Children's Book Notes: "Jesus, I Love You"


As a former teacher, catechist and religious education director books have always felt like friends to me. As a mom, I enjoyed reading to my children and now I read to my grandchildren. Often, I read the very same books I read to their parents, because, yes, I saved them along with the blocks, Duplos, and Legos.

But it is fun to find new books, especially those that teach about our faith. I read the board book, Jesus, I Love You by Augustine Gadient, illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa, and thought it would be a great addition to a toddler’s bookshelf or for that special bag moms bring to Mass to keep kids quiet.

Jesus I Love You

It hits all the right points for a board book: a sentence or two on each page, bright, clear illustrations, repetition, and a lift the flap feature. Its aim is to teach children to pray so each page starts off with a hello, thank you, please, or help me to Jesus.

I read it via FaceTime (because, you know, physical distancing) and my daughter and I thought it was sweet. My grandson listened and got excited when he saw his favorite things: birds and planes. I’ll count that as a stamp of approval from a 2-year-old, which is the target audience. Of course, I can’t wait to read it to my grandchildren in person and will, as soon as I can.

Take a look at this book for a little one you love or as a baby shower gift. It’s published by Ignatius Press.

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Copyright 2020 Deanna Bartalini


About Author

Deanna G. Bartalini, MEd, MPS, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. Her Bible study, invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life, is published by Our Sunday Visitor. Her website,, is for the Every Day Catholic. There you can find Deanna’s writing, free webinars on Catholicism, her podcast and social media services, and invite her to speak to your group, in person or virtually.

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