Ready to celebrate the Holy Days and feast days coming up in November? What about learning more about the saints?
This list of books, arranged in calendar order, will help you to be prepared to live the liturgical year at home with your family!
November 1 – All Saints Day
For All Saints Day, our family loves to grab a saints anthology and just dive in. The favorites we’ve listed here can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Can You Find Saints? : Introducing Your Child to Holy Men and Women
An Alphabet of Saints
An Alphabet of Catholic Saints
S is for Saints
Saints: Lives and Illuminations
More Saints: Lives and Illuminations
Need more ideas to help fill your Catholic library? You’ll find these selections on our shelves.
Saints for Young Readers for Every Day, Vol. 1: January-JuneSaints for Young Readers for Every Day, Vol. 2: July-DecemberSaints for Boys: A First Book for Little Catholic BoysSaints for Girls: A First Book for Little Catholic GirlsSaints and Their StoriesThe Saints Are Watching Over Me
These collections are perfect for reading aloud during Morning Time.
November 2 – All Souls Day
Today, we remember the souls of the faithful departed. This is a perfect day to talk to your children about Purgatory, explain why we pray for the dead, and even visit a cemetery or mausoleum.
Saint Martin de PorresMartin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert (Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Honorable Mention)Saint Martin de Porres and the Mice (Easy Reading Books of Saints and Friendly Beasts)St Martin de Porres (10-pack)Martin de Porres: A Saint for Our TimePied Piper of Peru, TheAn Alphabet of Catholic SaintsGlory Stories CD Vol 7: Saint Martin de Porres & Saint Clare
November 3 – St. Martin de Porres
If you’ve never read about St Martin de Porres, carve out time this November.
St Martin de Porres is the patron saint of Peru, those of mixed races, and barbers and surgeons. Abandoned by his father, he longed to become a priest. He spent a few years training with a barber/surgeon. Martin longed to join a religious order, but Peruvian law prevented him from becoming a full member, due to his mixed race status.
Martin joined the Domincans as a servant boy, and worked his way up to church officer. Eventually, he was allowed to become a Domincan lay brother, helping to care for the sick.
His story of kindness, compassion and perseverance is one I love sharing with my children, over and over again.
The Pied Piper of Peru
Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert
Saint Martin de Porres
An Alphabet of Catholic Saints
Around the Year Once Upon a Time SaintsSaint Martin de Porres Saint Martin de Porres and the Mice
Glory Stories CD No 7: St. Martin – The Saint of the Broom
The Life of St Martin of ToursMartin of Tours: Soldier, Bishop, SaintBrother Wolf, Sister Sparrow: Stories about Saints and AnimalsLives and Legends of the Saints: With Paintings from the Great Art Museums of the WorldSaints: Lives and Illuminations
November 11 – St. Martin of Tours
St Martin of Tours is one of our most beloved and well known Catholic saints — he even had a confrontation with Satan!
Mother Cabrini: Missionary to the World (Vision Books)St. Frances Cabrini Coloring Book: A Catholic Story Coloring BookThe orphans find a home: A St. Frances Xavier Cabrini story (The glory of America, Catholic girls of the U.S.A)Saint Frances Cabrini (Journey to Sainthood)Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini: Cecchina’s Dream (Encounter the Saints,20)
November 13 – St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Mother Cabrini is the first United States citizen named as a saint. She is the patroness of immigrants and hospital administrators.
November 16 – St. Margaret
As the mother of many, St Margaret of Scotland is one of my go to gals. She was the mother of two girls and six boys – her youngest became St David.
She is the patroness of large families, widows and Scotland.
November 16 – St. Gertrude the Great
One of the most well known early Christian saints, St Gertude was a devotee of the Sacred Heart.
November 17 – St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Around here, we’re big fans of St Elizabeth of Hungary. She’s the namesake of one of our daughters.
St Elizabeth is known for her kindness and generosity — virtues I definitely want my children to emulate.
November 21 – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Cecilia: Singing and Sharing the Faith (Saints for Communities)Lives and Legends of the Saints: With Paintings from the Great Art Museums of the WorldSaints: Lives and Illuminations by Ruth Sanderson (2003-02-07)Glory Stories: Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and Saint Cecillia (Volume V)
November 22 – St. Cecilia
Having daughters who enjoy singing means that St Cecilia is another family favorite.
God’s Secret AgentJose Finds the King; a Blessed Miguel Pro StoryBlessed Miguel Pro (Glory Stories)Blessed Miguel Pro: 20th Century Mexican MartyrBlessed Miguel ProDawn Brings Glory A Story of Blessed Miguel Pro, S.J.Living Sparks of God: Stories of Saints for Young Catholics to Color
November 23 – Blessed Miguel Pro
Do your children delight in the stories of spies and ninjas? It’s time to teach them about Blessed Miguel Pro.
Ok — so Blessed Miguel wasn’t a ninja, but he had to carry out the duties of the priesthood in secret, adopting disguises to conceal his identity from the Mexican government.
Vivo Christo Rey!
November 25 – St. Catherine of Alexandria
St Catherine of Alexandria is celebrated as the patroness of philosophers and preachers, and was one of the voices heard by St Joan of Arc.
The Miraculous Medal: The Story of Our Lady’s Appearances to Saint Catherine LaboureSaint Catherine Laboure: And Our Lady of the Miraculous MedalOur Lady of The Miraculous Medal Coloring Book: A Catholic Story Coloring BookSt. Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous MedalSt. Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal (A Vision Book) by Alma Power-Waters Hardback 1962St. Catherine Laboure (Lives of Light)Coloring-Book-Mother-of-God
November 27 – Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
November 28 – St. Catherine Laboure
St Catherine Laboure was a sister with the Daughters of Charity, founded by St Vincent de Paul. She was visited by the Blessed Mother and given the basis for the Miraculous Medal.
November 30 – St. Andrew
St Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter and an original follower of St John the Baptist. He then became the first Apostle. He is the patron saint of Scotland and Russia.
Do you have favorite Catholic picture books that you pull out during November? I’d love to hear about your favorites!