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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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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 Moon is Blue: Not Catholic

The Moon is Blue is such an enjoyable, funny, warm and enchanting book to read.  The characters resemble those who inhabit our favourite Roald Dahl tales.  Martyn Hesford cleverly enters the mind of a sweet young girl and brings to life her innocent, yet incisive, worldview. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the poetic style of writing …

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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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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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A Mouse and A Miracle: Bright and Original Catholic Annunciation Story for Children

Author: Cathy Gilmore Illustrator: Jean Schoonover-Egolf Publisher: Perpetual Light Publishing Age Range: 3 – 7 Cathy Gilmore and Jean Schoonover-Egolf have combined their remarkable talents to produce Tiny Virtue Heroes. This is a series of books for children that explore Christian virtues. Each book features an animal character who represents a particular virtue.  In this …

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A is for Angel The Alphabet in Sacred Art

Author: Adrienne, Katie and Jaimee Keogler Publisher: Get creative 6, an imprint of Mixed Media Resources. Age Range: 3  – 7 This is one of those brilliant Catholic books that I wish I could buy for thousands of children to hold and gaze at. The premise is simple – an ABC book that features beautiful …

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Our Lady’s Picture Book: Gorgeous Catholic Children’s Book

Author: Anthony DeStefano Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova Publisher: Sophia Institute Press Age Range: 3 – 12 Following on from Our Lady’s Wardrobe, Anthony DeStefano has now authored this second beautiful hardcover picture book about Our Lady. This gorgeous book will show children that Our Lady has been featured in many significant art works, and that each …

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