Illustrated Bibles and Biblical Picture Books

  When I was little the only illustrated Bible available was a reprint of a 1950′s NIV New Testament, which has illustrations that were somehow both overwrought and evocative of comics with their pixelated, technicolor vibrancy. I’ll tell you honestly, I hated reading it. Thankfully there are many better options available today — both adaptations…


A Small Nativity by Aquiles Nazoa and Ana Palmero Caceres

TITLE: A Small Nativity AUTHOR: Aquiles Nazoa ILLUSTRATOR: Ana Palmero Caceres PUBLISHED BY: Groundwood Books Nazoa, a winner of the Venezuelan National prize for Journalism, created this little poem about the birth of Christ. Embellishing tradition somewhat, he brought the figures of Mary and Joseph into the culture and context of Venezuela. His poem captured…


Mary Mother of Jesus by Mary Joslin and Alison Wisenfeld

TITLE: Mary, Mother of Jesus AUTHOR: Mary Joslin ILLUSTRATOR: Alison Wisenfeld PUBLISHED BY: Loyola Mary Joslin is perhaps the second best (second to Tomie dePaola) children’s book author dealing with religious subjects.  She is a fine writer, and never makes her stories too didactic — rather they are filled with life and character.  In this beautiful book illustrating the life…

Mary The Mother of Jesus

Mary: The Mother of Jesus by Tomie de Paola

TITLE: Mary: The Mother of Jesus AUTHOR + ILLUSTRATOR: Tomie De Paola PUBLISHED BY: Holiday House, 1995 In anticipation of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, let’s focus on Mary.  This is, by far, the most remarkable, beautiful, moving, joyful, present picture book dealing with the life of Mary that I have ever seen.  It breaks my heart…


Saint Nicholas Books

TITLE: Saint Nicholas: The Story of the Real Santa Claus AUTHOR: Mary Joslin ILLUSTRATOR: Helen Cann PUBLISHED BY: Pauline Books Just in time for St. Nick’s Day, here’s a lovely retelling of the legend of Saint Nicholas, who becomes, of course, Santa Claus. This one, I love, because of the vibrant immediacy of the story, and the lovely illustrations….

The Holy Twins

The Holy Twins

Author: Kathleen Norris Illustrator: Tomi DePaola Publisher: G. P. Putnam & Sons   I have a big list of posts I want to do, and I’ve featured Tomie DePaola recently but today is the Feast of St. Scholastic, and one of my favorite DePaola books is his book The Holy Twinsabout the life of Sts…