The Catholic Textbook Project is offering a free giveaway for the month of February in order to introduce their nationally acclaimed History and Social Studies textbooks to Catholic educators. A Textbook Sampler CD will be made available to teachers upon request.

The project’s five-volume series are geared towards students in grades fifth through 12th. The books offer an in-depth historical account “while giving full weight to the contribution of Roman Catholics across five centuries of North American exploration and settlement,” says Kevin Starr, professor of History at the University of Southern California.

Ventura resident Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., founded the Catholic Textbook Project after seeing the student need at St. Augustine Academy, where he is both a teacher and Headmaster. He enlisted the aid of scholars, educators and editors to make the coursework rigorous and engaging. 

The textbook series includes “From Sea to Shining Sea: The Story of America”; “All Ye Lands: World Culture and Geography”; “Light to the Nations I: The History of Christian Civilization”; “Light of the Nations II: The Making of the Modern World” and “Lands of Hope and Promise: A History of North America.”  Teacher manuals and student workbooks are available for each volume. 

Jeffrey Burton Russell, emeritus professor of History at the University of California Santa Barbara says, “Teachers and students who use the Catholic Textbook Project series will be happy to know that in college its readers will know more about history than many of their professors.”

For more information or to request a free CD, please call 888-610-3354 or visit