"I urge priests, religious and lay people to continue and redouble their efforts to teach the younger generations the meaning and value of Eucharistic adoration and devotion. How will young people be able to know the The Lord if they are not introduced to the mystery of His Presence? Like young Samuel, by learning the words of the prayer of the heart, they will be closer to the Lord, Who will accompany them in their spiritual and human growth, and in the missionary witness which they must give throughout their life. The Eucharistic Mystery is in fact the 'summit of evangelisation' (Lumen Gentium No 28 ), for it is the most eminent testimony to Christ's Resurrection. All interior life needs silence and intimacy with Christ in order to develop. This gradual familiarity with the Lord will enable certain young people to be involved in serving as acolytes and to take a more active part in Mass; for young boys to be near the altar is also a privileged opportunity to hear Christ's call to follow Him more radically in the priestly ministry" .


( Pope John Paul 11, L'Osservatore Romano, weekly edition, 26 June 1996, page 6.)





The list of  books below includes those books that can be read by children or teenagers themselves and those that can be read to them. There are also books that are guide books and reference books for those leading children (parents teachers, catechists etc.)


Those books printed in Pink are for younger readers, those in Blue for older or even adult and those in Green are reference books.


Younger Readers


My First Catholic Picture Dictionary.  Fr. Lovasik S.V.D. ('82) Catholic Book Publishing Company N.Y.


Palm Tree Bible Stories. Una McKenna (first published 83) Illustrated Palm Tree Press.

Titles such as.........

  • The Man Born Blind

  • The Lost Sheep

  • Jesus Gets Lost

  • Food in the Desert

  • The Wild Man in the Desert

  • The Prophets Competition

  • Gideon The Brave

  • Belshazzar's Banquet,.......and lots more.


My Path to Heaven . A Young Persons Guide to the Faith.

Fr. Geoffrey Bliss S.J. Pictures by Caryll Houselander ('36), reprinted by Sophia Press.


Praying in the Presence of Our Lord For Children.

Fr Antoine Thomas S.J.(2003) Our Sunday Visitor.


Coeur a Coeur Avec Jesus - Aux Enfants Adorateurs.

Monastere Des Filles Du Coeur De Jesus Tel: 04-91-93-43-46.


Real Heroes Eat Hamburgers 5 Minute Devotions for Kids.

Tim Hansel Chariot Books (89)


God Speaks to His Children, Texts from the Bible

Aid to the Church in Need.

N.B. When you buy one copy, ACN gives another to a child in need


Patron Saint of First Communicants, Blessed Imelda Lambertini

Mary Fabyan Windeatt. (1991) TAN Books



Teenagers and Older Children


Blessed Georgio Frassati Journey to the Summit.

Anna Maria Vaszquez and Jennings Dean Pauline Books and Media (2004)

Also in this series....

  • Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto

  • Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

  • Saint Anthony of Padua

  • Saint Bernadette Soubiroux

  • Saint Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta)

  • Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton

  • Saint Francis of Assisi

  • Saint Ignatius of Loyola


Mother of Mercy . Three Children Imprisoned in a Siberian Labour Camp.

Catholic Truth Society and Aid to the Church in Need. ( Prayer book or as Instruction)


Vicka Touched by a Mothers Love

Heather Parsons (2002) Faith Publications Ireland.


She Said 'Yes'  The Unlikely Maryrdom of Cassie Bernall

Misty Bernall  (1999)  Plough Publication House


To the Youth of the World Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II

1985 for the International Youth Year.


Garments of Grace, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary



Stories from Around the World

Denby et al. (2002) Authentic Life Style.


Dorothy Day

Deborah Kent (1996) Eerdmans Publications. Co.

From Series 'Women of Spirit' for young Readers/Teenagers.


St. Louis de Montfort

Mary Fabyan Windeatt   TAN Books ( 1991)

Also in this series....

  • The Children of Fatima

  • The Cure of Ars

  • The Little Flower

  • The Miraculous Medal.


St. Pio

Mary Kathleen Glavich SND. (2003)  Pauline Press ( www.pauline.org )

Also in this series ....

  • St. Julie Billiart

  • St. Therese of Lisieux

  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton

  • The Fatima Children.



Reference Books.


Young Faces of Holiness, Modern Saints in Photos and Words.  Ann Ball (2004) Our Sunday Visitor.

Leading The Little Ones To Mary. Sister Mary Lelia SSND. (2002) Montfort Publications NY.



The Following List was supplied by Celine Alexander-Brown Founder of  'A Light in the Darkness'. Retreats for Children. She found these useful in her work with Children.


AGE 4-7.


Because I Love You

Max Lucado,  Good News Publishers  1999


You are Special

Max Lucado,  Good News Publishers  1999


AGE 6-9.


The Little Soul and the Sun

Neale Donald Walsch, Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 1998.


The Clown of God

Tomie dePaola, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1978


Pascual and the Kitchen Angels

Tomie dePaola, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1978


The Three Lumps of Clay

Robert A King, Pauline Books and Media, 1997


God's Great Heroes

Claire Freedman, Kevin Mayhew Publishers, 1998



AGE 9-12.


Jesus With Us- The Gift of the Eucharist

A. Tarzia - J. Ferri    Pauline Books and Media, 1996


Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls

Caryll Houselander, Sophia Institute Press, 2002





To Grow in Christ - A Plan for Prayer

Damian Lundy, Kevin Mayhew Publishers, 1987


Jonathan Livingston Seagull - A Story

Richard Bach, Harper Collins Publishers,1994.



Any other tried and tested suggestions will be  gratefully received.

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