books for catholic children

Secrets in September

Author: Doreen McAvoy Publisher: Lake Elk Publishing Age Range: 9 -14 What a great effort from newcomer author, Doreen McAvoy.  As a teacher and school librarian, McAvoy knows her readership well.  The dialogue and interactions between her young characters ring true. For the young people in this book, life revolves around friends, school, family and …

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Candle’s Great Feast

Author: Kristina Lahr Illustrator: Virginia de la Lastra Publisher: Luminare Press Age Range: 3 – 7 Kristina Lahr reportedly received inspiration for this story while sitting in Adoration, gazing at the Monstrance.  It is a sweet story that children will enjoy – the story of a forgotten candle who sits at the back of a …

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I’m a Saint in the Making

Author: Lisa Hendey Illustrator: Katie Broussard Publisher: Paraclete Press Age Range: 3 – 8   The wonderful Lisa Hendey has written another winner here. I’m a Saint in the Making is a bright and entertaining picture book that is packed full of information and ideas.  Each time I read through this book, I discover something …

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Jenna’s Journey

Author: Karen Kelly Boyce Publisher: Pen it! Publications Age Range: 10 -14 Karen Kelly Boyce has written a colourful, fanciful and fresh novel that will appeal to a wide age range.  Although aiming at the tween to early teen market, this book will be enjoyed by anyone who loves well written fantasies in which the …

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Secrets Visible & Invisible

Authors: Corinna Turner,  Cynthia T. Toney,  Theresa Linden,   Susan Peek,  T.M.Gaouette,  Carolyn Astfalk,  Leslea Wahl. Publisher: Catholic Teen Books. Age Range:  11+ I recall from my teaching days that finding short stories for teens was always a problem – there never seemed to be enough collections of short stories available that were good examples of …

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Counting on Faith

Author: Maurice Prater Illustrator: Jason KoltuniakPublisher: Divine Providence PressAge Range: 3 – 6 This is a great read aloud book that follows the conventional format of a counting book. On each page Maurice Prater has chosen something numerical from scripture, e.g., the TEN commandments, or the FOUR writers of the gospels. This is such a …

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