The Catholic Children’s Bible: Strategic Reading Resource

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The Catholic Children’s Bible Strategic Reading Resource is a first of its kind, using forty powerful stories from Sacred Scripture to bridge the gap between teaching religion and reading. In this resource, educators will find innovative, engaging, and proven classroom techniques that connect Featured Stories from The Catholic Children’s Bible with essential reading strategies originally published in the International Reading Association’s bestseller Creating Strategic Readers, by Valerie Ellery. In The Catholic Children’s Bible Strategic Reading Resource, each Featured Story is supported by resource pages outlining three essential skills early readers must develop: Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.

Product Details

Publisher: Saint Mary's Press

Copyright: Sept. 23, 2013

Format: Spiral

Size: 8.5 x 11

Length: 170 pages

Item number: 4355

ISBN: 978-1-59982-562-5

ISBN-10: 1-59982-562-7

Special Feature

Within these resource pages are five instructional elements educators should consider when planning learning experiences:

  • Research-proven reading strategies
  • Engaging techniques for classroom application
  • Clear and concise purpose for each technique
  • Higher-order “Teacher Talk” to raise students’ level of thinking
  • Aligned Common Core State Standards (Anchor and Grade-Level Standards) 

The structure of the Featured Story resource pages enables you to adjust your instructional content based on the needs of your students. Each Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension page offers you the ability to differentiate between two levels of instruction. Each level of instruction provides the opportunity to integrate strong cross-curricular connections between religion and reading, as well as to implement techniques that dive deeper into the educational shifts required by the Common Core State Standards. 

Customer Reviews

Works well for Gr. 5


By Judy Huppert

It works well for Gr. 5. The reading level is a little challenging for some, but the graphics are a good addition for this level.

Would give it five stars!


By Doris Trotter, Springfield, MO

Our PSR classes have used the Catholic Children's Bible for a number of years. We are pleased to use this program that connects our younger Catholic to the Bible.

Helps youth understand the Bible!


By Deborah Brown, Robertsdale

Much easier for children and young teens to read and understand, promotes further reading of the Bible. Large font is a bonus for this teacher too!

The Catholic Children's Bible a Must for Younger children


By Karen B, Mequon, WI

We have given this bible to our First Eucharist students for the past 4 years and the excitement over the bible is shared by both parents and children. It is joyfully anticipated by all those entering second grade.

Used in grades 1-6 . Great


By Carol Mercord

We use them in all grades 1-6 . It gives hands on experience and much easier to read even for adults.

By Bridget Simpson, Pensacola/Tallahassee FL.

Thank you so much for FINALLY giving us a Children's Bible! I kept searching for something to have for my children and I found it last year at a Conference in our area (Bishop Ricard's Conference). I was so excited I texted my friends to see if they wanted one -two had them within days. I also help with a women's group at my church, and will be sure to share with them this beautiful resource.

By Pat Solenski, St. Anthony Parish Religious Education, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

I just opened my Catholic Children’s Bible and I am shouting Alleluia! It has pictures and Scripture together! I’ve been in ministry over 30 years and this is exactly what we need! Saint Mary’s Press has always been on the cutting edge with their Bibles! THANK YOU!

By Claudia Lugo, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Chino Hills, CA.

I attended the LA Congress this past weekend and purchased a copy of The Catholic Children’s Bible. I had a chance to look it over and I wanted to cry. I can’t believe somebody created this! I want to tell the whole world about it! I am emailing all of my catechists, friends, and family. There is nothing like this out there!

By Silvia Zaborowski, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Buckeye Lake, OH.

I'm really excited about the new Catholic Children's Bible. I had no trouble getting orders from parents. Out of everyone I showed the book to, only one didn’t place an order. Some parents even said they would want to read it themselves, so I think this could be an awesome evangelizing tool for parents. To tell you the truth, I want to read it myself! Parents were also excited about the Catholic prayers and the additional information at the end of the book. But what they loved the most were the “Understand it,” “Live it” and “Tell it” sections. You really have a winner here!

By A. Karina Plascencia, parent and catechist, Office of Religious Education, Los Angeles, California.

The Catholic Children’s Bible from Saint Mary's Press is the first children’s Bible that color-codes all the books, making it easier to use! It is the Bible a child can grow up with!

By Gina Esposito, St. Mary's Parish, OH.

I attended a First Communion meeting today as a catechist and parent. Your representative presented some of the elements of The Catholic Children's Bible. I told her we use it during our second grade Parish School of Religion class because the children love it. Our students discovered page 15 (Bookshelves) and taught each other the order of the books. An awesome experience!
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