12 Books of Christmas: A Respite from Screen Time

The 12 Books of Christmas from Loyola Press

Parents and children are no doubt eager to catch a break from all of the screen time that comes with working and schooling from home during the pandemic. The Christmas holidays provide just the kind of respite that is so needed—an opportunity for families to gather around something other than a computer screen! I’d like to suggest reading books as a family as the perfect option for the Christmas holidays. Loyola Press is making that easy for parents to accomplish through the 12 Books of Christmas pack!

Families can celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas by enjoying a special book each day of the season. These beautiful books appeal to children of all ages, some with specific Christmas messages and others exploring Catholic themes unlimited by the calendar. This is a perfect gift for a special family, whether your own or your neighbor’s.

The 12 Books of Christmas pack includes new and favorite children’s books at significant savings over purchasing these books separately. Click through for full descriptions of the books and links to activities to accompany many of the titles.

  1. The Shepherd’s Story by Jimmy Dunne
  2. Leo’s Gift by Susan Blackaby and Joellyn Cicciarelli
  3. A Gift for the Christ Child by Linda Schlafer
  4. The Christmas Play by Carol Lynn Pearson
  5. Dear Pope Francis by Pope Francis
  6. Shhh…God Is in the Silence by Fiona Basile
  7. Do the Angels Watch Close By? by Mary Joslin and Danuta Mayer
  8. Mary, Mother of Jesus by Mary Joslin and Alison Wisenfeld
  9. God Is Love by Mary Joslin and Tom Saeker
  10. Who Laid the Cornerstone of the World? by Ann Pilling
  11. Everyone Belongs by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  12. Loyola Kids Book of Bible Stories by Amy Welborn

Use promo code 5296 to purchase the 12 Books of Christmas for only $100!

Studies show that reading aloud is beneficial for children and parents: parents feel more competent and less stressed, while children benefit from cognitive development, reduction in behavioral problems, and increase in vocabulary, concentration, and attention spans. Most importantly, reading books aloud creates a bond of intimacy between children and parents (or grandparents, godparents, older siblings, etc.)—and that is priceless!

This discounted collection of products is not available to bookstores, resellers, or wholesalers.

About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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