Archdiocese of Chicago

Book of the Month

Nothing is more satisfying than snuggling up with your child to read a story. Enjoy the book suggestions that come highly recommended by people who care about and support Catholic families.

Rain of Gold

This book would be great for teenagers and parents. It tells the story of Victor Villaseñor and his great grandparents who migrated to the USA at different times. Some of their ancestors are Mexicans and the other side of the family came from Spain. This book has a little bit of Theology, a lot of History and mythology. The traditions of faith that are handed on from one generation to the next play an important role in this story.

From Jose at Our Lady of Mercy Parish

The Tale of Three Trees

What am I going to be when I grow-up? A universal question for children of all ages meets with unexpected responses in The Tale of Three Trees. This faith-filled story line allows readers to embrace God's loving plan of salvation in clear, concise language. Teach your children and grandchildren the true meaning of the cross this Lenten and Easter season. You will be amazed at the compassionate link between our lives with Jesus, and the path revealed in The Tale of Three Trees. This is a great book to initiate family faith discussions.

Patricia from St. Michael


The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish is proud of his beautiful scales, yet he is sad and lonely. Wisdom from the octopus helps the Rainbow Fish become kind and generous. He finds that giving of himself to others brings him happiness.

This is a heartwarming story for young children and it illustrates for them how to live their faith with joy and compassion: do unto others (Matt 7:12), whatever you do for the least, you do for me (Matt 25:40) and sharing generously like the early Christians (Acts 4:32-35)

Reviewed by Nancy from St. John of the Cross Parish

A Gift for Abuelita

As we begin to celebrate All Souls Day often time's children have a hard time understanding the reason for celebration and prayer. A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead / Un regalo para Abuelita: En celebración del Dia de los Muertos is, as the dual titles suggest, a bilingual picture book. Author Nancy Luenn tells the story of a young Mexican girl's search for comfort after the death of her beloved grandmother and how Day of the Dead events provides that comfort.

Reviewed by Marilú González, Consultant for the Archdiocese of Chicago

I Love you Forever! youtube

I Love you forever! Whether you are a young mother or a grandmother we will Love our Children Forever - it is unconditional Love. No different than that of the Love Jesus has for us - He will Love us forever! Three simple little words capture the essence of what is means to be a parent.

Share this simple little gift with your child or grandchild and say:

"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."

Reviewed by Marilú González, Consultant

The Kissing Hand

This book was a favorite of mine when my kids were starting Pre-school, Kindergarten and First grade. I would kiss the palm of their hand so they could take that kiss with them to school and remember that I am thinking of them all day. When they were older and anxious, I would give them a small rock with a word or cross on it to put in their pocket, so they could touch it and remember that God is always with them.

Reviewed by Amanda Thompson, Marriage and Family Ministries

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. But no matter how or where he decided to go, his mother was always there-for she loved her little bunny very much.

Reading this book to children ages 3 to 7 provides the perfect opportunity to talk about how much God loves us. For an older child, this book could connect the feeling of a parent's love to the emotion so beautifully expressed in Psalm 139, particularly verses 9-10 “If I fly with the wings of dawn and alight beyond the sea, Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand holds me fast.”

Reviewed by Msgr. Richard Hynes