• Amim, what happened to your nose? Where are your mouth and ears? Where did your fingers and hair go? Amim is a strange and beautiful story with a universal message about the uniqueness of each human being, the hunger for love, and how painful is the fear of rejection. A refugee far from his country, among strangers, a child like any other, seeking acceptance and willing to pay any price for friendship until... In his search for the OTHER he finally finds a way to be HIMSELF! (Scroll down to learn more about Amim.)
  • By Elizabeth Crispina Johnson, illustrated by Amandine Waner 

    The bees do their work. The beekeeper does hers. And little Felicia, with the honesty and faith of a child, takes the fruit of the bee and the beekeeper's efforts and lights her candle and prays. She prays once, she prays twice, she prays three prayers, then watches the breeze from the window carry her prayers from the candle heavenward.

     
  • This book, by Deacon Ilya Kokin, is designed to teach children the basic overview of sacred history, starting with the Old and New Testaments and continuing with an overview of some of the persecutions that the Church has undergone, both ancient and modern, up to the present day. Starting with the creation of the world, the book lays out the fall of the first human beings, the promise of a Savior, the cultivation of God's chosen people, the coming of the Messiah, His teaching, ministry, death, and Resurrection, the descent of the Holy Spirit, the preaching of the Apostles and martyrs, up to the great persecutions of the 20th century.
  • If you're looking for a book to help familiarize your children with the Gospels and the many healings and miracles that our Lord Jesus Christ worked during His earthly ministry, this book can help. Author Elena Trostnikova lays out some of Christ's miracles in a way that is simple and accessible, sticking closely to the text of the Gospel itself. The beautiful, icon-like illustrations of Olga Podivilova will help to draw your children in and keep their attention.
  • This book is part of the series “Scripture and Feasts for Children”  It is about the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ and is intended for reading to small children.  The story here contained is structured close to the Gospel narrative, written in a simple and clear style for children with the addition of bright illustrations to help children understand as much as possible about the Savior’s birth. The book also explains some of the traditional ways of celebrating Christmas and includes some simple Christmas carols for children to learn.  The last section of the book “How to read to children about the Nativity of Christ,” is a guide for parents.
  • This book is perfect for reading to your children throughout Holy Week, in preparation for Pascha or at any time of the year to help your children begin to understand the mystery of our salvation which Christ accomplished through His passion, death, burial, and resurrection.
    It also makes a great gift for godchildren! We're happy to have another book from Orthodox author Elena Trostnikova and illustrator Olga Podivilova.
  • The Suitcase

    $16.99
    Zeal and excitement are a part of every child. This book celebrates a young child's enthusiasm to put into practice the words of Christ: to feed and clothe the poor; help the needy; and love one's neighbor. As Thomas shows his family the items that he has packed into his suitcase after hearing a stirring homily at church, they marvel at his inventiveness and loving heart. Thomas is traveling to the Kingdom of Heaven, and he knows what it takes to get there! Along with his suitcase, Thomas and his family figure out a way to accomplish the almost impossible goal that Thomas is so excited about. The Suitcase captures bits and pieces of Christ's parables in a story format, familiarizing the reader with Christ's Heavenly Kingdom in a natural, subtle way.
  • We Pray

    $19.95

    Written in expressive verse, We Pray invites children and their parents to explore some of the unique aspects of Orthodox Christian prayer life. Through reflections on topics like icons, the Jesus Prayer, and the liturgy, children are invited to see the beauty in our way of praying and understand better the purpose of Orthodox prayer.

    Distinctives

    • Charming, detailed illustrations invite seek-and-find activities
    • Helpful lesson-starter on prayer for church and homeschool classrooms
  • Sam’s Aunt Eva says he’s like a tornado—he causes a ruckus everywhere he goes. But Aunt Eva won’t give up on Sam, and neither will Saucer, the monastery’s corgi puppy. Saucer lives at the monastery, but he dreams of herding sheep. With no sheep in his life, Saucer tries to herd everyone else—farm animals, nuns, and especially Sam. Sam doesn’t want to follow anyone, not even a funny puppy. But Saucer knows that if he just keeps trying, he can bring this lonely boy back to the flock.

    A middle grade chapter book for ages 8–12

  • Let the Little Angels bring you all the way to Bethlehem where you will meet Mary and Joseph, and baby Jesus in the manger. See the shepherds and wise men ...and know that angels are all around you. Delightful pastel illustrations and a charming story make this picture book perfect for the youngest of children during Advent and Christmas.
  • by Jane G. Meyer, illustrated by Megan Elizabeth Gilbert When God made Elina, He pulled moonlight from the north, starlight from the south, sunlight from the east, and candlelight from the west. He planted the four lights around the steadfast soil of her soul, and beaming with gladness, God said, Elina, pray. Every child around the globe is specially made by God with a unique set of virtues, talents, and interests. What beautiful things was God thinking when He made you?
     
  • Kevin was always different. He loved animals and seemed to understand their secret language. But other children brought out the worst in him. He chased, bullied, and shoved, until one spring when he learned an unforgettable lesson from an unlikely teacher--a blackbird who built a nest in his hand.
  • An invitation for children to wonder about the Lenten story. This unique book teaches children to experience Lent with all their senses, and to see it as a special time for creating a welcoming space for God. Simple activities like cleaning a room, making bread and soup, and inviting a neighbor for supper become acts of justice and kindness, part of a life of following Christ, and a way to make room for God in our lives and in the world around us.
  • You've met the characters in these stories before. We meet them in folktales from all around the world. There is the simple, wise old man who understands far more than he knows; the pompous religious expert who discovers his folly before it's too late; nosey neighbors and petty relatives; and a fight between good and evil in which, by story's end, good and evil almost seem to switch places. These classic tales, made popular a century ago by Leo Tolstoy, are retold here for a new generation, beautifully illustrated in this gorgeous book designed for reading out loud, reading over and over again, and giving to friends.
  • The Kind Father noticed Herman the bear's heart longed to share the blessing of His creation with someone so he sent him Daffodil Duck. Share in their journey as they become friends!
  • When the Son of God came down from heaven to become a man like us, He made it possible for us to see Him, touch Him, and make pictures of Him pictures which we call icons. This little book brings God and His saints vividly into children's lives through icons, explaining in the simplest terms what each icon means and what the role of these holy pictures and the holy stories and people they depict can be in our lives. The colorful pages of Pictures of God are perfect for occupying little hands in church, for explaining the world of icons in the first years of Sunday school, and for read-aloud time with little ones at home.  
  • Matthew is excited to visit a monastery. A monk there is teaching him to paint icons! Matthew learns about sketching images, mixing pigments, and painting all the layers of the sacred images. And when he gets home, he finds a surprise gift just for him.
  • The figure of Saint Nicholas stands apart from nearly every other Christian saint: his fame spread across empires and generations to make him one of the most recognizable Christian saints in history. But the popular perception of Saint Nicholas today diverges greatly from his original veneration as a compassionate almsgiver and defender of the poor. Saint Nicholas has been reduced to the pop culture figure of Santa Claus, a jolly old man who brings presents to good little boys and girls. This book reacquaints those boys and girls with the authentic Santa Claus—Nicholas, a man who found greatness not simply in spreading "good cheer," but in being a true icon of Jesus Christ in word and deed. “Well-told stories, like this one of Saint Nicholas, are gis to our children [of] lives well-lived. Forest and Andrejev have created a tale that will enchant little ones with layers of goodness—wrapped in the cloak of iconography. I pray readers will reconsider this man we know as Santa Claus, and come to know him more fully as a man of God.” —Jane Meyer, Author of Woman and the Wheat and Man and the Vine
  • Powerfully illustrated in this present book, The Praises invite everyone and everything in the whole creation to praise the Lord. The angels and animals and natural elements, with every living thing headed and cared for by human beings of every age, gender, class and nation, are commanded to sing and dance and make melody to the Creator of all.  
  • "There once was a man who planted a vine..." So begins this rhythmical, festive children's book about the joy of a farmer and his little daughter as they work their vineyard and offer the fruit of the vine back to their Creator in Eucharistic celebration. The vibrant images -- reminiscent of vineyards in the American west -- sparkle in light-saturated, warm jewel-tones and provide the perfect backdrop for the story of a man in love with the earth and his labor, and equally in love with his God. The reader takes in the mystery of grapes becoming the wine of the Holy Communion as the illustrations and the text lead from field to wine cellar to church, where, finally: "With the 'Amen' he said, the heavens swooshed to earth and a sweet, sweet voice rang true. And the angels flew and the saints sang too and the holy bells rang and a holy wind rushed through the room." Author Jane G. Meyer tells the story of the Eucharistic offering in lyrical language that naturally links the fruit of the vine with the wine of the heavenly banquet. Ned Gannon, through his jubilant illustrations, recreates Paradise on earth, fixing our eyes on the Kingdom of God that daily appears in our midst.
  • A clumsy scullery boy finds solace in a place known only to him and his God in this charming story of the ninth-century saint, Euphrosynos, commonly known in Orthodox tradition as "The Cook." Author Catherine K. Contopoulos easily links the feelings of contemporary children with the feelings of this legendary character'a self-conscious, awkward boy who leaves his loving family and the taunts of his neighbors to find a niche in the kitchen of a monastic community. Readers will hurt when neighbors make fun of a confused Euphrosynos at the local cheese shop, laugh and then tremble when an austere monk slips upon Euphrosynos' newly mopped floor, and find an oasis of peace as Euphrosynos prays in his solitary cave. They also will learn lessons of perseverance, humility, and dependence upon God as they are naturally drawn into the story. Contopoulos achieves these goals with language that a child will understand. Her marvelous account is illustrated by Chrissanth Greene-Gross' soft, yet vibrant, realistic images that will engage children and warm their souls. SVS Press is pleased to welcome this new author and illustrator in this volume, which is most appropriate for children ages six to ten.
  • Within every heart is a hidden garden. We can neglect it until the weeds take over and the flowers wither and die. Or, with the help of Christ, we can care for it and make it a place of beauty, grace, and joy. This charming parable will encourage children (and adults) to open the gate to Christ and tend the garden of their heart with loving care.
  • Deep in the forest, a prayerful monk looks as if he is just doing simple, ordinary tasks, such as chopping wood and tending to his garden. But as he works, he is really "growing prayer." The monk prays continually throughout the day and night, and as the seasons pass, he becomes a holy man. This delightful, beautifully illustrated book teaches children that no matter what they are doing, or what hour of the day it is, they too can pray.
  • House of God

    $8.50
    This book takes a child step by step through many facets of the Church from the steeple to the narthex with colorful pictures and engaging text. Children learn about icons, candles, the holy altar, Eucharist, the priest's garments, and more.
  • Every vespers service in the Orthodox Church begins with the reading of Psalm 104. This psalm of David celebrates the goodness and beauty of the created world and affirms the timeless importance of stewardship and love for all that God has provided.
  • Father Evangelos is assigned to celebrate the Divine Liturgy of a major feast for the parish of the neighboring Upper village. On his way there, many unforeseen things happen. Will he  make it out of the snowed-in forest safe and sound, and will he get to the Upper Village at the right time for the Divine Liturgy? A festive story that will bring joy to younger and older Christians alike.
  • The story of Mary is not found in the Bible. It comes from a second century Christian document called the Protoevangelium of James. Though not historical in the modern sense of the word, the story of Mary is of greatest significance for Christians. It presents Christ's mother to us as the last and greatest fruit of God's chosen people Israel. It describes how she was conceived and born from her righteous parents Joachim and Anna. Mary personally replaces the temple in Jerusalem by becoming herself God's living temple as the Mother of His divine Son and Word, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, the story of Mary in its long, original form may be said to have this as its sole purpose: to show that in God's final covenant with His people, to which all nations are called by faith in Jesus Christ, God's people themselves become the virginal, all holy and most pure dwelling place of God Himself. Each believing person, and the community of believers together, now form the Lord's living sanctuary in this world as they anticipate unending life in the heavenly "holy of holies" of God in the age to come. Reading the story of Mary with our children, let us pray that we will all accept our high calling from God revealed in Christ's mother Mary. For the holy Theotokos is not the great exception among human beings; she is rather the great example of what is given by God's grace to all believers who "hear the word of God and keep it" (Like 11:28)                                                                                                                                                                             - Fr. Thomas Hopko   Dorrie Papademetriou is a graphic designer and artist. Her work is inspired by her travels through Greece and Turkey, where she studies the colors, the light, as well as the faith and traditions of the people.
  • It's the littlest altar boy's first day to serve, and he's a little nervous. What if he trips on his robe? What if his candle catches somebody's hair on fire? Young boys looking forward to serving as acolytes will identify with this boy's anxieties and breathe easier when all goes well.
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    70% OFF!! This book serves as a great catechism and introduction to the faith for children and adults alike. It tells the history of salvation from the creation of the world and the disobedience of Adam and Eve, through the rise of Moses, King David, and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ into the world, and His death, Resurrection and Ascension, and the founding of the Church. It is illustrated with color pictures and icons.
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  • Josiah and Julia love to go to church. They love to venerate the icons, light candles, and eat the blessed bread. Sometimes they behave very well—but sometimes they make mistakes. Little ones can follow Josiah and Julia through the Liturgy and learn how even the youngest child can honor God by behaving properly in church.  
  • The Orthodox Church's hymns of the prefeast and feast of the Nativity of our Lord celebrate and proclaim in word and song the celestial joy of the incarnation. These beloved texts, so wonderfully illustrated by Niko Chocheli, are filled with beauty and power. They tell in a touching way of the all-embracing participation of creatures in the Creator's coming.  
  • There once was a woman who planted some wheat... So begins this rhythmical, festive children's book about the joy of a farmer as she works to grow the wheat and bake that bread that she will offer back to her Creator in Eucharistic celebration. The vibrant images -- reminiscent of fields in the American mid-west -- sparkle in light-saturated, warm jewel-tones and provide the perfect backdrop for the story of a woman in love with the earth, and her labor, and equally in love with her God.