Ages 3-8

Christmas Begins with Christ: a welcome Christmas book

Author: Gina Kirkland Illustrated: Marissa Napolitano Publisher: Gina Kirkland Age Range: 4 – 7 Gina Kirkland was inspired to write and produce this lovely Christmas picture book.  Taking the theme of God’s love, she shows children how love can be spread around in the most simple of ways.  Carollers spread the love of God by …

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You Are Loved: Wholesome Family Values

Author: Charlotte Grossetete Illustrator: Maureen Poignonec Publisher: Magnificat.Ignatius Age Range: 3 – 6 years Originally published in French, this English version of You are Loved is a beautiful and gentle picture book that many families will cherish and enjoy for many years. There is something very special about holding a quality book in your hands.  …

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Take it to the Queen: Not my favourite Catholic children’s book

  Author: Josephine Nobisso Illustrator: Katalin Szegedi Publisher: Ginger Bread House Age Range: 6 – 10   I read Josephine Nobissa’s wonderful story, The Weight of a Mass, awhile ago and always intended to read Take it to the Queen.  Unfortunately, I’m one of the few reviewers around who was disappointed with Take it to …

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An Extraordinary Friend: Great Quality Catholic Children’s Story

Author: Father Olivier Bonnewijn Illustrator: Amandine Wanert Publisher: Magnificat-Ignatius Age Range: 7 – 10 depending on reading ability I haven’t seen this Catholic children’s series before.  Probably because it was originally published in another language, and this is the English translation version.  Father Olivier Bonnewijn is a Catholic priest born and raised in Belgium.  He …

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You’re Not a Chicken: cute story by Catholic priest.

Author: Father Mark Goring Publisher: Tellwell Age range: 3 – 8   Father Mark Goring is a Catholic priest from Canada.  Well known on social media for his Catholic commentary, Father Goring has written several books. Here he has re-written the Ugly Duckling tale as You’re Not a Chicken. The premise is the same as …

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Before I Was Me: A Pro Life Catholic picture book

  Author: Frank Fraser Illustrator: Frank Fraser Publisher: Sophia Institute Press Age Range: 2 – 6   Sophia Institute Press is renowned for producing quality books and this one is no exception. Published in 2018, Before I Was Me is consistently cited as a family favourite, and most people give it exceptional reviews. I bought …

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Roxy the Ritzy Camel: fun story based on scripture

Author: Anthony DeStefano Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey Publisher: Harvest House Age Range: 4 – 8   Published in 2016, this is a playful and fun picture book about Roxy the camel who learns that the way into heaven requires a big sacrifice.  Is Roxy prepared to make such a huge sacrifice? Anthony DeStefano’s books are always …

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Peter and the Big Breakfast: Bright Catholic Picture Book

Author: Andrew McDonough Illustrator: Andrew McDonough Publisher: Lost Sheep Resources Age Range: 4 – 7   This is the third book of Andrew McDonough’s that I have read and reviewed.  The three books, The Way of the Cross, Peter and the Rooster and Peter and the Big Breakfast describe the events of Easter in simple, …

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Listening for God: Clever Catholic children’s book

Author: Katie Warner Illustrator: Amy Rodriguez Publisher: Tan Age Range: 2 – 8 years.   Katie Warner is a Catholic children’s author and home-schooling mom. In Listening for God, she has taken a passage from 1 Kings (19:11-12) and recreated it for children.  In the passage, the prophet Elijah recounts how he was listening for …

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The Easter Story: Classic Easter Picture Book

Author: Brian Wildsmith Illustrations: Brian Wildsmith Publisher: Oxford University Press Age Range: 5 – 8   This book was first published in 1993 by seasoned author and illustrator Brian Wildsmith.  It has been re-released a number of times and is considered a classic Easter book for children. The standout feature of this book is, of …

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