If you hurry, there is still time to buy the book(s) about St. John Bosco in time for his feast day on January 31.
Books about Saint John Bosco
I found two books worth sharing for the feast day of St. John Bosco. One is a small picture book and the other is a quasi-picture book, more suitable for older children.
A Story of Saint John Bosco
A Story of John Bosco was my favorite of the two selections I found for this month, although it’s not a picture book in the traditional sense. There are black and white pictures inside and it’s an older children’s book.
A Story of John Bosco is one of those living books that Charlotte Mason people talk about from the golden age of children’s book publishing (1930-1968ish). The story is very engaging and paints a beautiful picture of an ordinary boy and how he did simple but great things for God. My 7 year old daughter listened to this book and begged that I finish it right away.
John Bosco: Champion for Youth
The other book that I found for St. John Bosco is another title from the Saints & Me! series —John Bosco: Champion for Youth. This particular title comes from the Saints for Families series and like the last one, has a workbook to go with it (and the others).
This one focuses on a slightly different piece of his childhood, but also talks about how Don Bosco helped boys come to Christ in very real, but simple ways. The book ends with a prayer as well as a glossary.
Activities for St. John Bosco
While I created this book club as a way for busy families to go a little deeper into their Catholic faith, I did find a small handful of ideas to do if you had the time.
First, is a simple and easy snack. Have you heard of Bosco sticks? They are all the rage as a snack food at arenas and such. Basically, they are breadsticks stuffed with cheese. In a pinch, you could pick up a box at the grocery story, or if you prefer, you could make them from scratch with this Bosco Sticks recipe from Catholic Cuisine.
The other thing I found was this pin from a custom Etsy shop order. It’s a beautiful printable with a quote from St. John Bosco.
Run. Jump. Make Noise. But do not sin.
I love this quote. I think someone needs to make a printable of it. What a great reminder of what is important!
Do you have a favorite book or activity for St. John Bosco? Please share it below!
Stay tuned for St. Brigid later this week; her feast day is February 1!