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Help Family Prayer Time with Rosary Picture Books for Kids | National Catholic Registry

A kid-friendly series will cultivate Marian devotion in little hearts.

As an adult praying the Rosary, Sandra Rosetter knew from experience that focusing on one Bible verse or reference for each bead kept her mind from wandering, helping prayers become more meaningful.

“I asked myself: how can we keep the children engaged throughout the Rosary?” she told the Register.

Therefore, she was inspired to create The first book of the rosary of a little catholic series – four books, one for each mystery of the Rosary, beginning with the joyful mysteries. All are subtitled A bead-by-bead illustrated prayer book.

“I thought that if this information could be translated into pictures, children could also concentrate bead by bead, and that’s exactly what we did. the pearl by pearl The Rosary books are designed with a special illustration for each Rosary bean. After each prayer (bead), the child simply turns the page for a new picture.

The books have sturdy pages that even the youngest can easily turn or turn over and over again. Thanks to their spiral binding, the books remain open so that children can also hold their beads. Colorful drawings by Stacey LeNeave, Rosetter’s sister, tell the story of each mystery. Each picture has a single short sentence describing an aspect of that mystery to keep children’s attention on the “story” of that mystery.

“Delightful illustrations guide kids through each mystery bead,” Rosetter explained. This helps them “meditate” and stay focused throughout the rosary. »

From the start, she thought her sister could bring this idea to life through her drawings. “She is a gifted artist and had a successful career as a commercial photo stylist in the Twin Cities,” Rosetter said of her sister’s work. “She was more than willing to lend her creative hand.”

Since there were over 200 illustrations, the sisters worked together once a week for several years. Rosetter said it had “truly been a labor of love”. Positive feedback from families who recited the Rosary using the first draft of the Joyful Mysteries provided “the affirmations necessary to end the series with confidence and without reservation”.

“These are the best Rosary books of all time,” Minnesota’s Stephanie Jakoblich said of the set of books. “I think this is one of the best ways for our family to meditate on the mysteries and pray along with the story in simple language. We pray for a decade almost every night, and they even ask us if we forget.

Testimonials follow one after the other from parents and even grandparents on the children’s enthusiasm for books and the rosary.

“Praying the Rosary with our 4-year-old finally ended with her barely making it through halfway through the first decade before spending the rest of the prayer putting the ‘collar’ on her pets. stuffed animal,” explained Matthew Sumski of North Carolina. the family’s previous prayer experience. “These books have made our prayer time much more relaxing, and I highly recommend them to families struggling to occupy their young ones during prayer time.” Their “4-year-old daughter now leads the family rosary through these books,” he said.

In Texas, Michelle Nelli explained, “The simple images and text allow my 6-year-old to fully participate in the Rosary while not only reflecting on the mystery of the 10 Hail Marys, but also allowing her to practice her reading. and see the history of salvation unfold. He once asked me if we could do another decade or two, which had never happened before.

Rosetter underscores the comments, “Books really help young children stay happily focused.”

When Rosetter sent a copy of the first printing of the Joyful Mysteries book to Ken and Kerri Davison, co-founders of Holy Heroes, which offers free Catholic books, CDs, DVDs and activities for children and families, they responded immediately.

“We immediately knew that Catholic families would love to use these books during the Family Rosary,” Ken said.

“We are the current publishers of the four Rosary books, and they have become some of our best-selling products. These are always the products that receive the most reviews from customers, each sharing how these books have helped renew – or even inspire the start – of their family rosary. We are in the second printing of the books and anticipate having to move to our third printing by 2022.”

An application allows families to pray via iPhone and iPad.

Rosetter has high hopes for children learning the Rosary through this method. “My greatest hope for children who pray with the pearl by pearl books is for them to develop a love for the Rosary at an early age and for them to become meaningful instruments in the development of their prayer life. Another hope is that as they grow in age and faith, the familiar images will set the stage for deeper prayer as they mature and think about the mysteries more broadly.

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