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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Rightfully Ours

Author: Carolyn Astfalk Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing Age Range: 14/15 and up. Carolyn Astfalk has written a courageous book that tackles a contemporary issue head on.  Rightfully Ours explores the romantic relationship between two teenagers throughout a period of several years.  We read how their lives and relationship develop as they grapple with their growing …

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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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Blessed Mother Mary, the Rosary, and You. A Guided Journal

Author: Rosanne Pallini-Verlezza Illustrator: Rosanne Pallini-Verlezza Publisher: Self Published, printed by Blurb. Ages: 7 – 14 This book is a little different from most that I review.  This is not a ‘story’ as much as an activity book which teaches children about the Rosary. On the other hand, there are many stories from the Gospels …

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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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The Saintly Outlaw

Author: Paul McCusker Publisher: Augustine Institute Age Range: 9 – 14 depending on reading ability. Paul McCusker is a seasoned writer having written for radio, plays and a movie.  He brings his experience to the well-known tale of Robin Hood in this enjoyable tween book that takes readers back to twelfth century England. There are …

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