Monday, October 6, 2014

Feasts & Seasons :: Our October 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 of October - Respect Life

October 1st, St. Thérèse of Lisieux (New) (Trad. – Oct. 3rd):

Picture Books

Chapter Books

A Few of My Personal Favorites


October 2nd, The Holy Guardian Angels (New, Trad.):

October 3rd, St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Trad.) (New. – Oct. 1st):
  • See October 1st for Book list.

October 4th, St. Francis of Assisi (New, Trad.):
Picture Books
Chapter Books

October 5th, St. Faustina Kowalska (New/some places):

October 7th, Our Lady of the Rosary (Victory of Lepanto) (New, Trad.):

October 8th, St. Bridget of Sweden (Trad.) (New – July 23rd):

October 12th, St. Wilfrid of York (Hist.):

October 13th, St. Edward the Confessor (Trad.):

October 15th, St. Teresa of Jesus (Teresa of Avila) (New, Trad.):

October 16th, St. Hedwig (New, Trad.):

October 16th, St. Gerard Majella (Hist.):

October 16th, St. Margaret Mary Alocoque (New) (Trad. – Oct. 17th):

October 18th, St. Luke (New, Trad.):

October 19th, Sts. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf & Comps (New) (Trad. – Sep. 26th):

October 21st, St. Ursula & Her 11,000 Comps. (Trad.):

October 22nd, St. John Paul II (New):

Additional ideas and pictures can be found here: Commemorating the Canonization of Two Popes

October 23rd, St. Anthony Mary Claret (Trad.) (New – Oct 24th):

October 24th, St. Raphael, Archangels (Trad.) (New – Sep. 29th):

October 27th, St. Tekla:

October 28th, Sts. Simon & Jude (New, Trad.):

October 31st, St. Quentin (Hist.):

October 31st, All Hallows’ Eve (New, Trad.):

Other Links for October:


  1. Hello there! I happened to stumble upon this site by chance--I was hunting for some inspiration for a Lord of the Rings cake and this showed up--I was so shocked when the first thing that I saw was "Shower of Roses" along with a picture of St. Therese. I scrolled down and saw the picture of your family and was even more shocked and delighted to find that you were Roman Catholic and had a large family (I looove large families)! Finding this website absolutely made my day! St. Therese is my absolute favourite saint, and I absolutely love her. After reading the Olivia books several years ago, I now refer to her as my "Sister in Heaven" too. :) Thank you so much for making this site! :)

    2014-10-07 18:34:48

  2. Thank you so much for your book lists for Celebrating the Saints! Our book basket has been overflowing...and we are LOVING IT!! :)

    2014-10-07 20:45:12

  3. Thank you for the picture book suggestions!

    2014-10-07 22:37:56

  4. Another wonderful book list. This is one of my favorite sites to refer to when planning our month.

    2014-10-08 14:17:20

  5. The book Therese and Lisieux is a treasure trove of amazing facts and photos! I love poring over it and would recommend it to anyone who has a special devotion to the Little Flower! :-)

    2014-10-09 11:40:06


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