Catholic Summer Reading Contest


catholicsummerreadinglogoWe want to send out a huge thank you to Ian Rutherford and the team at Aquinas and More Catholic Goods for sponsoring our July contest here at  Perhaps you’re already familiar with their wonderful “Catholic Summer Reading” program, which promotes great books by Catholic authors.  This month at the website, they are offering you the chance to win a wonderful summer reading book for your child or teen.  Three winners will each win their choice of one of the books listed on the Catholic Summer Reading site for children or teens.

To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us how you value reading, and how you instill that value in your children, grandchildren or friends.  If you don’t have children or grandchildren, remember that this would be a wonderful gift to donate to your local parish, Catholic school or library.  Three winners will be randomly selected. To enter, leave a comment on this post by midnight on July 31, 2010.  The giveaway will end on July 31, 2010.

Please remember to visit and support our sponsors, Catholic Summer Reading and Aquinas and More Catholic Goods!

Update: Our lucky winners are Nancy (#4), Mary (#8), and Kathryn (#16). Your prizes will be sent soon.  Take a look at our other contests for more great chances to win!


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Erica Thoma on

    It’s funny this contest is offered today. I just had a discussion with my child’s teacher yesterday about how I felt “Captain Underpants” is not appropriate for school kids. I am pretty frustrated right now with the quality of books that are currently popular for kids and I’m looking for good alternatives!! Thanks, Erica

  2. I’m always looking for good and appropriate books for my little bookworms. Thanks for the great suggestions!

  3. Debbie in GA on

    My 9yo struggles with reading. I continue to search for books that she will be drawn to naturally by their inherent truth and goodness.

  4. We love reading at our house, and are always on the lookout for more great family-friendly reading. I thought the selections for all ages were great at Aquinas and More, esp. the teen ones–we have read and loved several of the teen finalists. Thanks for this great contest!

  5. My youngest, fifteen now, has a lot to read for school, but he is drawn to reading. Like anything else we have to lead by example. I believe if we pick up Christian reading material, ultimately they’ll do the same.
    Thank you Catholic Mom.

  6. Reading has always been one of my favorite pasttimes. I believe we can learn so much from a story, I have always wanted to pass my love of reading to my children, which by the way, is very hard with 3 young boys. Finding stories that promote intergrity of character and morality is very important to our family. The quality of materials is often times very poor. Thankfully, as a homeschool family we are more in touch with the Catholic greats! Thank you so much for promoting this contest!

  7. Mary Pesarchick on

    Spent hours in the library when I was a kid (no 24-hr cartoons back then! But Mom probably wouldn’t have let me sit there and watch them anyway 😉 ). Happily, 3 of 4 of my kids share my love of reading, but trying to find appropriate books nowadays–Captain Underpants, grrr!–is tough. Thanks for the link, I will definitely check it out!

  8. Throughout my life, reading has been a favorite way for me to spend my time. I thirst for knowledge. I often tackle more than one book at a time. I choose a spiritual theme, something to strengthen my human formation (like hospitality), and something practical (sewing, crafting, cooking, baking). I’ve been reading to my children since they were born. We read a variety of types of books. Every day we have a quiet hour where reading is encouraged. We have an extensive library at home. In addition, we download audiobooks from the library. I know we’ll enter the e-book arena very soon (via iPod, iPad, or an e-reader); I’m guessing by Christmas.

  9. Thankfully my children so far share my love of reading. We’ve been reading with them since babies and now head to our local library once a week to check out books. I always let them select a few and then I select a few to expand their horizons or introduce them to a new author. Lately we’ve been focusing on Founding Fathers, inventors and artists in addition to their favorites. It is wonderful to watch their world open up through a book. I’m excited to learn of more quality books out there for my children.

  10. Christine Hebert on

    I would love to get a great Catholic book for my teen daughter. Maybe I could tear her away from all of the “popular” books that way!

  11. Tamara Waters-Wheeler on

    As a mother and school psychologist, I know the importance of learning to read. So, I have instilled a love of reading in both of my children, starting at a very young age. Now my 11 year old is reading at a 12th grade level or above and I have difficulty finding suitable reading material that challenges her reading and vocabulary skills. I also want materials that promote kindness, goodness and the values that my family shares in the Catholic faith. We visit the library on a regular basis and I have been able to find some great books that my daughters and I can read together and discuss but I love coming to Catholic Mom so that I can find appropriate books that my daughers can read without me worrying constantly what is in the books!!

  12. We are a homeschooling family and love books! For the last two years we’ve been a part of a Catholic Book club and my kids and I have read some great books including many saint books and A Philadelphia Catholic in King James’ Court.

  13. Simply stated, by example! Also when my children were born till presant I have read to them and they read for themselves now also. We enjoy family reading time also. Example is key!

  14. I have 5 children and I love to read, but I can’t seem to find good books for them to read. I read all the time and the little ones love to pretend to read too. My older ones however, do not like reading very much and I would love to have the chance to give them some great Catholic books to read!

  15. Kathryn Paton on

    My 8yo has just become confident in his reading abilities. We like to share a chapter book by taking turns reading a paragraph or a page each until the chapter is done. The whole family goes to the library and just pulls good looking picture books off the shelves to fill up our bag to take home and read all cuddled in bed. I am always looking for great Catholic books to share with them because those books teach them lessons they need to learn better than I could and usually in a much gentler way.

  16. I send my three boys to Catholic schools and I am always looking for great books for them! They love to read!! They are 10, 8 and 6. Reading at night in their beds is my favorite….what a treasure it would be to have some new books to share with them!!!

  17. As a homeschooling family we do a lot of reading, but my favorite time of the day is when we read as a family at bedtime. My children are now excellent readers and so we each take turns reading.

  18. My husband and I are both voracious readers and our 3 year old has an inherited love of reading. We spend hours reading to her. Our 14 month old is developing a taste for reading as well. We are thankful for that, because for the longest time he just liked to chew on books! The two of them love to cuddle up on either side of my husband or I and be read to.

  19. Lisa,
    thanks for this. The promotion of good reading, in particular Catholic reading, is dear to my heart. I’ve homeschooled five kids throughout the past 19 years, and the best part of the day was always reading aloud at breakfast. Some days I can recall that my voice was hoarse from reading. But the memories and the knowledge imparted made it all worthwhile.

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