Children’s books focus on charity, the joy of Christmas
The following books are suitable for Christmas gifts:
“The Night the Saints Saved Christmas” by Gracie Jagla, illustrated by Michael Corsini. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2021). 28 pages, $ 16.95.
Whimsical, clever and silly, “The Night the Saints Saved Christmas” will leave readers rooting for a heroic community of Saints who have all come together to help a bedridden Saint Nicholas.
Using their unique strengths and regional knowledge, recognizable Saints tackle the enormous and now potentially perilous task of delivering gifts to children around the world. Saint Joan of Arc carries her load on horseback while Saint John Paul II balances his bundle on skis to save the day.
Every saint’s selfless and joyful contribution to saving Christmas is an important reminder to readers that a Christmas present is a symbol of God’s grace. A beautiful story with a sweet message for Catholic children, this rhyming book will be enjoyed year after year. 5 years and over.
“La Joie d’Ephraim” by Madeleine Carroll, illustrated by Randy Friemel. Isaiah Books (Little Bookham, UK, 2021). 28 pages, $ 16.05.
Catholic children’s book author Madeleine Carroll has once again written a book with prose so soft and soothing it almost reads like a lullaby. Illustrated with beautiful original scenes in oil, “The Joy of Ephraim” combines the parable of the lost sheep with the story of the Nativity.
Pleasant for adults and children alike, this book lends itself naturally to a reading and a discussion of the Gospel of Luke. The two Bible stories that inspire the story are included to help facilitate reflection. 4-8 years old.
“The Beggar and the Blue Bird” by Anthony DeStefano, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, New Hampshire, 2021). 32 pages, $ 16.95.
Those who appreciate Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince” will find “The Beggar and the Blue Bird” a charming picture book that is memorable if not a little predictable. Loaded with themes highlighting altruism and charity, this book will leave readers a little sad but hopeful.
Set in a snowy, urban Christmas season, the book is a fitting addition to author Anthony DeStefano’s long list of poignant children’s books. 5-10 years.
“Joseph’s Donkey” by Anthony DeStefano, illustrated by Juliana Kolesova. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, New Hampshire, 2021). 40 pages, $ 16.95.
Even the most stoic reader can’t help but cry just a little bit after reading “Joseph’s Donkey,” another perfectly sweet children’s book by Anthony DeStefano. It is the story of a life of humble donkey work and devotion to the Holy Family.
Told in simple rhymes, the book is beautifully illustrated with soft and lifelike images. Adults and children alike will fall in love with this gentle workhorse and the family it serves. 5 years and over.
“The treasure with a face” by Janeen Zaio. Perpetual Light Publishing (Columbus, Ohio 2021). 269 pages, $ 12.69.
“The treasure with a face” is a rare find. Exciting adventures, humorous dialogue, and identifiable characters help make this book gripping and informative for upper elementary and middle school readers.
It’s the story of a precocious but clumsy 12-year-old apprentice tasked by his uncle demanding to travel over 100 miles to deliver a precious package.
Although determined to accomplish this mission, the preteen is also eager to simultaneously pursue his passion: treasure hunting. The journey along the way is dangerous and thrilling, but ultimately leads to what it was meant to find: the true treasure of the Catholic faith. 9-12 years old.
“The Wordless Weaver” by Claudia Cangilla McAdam, illustrated by Caroline Baker Mazure. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2021). 36 pages, $ 16.95.
Set during the Lent season, “The Wordless Weaver” deserves to be included as appropriate for Christmas gifts and as meaningful all year round. This is the story of young Shira, a talented weaver born silent.
Unable to welcome Jesus on Palm Sunday with the same verbal greetings as his fellow citizens in Jerusalem, Shira decided to praise him by offering him what she could: his handmade shroud.
This imaginative fictional tale tells the origin of the Shroud of Turin that will leave readers hopeful, joyful and grateful for the talents given by God. 6-10 years old.
“Saint Joseph: watch over my family” by Sabine du Mesnil, illustrated by Henjing Zang. Magnificat (New York, 2021). 56 pages, $ 13.99.
This lovely children’s book will help readers understand Saint Joseph on a new and deeper level. The life of this man of few words is explored with passages from the Bible, stories and prayers.
“Saint Joseph” highlights the inspiring characteristics of this faithful and devoted husband and father, and even includes some modern day miraculous stories that provide a glimpse into his good-humored nature. 7-10 years old.
“Sacred Scripture” by Michael R. Heinlein, illustrated by Frank Fraser. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2021). 24 pages, $ 12.95.
One of four hardback books by author Michael R. Heinlein and the Teeny Tiny Theology series by illustrator Frank Fraser, “Sacred Writing” contains plenty of church history and Bible studies in just a few pages. solid.
Brightly illustrated with engaging images and text, readers will learn key points from God’s word through a brief overview of key stories, poetry, and teachings from the Bible.
Along with “Sacred Scriptures,” “The Trinity,” “The Story of Salvation” and “Christology” are included in the Teeny Tiny Theology series. 4-8 years old.
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Lordan, a mother of three, has an MA in Education and Political Science and is a former Associate International Editor of the Catholic News Service. She currently teaches and is a court appointed lawyer for foster children.