I love children’s books! I pick them up from time to time, when I’m looking for a short read with little commitment.
The Holy Twins by Kathleen Norris, with illustrations by Tomie dePaola tells the story of St. Benedict and his twin sister St. Scholastica. I have always loved Tomie dePaola’s illustrations and the illustrations in this book are inspiring, detailed, and adorable. The childhood of the twin saints is briefly recounted, as is the famous story of their visit after both had entered their respective monasteries. They would visit with each other one day each year, but this time Scholastica was enjoying their spiritual conversation so much that she begged her brother not to go. He insisted that he must leave, so she began to pray, and suddenly a violent storm popped up out of nowhere, forcing Benedict and his brother monks to remain there overnight.
The Holy Twins is both entertaining and informative. It even includes suggestions for further reading. I would recommend it for children ages 6-12.