catholic children's book

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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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: 4  – 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 …

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The Hungry Kitten’s Tale

Author: Elizabeth Fust Illustrations: Mary MacArthur Publisher: Rivershore Books Age Range: 4 – 7   I love any story that features a cute kitten. Elizabeth Fust has produced a real winner here – The Hungry Kitten’s Tale tells the story of how Jesus miraculously fed the multitude with five loaves and two fishes. Told from …

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Our Lady’s Picture 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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The Clown of God

  Author: Tomie DePaola Illustrator: Tomie DePaola Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books Age Range: 4 – 8   Originally published in 1978, this picture book is different to most.  Tomie DePaola has enjoyed a loyal following of readers for decades.  Reviewers of his work speak of DePaola’s care and attention to detail and the authentic …

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Max and Benedict

Author: Jeanne Perego Illustrator: Donata Dal Molin Casagrande Published: St Pauls Publications (Australia and New Zealand, Ignatius Press elsewhere) Age Range: 6 -12 This is a gentle book – a picture book that is not so much a story, as the daily observations of Pope Benedict from the point of view of a blue rock-thrush. …

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The Weight of A Mass: A Tale of Faith

Author: Josephine Nobisso Illustrator: Katalin Szegedi Publisher: Gingerbread House Year: 2002 Age Range: 5 – 10 The fact that this beautiful picture book is still available nineteen years after its first publication is testament to the fact that it is a very good book indeed. I have read reviews from people who loved this book …

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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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The Monks Make Amends

Author: Sylvia Dorham Illustrator: Christopher Tupa Publisher: Tan Books Age Range: Ages 4 – 7. This delightful and clever picture book is part of a series of books about a group of Carmelite Monks.  It is based on a real-life monastery in Cheyanne, Wyoming. In this story, there is tension and discord amongst the holy …

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Our Lady’s Wardrobe

Author: Anthony DeStefano Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova Age Range: 3 – 8 Publisher: Sophia Institute Press This has to be the most beautiful children’s book I have ever had the pleasure to hold in my hands. Sophia Institute Press has produced a glorious hardback picture book which tells children how Our Lady used to be a …

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