Who is this good-looking young man peeking around the corner of Catechist’s Journey? Why, it’s none other than Leo, the star of the new children’s book Leo’s Gift, written by Susan Blackaby and my friend and colleague (actually, she’s my boss!) Joellyn Cicciarelli and beautifully illustrated by my colleague Carrie Schuler.
Leo is creative, shy, and in search of a special talent he can share with the world. He wonders how he’ll know what his unique gift might be…and then, with the unknowing help of his sister, he discovers music. Leo may seem quiet, but the piano gives him a big voice, helps his confidence soar, and propels him to embrace—in the words of Pope Francis—“the treasure inside” him and share it with the world.
Filled with heart and hope, Leo’s Gift is a perfect story for parents, children, and siblings to read together. Leo will inspire kids everywhere to explore their passions, believe in themselves, and learn that not all gifts come wrapped in a box.
As they say in TV commercials, however, “But wait, there’s more!”—especially for catechists!
Leo’s Gift also comes with a lesson plan to bring the story’s themes to life; a bulletin board idea and activity sheets; and a video that highlights teachable moments.
I hope you enjoy using this wonderful book with the children you teach!
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