Thursday, October 12, 2023

All about Advent & Christmas: Sharing the Seasons of Wonder and Hope with Children- {My new book!}

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a children's book that explains the beauty of the Season of Advent and how it prepares us for Christmas? A book that shows God's plan His people as they waited for the promised Messiah and how we stretch open our hearts as we also await His coming each year? A resource that shares Advent traditions and prayers and songs and Saints? A tool for homes and classrooms with explanations that are simple but rich, supported with bright and beautiful illustrations? 

Well... I have a little surprise for you! I've been hard at work bringing the Advent book of my dreams to life and am ready to share it with you!

All About Advent & Christmas: Sharing the Seasons of Hope and Wonder with Children, written by me and illustrated & designed by Shari Van Vranken of Catholic Paper Goods is now available for preorder from The St. Paul Center

The book is a big and bright 9x12" book with 56 pages of text and full color illustrations. The content can be read a "chapter" at a time or from cover to cover and is peppered with extra sidebars with prayers, Scripture, connections to the Sacraments, and tips for celebrating.

All About Advent & Christmas is ready for preorder now and will be shipping out the first week of November, leaving you plenty of time to plan for a peaceful and beautiful Advent. To help you out, Shari and I created some fun bonus activities that will exclusively be sent to orders through the St. Paul Center. You know I take catechetical activities seriously, so while there are some amazing images to color, we also gave you great talking points and content to learn from! 

The digital bonuses include:

  • A clickable digital calendar specific to 2023 with tons of activities organized by day for the entire Advent and Christmas Seasons. It has everything from links to free coloring pages, feast day meal ideas, hymn playlists, and more. So many ideas- you can pick and choose your favorites!
  • An Advent wreath coloring page, as well as four smaller coloring cards with the Advent candles lit for each of the four weeks.
  • An O Antiphon activity page designed for older kids (don't leave them out of the fun!) that includes a mini Bible study.
  • A coloring page of Shari's stunning Advent Calendar. It includes a brief explaining of Advent calendars and you can color one door each day leading to Christmas.

You also can use code BOGNER10 to save 10% when ordering at the St. Paul Center, but only until October 20, 2023- so don't wait!

The book is also available for preorder on Amazon (affiliate link), and I always love to encourage you to ask for it at your local Catholic bookstore. Even if they don't have it on the shelves, they typically will order it for you! If you'd like to share about the book with your parish or school, feel free to send them this blog post, or here is a flier that can be emailed or used in bulletins or newsletters.

We hope and pray that this book helps readers of all ages prepare to celebrate the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!


  1. Oh, no! I bought it from Amazon before seeing this post. We absolutely love it but I’m just a little bit sad that we missed out on the digital downloads.

    1. Send me an email at hello (at) looktohimandberadiant (dot) com and I'll help!