Children’s Church Year
and Holiday Cycle Books
Both Amazon and BookFinder.com are helpful sources.
• = some of our favorites
Look! A Child’s Guide to Advent & Christmas
Paraclete Press, 2017
Lovely introduction to Advent for elementary age children. It is about “Looking Back,” “Looking Around,” and “Looking Ahead.” Each section relates to biblical characters and happenings and moves into the present with values and activities for today. A gentle telling. No St. Nicholas though!
Around the Year
Floris Books, 1927 (Swedish), 1988, 2008
Mini edition from Amazon
Picture book: the months of the year are presented in poetry with a lovely illustration; some Christian references; it also provides the opportunity to talk about things your family does in those months
Purchase from Steiner Books
Love Life Live Advent: Make Room for the MangerSimple ideas for each week of Advent—all ages. Adult and youth version in the UK, too.
Purchase from Church House Publishing
• Our Colourful Church Year
Don Bosco Publications, 2004
This delightful little book is the best I’ve found to introduce the liturgical year to children—and adults who need some refreshing. It includes all major festivals and six saints (Nicholas, Barbara, Lucy, Stephen, Valentine, and Martin). The church year is put into the context of the seasons and illustrated with bright, attractive pictures. Roman Catholic, it is appropriate for Protestants as well, who may simply skip a section or two. All about celebration, it is a great find!
A Child’s Guide to the Holy Eucharist: Rite II
Morehouse Publishing, 1999
New York, New York
Elementary age children
The full text of Episcopal Eucharist is presented with explanatory cartoons and commentary; an aid to anyone looking to understand Eucharistic services.
• Feasts and Festivals
Patrick Hardy Books, 1983
London, United Kingdom
British feasts & festivals beautifully illustrated by month: Twelfth Night, Up-Helly-Aa, Candlemas, Valentines, Shrove Tuesday, St Patrick’s, Oranges & Lemons, April Fool’s, Palm Sunday, Easter, St. George’s, May Dawn, May Day, Fairy Dance, Lady Godiva, Midsummer’s Eve, St Swithin, St James, Swan-Upping, Clipping the Church, Plague Sunday, Harvest, Horn Dance, Bellringers’ Feast, Goose Fair, Souling, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Martinmas, St. Nicholas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.
Purchase from Amazon UK
A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays
Simon & Schuster, 1977, 1985, 1996
Chicago, New York
Holidays and activities for each month, described as observed in New England in the early 1900s. Christian festivals are present, but not identified as such.
Let Us Pray: A little kid’s guide to the Eucharist
Morehouse Publishing, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania/New York, New York
Sheep lead the way through the entire Eucharistic liturgy of the Episcopal Church; useful for other liturgical churches, as well.
• Over and Over
Harper & Row, 1957
New York, New York
Ages four to eightA curious little girl keeps wondering, “What happens next?” The story goes through the cycle of seasons and holidays: Christmas, Valentines, Easter, vacation, Halloween, Thanksgiving and birthday. At the end she wishes for it to all happen again … and it does, over and over.
My daughter loved this book and we read it over and over and over.
Basic Books about St. Nicholas
Picture Books for Younger Children (and all ages)
Picture Books for Older Children
Books for Older Children
Saints Books for Adults
Saints Books for Children
Activity & Resource Books
Christmas Books with St. Nicholas
Books in Other Languages
Children’s Books in Other Languages
Books for the Church Year and more
Church Year General Resource Books
Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Resource Books
Lent, Easter & Pentecost Resource Books
Children’s BooksChurch Year & Holiday Cycle Books
Spring & Easter Books
Story Bibles for Children
Children’s Books about God and Faith
Books of Prayers