Lorelei Savaryn reviews a set of board books designed to help parents and grandparents introduce theological concepts to young children.
I am always looking for ways to enhance our children’s growing understanding of what it means to be Catholic, and I was eager to take a look at the Teeny Tiny Theology series by Michael R. Heinlein, which is published through OSV. The first three books in the Teeny Tiny Theology series each delve into one aspect of our Catholic faith: Salvation History, Sacred Scripture, and Christology. A fourth book, The Trinity, was recently published.
These books really are nice, bite-sized introductions to some of the deeper truths of our faith. I especially appreciated the adorable, warm, and engaging illustrations by Frank Fraser that brought everything from Bible stories to the saints to God’s love for humanity to life.
Despite their format as a set of board books, I’d recommend this series for slightly older children. This is primarily due to some of the advanced vocabulary that pops up from time to time, as well as the fact that the text complexity itself feels like it would fit nicely in a pre-k through 1st grade religious education classroom, or a home with children of that age.
I think it’s never too early to begin talking about the richness and depth of our Catholic faith with our kids, and these books would be a lovely accompaniment to the things being taught through religious education at church or at home, especially in the four- to six-year-old range.
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About the Author
Lorelei Savaryn joyfully joined the Catholic Church in 2016 after many years as a Protestant. She lives outside Chicago with her husband, four children, and dog named Saint. She writes about her faith and family life on ThisCatholicFamily.com. She is also a children's author. Her debut novel, The Circus of Stolen Dreams, released in Sept 2020 from Penguin Random House/Philomel.