Does your church have a Bookstore? A church bookstore is ministry that helps people learn about their faith, purchase supplies for their home altar, and is a welcoming place for new people to wander in to talk to someone. It’s also a magnet for children who love to browse and make small purchases.
At my parish, St. Elias in Atlanta, I’m usually the person who orders books for our bookstore ministry. Orthodoxy has many books to choose from, ranging from serious spiritual texts of various centuries and places, to a new crop of lively books for children. Lately I’ve been expanding our children’s book section and also writing review of the books for FLM. I’m sharing my list of the children’s books I’ve reviewed so far to help bookstore managers, parents, and others have a wide array of quality titles to choose from when selecting books for children. This list will continue to expand over the coming months. To read the entire review, click on the links below or visit our website.
- The Boy, a Kitchen, and his Cave, by Catherine K. Contopoulos, tells the story of Saint Euphrosynos the cook.
- Mwangi: A Young African Boy’s Journey of Faith by Renee Ritsi, tells the story of a young African boy’s coming to Orthodoxy, when a priest visits his village.
- Bearing the Saint by Donna Fairley, set in 800s England, is an adventure story of a young boy who journeys with monks, villagers, and a bishop to protect the relics of the English Orthodox Saint Cuthbert.
- North Star: Saint Herman of Alaska, by Dorrie Papdemetriou is a gentle retelling of this early American saint’s life through the eyes of an Aleut child.
- The Abbot and I, as told by Josie the Catintroduces children to the concept of monastic life, as seen through the eyes of a cat.
- The Book of Jonah interprets the text of the prophetic book with creative illustrations.
- H is for Holy is an alphabet book that starts with Altar and ends with Zacchaeus, guiding children through elements of our faith, as an illustrated group of children and an adorable corgi experience Orthodoxy in their everyday lives.