Virtues

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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Smile, God Loves You.

Author: Mark Restaino Illustrator: Ignacio Loza Coll Publisher: Self published Age Range: 0 – 6. Here’s a beautiful Christian book for the little ones. A gorgeous book to look at and hold, the story is simple and the colourful illustrations endearing. With rhyming sentences and the use of repetition, the message is straightforward – God …

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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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Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls

Author: Raymond Arroyo Illustrator: Antonio Javier Caparo Age Range: 10 and up. It was only after reading this book for the second time that I truly appreciated how much is going on.  Raymond Arroyo is a master storyteller, and I was so wrapped up in the story the first time I read it, that I …

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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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Little Catholic Clubhouse

Author:  Mike and Sarah Zimmerman Illustrator:  Sarah Zimmerman Age Range: 3 – 6 or 7 Publisher: Little Catholic Clubhouse.   I can relate to Mike and Sarah Zimmerman’s frustration at not being able to find appropriate Catholic children’s books to read to their children. In fact, Mike and Sarah became so frustrated that they wrote …

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Finding Patience by Virginia Lieto

Author: Virginia Lieto Illustrated: Carole Hahn Panzner Published: Parenesis Publishing. Age Range: 3 – 8 Younger school aged children will love holding this picture book in their hands.  Every page is brightly coloured with large, simple drawings and pastel backgrounds to the broad and spaciously set print. It is a book designed to be read …

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