Welcome to the Catholic Children's Book Webinar!

Presented Worldwide on Saturday, February 25, 2023

Authors and Illustrators of Catholic Children’s Books provided an important imaginative link between our material and spiritual worlds.

Dianne Ahern, Ben Bongers, TJ Burdick, Allison Lunsford, and Danielle Mesa share their books in a webinar moderated by Sebastian Mahfood.
Special thanks to Kiki Latimer of The Catholic Bookworm for opening us in prayer and to Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson for moderating the Q/A session.

Set in modern Italy, the stories follow a brother and sister in their adventures with their Aunt, who is a special agent for the Pope. In this first adventure, Sister Philomena and the children track an intruder in St. Peter’s Basilica and help recover the missing relics of St. Peter, all the while learning about St. Peter’s life.
In this Nativity story, you will meet 3 people, a Farmer, a Miner, and an Artisan, whose common works produce uncommon results, showing that some of our gifts to others aren’t the ones we think they are. Travel back in time with us to the days of caravans and wisemen, to trading trinkets in the Great Market of Petra, and to what gifts really matter when we follow a new star in the sky.
In these three volumes of The Gospel in Kid Speak, we place a magnifying glass on the God made man so that our youngest children may also study Christ’s ways and ultimately imitate them.

It was 9:00 A.M., October 24, 2022. The reporters of the These fourteen saints were classified as the “Holy Helpers” during the scourge of the Black Plague in the 1300s. Today, it seems there has never been a better time to re-introduce the Holy Helpers to the Catholic world and to society as a whole.

Cardelina, a young horse with a vibrant spirit and an immense curiosity, enjoys seeing the children who visit the family-owned Avon Valley Farm and attending the horseback riding lessons. One night, she notices a boy named Billy, whose behavior seems different from that of the other children.

Dianne Ahern grew up on a farm in Illinois, has traveled extensively for business and pleasure, and now resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Medical Technology from Marian College (University), and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University.

Ben Bongers was an international operatic tenor and sommelier for 30 years based in San Francisco, CA, and Germany and is now a Gerontologist. He has written for trade magazines in wine, singing, and is published in eldercare textbooks. 

With illustrator Courtney Boatwright.

Courtney Boatwright is a Chicago-based graphic artist and designer. Her career in the graphics industry began 19 years ago as the in-house designer for a small, woman-owned business in Fairfax, California. She relocated to Chicago in 2006 to study graphic design in advertising. 

T.J. Burdick is the author of several books and article on the Catholic faith. He is the founder of the Signum Dei and blogger at tjburdick.com. A missionary to Latin America, T.J. writes on how to grow in holiness amongst the distractions and difficulties of the current age.

Since earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Holy Apostles College in Cromwell, CT, Allison Funk Lunsford has dreamed of pursuing her passion for writing. She is grateful for God’s grace and the suggestion of Joan Bennett, the illustrator, in making this dream a reality.

With illustrator Joan Bennett.

Joan owns Good Shepherd Fine Arts shop on Etsy, where she sells her paintings, holy cards, jewelry, and stationery in an effort to spread devotion to the saints and to touch her customers’ lives in any way she can. You can view her work online at etsy.com/shop/GoodShepherdFineArts.


Danielle C. Mesa was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a devoted Catholic family. Her father is a deacon serving at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston. The desire of her heart is to use the gifts and talents she has received from God to give praise and glory to the Lord..

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