These 10 authors are faithfully Catholic and doing writing worth sharing.
by Barb Szyszkiewicz
When looking for new books for your Catholic school or classroom library, keep these faithfully Catholic authors in mind.
1. Virginia Lieto writes picture books about virtues. First in the series: Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity: Finding Patience.
2. Nicole Lataif’s read-aloud books discuss forgiveness and the mystery of the soul in a way even the youngest students will understand. They also contain notes for the grown-up reader to help them answer further questions children may have.
3. Karen Kelly Boyce writes the Sisters of the Last Straw series, proving that religious life doesn’t guarantee perfection but instead requires a sense of humor and a willingness to grow.
4. Susan Peek’s Animals of God series are perfect primary-grade classroom read-alouds that will captivate children with the stories of animals who encounter various saints and Bible figures. Older students will enjoy Peek’s God’s Forgotten Friends: Lives of Little-Known Saints series.
5. Lisa Hendey’s Chime Travelers series of chapter books bring modern children into the lives and times of the saints.
6. Marilee Haynes writes novels for middle-grade and middle school readers featuring Catholic characters who struggle with school, friends, and making good decisions.
7. Theresa Linden’s young-adult novels Roland West, Loner, and Life-Changing Love carefully handle the sensitive issues involving relationships. They also include a fascinating saint connection.
8. Stephanie Engelmann’s A Single Bead is a compelling story of the power of prayer, recommended for students in middle school and up.
9. Christopher Blunt’s novel Full Cycle will intrigue tweens, teens, and parents alike with its story of a father-son bond strengthened by an athletic challenge.
10. Cynthia T. Toney has written two novels for young-adult readers, focusing on relationships and connecting with the elderly.
Barb Szyszkiewicz is a Secular Franciscan wife, mom, writer, musician, and school library volunteer from New Jersey. She is an editor at CatholicMom.com and has taught in Catholic schools at all levels, from kindergarten through college.