Ages 7 – 12

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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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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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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Brilliant! 25 Catholic Scientists, Mathmeticians and Supersmart People

Author: David Michael Warren Illustrator: Jaclyn Warren Published: Pauline Books and Word on Fire Institute Age Range: 7-11   It’s always such a pleasure to hold a beautifully produced hardcover book in your hands. Brilliant! Is an important book that I wholeheartedly recommend that you buy for your students, children or grandchildren.  Dispelling myths that …

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That Easter Sunday

Author: Nadishka Aloysius Illustrator: Iaz Abdul Cader Publisher: Self Published Ages 8 – 11. Parental or Teacher Guidance Recommended.  This review is published on Easter Sunday, 2021, two years after the bombing of three Christian churches and two motels in Sri Lanka. Two hundred and ninety-five people lost their lives.  This story for children is …

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Belt of Truth

Title: Belt of Truth Author: Theresa Linden Publisher: Silver Fire Publishing Age Range: 7-11 This is the first book in a series of books that Theresa Linden has named The Armor of God series.  The inspiration for this series of books is a scriptural passage from Ephesians 6:13-17: “Therefore, put on the armour of God …

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Miraculous! Catholic Mysteries for Kids

Author: Kathryn Griffin Swegart Front cover art: John Folley Publisher: Self Published Age Range: 8 and up. This user-friendly little book is just what teachers and homeschoolers need!  Kathryn Griffin Swegart has presented the stories of four saints and seven miracles in short story form.  Each chapter is only two or three pages long and …

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Sisters of the Last Straw: The Case of the Haunted Chapel.

Author: Karen Kelly Boyce Illustrator: Sue Anderson Gioulis Publisher:  St Benedict Press Age Range: 9 or 10+ (parental guidance for younger readers) This is an entertaining and refreshing book filled with imperfect but likeable characters.  Some parents and teachers may not approve of some of the content.  One sister struggles with swearing, another with smoking …

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Search for the Hidden Garden; A Discovery with Saint Therese

Author: Sherry Weaver Smith Illustrated: Rebecca Thornburgh Published: Pauline Books Age Range: 7 – 12   Quite simply – I LOVED THIS BOOK.  What a delightfully written and crafted story.  This is one of two books in the Pauline series “Friends of the Saints”.  In this book, Saint Therese of Lisieux is fifteen years old …

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Shepherds to the Rescue by Sister Maria Grace Dateno

Author: Sister Maria Grace Dateno, FSP Illustrated: Paul Cunningham Published: Pauline Books and Media. Age Range: 6 – 10 years. Why weren’t there books like this around when I was young? This is such an interesting little book that your kids will love reading.  Shepherds to the Rescue is the first in a series of …

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