The liturgical year invites us to walk with Jesus through the most wonderful story ever told: the Gospel. In Through the Year with Jesus: Gospel Readings and Reflections for Children,  catechist and popular blogger Katherine Bogner reveals the rich mystery of the seasons we celebrate in the Church.

With Gospel readings for each week of the liturgical year, along with tools for reflection, discussion, and prayer, Through the Year with Jesus offers endless opportunities for discovering who Jesus is and better understanding Catholic teaching about his life and mission.

Promote prayer and conversation about the life of Christ with children through

  • Weekly readings from the Gospels
  • Lectio Divina prompts to nurture personal prayer or journaling
  • Sacred art to accompany the Gospel reading
  • Stories of saints and many rich Catholic traditions for the liturgical year

The easy-to-use format of Through the Year with Jesus helps adults lead children to an intimate encounter with the heart of Jesus through the rhythm of the liturgical year and the powerful words of Scripture.

Katherine Bogner is a Catholic school teacher and Director of Religious Education from Central Illinois. She has worked with Catholics of every age—from preschool through adult—but has a special place in her heart for middle schoolers. Most of all, she is passionate about equipping parents, catechists, and teachers to share the beauty and truth of Christ and His Church with their students. Visit where she shares free lesson plans, printables, and other resources for teaching the Faith.

“Katherine Bogner hits a liturgical living home run with this devotional for children. . . . This book is an excellent, all-in-one way to bring the stories of Jesus and his family and his friends and his life into a home or classroom in a way that kids of all ages can connect with at their own levels. Grownups are sure to find their own faith deepened as well.”

Kendra Tierney, Author of The Catholic All Year Compendium

“If you’ve been looking for a way to engage your family or classroom in meaningful conversations throughout the liturgical year here is your answer. Buy this book!”

Bonnie Engstrom, Author of 61 Minutes to a Miracle

Through the Year with Jesus not only has beautiful Scripture readings and reflections on the Gospels, it is also an invaluable guide to help parents, teachers, and catechists learn how to pray through the Bible with their children—and how to teach them to pray and live God’s Word.”

Katie Warner, Catholic Children’s Book Author,

Lectio Divina (and Visio Divina) are the hidden gems of prayer in the Catholic Church. With this book, Katherine Bogner brings these devotions to life for children, teachers, and parents. I am certain her guidance here will lead many young people into an encounter with Jesus Christ.”

Jared Dees, Founder of and Author of Christ in the Classroom

Through the Year with Jesus is a powerful resource capable of inviting children to authentically engage with their Savior Jesus Christ.”

Nancy Bandzuch, Founder and Creative Director of Catholic Sprouts 

Through the Year with Jesus meets families right where they are, in all our imperfections, and gives us the tools to wrap our children in God’s word. What a blessing to so many families!”

Kathryn Whitaker, Author of Live Big, Love Bigger

“What a tremendous gift to the Church this book is! Parents, grandparents, godparents, teachers, and friends will find the Gospels opened to them through these reflections, questions, and (most especially) the insights they glean from the children they love.”

Meg Hunter-Kilmer, Speaker and Author of Saints Around the World.

“We’re told as parents that we’re the primary educators of our children, but often that can feel more daunting than empowering! In Through the Year With Jesus, Katherine Bogner gives parents the tools we need to share the faith as a family, and to grow in faith and prayer alongside our children.”

Rosie Hill, Homeschooling Mom of 7, Catholic Blogger

“As the Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, what a delight it has been to observe and benefit from the many, many gifts of teaching and creativity that Katherine continues to share in our schools.”

Dr. Sharon Weiss, Superintendent of Schools, Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Illinois


“In Matthew 19:14, Jesus says, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’ If you want to know as a family or as an individual how to fulfill the mandate of letting children come to Jesus and to know, serve, and love him, this book is a definitive resource. Katherine Bogner does not only love children and teaching them; she is exemplary and committed in her faith as a Catholic.”

Rev. Fr. John Bosco Mujuni, Ed.D, Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Lacon, Illinois


“Long have I searched for a book that makes Scripture accessible to every child and family. This book helps you not only to know about Jesus but to know him through a personal relationship with him in prayer. It is a cornerstone book for every child, family, church, school, teacher, and catechist.”

Jenny Witt, Director of Evangelization, St. Philomena Catholic Church, Peoria, Illinois

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1 review for Through the Year with Jesus: Gospel Readings and Reflections for Children

  1. Shari

    This beautiful book has my 11-year-old son obsessed with the Gospels. He’s a budding artist and historian, so he also enjoys studying the beautiful paintings and looking up the artists’ names, where they are from and when they lived in the back of the book. It works well with our homeschool curriculum and enables us as a family to look ahead to Sunday’s Gospel, leaving my kiddo with a clear picture of what Jesus is up to week by week. Katie’s prompts and questions are thought-provoking and give us plenty to discuss with each other as we walk through the year. I can’t recommend this gem enough, what a wonderful resource that we will continue to use year after year!

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