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Lexham Press to launch FatCat line of children’s books teaching Christian basics

BELLINGHAM, Washing.In early 2022, Lexham Press will publish its first children’s books, launching the FatCat series. The first title, The Symbol of the Apostles: For all the children of God, will be released in February 2022. This colorful illustrated book inspires children to understand and rejoice in the church’s ancient confession of faith.

Todd Hains, editor of Lexham Press, said, “Christian parents want to raise their children in the faith, but many feel inadequate for the task. And that is why we have made it a feature of our work at Lexham to teach catechism. The catechism of the church is the central text of the faith: the Symbol of the Apostles, the Our Father and the Ten Commandments. These unite Christians across traditions and generations. The catechism teaches us what the Bible teaches us: our faith. FatCat books are intended to give parents and children the faith, hope, and love of the Bible. We are delighted to share these shining books of hope with families and churches.

To keep the catechism accessible and fun, the series features a character named FatCat (“cat” being the abbreviation for “catechism”). FatCat, a gray striped feline, can be found throughout the pages of the book, learning Sunday school with readers.

The Apostles’ Creed is beautifully illustrated by Natasha Kennedy, a freelance artist and mother from Seattle, Washington. Each page includes a line of the traditional text of the creed and color illustrations. Kennedy said: “In illustrating the old catechism, I wanted to blend the traditional feel of Byzantine iconography with the playful imagery of Eyvind Earle and make the life of Jesus familiar and accessible to children.

Each line of the Creed is accompanied by thoughtful reflections from theologian Ben Myers that guide readers young and old. Myers is the author of The Symbol of the Apostles: Guide to the Old Catechism in the Christian Essentials series (Lexham Press). The book also includes a list of scriptures and a guided family prayer to help with children’s education and devotion.

Jesse Myers, publisher of Lexham Press, said, “We hope the FatCat books are a joyful and fun way for parents to introduce children to the basics of Christian belief. The books will reflect exactly what we hope to do in all of Lexham’s books: to lead people in a useful way and hopefully to the Word of God.

Future FatCat books are coming soon, with The Lord’s Prayer: For All God’s Children scheduled for fall 2022.


Lindsay John Kennedy
Lexham Press
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