Suggested Books for Parents

Below is a list of book recommendations that may be helpful to parents (and students).  NOTE: Some of the selections are written by secular authors for secular audiences, and therefore may not align fully with our Catholic teachings and understandings.  Still, we believe the majority of content in those works offer valuable insights for the formation of young people ordered to what is true, good, and beautiful.


Catholic Formation

Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World

Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person


Classical Education

The Lost Tools of Learning: Symposium on Education

The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (Updated and Expanded)

The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods

Leisure: The Basis of Culture 


Family Formation

The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls--Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Environmental Toxins

The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It     

Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Compass: A Handbook on Parent Leadership

Successful Fathers: The Subtle but Powerful Ways Fathers Mold Their Children's Characters 

Decisive Parenting: Forming Authentic Freedom in Your Children

Parenting the QBQ Way, Expanded Edition: How to be an Outstanding Parent and Raise Great Kids Using the Power of Personal Accountability 

Boys To Men: The Transforming Power of Virtue

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons

Hero: Being the Strong Father Your Children Need

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World






Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

So Good They Can't Ignore You

How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life


Nutrition, Sleep, & Exercise

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease―and How to Fight It

The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary (Genius Living)

Go Wild: Eat Fat, Run Free, Be Social, and Follow Evolution's Other Rules for Total Health and Well-being



Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us

Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World    

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World