Children's Book Notes: "Father Ben Gets Ready for Mass"



Do you ever struggle at church with wiggly kids? Father Ben Gets Ready for Mass by Katie Warner (TAN Books) is an imaginative picture book to help young children understand Mass and have fun at the same time.

What makes this book different from other Mass books for children? It is interactive. I counted nineteen motions that even young children can do. Children are prompted to trace footsteps, fold hands, point to objects, and identify colors.

The illustrator, Meg Whalen, makes clever use of overhead angles and bright colors to create an enjoyable book for ages 3 to 7. Another appealing feature is that the book is published in hardcover, thus allowing it to withstand the wear and tear of use by several children.

Copyright 2019 TAN Books. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

I recommend Father Ben Gets Ready for Mass as a way to give your child a fresh look at the beauty of the Mass and of our holy priests.

Visit our Book Notes archive.

Copyright 2019 Kathryn Swegart


About Author

Kathryn Griffin Swegart and her husband raised three children on a gentleman’s farm in rural Maine. Kathryn, a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order, is the author of Heavenly Hosts: Eucharistic Miracles for Kids and Perilous Days, both awarded the Catholic Writer's Guild Seal of Approval. Visit her website at

Leave A Reply

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.