Over the past few years, we've collected a handful lovely children's books that display the Catholic faith in fun and beautiful ways. So, I wanted to briefly provide links to our top 10 books below. Many of these we read regularly before bed or bring to Mass. And, there are a few new ones I'm so excited about!
Also, I'm always looking for more to add to our library, so PLEASE send me your faves!
Ok, first up...
The beautiful illustrations against the stark black background are breath-taking in this stunning rendition of St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures. Gemma is almost three years-old and loves to study each page with all it's detail, discovering little critters and flowers woven into the art. I'd say around three or older is the perfect age for this gem of a book.
Meghan Bausch is incredibly talented and sweet ( I met her briefly here in Pittsburgh before she moved back to New York City) and her unique illustrations as well clever poems for these modern saints are so special. Gemma and Felicity love this book and we bring it to Mass every Sunday. There are even few saints Brian and I newly discovered, such as "Blessed Miguel Pro" whose story brought tears to Brian's eyes after reading Meghan's poem about the final moment before his death.
Katie Warner, who I've connected with via social media ( yay for Instagram friends!), created a delightful book introducing kids to well known saints. Each spread includes a simple, colorful illustration alongside a popular prayer of the saint depicted - it's just darling and definitely a keeper.
This treasure has yet to be released but I CANNOT WAIT. Geena Harrington teamed up with a slew of other talented Catholic artists to create this beautiful picture book which display articles of Catholic worship through colorful art and crisp photography ( think of those "100 First Word" books that babies love so much, same idea). What a fun way to engage children in the beauty of the Mass. I'm linking to the Kickstarter page where you can preoder!
Ok, this has awesome old-school images of over 20 female saints that rock. Beginning with the letter "A" with St. Agnes, this book takes you through the alphabet of women who loved Christ and His Church radically. Each page carries easily understood summaries of their life, perfect for 6-7 year-olds +. I have actually enjoyed learning about new saints as well. Even though our girls are much younger than the intended audience, Gemma has loved memorizing each saint by their illustration.