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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, of course!  Or as most of the world knows her, Mother Teresa.  Just last week, was her birthday and she would have been 100 years old.  September 5, is her feast day, the anniversary of her death in 1997.  It’s hard to imagine that my children are living in a world without her in it, but of course now we have a saint in heaven, doing heaven’s work.

I have three books for you to check out to observe her feast day, or for any other time you want your children to learn about this remarkable woman.

First, Mother Teresa by Demi is a beautiful biography of the lovely saint.  Each page features stunning artwork about her life, serving the poor in Calcutta, and telling about the important parts of her life.  The book starts with her childhood and ends with her beatification.  In my opinion, though the real benefit to most of Demi’s books is the artwork.  Once you see one of these books, you will always recognize the style.

The second book is more story like, and is a more exciting read.  It’s in the LifeTimes series, by Stewart Ross, called The Story of Mother Teresa.  This is a more advanced reading level, probably about 3rd grade but would be fine as a read aloud.

The final book has a different focus to it, as it is not so much biographical. 

Stories Told by Mother Teresa is a compilation of stories that have important lessons of love from Mother Teresa.  What did she tell her sisters about charity, what stories did she use to illustrate her lessons?  Each 2 page spread of this book has one story, and how she truly was a “professor of love.”  It is compiled by Edward Le Joly and Jaya Chaliha.

I hope you can find your own way to celebrate the life of a great woman, and that these books will give you and your children a feel for the holiness of Mother Teresa.  Please let me know if there’s a book out there about Mother Teresa for kids that I don’t have on the list!

Update:  If you need a craft project or coloring page to go with your reading, you can find one at Paper Dali.

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With autumn right around the corner, I thought I’d post a book to help you and your children prepare and know what to look for.  Count Down to Fall is a lovely book about all the changes we start to see when autumn comes.  Written by Fran Hawk and illustrated by Sherry Neidigh.  Each 2 page spread has a short 4 line countdown from 10 to 1 about another change to observe in nature when fall comes.  The illustrations are the real beauty in this book, each page is framed with colorful leaves, tree bark, rocks, and branches.  The illustrator captures the detail of fallen bright leaves, pine cones and acorns.

This book would be good for a wide range of ages.  Preschoolers will enjoy counting the items on each page, finding hidden animals, butterflies.  Older children can challenge themselves with identifying the types of trees, by the bark or leaves.

The writing is very poetic, simple 4 lines to each page,

“Four craggy oak leaves,

yellow, gold, and brown,

tumble with the acorns

that wear rough, shaggy crowns.”

Check out Count Down to Fall to start preparing for your autumn nature studies.

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