Friday, May 7

Essential Orthodox Children's Books...


Alexandra recently asked me to create a list of Orthodox Children's Books that I would recommend that she buy for her three year old son. This was a bit of a difficult task, because there are so many Orthodox children's books that we love. Below, you'll find the ones that I feel are essential for Orthodox families to own:

Children's Bible Reader
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The Twelve Great Feasts Series
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The Three Day Pascha Series
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The Man and the Vine
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The Woman and the Wheat

Once you have the books above (which will cover you for the major feasts of the Church, Daily Bible Reading, and the greatest of the Sacraments, Holy Communion, you can start collecting books from the Letters of Grace Orthodox book list:

Week Aa ~ Aa is for Andrew

The Cross on the Hill by Lesia Savedchuck

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Week Bb ~ Bb is for Brigid

The Life of Saint Brigid: Abbess of Kildaire by Jane Meyer
Brigid's Cloak: An Ancient Irish Story by Bryce Milligan
St. Brigid's Cloak by Reg Keating
Lives of the Saints for Young People, Volume 5 edited by Constance J. Tarasar
Christina's True Heroes by Maria Khoury

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Week Cc ~ Cc is for Catherine

Saint Catherine by Dionysius and Ekaterine Potamitis
Grandmother's Spiritual Stories by Georgia Hronas
The Life and Sufferings of Saint Catherine the Great Martyr
(Advanced Level 3)

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Week Dd ~ Dd is for Dionysius

Saint Dionysius by Dionysius and Ekaterine Potamitis

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Week Ee ~ Ee is for Elizabeth

Christina's True Heroes by Maria Khoury
Ella's Story: The Duchess Who Became a Saint by Maria Tobias
(Advanced Level 3)

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Week Ff ~ Ff is for Forerunner

The Theophany of Our Lord by Mother Melania
The Children's Bible Reader

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Week Gg ~ Gg is for Gabriel

The Annunciation by Mother Melania
Tell Us About the Angels, Grandma by Georgia Hronas
The Illustrated Life of the Theotokos for Children, by Georgia and Helen Hronas
The Children's Bible Reader

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Week Hh ~ Hh is for Herman

North Star: St. Herman of Alaska by Dorrie Papademetriou
A Child' Paradise of Saints by Nun Nectaria McLees
St. Herman of Alaska by S.A. Smith
Journey Across North America: American Saint Stories for Elementary Age Children by Ann Marie Gidus-Mecera

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Week Ii ~ Ii is for Innocent

Printable illustrated life will be made available.
From Earth to Heaven: The Apostolic Adventures of St. Innocent of Alaska
(Advanced Level 3)
St. Innocent of Alaska: Apostle and Missionary by Sarah Elizabeth Cowie
(Advanced Level 3)

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Week Jj ~ Jj is for John

St. John and Goolya by Tamara N. Zaherk
The Life of Saint John, Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco (for Children) by Maria Naumenko

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Week Kk ~ Kk is for Kevin

The Blackbird's Nest: St. Kevin of Ireland by Jenny Schroedel

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Week Ll ~ Ll is for Lucia

St. Lucia: Saint of Light by Katherine Bolger Hyde

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Week Mm ~ Mm is for Moses

Baby Moses by Mother Melania
The Children's Bible Reader

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Week Nn ~ Nn is for Nicholas

The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Demi
The Life of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker (St. Nectarios Press)
The Storm and the Sea: A Story About the Life of St. Nicholas by Ann Maria Gidus-Mecera

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Week Oo ~ Oo is for Ostrog (St. Basil of Ostrog)

Printable illustrated life will be made available.

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Week Pp ~ Pp is for Patrick

The Life of St. Patrick: Enlightener of the Irish by Zachary Lynch
Saints for All Ages, Volume 6 edited by Constance J. Tarasar

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Week Qq ~ Qq is for Queen

The Story of Mary the Mother of God by Dorrie Papademetriou
The Illustrated Life of the Theotokos for Children by Georgia and Helen Hronas
(Level 3)
The Children's Bible Reader

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Week Rr ~ Rr is for Romanos

Grandmother's Spiritual Stories by Georgia Hronas
Saint for All Ages: Poets and Hymnographers of the Church, Volume 9 edited by Constance J. Tarasar

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Week Ss ~ Ss is for Seraphim

St. Seraphim's Beatitudes by Paul Drozdowski
A Child's Paradise of Saints by Nun Nectaria McLees
Saints for All Ages: Founder of Russian Monasticism, Volume 7 edited by Constance J. Tarasar
The Life of St. Seraphim of Sarov for Children compiled by Maria Naumenko

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Week Tt ~ Tt is for Tikhon

Journey Across North America: American Saint Stories for Elementary Age Children by Ann Maria Gidus-Mecera

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Week Uu ~ Uu is for Unmercenaries

Printable illustrated life wil be made available.

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Week Vv ~ Vv is for Valentine

Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda
Lives of the Saints for Young People, Volume 11 by Bishop Lazar Puhalo

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Week Ww ~ Ww is for Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas by John M. Neale

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Week Xx ~ Xx is for Xenia

A Child's Paradise of Saints by Nun Nectaria McLees

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Week Yy ~ Yy is for Youths (The Three Holy Youths)

The Children's Bible Reader

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Week Zz ~ Zz is for Zacharias

Tell Us About the Angels, Grandma by Georgia Hronas
The Illustrated Life of the Theotokos for Children by Georgia and Helen Hronas
The Children's Bible Reader


These books will not only enable you to work through our alphabet curriculum, but will fill in some of the lives of the more well-known Saints in the Orthodox Church.

In addition to the above books, Anna and Mary labored over a wonderful Monthly and Seasonal Reading List for Orthodox Families this past year. They also created a list for the season of Nativity entitled, Reading Through the Season of Nativity, which is chock full of wonderful books for the saints celebrated during that period, as well as books for the Great Feasts that fall then and the actual Great Feast of Nativity itself.

There are a lot of books on these various lists. In our family, it will take us many years to collect them all, but I know that of all the books that I want our family to read, enjoy, and own, these are them. I can get a wide variety of books from our library and from our little children's books store, Barnes and Noble, and from Amazon. These titles however are far more difficult to get because they are from many different publishing houses and websites. However, they are worth the trouble and expense! They will help Fr John and me to teach our children the Orthodox Faith and will become a treasured part of living through the Liturgical Year with our children.

Please Note: Some of the titles on these lists are duplicated.

8 comments:

Marfa said...

I do not like the small paperback Twelve Great feasts books from Conciliar press...the poetry is okay, but I wish they'd just have the tropar and explain the feast to the children...I like the Bible version best. And being an artist, I'm a hard critic on the wispy watercolors in those books too.

Matushka Anna said...

Thanks for the great recommendations! I also like The Law of God.

Αγαπη said...

Thank you SO much for this list! I'm not even a mom yet and I think it's a wonderful resource to keep in my files!

Christ is Risen! :)

Mat. Emily said...

Thanks for adding The Law of God, Matushka Anna!

I feel the opposite about the 12 Great Fest for Children, Marfa. I love them. Do you have any recommendations for an alternate?

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

I highly recommend the beautifully illustrated "Wenceslas" http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wenceslas-Geraldine-McCaughrean/dp/0552549096/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273239495&sr=8-1

My girls and I love this book:-)

Ena si Alexandra said...

Thank you so much for your post! I m making a list to order right now!

Mat. Emily said...

You are welcome, Alexandra! I will work on a list of regular picture books this coming week.

Ena si Alexandra said...

Dear Emily I'm writing again with a small request, If you have the time. I looked once more throgh the list of Orthodox Books and wanted to check out again evloghia's blog but I couldn't find the Monthly and Seasonal Reading List for Orthodox Families nor the Reading Through the Season of Nativity. I think they are not availeble anylonger. Do you have those lists or can you direct me to someone who has them?

Thank you very much!

Alexandra

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