Tomie de Paola's Books of Faith

by sheilamarie

Tomie de Paola's children's books have a distinctive charm. De Paola's subject matter delights young children. Here are some of the books in which Tomie shares his faith.

Tomie de Paola's children's books and stories include folk tales, legends, and the struggles of growing up.

Children really respond to Tomie de Paola's simple depictions of people and animals. Educated at the Pratt Institute of art, De Paola's style is based on a well-formed preparation of drawing and design. When you see an illustration by Tomie de Paola, you know right away who drew it. His distinctive style has won him admiration from parents and children alike.

On this page I've gathered many of Tomie de Paola's books with a religious theme. I hope you will discover one or two here that you will love.

Tomie de Paola Creates Books That Share His Faith

Bible Story Books and Saint Books for Children

When I lived in Vermont, I was not so very far away from Tomie de Paola's New London, NH, home. I never got to meet Tomie personally, but I was aware of his involvement in his local parish and the way he gave of himself and his talents to his faith community. Many of Tomie's children's books were designed and written as a way to share his faith with the wider world.

Tomie de Paola has several books which treat Biblical themes. Whether Old Testament or New Testament, Tomie treats his subject matter in a gentle, non-proselytizing way. He treats the themes, in other words, in a way that can touch a young child's heart.

Tomie has also created a series of children's books about individual saints. Each of these books talks about the saint in language that a child can understand. A Tomie de Paola saint book for children would make a wonderful gift from a godparent to help a child get to know his or her patron saint or name saint. Parents and grandparents may find these books a helpful gift, too. And of course, church school and Sunday school teachers would find these books great to have on hand for their classrooms.

Book of Bible Stories from the Old and New Testament

by Tomie de Paola

Tomie de Paola tells many favorite Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments.

Illustrating the stories with tenderness, Tomie de Paola retells such Bible stories as Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, Abraham, and Moses. He includes the story of Jesus with his miracles and His rising from the dead.

Your children will love his simple yet beautiful illustrations. You will, too!

128 pages

Ages 4 and up

Book of Bible Stories

by Tomie de Paola
Tomie DePaola's Book of Bible Stories
$25.3  $8.75

The Miracles of Jesus Retold for Children

by Tomie de Paola

The Miracles of Jesus includes Jesus' first miracle at the wedding at Cana, turning water into wine when the wine ran out at the wedding feast.

Other miracles included in this book are when Jesus calmed the storm, when He walked on water, and when he raised the dead.

A nice collection of Bible stories to share with your children, The Miracles of Jesus will inspire you. These stories work well when read aloud.

The Miracles of Jesus

The Miracles of Jesus
$7.99  $4.99

A Book About Mary: The Mother of Jesus

by Tomie de Paola

Although I personally have not read this Tomie de Paola book, I imagine he has retold the story of Mary using the bits of information of her life from Biblical accounts as well as the stories that have come down through the tradition. This is a book I will order for myself.

Mary: the Mother of Jesus

by Tomie de Paola
Mary: The Mother of Jesus
$7.17  $99.95

St Francis of Assisi

Italian Saint Who Loved Animals

Tomie de Paola has two books about St. Francis of Assisi (that I know of). Tomie's devotion to St. Francis of Assisi can be seen in the care this illustrator takes with his depictions of animals in his books. I think Tomie de Paola must be an animal lover, too -- don't you?

St Francis the Poor Man of Assisi

Lover of Animals and Preacher of the Word
Francis, the Poor Man of Assisi
Only $29.75
The Song of Francis
$19.86  $75.0

St. Patrick: Apostle to Ireland

Who Was Saint Patrick?

St. Patrick is the most beloved saint of Ireland, and indeed is loved by many others throughout the world. Patrick's story begins with being kidnapped by Irish sailors as a young teen and working as a slave in Ireland for several years before escaping to freedom. He later returns to Ireland, the place of his captivity, as a bishop and converts the Irish people to Christianity. He is known for his great love for his people and for the beautiful prayers attributed to him, praising God through the natural world.

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland
$7.99  $6.2

Benedict and Scholastica: Sibling Saints

Brother and Sister Saints

Benedict and Scholastica were brother and sister. Even though they each went into the monastic life as young adults, they maintained a close relationship throughout their adult life through correspondance. They encouraged and exhorted each other and challenged each other to live as fully and as faithfully as they could.

Written by Kathleen Norris and illustrated by Tomie de Paola, this book tells the reader about these two saint heros, starting with a very human beginning of siblings growing up with all the joys and challenges of being brother and sister.

Benedict and Scholastica

from Tomie's Saint Series
The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica
Only $65.0

Songs of Praise

and Thanksgiving

In this book Tomie de Paola gives thanks and praise for all of Creation: sun and moon, plants of the earth, and the animals that crawl, swim, and fly. The words are inspired by the Old Testament. 

Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise

Psalms of Praise
Let The Whole Earth Sing Praise
$15.99  $10.83

Articles Elsewhere about Saints, Spirituality, and Prayer

Collection of Squidoo Lenses

Saints and Spirituality
A collection of lenses about saints and prayer.

St Patrick: Apostle to Ireland
Who was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick's Breastplate
St. Patrick's prayer, sometimes called the Lorca, in which Patrick binds himself to the Trinity in all things.

Prayer of St. Francis
The special prayer of St. Francis of Assisi that begins, "Make me an instrument of your peace."

Here's a Collection of Christmas Books for Children by Tomie de Paola

Tomie's Favorite Holiday
Tomie de Paola is a beloved author who has written and illustrated several children's books on the theme of Christmas. Come explore what he has to offer.

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Some More Children's Books You May Enjoy

Books to Share with Your Family
Fiona was born behind the dressing room closet wall at the Noodle Soup Community Theater. A children's book about friendship, courage, and how even a little mouse can save a life.
The Kissing Hand tells the story of Chester Raccoon whose mother encourages him on the first day of school by placing her special kiss on the palm of his hand.
Cynthia Rylant, an award-winning children's author, writes heartwarming stories about family life. Cynthia Rylant's children's books beg to be shared with the child on your lap.
Animals populate the children's stories written by Dick King-Smith. Some of Dick King-Smith's books have been made into popular movies.
Updated: 10/01/2012, sheilamarie
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sheilamarie on 12/10/2011

I assume so, too. At least he is by heritage. The first book I ever read by Tomie de Paola was called "Look Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup," about bringing a friend to visit Tomie's grandmother, a very warm and loving and very Italian lady. It's still a favorite children's book of mine, despite the fact it's now falling apart. I grew up in an immigrant community where there were many sweet Italian grandmothers and where my own grandmother, with her Irish brogue, lived with us.

Jimmie on 12/10/2011

A beloved author. And I love the style of the illustrations. I assume he is a Catholic?

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