Orthodox Children’s Book wins National Award!

Orthodoxy may be the second largest Christian Church in the world, but in America, we are largely unknown — so when an Orthodox children’s book is a finalist in a national book award, we should all celebrate! Glory be to God!

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If you are not already reading Charlotte Riggle’s Catherine’s Pascha to your children at bedtime, you may want to take a moment to get to know this rich and beautiful book, which carries you through the whole experience of a midnight Pascha service — from the baking and the napping on Saturday evening, to the waking up in the middle of the night and holding a candle in church, to trying to stay awake through the beautiful services and finally, breaking the fast with your church family — all from the perspective of a young girl.  The illustrations and hymns will transport you to Pascha, while carrying you to beautiful churches around the world — proving indeed that Pascha is not just for your parish, but for the entire, universal and global Holy Church.  Every time we read it, my girls and I are transported.

Come and see! Start with the wonderful website full of information and resources, and buy a copy of the book. May it bless your family as it has mine.

Reviews from the Back Cover of Catherine’s Pascha:

Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh (GOA): Through an inspired interplay of text and image, author Charlotte Riggle and illustrator R.J. Hughes have created something truly wonderful: a story about a particular Paschal celebration that transcends its specificity and embraces the world. This little book has a deep heart and enormous vision, simple enough to engage young readers and profound enough to inspire their parents.

Matushka Wendy Cwiklinski, Orthodox Christian Religious Educator, Orthodox Church in America: Catherine’s Pascha provides a lovely depiction of the Orthodox Christian Easter celebration through a child’s eyes. It weaves a tapestry of the many cultures that are part of the Orthodox Church in the world, and is a great addition to both personal and public libraries!

Jane G Meyer, author of The Hidden Garden and The Man and the Vine: Catherine’s Pascha captures beautifully the enthusiasm and excitement a child feels and experiences on Pascha. The Feast of Feasts, the brightest day in the Orthodox Church, what wonderful subject matter to share with a child on any day of the year. My wholehearted congratulations on producing such a joy-filled book!

6 comments:

  1. Dear Elissa,

    I just want to congratulate you on your award and many blessings to you Elissa. Wonderful news. I want to meet you.

    Blessings,

    Alexandra

  2. Dear Mellisa it’s wonderful news to Orthodox christian family,about you published and got an National Award of kids book . that’s also you gifted from God.thank God
    GBU

  3. I’m Orthodox and supports Orthodox books, but I am afraid the title of this post is confusing. She was a finalist, which is great, but she did not win, as we can see on the official page (which would have been helpful to provide as reference):
    http://www.usabooknews.com/2015awardannouncement.html

    Children’s Religious

    Winner
    Little Lamb Finds Christmas by Cathy Gilmore, illustrated by Kim Wilson
    Ligouri Publishing
    978-0764824890

    Finalists (there were 6 in all)
    Angels, Angels, Everywhere by Michelle Beber
    Balboa Press
    978-1-4525-1894-7

    Finalist
    Catherine’s Pascha: A Celebration of Easter in the Orthodox Church by Charlotte Riggle, illustrated by R.J. Hughes
    Phoenix Flair Press
    978-0-9846124-3-7

    1. Yes, and as the post says, “when an Orthodox children’s book is a finalist in a national book award, we should all celebrate”! Charlotte’s beautiful book won the designation of Finalist, which is an award. I appreciate your clarifications. Frankly, Orthodox children’s books aren’t even entered for awards as a general rule, so I’m delighted when one achieves the impressive status of Finalist!

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