I am always trying to find good Catholic children’s books for my kids, but it’s trickier since our local Catholic bookstore recently closed. I was so excited when Catholic Family Gifts contacted me about doing a book review and giveaway!
Catholic Family Gifts is the online extension of a family-owned Catholic store located in Illinois and they generously sent me two books to review (one which I am giving away to a lucky reader): Picture Book of Saints and St. Anthony and the Christ Child.
The Picture Book of Saints by Fr. Lovasik includes a color illustration, a short one-page saint’s life story, and a prayer for 114 saints. The little biographies (or hagiographies, I suppose) are short enough to keep a small child’s attention and I learned things about the lives of the saints that I didn’t know, either! There’s a table of contents set up alphabetically according to saint’s names which makes the book easily navigable; however, I do wish that it had an additional index according to feast days or that the pages were ordered according to the Christian year. I enjoyed reading about St. Thomas More to Benjamin last week on his feast day. After Benjamin perused the book, saw that St. Ignatius has lions in his illustration, and heard about his martyrdom, he decided that St. Ignatius is his new favorite saint. But, he told me, with all his three-year-old intensity, “I’m not sure I’m ready to die for Jesus like St. Ignatius!” This would be a great book to have in your child’s Mass bag.
And although Benjamin can’t sit still for chapter books quite yet, I can’t wait till he’s ready for St. Anthony and the Christ Child, our giveaway prize for a lucky reader! One of many books on saint’s lives in the Vision series (published by the wonderful Ignatius Press), this easy chapter book by Helen Walker Homan is an engaging, well-written, and researched introduction to the life of St. Anthony of Padua. The Vision series has been recommended to me, but until now, I’ve never had a chance to check it out. I would definitely recommend the Vision series for any child that’s ready to read chapter books!
To be entered to win a copy of St. Anthony and the Christ Child, comment on this post telling me which saint’s life in the Vision series you’re most interested in reading with your child (head over to Catholic Family Gift’s Children’s Book page to check them out).
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This giveaway will be open until Sunday night (07/08/12) at 10pm EST. I will pick a winner by random number generator. Best of luck and Happy 4th! (And a big thank you to Catholic Family Gifts for sponsoring this great giveaway!)