Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year- My Book Is Ready for Preorder!

Merry Christmas, friends! I hope that you are experiencing a beautiful Christmas season and are filled with the hope of Christ as you look into the coming new year. I wanted to pop up a quick post to share two exciting announcements about my book- a cover reveal, and preorder information!

Through the Year with Jesus: Gospel Readings and Reflections for Children from Emmaus Road Publishing should be out in mid February and can now be preordered at the St. Paul Center and on Amazon

I'll be sharing more in the coming weeks, including freebies to go along with the book, special pre-order bonuses (update- get them here!), and giveaways, but for now I'll leave you with the back cover description of the book, and a few kind words from those that have already read it. Feel free to drop any questions in the comment box. I'm so, so thrilled to be able to share this resource for homes and classrooms with you!

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From the back cover:

The liturgical year invites us to walk with Jesus through the most wonderful story ever told: the Gospel. In Through the Year with Jesus: Gospel Readings and Reflections for Children, catechist and popular blogger Katherine Bogner reveals the rich mystery of the seasons we celebrate in the Church.

With Gospel readings for each week of the liturgical year, along with tools for reflection, discussion, and prayer, Through the Year with Jesus offers endless opportunities for discovering who Jesus is and better understanding Catholic teaching about his life and mission.

  • Promote prayer and conversation about the life of Christ with children through
  • Weekly readings from the Gospels
  • Lectio Divina prompts to nurture personal prayer or journaling
  • Sacred art to accompany the Gospel reading
  • Stories of saints and many rich Catholic traditions for the liturgical year

The easy-to-use format of Through the Year with Jesus helps adults lead children to an intimate encounter with the heart of Jesus through the rhythm of the liturgical year and the powerful words of Scripture.

"Katherine Bogner hits a liturgical living home run with this devotional for children…. This book is an excellent, all-in-one way to bring the stories of Jesus and his family and his friends and his life into a home or classroom in a way that kids of all ages can connect with at their own levels. Grownups are sure to find their own faith deepened as well." Kendra Tierney, Author of The Catholic All Year Compendium

"If you've been looking for a way to engage your family or classroom in meaningful conversations throughout the liturgical year here is your answer. Buy this book!" Bonnie Engstrom, Author of 61 Minutes to a Miracle

"Through the Year with Jesus not only has beautiful Scripture readings and reflections on the Gospels, it is also an invaluable guide to help parents, teachers, and catechists learn how to pray through the Bible with their children—and how to teach them to pray and live God's Word." Katie Warner, Catholic Children's Book Author,

"Lectio Divina (and Visio Divina)are the hidden gems of prayer in the Catholic Church. With this book, Katherine Bogner brings these devotions to life for children, teachers, and parents. I am certain her guidance here will lead many young people into an encounter with Jesus Christ." Jared Dees, Founder of and Author of Christ in the Classroom


  1. I'm so excited for this book! What ages is it best for? Would it be appropriate to use with a 5 year old or is it more for older children?

    1. Good question! Because it was designed to support conversations between kids and their parents/teachers, it really has applications for ages 4-14. Each entry has tons of resources to choose from, so with littles you can read a few verses from the Scripture, look at the Sacred Art, and use just one of the discussion questions. Older kids could read all of it, even on their own, and go deeper by using the Lectio Divina prompts for journaling or put some of the practical applications to use. I’m hoping to be able to share some inside snapshots soon that will hopefully show how it could work for a wide range of ages and in both the home and classroom! More specifically to your question, my oldest niece and nephews are between 4.5-6 years and it would totally be usable with them! But I also am looking forward to having it on my shelf in my classroom and using the Lectio Divina prompts and art with my 6th-8th graders. I really tried to offer enough to support the adult and make it flexible for the child!

  2. Thank you Katie- I am so excited!

  3. Your work is always so inviting. Congratulations Katie! I am looking forward to purchasing a copy!

  4. Oh Katie Anne,
    I am so proud of you! Angels and Saints are dancing in the meadows of Heaven. What's next?

  5. Does it align with Sunday readings?

    1. Oh, good question! Instead of aligning with the ABC Reading Cycle, we instead wanted to make it useable year after year and follow the "narrative" of Christ's life. The chosen readings from the Gospels fit within the theme of the Liturgical Seasons, and extra entries are included to allow for changes in the calendar as well as the days of Holy Week. That way you can choose a reading based on where we are in the Liturgical Calendar, pick a story a child shows interest in, match up a reading from Mass using the Table of Contents, or use the reflections to pray the Rosary (a guide is included), etc. Hope that helps!

  6. This is so exciting! I just placed my pre-order, and can't wait to crack it open!

  7. I love your the work you share with us already and am excited about purchasing this!

    1. I'm so grateful! I hope that it is a great tool for you!