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A reader recently reached out to me asking if I could write about Catholic books for kids. Her family recently jointed the Catholic faith, and she’s anxious to teach her children more about its history and traditions.

Our family is Protestant, so this list required some additional legwork. With the help of an awesome librarian and some Catholic friends, I was able to put together this collection of books. Did I miss something? Leave me your favorites in the comments, and I’ll add them!

26 Catholic Children's Books

Catholic History and Traditions

Don’t Drink the Holy Water: Big Al and Annie Go to Mass by Father Joe Kempf

The Mass Book for Children by Rosemarie Gortler and Donna Piscitelli

I Believe: The Creed, Confession and the Ten Commandments for Little Catholics by Sister M. Julianna

131 FUN-damental Facts for Catholic Kids: Liturgy, Litanies, Rituals, Rosaries, Symbols, Sacraments, and Sacred Surprises by Bernadette McCarver Snyder

Celebrating Mass by Thomas Donaghy

Child’s Guide to the Mass by Sue Stanton

Child’s Guide to Reconciliation by Elizabeth Ficocelli

Child’s Guide to First Holy Communion by Elizabeth Ficocelli

Child’s Guide to the Seven Sacraments by Elizabeth Ficocelli

Jesus Speaks to Me Series by Angela Burrin

Your First Communion: Meeting Jesus, Your True Joy by Pope Francis



Once Upon a Time Saints by Ethel Pochocki

Holy Crocodile! Stories of Saints and the Animals Who Helped Them by Caroline Cory

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie De Paola

Lucia: Saint of Light by Katherine Bolger Hyde

The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica by Kathleen Norris

Saints and Me! A Book Series by Barbara Yoffie

A Saint and His Lion: The Story of Tekla of Ethiopia by Elaine Murray Stone

The Wonderful Life of Russia’s Saint Sergius of Radonezh by Alvin Alexsi Currier 

Roses in the Snow: A Tale of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary by Dessi Jackson


The Pope and the Papacy

Lessons From Pope Francis for Children by Angela Burrin

National Geographic Readers: Pope Francis by Barbara Kramer

Lolek: The Boy Who Became Pope John Paul II by Mary Hramiec Hoffman

We Have A Pope! by Karen Congeni

Friday Night with the Pope by Jacques Shore

Our Holy Father, the Pope: The Papacy from Saint Peter to the Present by Don R. Caffery


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