Christmas

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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Do Carpenters Dream of Wooden Sheep?

Author: Corinna Turner Publisher: Unseen Books USA, an imprint of Zephyr Publishing. Age Range: 14 and up As with all the books I’ve read by this brilliant young Catholic author, I thoroughly enjoyed Do Carpenters Dream of Wooden Sheep. A fast paced and clever story aimed at teens, you’ll love this fresh take on the …

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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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Give this one a miss: The Christmas Baby: Not a Catholic Christmas Story

Author: Marion Dane Bauer Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books Age Range: 3 -7 This is a beautiful book to hold and read, but unfortunately there are some major problems with it from a Catholic perspective. Most Christian reviewers have not liked it, and I can see why.  I’ll include it here among …

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Best Catholic Christmas Book: The Spider Who Saved Christmas

Author: Raymond Arroyo Illustrator: Randy Gallegos Published: Sophia Institute Press Age Range: 3 – 7 This Christmas picture book is an absolute pleasure to hold and read.  Raymond Arroyo, famous EWTN presenter and author of the Will Wilder series, has written an amazing tale that is set during The Holy Family’s journey to Egypt.  Sophia …

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Not Catholic, Not Recommended: The Promise and the Light.

Author: Katy Morgan Publisher: The Good Book Company Age Range: 10 – 16 years The premise of this book attracted me – a retelling of the story of Christmas from the perspectives of Mary, Joseph and Zechariah. Each chapter is written as a diary entry from the perspective of one or another of these three …

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The Diaries of Joseph and Mary: Catholic Christmas Story for Children and Teens

Author: Dennis P McGeehan Publisher: Self Published Age Range: 12 and up This is a great idea.  Dennis P McGeehan has written a series of diary entries that he imagines Joseph and Mary wrote during their lifetimes.  The diary entries relate to the main events described in scripture – the annunciation, visiting Elizabeth, journey to …

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The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Book Seven, The King is Born. Catholic Children’s Christmas Stories.

Author: M.J.Thomas Publisher: Worthy Kids (Hachette Book Group) Age Range: 6 – 9 This book is part of an entertaining series of books that follow the adventures of Peter and Mary, who travel back in time and visit different Bible stories. This is only the second book I have read from the series, and I …

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Mortimer’s Christmas Manger: Catholic Children’s Picture Book

Author: Karma Wilson Illustrator: Jane Chapman Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Soman & Schuster Age Range: 4 – 8 years. Although originally published fifteen years ago, this Christmas story about Mortimer the mouse is still an endearing and relevant tale that will become one of your family favourites.  Karma Wilson has written …

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