Today Is a Baptism Day

Anna V. Ostenso Moore, Illustrated by Peter Krueger

Sep/2018, 48 Pages, HARDCOVER, 8 x 10

ISBN-13: 9781640650992

Sought-after resource for baptismal preparation for children and families, baptismal gifts, worship

An ideal book to read with children to wonder and learn about baptism, with illustrations that reflect the diversity of God's people. Grounded in the Episcopal liturgical tradition, it is an accessible and inviting introduction to baptism for children and families of many Christian traditions. While learning what occurs during a baptism service, the reader (both child and parent) will be guided through the sacramental and communal aspects of the celebration. Beautifully illustrated in full color, a dedication page encourages personalization of the book, making it a perfect baptism gift. A family section offers questions and suggests ways to go deeper in conversation about baptism, making it a resource that families will use again and again with their children.

Age range: 3 - 8 years old, Grade level: Preschool to 3rd grade. 

Illustrations from inside the book


ANNA V. OSTENSO MOORE found the Episcopal Church as a teenager. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese International Studies from Middlebury College and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry and Theological Education from King’s College, London. She is currently the Associate Priest for Family Ministry at St. Mark’s Cathedral. She is the author of Today is a Baptism Day, and We Gather At This Table which she wrote to reflect the beauty of the families with whom she works. Wife, priest, daughter, sister, aunt, godparent, and friend, she lives in Minneapolis with her husband, David.

Peter Krueger has been drawing, writing, and composing music since his days growing up in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Art after running his daily comic strip in the "Badger Herald." As a member of Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis, he has been a Godly Play storyteller since 2012. He lives with his wife, Amy, and children, Ezra and Eleanor. He drives them throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin to see as many fiberglass statues, roadside attractions, and historical markers as possible.

“Anna Ostenso Moore's new book, Today is a Baptism Day, gently and yet passionately reminds us that we are all invited to be in relationship with God, and that baptism is a powerful embrace of God's never-ending love. Matching the lively spirit of her words are Peter Krueger's compelling illustrations, sparking joy on the part of the reader. This is a book to give, to treasure, and to have in the library of all faith communities. Well done!”
––The Rev. Lindsay Freeman, interim rector at St. Nicholas Church in Richfield, Minnesota

 “This delightfully illustrated book beautifully unfolds the theology of baptism within an expansive vision of who we are as members of the Body of Christ.”
––The Rev. Canon Anne E. Kitch, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Bethlehem

“Ostenso Moore’s story and Krueger’s artwork combine to create a wonder-filled resource for families bringing their children to be baptized.” 
––The Rev. Cheryl V. Minor, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood, The Godly Play Foundation

“With its colorful and inclusive illustrations, and poignant and simple text, The Reverend Anna Ostenso Moore’s Today is Baptism Day is a must have resource for anyone preparing for baptism.”
––The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, Bishop, Episcopal Church in Minnesota

“Today is a Baptism Day is beautiful at every level: artistically, theologically, scripturally, and communally. The stunning artistry perfectly weaves depictions of a variety of families who might bring their infant to the baptismal font; the text is poetically straightforward, with layers of meaning to be uncovered and rejoiced in over the years of celebrating a child's baptism. An instant keepsake!”
––The Rev. Emmy Kegler, pastor, Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis

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  • Baptism
  • Children
  • Faith Formation

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