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    Catholic Picture Books – April

    We love celebrating the liturgical year through reading books, an easy and memorable way. We are blessed to have collected many books of various saints; short stories, chapter books and picture books. Sharing our picture book collection for the month of April, which is admittedly rather small, if you know of any others to recommend for this month please share!   16th – St Bernadette  Bernadette: The Little Girl From Lourdes One day in Lourdes during winter a beautiful lady, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, appears to an ordinary girl, Bernadette. At the grotto where she appears Bernadette discovers a spring from which flows miraculous healing water. ‘Meaty’ and accurate…

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    ABC’s of Aboriginal Picture Book Authors

    It’s no secret that I’m passionate about books, in particular Australian picture and chapter books. Sharing today an ABC list of authors who have focused their writing on Australia’s First Peoples, most of the authors are Indigenous, though some aren’t. We are familiar with some of the authors here, enjoying their books in the past, our personal favourite is Percy Trezise. Most excited that as I gathered names for this list I discovered many new authors for us to learn from:) There are about 500 nations in Australia each have their own stories and customs and each author’s writing is mostly of  her/his own clan, consequently whilst there are several…

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    The Emperor Who Built the Great Wall of China

    When Jillian Lin asked me if I would like to review a copy of her new book The Emperor Who Built the Great Wall of China, I was intrigued by the subject matter, and highly honoured as is the first time I’ve been approached by an author to review her book. (Though I have been asked previously on behalf of two authors.) A fascinating picture book that introduces children to the first Chinese emperor, whilst easily understood, the book is packed with information. We learn how the seven kingdoms became one, of the unity Emperor Qin Shihuang bought to China through the use of one coinage and one writing system, of…

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    Mega List of Catholic Picture Books

    Reading picture books together is not only enjoyable, is it an easy way to enhance our children’s Faith, one of my favourite pastimes with our children. I’d like to share our collection of Faith books with you, this list focuses mainly on Saints picture books with a miscellaneous round up at the end. I haven’t included Bible books, that list is forthcoming, nor does this list include Lenten/Easter and Advent/Christmas books, they can be found here, as can previous posts focusing on the Life of a Saint series and a review of books for March. I am quite selective in my choices and spend hours reading reviews such as Jen’s and Jessica’s,…

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    Large Family Picture Books

    Kendra’s sharing of her collection of picture books about large families, several of which we also enjoy, inspired me to search our boxes to see what further titles we had to add, happily I found several:) Princess Pam Fell Into the Jam – Cecilia Egan “A jolly king and queen had twenty-four daughters..” A hilariously funny rhyme about Princess Pam and her naughty sisters, whom are unique individuals, each natural princesses, who end up having a massive food fight. A hit with the children. The Story About Ping – Marjorie Flack Ping the duck lives on the Yangtze River with his father, mother, two sisters, three brothers, eleven aunts, seven uncles…

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    Catholic Picture Books – March

    An easy way to celebrate the liturgical year is through reading books. We are blessed to have collected many stories of various saints, mostly short stories and chapter books.  Slowly our picture book collection is growing including a few saints stories. Sharing here our collection for the month of March, if you know of any others to recommend for this month please share! March 5th – St Kieren St Ciaran The Tale of a Saint of Ireland I have a brother Kieren so I was particularly excited to find this book. St Ciaran of Saigir was a hermit who lived in the 6th Century and was the first Irish born…

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    Catholic Picture Books – Life of a Saint Series

    Slowly we are building a wonderful collection of quality picture books to encourage the children to know and love their Faith.   Recently we purchased four books from the Life of a Saint Series, published by Ignatius/Magnificat.   I highly recommend this series!! 5 star quality,  ‘meaty’ and accurate with lovely watercolour illustrations. They are long picture books, divided into small ‘chapters’ but can be easily read in one sitting. The best saints books we have seen for younger children, happily for us most of these are our children’s patron saints. John Marie Vianney: The Holy Cure of Ars John Vianney, from a devout family who attended underground Masses heard…

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    World War 2 – Persecution and Internment Camps

     *Denotes book is from our local library for the benefit of my local readers. *Hiding from the Nazis – David Adler The true story of a young girl who was ‘hidden’ with a Christian family in Holland during the Nazi occupation of WW2.  Lore Baer’s family had escaped Germany a few years before and believed they were safe in Holland.  When the Nazi’s invaded Holland they had to go in hiding, for extra protection many families split up, children separated from their parents.  After the war Lore’s parents came to take her home but they were strangers to her. This was an incredibly well written book on a deep topic,…