Claudia Cangilla McAdam

Author of Works for Children and Young Adults

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Do You See What I See? 
ISBN 978-1-56579-554-9
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
photography by John Fielder 
here, 48 pp.

  German edition

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​This imaginative fictional tale retells the origin of the Shroud of Turin that will leave readers feeling hopeful, joyful and grateful for God-given talents.

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“Simple and beautiful, this imaginative tale takes children to the time of Jesus and introduces them to the gift of the Real Presence found in the Eucharist.” 

—Dr. Edward Sri, Theologian, speaker, and author of A Biblical Walk through the Mass

It’s Christmas Eve in the year 722, and Kristoph, a young orphan boy, is accompanying the missionary priest, Boniface, through the German countryside on their way to the first Christmas the boy will celebrate outside the orphanage. When the pair happens upon a group of men worshiping a sacred oak and preparing to sacrifice the son of the village chieftain, Boniface’s brave actions change their hearts and initiate the tradition of bringing evergreen trees into the home to shelter “loving gifts and lights of kindness.” Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree is a beautiful retelling of the legend of the martyr who became the patron saint of Germany. Includes "A Prayer of Blessing for a Christmas Tree." 

A FREE coloring sheet from the book  can be downloaded here.

The Christmas Light 

ISBN 978-1644131138   
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam

​illustrated by Igor Kovyar

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When someone steals the prize buckle of a junior bull-riding champion, amateur sleuth Kirsten Camarata sets her mind to solving the mystery. She takes part in a rodeo in order to get behind the scenes, and even though someone goes to extreme measures to prevent her from doing so, her detective skills pay off as she uses her brains to piece together clues and solve the mystery.  

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A beautifully written and illustrated book with a poignant and heartwarming  story that introduces the Shroud to younger audiences.

Long ago on the tiny Venetian island of Burano, the winter's ice encircled the island, keeping the fishermen from the sea. The villagers were going hungry. This book tells the story of Gianni and Nicoletta, a courageous and compassionate young couple who want to help their starving neighbors. Gianni braves the icy sea, hoping to catch fish to feed the villagers, and Nicoletta holds vigil in the church. When a fierce storm capsizes the boat, he nearly drowns, until a mermaid appears who offers a gift that will change the future of everyone on the island.

A young girl in Jerusalem is well-known for her exceptional weaving skills. She wishes she could tell Jesus she loves Him, but she is mute. Instead, at his crucifixion, she provides the work of her hands that speaks of her love louder than words ever could, and a blessing she receives changes her life forever.


"Filled with colorful, realistic, narrative illustrations of the story, Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree describes an ancient Christian miracle through the fresh eyes of a child, making this lovely book a beautiful holiday gift to celebrate the coming of Christ."

                                                                                                                                   —Midwest Book Review

Do You See What I See? Texas 
ISBN 978-1-56579-589-1
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
photography by Richard Reynolds

Available here, 48 pp.

Coming fall, 2023

​​—National Catholic Register

Written in a poetic form, this book is humorously entertaining as well as being informative as it teaches children about the major bones that comprise the human skeleton. Children will learn the names of these bones and their functions as well as uncovering some fascinating facts about the skeletal system. An added bonus is free resource material, including a discussion guide and activity sheets related to the skeleton. Ideal for parents and educators looking to introduce children to the human skeleton.

Children's Book Picks for Spring 2021   

  German edition

When her father experiences a miraculous healing and conversion to Christ, modern-day teen Tabby Long uses meditation on Scripture to mentally travel to Jesus' crucifixion where her father is the centurion who crucifies Jesus, only to be healed by his blood.

​​—Barrie Schwortz, Official Documenting 

During the holidays each year, the giant evergreen tree hoped that a family would pick it to be the centerpiece of their home, and it would finally be a part of the miracle of Christmas. But as year after year passed and no one seemed to want it because it was so big, the tree began to despair that it would never be selected . . . until one special season when it was chosen, for a purpose far beyond what could ever have been expected. 

Readers young and old delight in discovering the hidden worlds within Colorado’s beautiful landscapes. For each photo, a cutout and imaginative poetry verse explore the mysteries of a small detail of the natural world, while turning the page reveals its place in one of nature's grand landscapes.

NATHANAEL: From Fig Tree to Faith    
ISBN 978-0-9748995-2-7     
​eBook by Claudia Cangilla McAdam

The Wordless Weaver   

ISBN 978-1-68192-484-7   
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam

​illustrated by

Caroline Baker Mazure

2021 Winner

Colorado Authors' League Award for Juvenile Cover Design


Portraits of Character
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam, 
Robert McAdam, Diane McAdam Bange
Vol. 1 ISBN 978-1879097-64-3
Vol. 2 ISBN 978-1879097-65-6
published by 
Kagan Publishing

​​Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project;  Editor & Founder, Shroud of Turin Website (

Far from her native South America, Maria the llama is homesick. When she sets off on a mysterious mission with a heavy pack on her back and a heavier weight on her heart, she forges a new friendship and comes to see her life in Colorado through very different eyes. 

Whimsical verse combines with the spectacular photographs of Texas nature photographer Richard Reynolds in this 48-page, full-color book that explores the details of nature and their places in larger landscapes. This book challenges not only young readers but those of all ages to recognize that Nature's details are often as magnificent and mysterious as Nature's landscapes. 

When it comes time to make his Lenten resolution, Louie is stumped. While his classmages take the traditional approach of giving up something for Lent, Louie embarks on a different course of action and in so doing, discovers what Jesus meant when he said, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice."

​​—Regina Lordan, ​Catholic Sentinel

From "Ashes" to "Zucchetto," this colorful alphabet book is jam-packed with what makes us who we are as Catholic Christians. -- Kerry Crawford and Patricia A. Crawford, National Catholic Register


The Christmas Tree Cried
the story of the White House Christmas Tree 
ISBN 0-9748995-5-0 (
ISBN 978-0-9748995-6-5 (
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
illustrated by Anna-Maria Crum 
published by Two Sons Press

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English edition

"E" is for Eucharist  

ISBN 978-1505117509   
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam

​illustrated by Anna-Maria Crum

  Polish edition

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Finalist, Middle Grade Fiction, 2011
Colorado Authors' League Award

"This is one of the most amazing stories that reconfirms one’s belief in the power of the Almighty.  It is a book that is truly timeless, genderless, and classic."

                           —The Catholic Company


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If you could stop the crucifixion of Christ, would you? 

Ronni is a twenty-first century American teenage girl living 5,000 miles away from home . . . 2,000 years in the past. How she got here, she doesn’t know. But one day she woke up in Jerusalem the week of the crucifixion of Jesus. She has three days to try to stop his death. The question is . . . can she do it? Should she?

Read the first three chapters here.

And click here to listen to Claudia talk about the book on Radio Maria.
Classroom sets of the book are available for 
purchase at up to a 50% discount!

print edition

The Bones You Own               
A Kids' Introduction into the Human Skeleton
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam

Kindle eBook

Coming spring 2023

"One of the best things about Colorado is the stunning scenery of the state, from the expansive Eastern Plains to the snow-capped tips of the Rocky Mountains to the sculpted hills of the Great Sand Dunes. Through photos that span the state and cover all four seasons, and with poetic descriptions that bring each scene to life, this unique alphabet book is a celebration of the beauty and variety of Colorado’s natural wonderland: the flora, the fauna, the grand panoramas, the picturesque details. The enchanting verse of children’s author Claudia Cangilla McAdam and the spectacular photography of John Fielder combine to take children of all ages on a captivating lyrical and pictorial journey around Colorado from A to Z."

 —John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado 

Take a peek at the book that imagines how the Shroud of Turin could have been created. See the book trailer HERE.

In each of these two books, there are 24 reproducible stories of people who exemplify positive character attributes. Many stories focus on everyday heroes; ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. People who rise to the occasion. People who sacrifice personal safety for the sake of others or dedicate their lives to a worthy cause. Both celebrities and everyday heroes serve as positive role models for students. Each portrait includes a teacher guide that highlights the desirable traits, including thinking questions and writing ideas about the story and character.

A FREE Discussion and Activities Guide is available by request here.

Recipient of the 2016

Colorado Authors' League Award

ISBN 978-1455621088                            
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
published by 
Pelican Publishing, 32 pp.

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The call of Jesus' disciple Nathanael, a character presented to readers in the first chapter of the Gospel of John is concise, covering just seven verses, John 1:45-51. What is it about Nathanael’s short interactions with Philip and with Jesus that cause him to proclaim Jesus “Son of God” and “King of Israel”? How is it that he comes to discipleship in this brief passage, going from "under the fig tree" to a profession of faith? And how does he model discipleship for us today? This scholarly work attempts to answer these questions.


The daughter of the Bethlehem innkeeper is cold and cranky in her crowded home. When she brings fire for warmth to the young couple in her family’s stable, she encounters the newborn Jesus and finds her mood suddenly altered and her life forever changed, thanks to the Christmas Light.

Maria's Mysterious Mission
2008 Colorado Book Award finalist 
ISBN 978-1-56579-588-4
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
illustrated by Anna-Maria Crum
photography by John Fielder 

Available from  John Fielder Publishing, 32 pp.

With her beautiful prose, Claudia Cangilla McAdam teaches us that the silent gifts of ourselves and our talents that we bring to the foot of the cross yield blessings through Christ's resurrection. 

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Forthcoming Titles:

ISBN 978-1-933184-61-6
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
published by 
Sophia Institute Press, 150 pp.

also available as a Kindle eBook or ePub

Finalist, Screenplay Category, 2018
Colorado Authors' League Award

ISBN 978-1-61261-630-8                        
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
illustrated by Dave Hill
published by
Paraclete Press, 32 pp.

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Riddle at the Rodeo  
a Camarata Cousins Mystery 
Colorado Authors League Awards finalist 
ISBN 978-0-9825345-0-2 (print) 122 pp.

ISBN 978-0-9748995-0-3 (eBook)
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam 

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More info here

A FREE Discussion and Activities Guide is available by request here.

A, B, See Colorado
An Alphabet Book of the Centennial State
ISBN 978-0-9860004-0-9
by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
photography by John Fielder 

​published by John Fielder Publishing, 32 pp.

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