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Inspiring Young Hearts: The Best Children's Books on St. Francis of Assisi

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is coming up on October 4th. St. Francis of Assisi holds a special place in Christian history. St. Francis of Assisi is known for his radical love for God, giving away everything that he had to live in poverty and to serve those in need. He is also known for his love for all God's creations. His unwavering faith and love for Jesus have made him an enduring symbol of devotion.

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is with children's books on St. Francis. Reading books about the saints is such an easy and fun way to help our children learn about our faith's heroes. They are a powerful teaching tool to help children understand who the saints were and why they are important.

Today I am sharing some of my favorite books about St. Francis. I hope they are a blessing!

Tomie dePaola, a master storyteller and illustrator, weaves the enchanting tale of St. Francis in a way that is accessible and captivating for young readers. Through vibrant illustrations and simple yet engaging storytelling, children will journey with Francis from his days as a carefree young man to his transformation into a humble and devoted servant of God. This book brilliantly captures the spirit of Francis and his message of love and compassion.

2. Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson, renowned for her storytelling, brings St. Francis's profound connection with nature to life in "Brother Sun, Sister Moon." This beautifully illustrated book introduces children to the saint's unwavering belief in the interconnectedness of all living things. As they follow the poetic narrative, young readers will discover the wonders of creation and the importance of stewardship, making it a perfect choice for nurturing a love and care of nature.

In "Saint Francis and the Animals," Phil Gallery offers a heartwarming exploration of St. Francis's extraordinary affinity for animals. This delightful book invites children to join Francis in his encounters with creatures great and small, emphasizing the message of kindness and respect for all living beings. Through engaging text and vivid illustrations, young readers will learn valuable lessons about empathy and the beauty of coexisting harmoniously with the animal kingdom.

4. The Prayer of St. Francis illustrated by Giuliano Ferri

"The Prayer of St. Francis" is a timeless classic that introduces children to the profound prayer attributed to the saint. Illustrated by Giuliano Ferri, this book beautifully illustrates the words of St. Francis's prayer, encouraging young hearts to embrace its wisdom and embody its values of peace, love, and selflessness. Through the serene and evocative illustrations, children will gain a deeper understanding of the prayer's significance in the saint's life and its enduring relevance today.

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