Children’s Books with Extras

Audacious Ignatius printable activities

Today people expect the books they purchase to have “extras,” such as online activities and games. We don’t just read books anymore; we interact with them! With that in mind, Loyola Press has two new wonderful books that come with extras.

  • Audacious Ignatius by Paul Mitchell, illustrated by Katie Broussard—First of all, I love this book! I love its playfulness while telling the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola so that children can come to know this great saint. After reading, enrich the experience with activities inspired by the book, including Sequence of Events, About St. Ignatius of Loyola and Me, and the Audacious Ignatius Memory Game.
  • The Ball of Red String: A Guided Meditation for Children by Sr. Marlene Halpin, OP—This book is a classic! I had the pleasure of knowing the brilliant Sr. Marlene Halpin and always admired her passion for helping children (and adults) experience the nearness of God through guided meditation. The book itself is an activity, since it is a guided meditation. As if that weren’t enough, however, enrich the experience with printable activities: a coloring page and a door hanger.

Books are such a great way to engage the imaginations of children. But why stop there when you have extras available to engage them even further?

About Joe Paprocki 2748 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

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