A Toddler at Church and Other Scary Stories! (PLUS Review and Giveaway of Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! by Kathleen Long Bostrom)

FlyBy Promotions was kind enough to provide me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. There are Amazon affiliate links within this text.

Keeping a one year old entertained and happy and relatively immobile (locked into a pew/aisle) for the duration of a church service is not for the faint of heart.  I adore having Itty Bitty witness families and friends joining together in worship and am thrilled to have so many people present to provide her with good examples of kindness and family togetherness.  I’m not always 100% sure the other church goers are as happy to see us coming, but we appreciate every smile, nod of understanding, and kind word that comes our way!

Even Getting Dressed for Church Is an Adventure with a One Year Old! Hat! Shoes!! Oh my – thank goodness for a loving Daddy!

There are of course moments at church starring the Itty Bitty that I wouldn’t have missed for all the world.  She loves to play peekaboo and the priest’s robes are a perfect target!  She saw her friend the priest of peekaboo robe fame in the front of the congregation.  Poor man was trying to complete the homily, but she was more than happy to squeal hello and wave frantically from the back of the parish.  How that man kept a straight face I’ll never know, my husband and I lost it completely!  She also proudly held her own offering (a Puff food stuff) high above her head mimicking the actions of the priest during the Eucharist.  I’m pretty sure at some point my husband and I are going to be banned due to laughter during mass, but she’s just so precious and so funny and so wonderful as she learns to understand and follow the mass!

One method my husband and I use to keep Itty Bitty relatively still and entertained is through the creation of the “church bag.”  This bag is filled with items that Itty Bitty is only given access to during church service.  All items are quiet items and so books and stuffed animals are prominent contents.  I was absolutely delighted at the chance to review the board book of Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! for potential inclusion into our church bag 🙂

The board book is well suited for young children with minimal text and bright colored, engaging graphics.  Itty Bitty happily turned the pages during the mass and was more than happy to hang out with her Daddy after the service (pictured below) to get a full reading.


During the story, four-year-old Ryan takes his stuffed monkey Rufus to church and gives him instructions on how to behave and participate in the church service.  The book is ideally suited for children ages 2-5; although, my 1 year old was very content with the story.  This book would make a perfect gift for young children, parents, grandparents, and Sunday school groups.  The book is Christian, but not Catholic, so there is reference to a pastor instead of a priest, but our family didn’t find this detail distracting and truthfully hope that when she’s old enough it may lead her to ask questions about her faith and gain respect for the faith of others.

FlyBy Promotions has been kind enough to offer Prey Species the opportunity to provide a free board book copy of Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! to one lucky reader.  US addresses only!  Please enter below and good luck!

This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to our Giveaway Winner:  Kristie D.!  

More information about Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!:

About the Author

Kathleen Long Bostrom is a published children’s author in both the Christian and trade markets. She has a Master’s in Christian Education and a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, and she has worked in children’s ministry for many years. Kathy and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and live in Illinois.

About the Illustrator 

Rebecca Thornburgh began illustrating children’s books full-time in 1996 and today has almost 100 books to her name. Rebecca’s vibrant watercolors have been showcased in previous Ideals titles, including the new edition of The Story of Christmas. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! 

Written by: Kathleen Long Bostrom

Illustrated by: Rebecca Thornburgh

Publisher: Ideals Books

Board book
Available at IdealsBooks.com

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