I am so excited to be able to share the selection(s) for the January 2015 saint in the Saint Picture Book Club! If you are unfamiliar with the saint picture book club, it’s a super easy way to live the liturgical year and learn more about the saints without a lot of prep or shopping involved. I designed it to be book based, and easily available on Amazon to make it as simple as possible for busy families to live their Catholic faith together.
The saint for January is St. John Bosco and his feast day is January 31, which is also my oldest’s birthday. I didn’t know that until this year. See ANYONE can do this :).
I have to equally good, but different selections for this month. The first is A Story of John Bosco, printed by Neumann Press. If you are unfamiliar with Neumann Press, they have traditionally published out of print Catholic children’s resources that are good enough to save for grandchildren. This is less of a picture book than the other book, with fewer drawings and those being black and white pen & ink drawings. The story, however, is very well done and engaging. It’s a great book for illustrating how ordinary people can be saints. A Story of John Bosco would be wonderful for older children 6+ and good as a read-aloud.
The other books is another from the Saints & Me series — John Bosco: Champion for Youth. This is from the Saints for Family Collection and is very much a picture book with illustrations on each page. While the story is not as quite as engaging, it does share much more of St. John Bosco’s life as a young person than the previous selection. Also, John Bosco, is a very affordable way to add a new saint book to your collection without breaking the bank — it’s less than $5, shipped (if you have Amazon Prime).
So join us on 1/26 to read a more in-depth review of both of these stories and find out what others are reading or doing on the feast day of St. John Bosco. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed so you don’t miss a post. Friday I will be sharing February’s pick, so come back then and you can combine shipping!
See you in a few weeks!