Saturday, August 10, 2019

Catholic Kids' Book List

After posting on Choosing and Using Good Catholic Books here earlier in the week, I suppose I need to share some of the Catholic books that I use in my classroom and/or DRE work. :)  So here is a list of my favorite books for Catholic kids. Obviously there are tons of books that you could find Catholic themes within (virtue, symbolism, etc.) but these are books with explicit Catholic content and I've sorted them into a "genres" below.

A few notes:
-Some of these books I've inherited, a lot I have purchased, and some were sent to me by the author/publisher, but all of them are books I have used/gifted/recommended in my classroom or as a DRE. I'm only sharing with you what I really like.
-This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. That means that if you click through and purchase something, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.
-By recommending these books, I am not saying they are perfect.  Their quality is somewhat dependent on the age and interests of the kids reading them as well as the support and background knowledge they have.  As always, you should preview and make the decision as to what is best for your kids or classroom (possibly thinking about some of the qualities I talk about in this post).
-These lists are roughly organized from youngest interest level to oldest.  They are also far from complete and I invite you to chime in with your favorites in the comments.  I have a feeling that this will be a growing post!

The Word of the Lord- Warner, Katie
The Gospel for Little Ones- Roche, Maite
Jesus, Savior of the World, Marlyn Evangelina Monge
Colors of Creation, by Paul Thigpen
Jesus, Son of Mary- Sheen, Fulton
Jesus, Our Savior- Szczebak, Patricia
Soldier of God. St. Maximilian Kolbe- Treece, Patricia (and other comic books on Fulton Sheen, Emil Kapaun, Solanus Casey, etc. but I can't find them at a reasonable price online.  You can always contact the Foundations for the Causes for Canonization to order them more affordably)

Just Like Mary- Gortler, Rosemarie
Our Blessed Mother: The Story of Mary for Children- Orfeo, Christina Virginia
The Lady of Guadalupe- de Paola, Tomie
Mary: The Mother of Jesus- de Paola, Tomie
Mary Stories from the Bible
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Story Book- Windeatt, Mary Fabyan (and series)
Mary's Story- Boss, Sarah Jane
Take it to the Queen- Nobisso, Josephine
Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Graphic Novel- Muglia, Natalie
Our Lady of Fatima: The Graphic Novel- Estrada, Sam

Little Prayers for Little Ones- Jablonski, Patricia
My Superhero Prayer Book- Tierney, Kendra
Mary Holds My Hand- Chronister, Michelle
This Little Prayer of Mine, by Anthony DeStefano
On a Mission to Love
Sitting Like a Saint- Bottaro, Gregory and Barbra
Loyola Kids Book of Everyday Prayers
The Kid's Book of Prayers about All Sorts of Things, by Elizabeth Heller and David Heller 
Be Yourself! Journal for Catholic Girls, by Amy Brooks
Be Yourself, A Journal for Catholic Boys, by Amy Brooks
To Hear His Voice Mass Journal
Rise Up; Shining with Virtue, Blessed is She
Made for Greatness: A Growth Mindset Journal for Courageous Catholic Youth, Ginny Kochis
Catholic Youth Prayer Book
YOUCAT Prayer Book
Jesus Speaking, Gabrielle Bossis
Manual for Eucharistic Adoration

A Little Camel for Baby Jesus- Gianola, Maria
Guess Who's in the Manger: A Christmas Story- Howie, Vickie
The Cure for the Christmas Crazies- Hartmann, April
The Birds of Bethlehem- dePaola, Tomie
The Night of Las Posadas, dePaola Tomie
The Legend of the Poinsettia, dePaola, Tomie
Angela and the Baby Jesus- McCort, Frank
24 Christmas Stories for Little Ones
Santa's Priority, Tom Peterson
The Little Star, by Anthony DeStefano
Jacob's Gift- Lucado, Max
Voices of Christmas- Grimes, Nikki
Aaron's Secret Message, Pfister, Marcus
Sisters of the Last Straw #5: The Case of the Christmas Tree Capers, Karen Kelly Boyce
Christmas Around the Fire, Ryan N. S. Topping
The Jesse Tree Advent Journal, Lumen Ecclesiae Press

Stations of the Cross for Children- Douglas, Jerry
Simon of Cyrene and the Legend of the Easter Egg- Degazelle, Terri
Walking with Jesus to Calvary: Stations of the Cross for Children- Burrin, Angela
Tale of the Three Trees- Hunt, Angela Elwell
The Donkey That No One Could Ride, by Anthony DeStefano
The Way of the Cross: Discovery Mercy with St. Longinus- Sofie, Rev. J. Francis
Mary's Way of the Cross- Furey, Richard
The Way of the Cross- Sheen, Fulton J.
Lent: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens- Prejean McGrady, Katie

A Missal for Toddlers- Lescoat, Ellen
I Went to Mass, What Did I See? - Warner, Katie
Fr. Ben Gets Ready for Mass- Warner, Katie
The Weight of a Mass- Nobisso, Josephine
Sam the Guardian Angel, by Lis Luwia
My First Communion Bible- Groeschel, Fr. Benedict
Little Book About Confession for Children- Tierney, Kendra
Little Catechism on the Eucharist- Coggi, Fr. Roberto
Heavenly Hosts: Eucharistic Miracles for Kids- Griffin, Kathryn
Stories of the Blessed Sacrament- Bay, Francine
Catechism on the Seven Sacraments: Building Blocks of Faith Series- ONeill, Kevin and Mary
The Catholic Field Guide- Chronister, Michelle
Anointed- Pope Francis
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Sacraments in Action
A Pocket Guide to Sacramental Reconciliation


  1. As a school librarian, I really appreciate this! I've printed out the list & marked the titles we have. Thanks for doing all this research. God bless you! (Thanks also for your post about choosing good Catholic books.)

    Sister F.

  2. Any recommendation for a children's book on heaven? I'm looking for one that meshes well with Catholic teaching.

    1. Hi Susan! I don't know if you will see this, but I just added some books on grief to this list. I bought and really like "Heaven is a wonderful place" from Word Among Us Press. Does a good job of sharing the Biblical descriptions of Heaven and is rooted in Catholic teaching.

  3. Can I suggest this one under the categories of Easter and Grief?
    THAT EASTER SUNDAY: Story book for Children Age 8 - 12 based on the True Events of the Easter Sunday Attacks in Sri Lanka