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48 Picture Books for the Well-Rounded Catholic Child

Three years ago, I became a grandmother for the first time. In just under a month from now, my fourth grandchild will be born. One of the many great things about having grandchildren is revisiting the joy of picture books — the same joy I shared with their parents so many years ago.

I keep a book wish list for each of my grandchildren. (Yes, I’m passing my bibliophileness onto them.) Every birthday, Christmas, baptism, holy day, Groundhog Day, etc., is a reason to gift a child with a book. Right?! Keeping the wish lists helps me remember what I’ve bought, for whom, and what still needs to be presented.

Looking it over this morning, I realized, “This is a pretty good list for any parent or grandparent.” So, here I am sharing a portion of it with you. I picked a variety of books that cover a variety of topics to help form a well-rounded child.

These are books that are already on my shelves. Books I shared with my own children. Books I cherish and will not part with. They remain at Grammy’s house for as long as Grammy is here. I’m buying them all over again, so they are also on the shelves of my adult children and their children.

It is my hope that this list inspires you to buy good-quality picture books for your children and/or grandchildren. Or, perhaps, your great-grandchildren.

I suggest printing this list and taking it to the library. Then, when you find a favorite, put that on your wishlist.

48 Picture Books for the Well-Rounded Catholic Child

Titles are in no particular order. Click on the book title to read reviews at Amazon.

Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre and His World of Insects by Matthew Clark Smith (Author), Giuliano Ferri (Illustrator)

The Princess and the Kiss: A Story of God’s Gift of Purity by Jennie Bishop

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic by Hilda van Stockum

The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith  by Josephine Nobisso (Author), Katalin Szegedi (Illustrator)

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (Author), Robert Lawson (Illustrator)

Angel in the Waters by Regina Doman (Author), Ben Hatke (Illustrator)

Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle

Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish (Author), Fritz Siebel (Illustrator)

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer

The Story of Holly and Ivy  by Rumer Godden (Author), Barbara Cooney  (Illustrator) 

The Squire and the Scroll by Jennie Bishop (Author), Preston McDaniels (Illustrator)

Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman

Saint Jude: A Friend in Hard Times  by Michael Aquilina (Author), Keith Neely (Illustrator)

The Empty Pot by Demi

Picture Book of Saints  by Lawrence G. Lovasik

Book of Greek Myths by the D’Aulaires

Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst (Author), James Stevenson (Illustrator)

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop  by Christopher Raschka

The Song of the Swallows  by Leo Politi

Raphael (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia

Peter Tchaikovsky (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers) by Mike Venezia

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander and Wayne Geehan

Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution  by Jean Fritz (Author), Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)

The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica by Kathleen Norris (Author), Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Author), Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Bible for Young Catholics by Anne Eileen Heffernan (Editor), Deborah J. White (Illustrator)

Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Saint Brendan and the Voyage Before Columbus by Michael McGrew (Author), Marnie Litz (Illustrator)

The Miracle of St. Nicholas by Gloria Whelan (Author), Judith Brown  (Illustrator)

The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Brigid’s Cloak by Bryce Milligan (Author), Helen Cann (Illustrator)

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Curious George by H. A. Rey

Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund Minarik (Author), Maurice Sendak  (Illustrator)

But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton

Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing by Amy Welborn (Author), Ann Kissane Engelhart (Illustrator)

The Mass Book for Children by Donna Piscitelli and Rosemarie Gortler (Authors), Mimi Sternhagen (Illustrator)

That’s Me in Here by Jean Darby

The Father Brown Reader: Stories from Chesterton by Nancy Carpentier Brown (Editor), Ted Schluenderfritz (Illustrator)

Children’s Prayers to Mary by Lawrence G. Lovasik

Though this list contains 48 books, it is not exhaustive. There are a great many other picture books worth your time and effort. Explore other titles by the same author or by looking at Amazon’s “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” suggestions. Ask your friends for their favorites and search for other Catholic reading lists online.

If I’ve left off your favorite picture book, let me know at the Homeschool Connections Community.


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