Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Feasts & Seasons :: Our August 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.

August 2nd, Our Lady of the Angels (Hist.):

Juanita and Our Lady of the Angels by Elizabeth Loch

August 4th, St. John Vianney (New) (Trad. – Aug. 8th ):

John Mary Vianney: The Holy Cure of Ars - I just love all our books in The Life of a Saint series from Ignatius, which also includes Therese, Bernadette, and Francis!

August 8th, St. Dominic (New) (Trad. – Aug. 4th ):

Saint Dominic from Saints for Boys

August 8th, St. Hormisdas:

August 9th, St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein):

August 10th, St. Lawrence (New, Trad.):

August 11th, St. Philomena (Historical):

August 11th, St. Clare of Assisi (New) (Trad. – Aug. 12th ):

August 11th, St. Xystus:

August 14th, St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe (New):

August 15th, St. Tarcisius (Hist.):
  • Saint Tarcisius by Mary R. Berardi (Whenever I hear St. Tarcisius mentioned, this beautiful book from my childhood comes to mind. My mom gave me this copy, along with the book about St. Agnes, and I'm looking forward to sharing it with our children.)

August 15th, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (New, Trad.):

August 16th, St. Roch (Hist.):

Saint Roch and the Dog from Legends of Saints and Beasts

August 17th, St. Hyacinth (Trad.):

August 18th, St. Helena (Trad./some places):

Saint Helena from Saints for Girls

August 20th, St Bernard of Clairvaux (New, Trad.):

August 21st, St. Our Lady of Knock (Hist.):

August 21st, St. Pius X (New) (Trad. – Sep. 3rd):

August 22nd, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (New) (Trad. – May 31st) and Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Trad) (New – Saturday following 2nd Sunday after Pentecost):

Vintage 1960 edition of Jesus, Make Me Worthy

August 23rd, St. Rose of Lima (New) (Trad. – Aug. 30th):

St. Rose of Lima from Lives of the Saints: An Illustrated History for Children

August 24th, St. Bartholomew (New, Trad.):

August 25th, St. Louis IX of France (New, Trad.):

August 26th, Our Lady of Czestochowa (Hist.):

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

August 28th, St. Moses the Black:

August 28th, St. Augustine (New, Trad.)

August 29th, The Passion (Beheading) of St. John the Baptist (New, Trad.):

August 30th, Sts. Felix and Adauctus (Trad.):

August 30th – St. Rose of Lima (Trad.)
(See Aug. 23rd)

Other Links for August:


  1. How inspiring! :) :) :)

    2014-07-30 20:44:11

  2. Awesome list! Thanks!

    2014-07-31 00:18:25

  3. I've been looking at all of your monthly books lists and i hope to borrow your idea to have a book basket available every month for my boys to read from! Thank you for inspiring me. :) Now I just hope and pray that God gives me the graces I need to remember to switch out the books every month! Lol :)

    2014-08-04 05:54:00

  4. Very interesting and inspiring! I've been looking for a book "Saint Agnes little lamb of Jesus" by the Daughters of St Paul, text by Maria R. Berardi. French or English would be okay. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Keep up the good work! God bless you and your family.

    2017-07-29 23:27:19


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