Picture books

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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The Three Roses: Book Two in The Adventures of Jamie and Bella

Author: Father Olivier Bonnewijn Illustrator: Amanda Wanert Publisher: Magnificat : Ingnatius Age Range: 7 – 10 The Three Roses didn’t disappoint.  This is a simple story about Bella and her prayer life.  We follow Bella as she graciously plays with her younger sister, and then settles down to her daily prayers.  Bella prepares her special …

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King of the Shattered Glass: beautiful Catholic picture book

Author: Susan Joy Bellavance Illustrator: Sara Tang Publisher: Tan Books Age Range: 7 – 10 This distinctive picture book was not what I expected at all! It contains a beautiful story that has layers of meaning.  The more I contemplate it, the more I find to appreciate.  Basically, this is the story of a little …

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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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