November News from Core Virtues

The leaves are almost off the trees, and the turkey is heading for the oven!  In November, we focus on the virtues of gratitude, stewardship, and wonder. We've spotlighted "stewardship" in our monthly "Telling our Stories"​ column, but if you'd like (still relevant) reflections on gratitude click on the November 2018 link.  And take the time to check out this month's Heroine for the virtue of stewardship (below).

To keep your Morning Gathering current and lively, we post new literary selections almost daily. We invite you to help us. If there are virtue-themed books you love, that you don't find here, please send your suggestions to us at

Lady Bird Johnson is an unsung heroine, whose work beautifying the nation's capital and our highways is a prime example of caring for the gifts given us.  First Lady at a gut-wrenching moment in American history, Lady Bird's work as steward of the environment testifies to the healing power of  beauty.


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We had a great time at the Western New York Children's Book Expo!

Reem Faruqi, author of Lailah's Lunchbox, with CVF Art Director, Eileen Klee Sweeney

Congratulations to Monkey See Monkey Do Bookstore in Clarence, NY for sponsoring the Western New York Children’s Book Expo. They brought together 38 authors and illustrators for a week of classroom visits, culminating at the Expo. Kids, authors and parents had a great time talking, drawing, and listening to the stories of these creative people. We were delighted to meet some of our favorite authors – poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Reem Faruqi​ and illustrators London Ladd and Barbara McClintock.  We discovered new talent to add to our book recommendations. And it was great to see the excitement of kids as they shared their story ideas with authors, and how easily the authors interacted with the kids. A fun time was had by all and lots of books found their way to new homes. Monkey See Monkey Do's leadership reminds us that as you purchase books for the holidays, don't forget to patronize your local family-owned bookstores!


A warren of writers? A quill of illustrators? Definitely a convocation of creativity!


Telling Our Stories

This November, we focus on the virtue of "stewardship" and especially stewardship of the small things....

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