Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Feasts & Seasons :: Our May Book Basket

At the beginning of each month I fill a basket with books featuring the the various saints whose feast days will be celebrated during the month and place it in the living room. Throughout the month I will find the children curled up on the couch reading books they have chosen from the basket, either on their own or to their younger siblings.  I also choose books from the basket for some of our afternoon family read-alouds. Our collection started very small and we have continued adding additional books over the years which we have either purchased or have been given as gifts. Some are picture books, some are chapter books, and some are collections of saint stories. This post is a work in progress and I will continue adding links as I sort through our collection.

Month Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary:

Mother's Day:

May 1st, St. Joseph the Worker (New. Trad.):

May 1st, St. Peregrine (Hist.):

May 3rd, St. Philip & James the Less (New) (Trad. - May 11th):

May 4th, St. Monica (Trad.) (New – Aug 27th):

May 4th, St. Florian (Hist.):

May 10th, St. Comgall:

May 10th, St. Damien Joseph de Veuster of Molokai (New):

May 12th, Blessed Imelda Lambertini (Hist.):

May 12th, St. Pancratius (Hist.):

May 13th, Our Lady of Fatima (New):

May 14th, St. Matthias (New) (Trad. – Feb. 24th):

May 15th, St. Isidore the Farmer (New, Hist.):

May 15th, St. John Baptist de la Salle (Trad) (New – April 7th):

May 15th, St. Dymphna (Hist.):

May 16th, St. Brendan the Navigator (Hist.):

May 19th, St. Dunstan (Hist.):

May 19th, St Ivo (Yves) (Hist.):

May 20th, St. Bernardine of Siena (New, Trad.):

May 21st, St. Christopher Magallanes & Comps (Saints of the Cristero Wars) (New):

May 22nd, St. Rita of Cascia (New; Trad./some places):

May 25th, St. Bede the Venerable (New) (Trad. – May 27th):

May 26th, St. Philip Neri (New, Trad.):

May 27th, St. Melangell:

May 28th, St. Germanus (Hist.):

May 30th, St. Felix I (Trad.):

May 30th, St. Joan of Arc (Trad./some places):

A Couple of our Read-Alouds for May:


  1. Words cannot gratitude for the inspiration and encouragement you give through your blog posts and pictures. I check in with your blog regularly, always excited and never disappointed with your beautiful example of a real, Living, beautiful faith, lived out daily with your family/children. I just listened to "how to keep your kids Catholic" from Lighthouse media, and thought of you when they mentioned that most children leave the faith because they never saw it lived out joyfully in their parents' lives, or didn't see it make any difference in their parents. You are truly a beautiful example of how to incorporate the liturgical year and how to bring the excitement and beauty of our Faith into daily living with our children. Our Faith is real, live, active, beautiful, intense, life-changing, and yes! Even fun! Thank you for being so generous to share your creativity with all of us online. You have been a regular reminder and example to me of ways to do this in my own home, always hoping and praying that my joy and love for Christ and His Church will bubble over onto them, and truly make a lasting difference! God bless you!

    2014-05-05 02:20:01

  2. WOW! What a great selection of Saint books. Thank You Marion

    2018-05-02 20:23:38

  3. Love the books especially The Joan Of Arc ones. Joan

    2018-05-02 20:24:30

  4. This basket of books for May is so inspiring. I will be looking into buying some of these books. The coloring books are so nice,too. Thank you for sharing. God Bless. Marilyn

    2018-05-02 20:27:19


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