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New Titles for St. Patrick’s Day, Lent, and Easter; Sneak Peeks for Spring; and Store Listings

Guess what my New Year’s resolution is? This year, we’re going to be good about keeping in touch with our retail, parish, and individual customers who’ve signed up to get updates about our latest books and plans! So without further delay, here are three new books for late winter, and a little heads up on four books coming out later this spring.

 

Paddy and the Wolves: A Story about St. Patrick as a Young Boy

Steve Nagel and Jen Norton

What was St. Patrick like as a young boy? We only know the barest details for sure, but in a new children’s picture book, storyteller Steve Nagel and award-winning Catholic folk artist Jen Norton imagine a spunky young boy who is “too fidgety” at morning prayer, but eager to spend the day exploring the countryside with his friend, Barra the shepherd. In the course of his adventures, he encounters both beauty and danger—and finds in both the inspiration to turn to God in prayer.

Young children will relate to Paddy’s sense of wonder and curiosity, while adults will appreciate the storytellers’ winks and nods at St. Patrick’s adult career as a shepherd, pastor, and missionary to the Irish. For instance: Paddy is allowed to carry Barra’s “second best staff,” which bears a striking resemblance to a bishop’s crozier. He’d like to chase away the snake he finds hidden among the blueberries (a nod to the legend later attached to the bishop), but finds the snake too sleepy to be easily chased away. And the book culminates in a strikingly Eucharistic encounter with a trio of wolf cubs . . . and their protective mother. Along the way, Paddy is moved to pray in both praise and supplication, offering a model for young readers. The climax of the story incorporates bits of the beloved Lorica of St. Patrick.

Four pages of supplementary material include two versions of the Lorica of St. Patrick, a recipe for the oat cake featured in the book, and biographical details about the real St. Patrick. The back cover doubles as a simple game board that kids can use to re-tell the story on their own.

Paddy and the Wolves: A Story about St. Patrick as a Young Boy is available in softcover ($11.99), hardcover ($21.99), and as a Kindle children’s e-book. The book also comes in a coloring book edition that includes all the text elements of the storybook, but leaves it to the reader to color the art.

An interesting side note: We funded a portion of the art costs for this book by pre-selling copies and other perks with an IndieGoGo campaign, one of several strategies we’re employing in order to be able to afford Catholic children’s picture books.

 

Ordering details

Wholesale/bulk order information

Paddy and the Wolves softcover catalog page

Published: December 30, 2016
Paperback: 44 pages, full color, glossy cover
ISBN: 978-1-944008-30-7
Dimensions: 10 x 8 x .12 inches
Weight: .3 pounds

 

Paddy and the Wolves hardcover catalog page

Published: December 30, 2016
Hardcover: 44 pages, full color, glossy cover
ISBN: 9781944008314
Dimensions: 10 x 8 x .25 inches
Weight: .8 pounds

 

Paddy and the Wolves coloring book catalog page

Published: December 30, 2016
Paperback: 44 pages, black and white interior
ISBN: 9781944008321
Dimensions: 10 x 8 x .12 inches
Weight: .3 pounds

 

MISSION:CHRISTIAN Journals for Lent and Easter

The MISSION:CHRISTIAN journals for Lent 2017 and Easter 2017 are out!

      

MISSION:CHRISTIAN Lent begins March 1 (Ash Wednesday) and ends April 15 (Easter Vigil), and includes features on St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Patrick, the Scriptural Stations of the Cross, Triduum, and more. It also includes a Lenten fasting-giving-praying planner and a checklist for celebrating the Easter season.

The Easter journal begins April 13 (Holy Thursday) and ends June 4 (Pentecost), and includes features on St. John Baptist de La Salle and St. Joan of Arc, Triduum, Ignatian imaginative prayer, Pentecost, and more. It also includes the checklist for celebrating the Easter season.

Both journals include plenty of space for writing daily morning prayers and an evening examen, plus a Scripture reflection for the day (taken from the lectionary), a saint of the day (except on Sundays), and fun facts about other celebrations happening that day. We’ve also added daily prayer prompts, in response to reader demand. The journals are as colorful as ever, and feature art from Carly Lobenhofer as well as classic portraits of the saints.

 

Ordering details

Wholesale/bulk order information

MISSION:CHRISTIAN Lent 2017 catalog page

Color, 62 psges

Not available via distribution networks

 

MISSION:CHRISTIAN Easter 2017 catalog page

Color, 66 psges

Not available via distribution networks

 

Sneak Peeks

Other titles we’re working on for this spring, release date TBD:

In the Realm of Mist and Mercy, by Susan Howard. Torn from his woodland home, the orphan Waljan finds life in the city strange and tormenting, until he discovers a mysterious, unasssailable wall and the land it obscures…a land that beckons him. Will he find his destiny or face his demise? An allegorical novel for readers ages 9 and up. This title is an allegory of the faith journey, and comes with a companion study guide intended for use in catechetical settings.

The All Saints’ Day Party, by Jerry Windley-Daoust and illustrated by Shaylynn Rackers. Twins Max and Molly just can’t decide how to dress up for their parish’s upcoming All Saints Day party, so they decide to ask family and friends for their opinion. In the course of the week, they learn about all sorts of saints: Martin de Porres, Josephine Bakhita, Elizabeth of Hungary, Joseph, Dominic Savio, and more. But which one will they choose? Shaylynn Rackers is putting the finishing touches on the gorgeous watercolors for this children’s picture book!

Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper, written and illustrated by Jeanie Schoonover-Egolf. Molly McBride is back and she is as stubborn as ever about her purple habit. She will wear nothing else! She’s managed to keep it on for her sister’s Big Day, but now the quirky 5-year-old red-head has a whole new wardrobe worry: kindergarten! Join the McBride family and the kindergarten class at Holy Trinity School as Molly and her friends new and old learn about habits, uniforms, and the love of Jesus. This is the second in the ongoing Molly McBride series.

44 Ways to Do the Works of Mercy with Your Kids, by Heidi Indahl Just like the title says, this long-awaited companion to 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids is a quick-start guide for families wanting to practice compassion and mercy with their kids.

 

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If you’re a bookseller who has purchased books from us in the past, you’re probably listed in our new Catholic Family Resource Directory. If you’re not, feel free to add your listing—or contact us, and we’ll add a listing for you. Our intention is to link to this section of the directory from our catalog pages so that our customers can be aware of local options for purchasing our books.