Kathleen Long Bostrom

Receiving the 2014 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award

Summer, 2009, Florence, Italy. Found several of my books printed in Italian!

Kathleen Long Bostrom

Biography and Newest Books

I am thrilled to have been chosen to write for the beloved VeggieTales line of books!

Now Writing for VeggieTales!

Rufus and Ryan Celebrate Easter!

I've just been announced as the winner of the 2014 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award, the top honor given by the Presbyterian Writers Guild. I am so very excited! I'll receive the award this summer at the biannual gathering of Presbyterians which will be held this year in Detroit, Michigan.


Rufus and Ryan are here!

Rufus and Ryan is a new series of board books for preschoolers, featuring Ryan, an energetic little boy, and his stuffed monkey Rufus. The series focuses on religious and church concepts, as well as character traits and development. The text is presented in young Ryan's voice as he teaches Rufus about the things he is learning himself.

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!

Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers


In this humorous twist on a visit to the zoo, just who has the more interesting view? As morning dawns, the zookeeper makes his rounds, exhorting the animals to wake up, comb their hair, and stand up straight. Soon their human visitors arrive, and the observations begin to flow. But just who is talking about whom? With a clever twist of text and bright and festive illustrations, this picture book will have children begging for a trip to the zoo.

99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children - COMING NOVEMBER 2010

99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children provides fun, practical, and thought provoking ideas for nurturing the spiritual lives of children, parents, and families. Each of the 99 entries includes a Scripture passage, a theoretical or practical suggestion for weaving together faith and daily life, and a provocative challenge that encourages readers to spend some time contemplating the lessons learned.


Find 100 simple ways to nurture your spirit, with Bible verses, quotes, and places for notes. The suggestions in this book are simple and easy to incorporate into your life. Makes a great gift, too!

Now available in bookstores and online! You can let me know how you're using and enjoying the book on my blog: bostrom.wjkbooks.com. Looking forward to hearing from my readers!

Ask your local bookstore to order copies of this and my other books!

Kathleen Bostrom has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1983. She and her husband, Greg, have served as Co-Pastors of the Wildwood Presbyterian Church, Wildwood, Illinois, since 1991.

Kathy has won awards for preaching and is often requested to speak for groups and at local schools. She has published numerous articles in various journals and newspapers and is the author of over a dozen books for children. Who is Jesus? was a finalist for the 2000 Gold Medallion Award, given to the outstanding books in Christian publishing, and What About Heaven? was nominated for the People’s Choice Award. She is included in a current edition of Something About the Author (volume 139, 2003) and Contemporary Authors (volume 210, 2003) two of the premiere reference sources for information on children’s authors.

Since 1998, Kathy has served on the Board of the Presbyterian Writers Guild, and finished her term as President of the Guild in 2004.She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Society of Midland Authors.

Kathy earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey; and a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Kathy and Greg have three children: Christopher, Amy, and David.

Selected Works

children's books
Colorful and delightful picture book for children of all ages!
Non-fiction, inspirational
99 ideas for how to live life to the fullest!
A year's worth of Bible readings, devotions, quotes, and Sabbath celebrations
Just what it says - 100 easy ways to give your spirit a boost!
Children - religion
A charming board book for toddlers that tells the story of Palm Sunday.
A story to help children understand and accept a chronically ill parent. For ages 4-8
Biographies of all the Newbery Medal winners from 1922-2002
Spirituality - parenting
Excellent resources for parents, churches, everyone who loves children.
Children's picture book/ religious
Questions and answers about God, written in verse and based on Bible verses.
Children/ grief and healing
The story of the love between a grandfather and granddaughter.