May 2013 Book Recommendations

There are many wonderful books to share with your children about faith and morals. Here are a few that we have enjoyed …

Mary is a beautiful book by Demi about our Blessed Mother. This book is for ages 6-12. Demi’s gold-enhanced illustrations are spectacular, capturing important events from Mary’s birth until her Coronation as Queen of Heaven and Earth. It’s a great book to read during Mary’s month of May.

The Legend of Saint Christopher, adapted by Margaret Hodges and illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson, is a gorgeous book that children of all ages will love. You may be familiar with Richard Jesse Watson’s work as illustrator for One Wintry Night, the well-known children’s book by Ruth Bell Graham. His vivid, lifelike art is breathtaking. This is a great book to read aloud for young children, and it would also be a wonderful book for independent readers age 6-10.

The following books all highlight virtuous behavior, which is especially needed in the world today. These would be great books for your child to read during the summer.

All Things Girl: Modern and Modest, by a team of authors, is one book in the All Things Girl Series for Catholic girls. This book, along with the other books in this series, is for girls ages 9-14.

The All Things Girl series explores what it means to be the daughter of the King. I highly recommend all of these books! They cover everything from friendships to dressing modestly to virtues and how to live those out as a Catholic tween girl. At the back of each book is a section called “A Girl Like Me,” which tells the story of a specific girl saint who displays great virtue in the face of suffering and persecution. My husband has worked with one of the authors and greatly respects her. These books are a treasure for our girls striving to live out their faith in a secular world.

If you are looking for a similar title for Catholic boys, check out:

All Things Guy: A Guide to Becoming a Man that Matters, is for boys ages 10 and up. This is written by the same authors as the All Things Girls books.

Here’s a book that would make a great Confirmation gift:

Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints, by Colleen Swaim, is an inspirational book made especially for teenagers. This book features the stories of young people who have chosen to live a life of faith and virtue, perserving with joy and hope. Some of the saints featured are familiar ones but others are not as well known. Ablaze is a must read for Catholic teens. They will love it!

Let us pray for our “growing saints”, that they may live lives of virtue allowing the Light of Christ to shine brightly through them.

“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” -Romans 12:2


  1. Great selection, Margaret. I’m always on the look out for teen books. I look forward to investigating “Ablaze”!

  2. Margaret,
    Thanks for the great ideas! Any suggestions on where to find the All Things books? Thinking about ordering the Ablaze for my confirmation team as gifts I’m sure they would love them! You are always full of inspiration and knowledge!

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