Building a Catholic Library: 6 Essential Titles for Every School and Home

If you are looking for Catholic titles to fill your home or school library, look no further than Ignatius Book Fairs! These six titles are must-haves in any Catholic collection. With books for every audience, you are sure to find everything you're looking for at the Ignatius Book Fair!

    1. Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi by Juliette Levivier | A Beloved Catholic Saint

Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi by Juliette Levivier is a compelling biography about the life and legacy of St. Francis of Assisi. Levivier skillfully tells the story of St. Francis, tracing his transformation from a privileged young man to a humble servant of God. Through vivid storytelling, the book explores Francis' radical commitment to poverty, his deep love for nature and animals, and his enduring impact on Christianity. Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi is a captivating portrayal of a saint whose life continues to inspire and challenge readers to live lives of faith and service.

  1. A Missal for Toddlers by Magnificat | The Perfect Mass Companion

This simple and durable illustrated missal allows a young child to follow the prayers and actions of the Holy Mass step by step! This book shows children how to act during Mass and details the parts of the Mass in easy-to-understand descriptions. A Missal for Toddlers is a great way to expose kids to the essence of the Holy Mass.

  1. A Catholic Child’s Illustrated Lives of the Saints by L.E. McCullough | A Book Fair Favorite!

A Catholic Child’s Illustrated Lives of the Saints is a beautifully curated book that introduces young readers to the inspiring lives of over 65 saints! The book is thoughtfully arranged by each saint’s feast day, making it engaging and educational for children throughout the year. Each saint is accompanied by a beautiful image, short biography, and a prayer asking for their powerful intercession. Look for A Catholic Child’s Illustrated Lives of the Saints at the next Ignatius Book Fair and enjoy learning about the many saints of the Church alongside your children!

  1. The Spear by Louis de Wohl | The Crucifixion from a Different Perspective

The Spear by Louis de Wohl is a historical novel centered around the events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Set in Jerusalem, the novel follows the journey of Longinus, a Roman centurion tasked with overseeing the Crucifixion. As he witnesses the events surrounding Jesus' death, Longinus experiences a profound spiritual transformation. The novel weaves together elements of historical fiction, biblical narrative, and spiritual exploration, offering readers a vivid portrayal of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Through Longinus' perspective, the novel explores themes of faith, redemption, and the power of forgiveness. This book is perfect for older teens and adults!

  1. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis | A Wholesome Must-Read!

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis explores themes of heaven, hell, and human nature. The story follows a group of souls who take a ride from hell to the outskirts of heaven, where they are given the opportunity to either stay in heaven or return to hell. Through encounters with various celestial beings and conversations with the inhabitants of heaven, the characters grapple with their own flaws, fears, and desires. Lewis uses the fantastical setting to explore theological concepts, offering insights into the nature of sin, redemption, and the choices that shape our eternal destiny.

  1. The Little Way: A Journey to the Summit of Love by Judith Bouilloc & Sara Ugolotti | Theological Lessons for Young Children

The Little Way: A Journey to the Summit of Love by Judith Bouilloc and Sara Ugolotti is a spiritual guide inspired by the life and teachings of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as the Little Flower. The book explores the concept of the "Little Way," a path of spiritual growth and holiness through simple acts of love and devotion in everyday life. Drawing from Thérèse's own writings and experiences, the authors offer practical insights and reflections to help readers deepen their faith and cultivate a closer relationship with God. Through stories, prayers, and reflections, "The Little Way" invites readers to embrace humility, trust, and childlike faith as they journey toward the summit of divine love.

At Ignatius Book Fairs, we aim to foster a love of reading and ensure children can access literature that aligns with Catholic values. We believe in the transformative power of books to mold character and enrich minds. That’s why we offer a thoughtfully curated selection of Christian as well as non-religious works that inspire, educate, and allow children to explore the complementary nature of faith and literature.

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