Ready to add a Catholic twist to your read aloud routine? These Catholic saints books for July will keep you busy during these long lazy days of summer.
Come and take a look at some of our favorites!
July 1st – St. Junipero Serra
If you’re from California, you’ll likely recognize this saint quickly. St. Junipero Serra’s work in California is unprecedented — establishing 21 mission churches and baptizing over 6,000 people.
The Mission Bell
Song of the Swallows
The First Californian: The Story of Fray Junípero Serra
Serra: American Founding Father
Junípero Serra: Founder of the California Missions
Bl. Junipero Serra from Saints of the Americas Coloring & Activity Book
California Missions Coloring Book
California Missions to Cut Out
July 3rd – St. Thomas, the Apostle
St Thomas is the namesake for one of our twin boys, so he’s a beloved favorite here in the Kennedy home. Find out more about him with these selections.
July 4th – St. Elizabeth of Portugal
July 6th – St. Maria Goretti
St. Benedict – July 11th
“Ora et labora” – Pray and Work. Even my preschooler can recite these lines from St Benedict. He’s the patron saint of students and Europe. His Rule of Saint Benedict still directs religious life after 15 centuries.
Saints and Their Stories
Lives of the Saints: An Illustrated History for Children
Saints: Lives and Illuminations
Saints for Boys
An Alphabet of Saints
St. Benedict, Hero of the Hills
St. Benedict: The Story of the Father of the Western Monks
Citadel of God: A Novel about Saint Benedict
July 12th – St. Veronica of the Veil
July 14th – St. Kateri Tekakwitha
St Kateri was the first Native American to be recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church. She serves as the patroness of ecology, the environment, and Native Americans.
July 15th – St. Swithin
July 16th – Our Lady of Mount Carmel
July 22nd – St. Mary Magdalene
Present with Christ during his public life, ministry,death, and resurrection, St Mary Magdalene is one of the greatest Biblical saints and an example of God’s mercy and grace.
She is the patroness of converts, repentant sinners, sexual temptation, pharmacists, tanners and women, and many other places and causes.
July 23rd – St. Bridget of Sweden
St Bridget of Sweden was a wife and mother to eight children. Following the death of her husband, she founded the Bridgettine Nuns. This order spread throughout Europe, with monasteries from Scandinavia to Italy.
July 25th – St. Christopher
Considered a saint, but not in the OFFICIAL canon of saints? You’ve happened upon St Christopher.
He’s listed as a martyr, but there are no primary sources about St Christopher, only legends.
Regardless, his medals and devotions are among the most common in Catholic circles. He’s known as the patron saint of travel and all things related and against sudden death.
July 25th – St. James the Greater
One of the first disciples of Jesus, they met on the shores of Galilee.
After Jesus’ Ascension, James preached the gospel in Israel, the Roman kingdom and Spain.
July 26th – St. Anne
As mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus, St Anne is a saint that I lean on, as a model for motherhood and raising a holy family.
July 29th – St. Martha
Oh Saint Martha! How many of us can identify with you, being distracted by all the things that need to be done? Let us follow your example, and simply serve Jesus.
She is known as the patroness of servants and cooks.
July 31st – St. Ignatius of Loyola
This Spanish saint began his career as a soldier. After a series of injuries and operations, he focused his efforts on becoming a soldier for Christ. Contemporary of St Francis Xavier, he founded the Jesuits and is known to be the patron saint of soldiers and the Jesuits. Adult students can look to him as well — he finished his degree at 43! (perfect for homeschooling mothers who are learning right alongside their children!)
Do you have favorite Catholic picture books that you pull out during July? I’d love to hear about them!