Category: Ages 5–8

The Apostles’ Creed | Ben Myers

My youngest daughter is in kindergarten which means that, when I teach art in her class, I get to hang out with kindergartners, who are some of the best people I know. By the time […]

The Easter Story | Antonia Jackson

I love an Easter picture book that find an unexpected way into the story. But I love, too, an Easter picture book that tells the story itself, simply and beautifully, and that places readers (children […]

Bare Tree and Little Wind | Mitali Perkins

A few weeks ago I gave my pilea—a peppy little houseplant, with leaves that seem to float in the air like lilypads—a trim. By which I mean, I cut it down, all but an inch-high […]

Darkest Night Brightest Day | Marty Machowski

Does any holiday capture both light and darkness the way Easter does? It is a study in contrasts: the deepest depth of all human history, followed three days later by the brightest light. But I’ve […]

The Big Wide Welcome | Trillia Newbell

If you’ve ever spent time on a playground, you know “Can I play, too?” is a loaded question. Some days, it’s met with warmth and welcome—and other days with, “Nope! There’s no room in our […]

Chirri and Chirra, The Rainy Day | Kaya Doi

When you live with little girls (and, I presume, little boys—though I wouldn’t know and could not verify this fact), the veil between the real and imagined world is thin. The other day my five-year-old […]

Dead-Eye Dan and the Cimarron Kid | Glenn McCarty

If you’ve read Glenn McCarty’s The Misadventured Summer of Tumbleweed Thompson, you’ve heard about US Marshall Dead-Eye Dan. And if you’ve read McCarty’s Junction Tales, you’ve met Dan face-to-face. (For the record, I highly recommend […]

The King’s Feast | Elizabeth Harwell

“We’re meeting in the office after the service, right?” This from an elder who caught up with me before church. Ah! Were we? I had lost the thread of an email exchange between our family […]

The Adventure of Christmas | Ed Drew

This week we had a big discussion about when exactly Advent begins, and I was certain that it started next weekend. I had looked at the schedule for Advent readings at our church—I knew what […]

Saint Nicholas the Giftgiver | Ned Bustard

To Santa, or not to Santa—that was the question. We were new parents raised with Santa-rich holidays, and that first Christmas with our first baby, that decision sat before us, ours to make. But how? […]