Alban, Protomartyr of Britian and Patron of Refugees
July 2: St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
July 8: The Story of Peter and Fevronia
July 13: It’s the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. But why?
July 20: Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue by Jim Forest
July 26: St. Paraskevi and Ss. Joachim and Anna
July 27: St. Irene and the Apples of Paradise
July 31: Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki (Chiune Sugihara has not yet been formally glorified.)
August 13: The Compass of Dorotheos of Gaza
August 13: Abba Ammon and the Woman in the Barrel: Stories from St. Dorotheos of Gaza
August 13: St. Dorotheos’s tales: A monk and two slave girls
August 27: St. Phanourious and the missing cell phone
August 28: St. Moses the Black

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

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