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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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An Easter Story: Peter and The Rooster

Author: Andrew McDonough Illustrator: Andrew McDonough Publisher: Lost Sheep Resources Age Range: 4 – 7   Another entertaining Easter story book from Australian Christian writer, Andrew McDonough.  Although Andrew McDonough is not a Catholic writer, this story book is suitable to use with Catholic children.  It is a fun and simple retelling of the story …

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The Way of the Cross

Author and Illustrator: Andrew McDonough Publisher: Lost Sheep Resources Age Range: 4 – 7 This bright picture little book by Australian author, Andrew McDonough, follows what McDonough cites as the fourteen traditional Gospel readings of Easter.  The events chosen do not follow the fourteen stations of the cross found in Catholic churches.   So, you can …

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The Silent Shepherd: Catholic children’s story about Christmas

Author: Patricia Moore Illustrations: Doriano Strologo Self-Published Age Range: 3 – 6 This is a short little book of 22 pages that tells the story of young Aaron and his father who meet baby Jesus when He is born in Bethlehem.  Patricia Moore has provided a simple story that is targeted towards young children. Young …

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The Last Straw: problematic Christmas Story from a Catholic Perspective

Author: Fredrick H. Thury Illustrated: Vlasta van Kampen Published: Charlesbridge Age Range: 4 – 8 I had a range of responses to this Christmas story of Hoshmakaka, the camel, who carries gifts to “a new baby king” in Bethlehem.  There are some really great elements to this picture book, but also a few things that …

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Wisdom Finds a Way: An uplifting Virtue Heroes Christmas Story

Author: Cathy Gilmore Illustrator: Jeanie Egolf Publisher: Perpetual Light Publishing Age Range: 3 – 8 Continuing the Tiny Virtue Heroes series, we meet Amel the Camel in this latest book from Cathy Gilmore and Jeanie Egolf.  Amel introduces us to his owner, the wise King Balthazar who is heading off to follow a bright star …

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