"Big Four" Highlights


Three Children’s Books, One Author

These stories will capture your child’s imagination and teach the faith

Anthony DeStefano is a prolific Catholic author who has found an audience beyond the Catholic fold, branching out to evangelicals and a slice of the general population that is interested in spiritual topics.

In addition to his adult titles, he has written a number of illustrated children’s books for Harvest House, a major Christian publisher in Eugene, Oregon.

The following reviews were written by Kellie Mason, a summer intern for Fathers for Good.

This Little Prayer of Mine

Written as a prayer, this book is a perfect guide for teaching young children to pray. It teaches them to be thankful for what they have and what they will have in the future. It also helps them understand that there is a God who is always ready to listen even though he seems so far away.

With simple words and attractive pictures, this book is good for kids who are just learning to read. The illustrations depict real-world situations that kids go through and serve as nice talking points. You can ask your child, “What would you do in that situation?”

A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids 

What and where is heaven? Little children are bound to ask this question and this book provides a satisfying answer. It is a beautifully illustrated guide to what we can expect to find in heaven.

Little Joey is taken by his guardian angel to a land with no pain or sadness. He goes to heaven. Joey learns that heaven is a place where everyone who loves God finds eternal happiness. Mothers and fathers are reunited with sons and daughters, dinosaurs are living in harmony with cats and dogs.

The book gives children a better understanding of what God has in store for those who no longer live an earthly life. This story is perfect for any young child who is wondering where his or her pet or loved one goes after passing away. The illustrations depict a heaven that any kid would love to see. With this book, parents can broach the topic of death in a positive and loving way.

Little Star 

DeStefano wrote this story for a high school creative writing class and finally got it published as an adult. It is a more sacred take on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The book tells the story of a small star that is ignored by all the other stars in the heavens, yet the tiny twinkler goes on to lead the shepherds and wise men to the stable in Bethlehem.

How did this happen?

The stars hear of a king being born and that whoever shines the brightest will be rewarded. When the king is born, the big stars are surprised that he is only a poor baby. However, the littlest star understands what the big stars can’t see – this king is Jesus. He shines so bright and gives all his warmth to the baby. When dawn comes, the little star burns out, but his bright light and warmth continue today at the top of every Christmas tree in homes around the world.

This is a great book to read with your children because it teaches two lessons. One, even the King of Kings is born among the poorest of the poor; two, no matter how little you are, your light shines bright for the whole world to see. Drawn by the beautiful illustrations by Mark Elliot, you will return to this book each Christmastime.