A is for Anthony: An Alphabet of Saints and Animals.
Looking for a book for a Catholic child in your life? There are other alphabet books of saints on the market, but this one takes a very child-friendly approach to the saints, introducing both well-known saints (The Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Nicholas, St. Luke the Evangelist) and more obscure saints (St. Ursula, St. Oda, St. Zoe of Pamphylia) by talking about their relationships with animals. Some saints had pets; some tamed wild animals; some are associated in art with a symbolic animal.
This booklet is published by Aquinas kids and illustrated by the talented Miguel Lopez. It is suitable for distribution in Religious Education programs, and would also make a great stocking stuffer. You can find it sold in bulk here.
Magecraft and Murder
Available as a serial on Kindle Vella.
When seventeen-year-old Maggie arrives in the quaint town of Liverdale, she expects nothing but country walks and gossipy tea parties. She’s not prepared for a guest to drop dead at her first dinner party. She’s further taken by surprise by a magical strain of influenza that targets sensitive mages like her. Now she struggles to protect herself as two very different young men pull her deeper into the heart of an investigation into the strange deaths. She’d better be careful: if she doesn’t figure out who is murdering mages, she might be the next victim.
Set in the 1920s, this novella reads a little like Agatha Christie meets Diana Wynne Jones.
Spooky and the Gargoyle
“A charming tale of camaraderie and friendship.” — Kirkus Reviews
Full of strange shadows, the old Maxwell place can be frightening to a timid little kitten like Spooky! As she explores her new home, Spooky finds an unexpected companion in the gruff gargoyle who guards the gates . . . but can she turn this curmudgeon into a new friend?
Children ages 4-8 will love watching Spooky overcome her fears as she settles into a new life. This atmospheric friendship tale makes a delightfully creepy story for Halloween, but is sweet enough to read year-round.
Looking for bonus material on the book? Click here for discussion questions & suggested activities that you can use with this story!
Paperback and ebook versions available at Amazon.com.