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!

Through the Year with Jesus- Bogner, Katherine
The Word of the Lord- Warner, Katie
The Gospel for Little Ones- Roche, Maite
Jesus, Savior of the World, Marlyn Evangelina Monge
What Did God Make? Henning, Heather
Colors of Creation, by Paul Thigpen
God's Wildest Wonderment of All, Thigpen, Paul
Noah and the Ark, Tomie de Paola
David and Goliath, Tomie de Paola
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)
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Tomie de Paola
The Woman in the Trees- Bell, Theoni

O Come, Emmanuel, Kendra Tierney

Church Teachings/Q&A
Kiddie Cat- Warner, Katie

The Phantom of the Colosseum, Sophie de Mullenheim
A Lion for the Emperor- Sophie de Mullenheim

What are some of your favorite Catholic books for kids?


  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

  4. Hi! By any chance should the "Jerry Douglas" author of one of the recommended Stations of the Cross books for children be Jerry *Daoust* ( Jerry Windley-Daoust) instead?

    1. Yes! Thank you for the correction! I just fixed it, and updated the link as well since the old one wasn't working. Thanks!