December 15, 2014

Laddie By Kimberly Wing

Laddie was one of the very first books I read when we started home schooling.  What I really enjoyed about the book was the example of the father.  He was focused on his kid’s education, but he didn’t preach about it; he set the example about learning.  He made it a priority in their lives.  He wanted his wife to be educated, but recognized her responsibilities in having a large family, so he would read to her nightly.  This impressed me greatly.  I did not have a love for reading when we started home schooling.  I knew I needed to start reading and learn to enjoy it.  My husband set the example for our family.  He would come home from work and sit down in the library and read for about four hours a night.  We could all see him snuggled up in the recliner reading.  The kids would go in and visit and sometime sit on his lap while he read to them.  At dinner he would tell us about the book he was reading and share something enjoyable about the book.  It was motivating to hear him tell a teaser about the book.  I began to get excited about some day reading that book.
We also began to do what we called “Daddy devotionals” at night, similar to the father in Laddie. Warren would pick a book like God, Family Country by Ezra Taft Benson.  He would read and then explain the book to us. We went through all kinds of books, but our favorite is always history.
  One of our big goals as a family was to understand the Constitution better and the founding fathers.  Warren started teaching Principles of Liberty classes.  The first book we started with was the 5000 year leap.  This was an eye opening book.  It helped me understand the 28 Principles the founding fathers understand and how they could put together a constitution.  We invited friends and neighbors to join in on this free class.  It helped us form a community of like minded people.  This was a key part of Laddie, their community.
I loved the idea of lead by example, especially when it’s the father of the home.  They are the Patriarch of the home and their example of loving to learn as a personal priority is huge.  Because of my husband’s example I began to pick up books and take free time to read.  I now have a love of learning and it all started with my husband’s example.  We turned off the TV and changed our living room into a library.  We bought good classical books to fill the shelves.  A love to read attitude is what we want our kids to have for the future.  And it all began with the example of the father in Laddie.

Little Women By Kimberly Wing

As the snow is falling outside I get the yearning to cuddle up in my favorite chair and pull out a good book to get lost in.  The picture of the March girls playing in the snow around Christmas comes to mind. My heart is tender towards them celebrating Christmas with their father gone off to war.  They are counting all there pennies and sacrificing while he’s gone.  They recognize the hard ship he’s going through being away from them. I relate to this part of the book in several ways.  Nine years ago my husband Warren was off serving in a war in the Middle East.  I remember being pregnant with our third daughter.  We didn’t live close to most of our family and I remember the holiday was coming.  It was a lonely thought to think we would be celebrating Christmas without my husband.  Just like the March family our means were very limited.
Our friend and family community stepped in to help us through this tough trial.  A close family friend offered to buy us tickets to Arizona for Christmas, to be with our family.  This was such a delight for us.  We would be able to curb the loneliness by being with family.  My husband told me not to worry about buying any Christmas gifts for any one in our family he had it taken care of.  I found out why the night before we left to Arizona. There was a secret knock at the door and when I opened the door there was a pile of gifts for our family.  I later learned that a close friend had offered to take care of Christmas for us.  Like The March girls example of helping someone in more need on Christmas morning by giving their Christmas breakfast away.  What a beautiful act of charity, by cheerfully giving it away.
Service is the best part of Christmas for me.  My kids get so excited about doing twelve days of Christmas for others.  Twelve nights all the way up to Christmas we leave a gift on someone’s door step that goes along with the true meaning of Christmas.  They love to watch in the distant the surprised looks on their faces.  The gift is nothing fancy or expensive but its love for the family that we are trying to express.  We look for others who are having a hard time in life and could use some cheer.  We have done this for widows, families with sick or disabled children, families whose husbands are deployed, or strangers who seem lonely.  Bring joy and happiness during the holidays to others is what makes it so memorable for us.
Christmas is now right around the corner and a new past time we have begun to start is singing Christmas songs around the piano.  I loved this part in the book where the March family gathers to sing there favorite Christmas hymns.  I started this tradition after being inspired by this seen in the book.   I look forward to continuing this tradition in our home.  Family truly is key to our happiness on this earth.

December 10, 2014

Title Swap

How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Year by Julie Ross
Unbroken by Laura Hillendale
Alicia by Alicia Applemann-Jurman
The Scorpion's Sting by James Oaks
The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lesson on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning by Nathaniel Bludorn
The Great Divorce - C. S. Lewis
Perelandra Series - C. S. Lewis
And They Were Not Ashamed: Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment by Laura M. Brotherson

December 8, 2014

Leadership Lessons from Peter and the Lion by Kami Hymas

I have read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe many times in my life and each time I see something new.  It seems at face value to be a simple children’s story, but there is so much more there if you look for it.  This time I was looking for leadership qualities.  I found them in Aslan, as you would expect, but I also found them in Peter.  They exhibited many leadership traits, but I will focus on two; humility and courage.
Everyone makes mistakes.  A leader recognizes when he has, and admits it openly.  Peter showed humility by admitting his mistakes on at least two different occasions.  The first of which was when all the children finally made their way into Narnia.  As soon as he realized he had been wrong in doubting Lucy, he apologized.  “Peter turned at once to Lucy. “I apologize for not believing you,” he said, “I’m sorry.  Will you shake hands?”  Admitting when you are wrong means swallowing your pride and humbly showing your weaknesses to others.  Another aspect of humility is taking responsibility for those mistakes.  When the children first meet Aslan, he asks them where Edmund is.  Mr. Beaver informs him that Edmund “has tried to betray them and joined the White Witch.”  Peter then steps forward and takes responsibility for his part in the problem. “That was partly my fault, Aslan.  I was angry with him and I think that helped him to go wrong.”  Peter was able to admit that he was partially to blame for what happened.  He was able to see that his actions may have led to Edmund’s wrong doing.  A leader takes responsibility for his actions at all times.  He doesn’t live in a bubble, but rather, sees how his actions affect others.  He does not excuse his mistakes, but forthrightly admits them.  Again, it takes the swallowing of pride to admit and not excuse.  Most of us want to make excuses for our mistakes because it makes us look better.  But a leader simply admits it and moves on with their head up.
Another aspect of humility a leader needs to have is the ability to let others share the lime light sometimes.  A good leader does not have to be the head honcho or big cheese in all things.  As Aslan explains his battle plan after freeing the statues he says, “Those who are good with their noses must come in front with us lions to smell out where the battle is.”  The other lion was thrilled to be included side by side with Aslan, the great leader.  Aslan’s opinion of himself was not so high that he needed to keep all the glory to himself. He was able to include others.
A humble leader can also delegate.   He lets others lead out sometimes or receive the credit.  He prepares those he leads to eventually be independent.  This is what Aslan did when he prepared Peter to fight the battle with the witch. He taught Peter everything he needed to know to carry out and lead the battle without him.  He then expected and trusted Peter to carry out those plans.  He shows that trust when they hear Susan’s horn as the battle begins and the other animals rush to the fight. “Back!” Aslan says, “Let the Prince win his spurs.” He purposely let Peter lead the charge. Great leaders work themselves out of a job eventually and are happy to do it.   Someone who must always remain in control and is prideful enough to take all the credit will never be much of a leader.  Thankfully for the inhabitants of Narnia, Aslan had great humility.
    A second leadership quality that I found in my reading this time was that of courage.  I have noticed this theme before, of course, but not as it applies to a leader.  When the children first enter Narnia through the wardrobe, Susan asks, “And now what do we do next?” To which Peter replies, “Do? Why we go and explore the wood, of course.”  And then he was the first to lead off on their adventure.  A leader has the courage to step out into the unknown.  He is willing to try new things and take risks.  In much of their adventures in Narnia, the children look to Peter as the lead not only because he is the oldest but because he has that courage and ability to take action.
Perhaps my favorite example of Peter’s courage is when he fights against the wolf to save Susan.  He sees her in danger, the wolf snapping at her feet, and though he is afraid, he rushes in to help her.  “Peter did not feel very brave; indeed he felt he was going to be sick.  But that made no difference to what he had to do.  He rushed straight up to the monster and aimed a slash of his sword at its side.”  Peter was scared, but he rushed in to fight anyway.  One of the most powerful images of courage I have ever seen is from a picture I once saw of the soldiers in WW II on the boats as they landed on Normandy beach.  The point of view is from that of the soldier looking onto the beach as other soldiers land and head to their deaths.  Underneath the picture it says, “Bravery doesn’t mean you aren’t scared.  It means you go anyway.” Peter went anyway.

The greatest example of courage in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is when Aslan sacrifices himself to the White Witch.  He made a promise to the Witch and though he could have chosen not to keep it, he shows integrity and amazing courage by keeping that promise.  A leader is willing to lay down his life for his people or those he leads.  It is the ultimate form of bravery.  The symbolism of the savior here is poignant and inspiring.  He too, courageously went to his death, refusing to shy away from the awful tasks of the crucifixion and atonement.  This he did to save all mankind.  Aslan did it for just Edmund, and I believe the Savior would have done it for just me.
It is interesting to think about how we can instill these qualities of courage and humility in our children so they can be the leaders of tomorrow.  Both are qualities that are so personal and come from down deep in the soul.  You can’t simply tell someone how to be courageous.  The full study of this question is the topic for another paper, but the answer lies in part, as it does with every other value, in studying the classics, such as the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.  When we, and our children are reading and thinking deeply about characters like Peter and Aslan, or Ender Wiggin, or George Washington, we will be changed by their courage and humility and can better develop our own.

November 14, 2014

Common Threads in Classics by Sara Sweet

Don’t you love it when common threads emerge among the various topics you’ve been studying? It’s so inspiring to find the ways things fit together and reinforce one another. I’ve lately been studying these are other materials: Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the Thomas Jefferson Education philosophies (contained in books such as Amy Edward’s LOLIPOP book and the DeMilles’ Leadership Education and Phases of Learning), Parenting:A House United by Nicholeen Peck, Commitment by Vaughn Featherstone, my canons of scripture, and a Positive Parenting class offered by the local LDS Institute presented by Carleen Tanner (whose blog can be found at

While there have been many bridges revealed to me over the last few months that connect the various ideas presented in these resources, there is one bridge in particular that has stood out to me as the most traveled between these topics. It is the idea of agency. I believe agency may be the key to unlocking many of the goals I have for my children and for myself so that we are free to develop and improve ourselves.

How easy it is to just answer a question with a straightforward answer, especially when the question is asked by a child. If we are answering with the intent to exhibit our expertise, then an accurate, thorough answer may accomplish that goal. But if our intent in answer the question is to bestow real understanding in the person asking, such an answer may not be most effective. Often the answers we seek for ourselves are the most complete and memorable. Christ often inspired this type of learning in his earthly ministries through the use of parables.

The real question we might ask ourselves is: What are our underlying goals as a parent? As a home educator? What type of child do we want to raise? What strengths to we wish to provide the opportunity for our children to develop? What will give them the wisdom and capacity to conquer challenges when we are not by their side? I submit to you that your worthy goals can only be achieved if you pursue our Heavenly Father’s plan, and not through the pursuit of His (and our) adversary, Lucifer’s plan. The path of compulsion is the path of misery and dissent. The path of free exercise of agency is the path of empowerment and self-refinement. As parents our charge is to provide the opportunities and environment in which our children can become who they are destined to become by their own choosing. By this, we effectively join Our Father’s work to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of men.

This necessity of protecting the right of our children to choose is a necessary component of Nicholeen Peck’s parenting skills. It is the key identified by Sister Tanner to inviting a child to come unto Christ, by encouraging them to interact with their Savior Himself rather than to perform required religious tasks for us. It is the secret to unlocking a love of learning that leads to true scholarship as taught by the DeMilles and Amy Edwards, as opposed to educational compulsion. It is the tool with which we place ourselves securely in Covey’s Circle of Influence, where we can become empowered to act and not to be acted upon.

Most of us must resist our desire to compel our children to act so that we may empower them to act for themselves. We must be creative in the way we structure our home to allow this preferred type of development in our precious, capable children. We are not the result of our circumstances. We are free to act, and to own both our mistakes and triumphs. With that freedom comes the responsibility to be better each day than the previous day, to set our own goals, measure, evaluate, and encourage ourselves along the path of our choosing. It is the way to wisdom, happiness, and success. Let us travel this bridge often and invite our loved ones to come along, that we can discover together our individual and collective joys.

October 24, 2014

Title Swap

Awakening to Our Awful Situation - Jack Monnett
None Dare Call it Conspiracy - Gary Allen
The 1,000 year War in the Mideast - Richard J. Maybury
WWI and WWII Uncle Eric Series - Richard Maybury
Bullfinch's Mythology
Mathematical Reasoning Supplement - Critical Thinking Company
The Story of the World Audio Cd's - Jim Weiss

To Kill, or Not to Kill - Julius Caesar

As I begun reading this play for book group, I believed that it was in the best interest of Rome to kill Julius Caesar because he was a corrupt dictator, and that the Senators should not kill Mark Antony because he was a quite side-kick.  But as the play progresses, I realized how dangerous Antony actually was.  He could pursued the citizens of Rome to follow him by promising them "Bread and Circuses."

The plotting Senators could not bring democracy back to Rome by removing one or two of its corrupt leaders because the citizens of Rome were like "sheep." This was clear in the first act in scene three when Cassius stated:

"And why should Caesar be a tyrant then?
Poor Man! I know he would not be a wolf
But that he sees the Roman are but sheep."

After Caesar was murdered by the Senators, all Mark Antony needed to do to gain the sympathies of the Roman Citizens was to pretend there were promises of free parks, money and goods in Caesar's Will. Antony then riled up the people to burn Rome and turn against the Senators.  If the people could be won over so easily by bread and circuses, then any corrupt leader could step forward and obtain power.  Even if the Senators had killed both Caesar and Antony,  Octavius (Caesar's adopted son) could then have stepped in as the new dictator with such promises of comfort.

The problem lies with the Citizens of Rome themselves.  They need to learn to think for themselves, and not just following whomever is currently standing in front of them making promises of safety and comfort.  Until each individual stands up and thinks for himself, Rome will continue to follow corrupt dictators that slowly erode their freedoms away.

To kill or not kill Julius Caesar?  I vote not kill.  Educated the people and they will remove the corrupt leaders themselves.  Stop giving them "Bread and Circuses" or they will continue to be "Sheep."  Start creating a thinking population.

August 13, 2014

At the Risk of Offence - Share Your Concerns

"Well, Captain Smollett, what have you to say?  All well, I hope; all shipshape and seaworthy?"
"Well, sir" said the captain, "better speak plain, I believe, even at the risk of offence.  I don't like this cruise; I don't like the men; and I don't like my officer.  That's the short and sweet."

How would this treasure hunt have been different if  Squire Trelawney had heeded the concerns of the captain instead of finding offence in his warnings?

Do we ever find offence when someone has the courage to disagree appropriately with us; when they warn us or try to help us see that we are on a course headed straight for disaster?

Title Swap

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Obama's America by Dinesh D'souza
A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt
Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
Tales from the Odyssey by Mary Pope Osborn

July 12, 2014

Title Swap

The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
The Life and Times of Fredrick Douglass (audio discs)
The Land - Mildred D. Taylor
Liberty and Freedom - David Hackett Fischer
Children's Classics - Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; Saint-Seans: Carnival of Animals; Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (CD)

The Prosperity of America is Due to the Superiority of Their Women

"As for myself, I do not hesitate to avow that although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is in some respects one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen women occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply,—to the superiority of their women."

June 28, 2014

“Thoughts on A Thomas Jefferson Education", by Sara Sweet

Sometimes, with the right lens fitted to view our world, it takes on a new shape and focus. Several months ago, I began reading the education philosophies presented by Oliver DeMille who, along with his wife and other colleagues, has written several books including A Thomas Jefferson Education. His assessment of the needs of children of various ages, as well as their ability and desire to forge an education of their own design, is a very different picture than the current public educational model, which system DeMille calls the Conveyor Belt. What better name for our public educational system which creates copycat thinkers whose main objective is to take their place in an expendable workforce and whose focus is on the acquisition of things and power. On the contrary, DeMille advocates an educational model based on the historic practices of many of our young country’s leaders and centered on the idea of inspiring youth to become virtuous leaders of self, family, community, and nation that he calls Leadership Education. But is such a different educational approach necessary? What kind of impact could this alternate education have in our lives, community and culture?

Recently, our family invited the missionaries serving in our church over for dinner. While visiting with these young men, I realized that they had little aspiration for the future. One wants to attend college and major in entertainment (theater) but is not sure how he would apply that education. The other is unsure what he wants to study after his mission. These boys seemed to me to have very little vision or passion for their current or future life situation. I have witnessed many young adults and young couples with little ambition as well, where they find themselves chasing what I call the New American Dream, which consists of little else than acquisition. A big house, expensive car, home theater and other forms and devices meant for entertainment, and the resulting debt from all such spending are the mediocre end goals being pursued in our day, and this only after individuals are burned out from a long period of self-indulgence during their teenage and early adult years. Marriage and children along with the rewarding sacrifices of creating and rearing a family are no longer prized, nor are the noble pursuits of charity, contribution, and as DeMille points out, the two great achievements of public virtue and liber.

If this is the reality of the younger generations, our culture is on a steep downturn. Without something to counteract the slippery slope of selfishness, apathy, and a typically lazy pursuit of indulgence, what kind of future can we expect?

Being new to theories and ideas presented by DeMille, it seems presumptive for me to represent his philosophies as the answer to all society’s ills. However, I personally feel inspired through my study to implement his theories in my home with great expectations. After reading his educational philosophies, I now envision a revised home school for our family that is filled with character building classic literature, teamwork, inspiration, self discovery, self motivation, and history (to provide a lengthy context and true compass in a world without either). I anticipate that refocusing my efforts in the home on people and processes, rather than skills and subjects, I will be able to provide the learning tools and  environment my children need to build their own vision and motivation for their futures, and the future of the communities in which the y live. I hope that through classic works and exposure to mentors both past and present, the y will develop a firm grasp on whom the y ought to emulate, and the real impact of their efforts. I also anticipate that through the ir own interested pursuits, the y will build a skill set that will have a depth and breadth only attainable through internal motivation and priority. I personally have much to learn and so much to change about myself and my home to make these worthy goals a reality, and I hope that through these efforts to do so I will lessen the distance between the ideal “self” that my children see of themselves at any given moment, and who the y want to become. In shortening the distance between who the y are and who the y want to be, I envision that they can become true leaders of self, family and community, possible even of our nation or world.

When someone asks my children ten years from now of their aspirations, as I did of the missionaries who visited our home, I envision that they will have firm answers, a plotted course, the skills to articulate and achieve their vision, and the charity to invite o the rs along on their surefooted path. If my children are able to accomplish these feats, they will have their roots in DeMille’s Leadership Education and a future that is boundless.

June 10, 2014

Title Swap

Weapons of Mass Instruction - John Taylor Gatto
Wild Swans - Jung Chang
The Child Whisperer - Carol Tuttle
The Story of the World -
Right Start Math Games

Amazing Grace
Alone, Yet Not Alone
Mom's Night Out

Web Sites
TED: Build A School in the Cloud by Sugata Mitra

June 9, 2014

How to Inspire Great Readers

Begin with Basic Tools
Did you know that over 90% of the English language is phonetically correct?  I have personally always struggled with spelling and when I heard this statistic, I wanted proof.  I found “proof” in my favorite resource, Spell to Write and Read.  I cannot give this program enough praise.  It is truly the secret to our families reading success.  You can find it at

A Vacuum of Stimulation
Just like any other habit in your life that you want to create, you must make room for it.   No child would ever pick up a book on their own if they are allowed unlimited time with Television, Movies, Internet, and Video Games. If you want to raise a good reader, it is time to UNPLUG your family and let your children become very, very bored.  This may take some time to adjust too, that I like to refer as “detoxing.”  After a week or two of no electronic stimulation, your children will be craving new ideas – and that is where books come into the picture. 

Besides too much electronic stimulation squishing any desire to read, children can also spend too much time with friends, sports, dance, and other activities such as roaming the neighborhood.  Freeing their schedule up and allowing your children to have hours of “boredom” will highly increase their desire to read quit naturally.

Did you know that the average American functions at only a 4th-grade reading level? This is the level that we read newspapers, hear and understand our media and speak daily to one another.  How do we surpass this average and start thriving at a higher level?  POETRY! Add it to your student’s daily lives through reading it, memorizing it, reciting it, and copying it.  Poetry gives us a superior form of patterns of the English language at all levels.

Time, Not Content
Great mentors help their students establish and follow a consistent schedule, but they don’t micromanage the content.  Indeed, micro-management has become one of the real poisons of modern education. Encourage students to pursue their interests and passions during their study time.  For example:  Set aside a half hour a day for your student to read, but let them choose what it is they read.

Classics, Not Textbooks
No one can deny the value of a great idea well communicated. The inspiration, innovation and ingenuity inherent in great ideas elevate those who study them.  Great ideas are most effectively learned directly from the greatest thinkers, historians, artists, philosophers and prophets, and their original works. Great works inspire greatness, just as mediocre or poor works usually inspire mediocre and poor achievement.  The great accomplishments of humanity are the key to quality education. Study original sources — the intellectual and creative works of the world’s great thinkers, artists, scientists, etc., in the form they were produced.  Refer to the “Fantastic Reads for All Ages”book list for ideas for class titles.  Introduce new classics to your student by reading them aloud together.

Audio Books
A person can often understand concepts and vocabulary at a much higher level and rate when they are listening to a book, instead of reading it.  Listening to audio books is fantastic way to introduce your student to classics, which would be too difficult for them to read independently.  (This really works! My ten-year-old son recently no only listened to unabridged production of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” he loved it too.)  Listening to great classics improves vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension.

Inspire With Your Example
Focus on your education, and invite them along for the ride. Read the classics in all fields, find mentors who inspire and demand quality, structure your days to include study time for yourself, and become a person who inspires great education.  A parent or teacher doesn’t have to be an “expert” to inspire great education (the classics provide the expertise), but he does have to be setting the example.

June 8, 2014

Fantastic Reads For All Ages

Children and Family Read Alouds
Aesop’s Fables
Andersen’s Fairy Tales Classics for Young Children and Family Reading
The Besty-Tacy Series, Maud Lovelace
The Blind Men and the Elephant Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, Karen Backstein
The Caterbury Tales, Retold, Barbara Cooney
“Casey at the Bat” Classics for Young Children and Family Reading , Ernest Thayler
Charlotte’s Web Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, E. B. White
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
Dinotopia Series Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, James Gurney
Five Chinese Brothers, Bishop
The Gift of the Magi Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, O. Henry
The Giving Tree, Shel Sliverstein Classics for Young Children and Family Reading
“God Save the Flag”, Oliver Wendelll Holmes
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Classics for Young Children and Family Reading
Just So Stories Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, Rudyard Kipling
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, Washington Irving
The Little House Series Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Make Way for Duklings, Robert McCloskey
Madeline, Bemelmans
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Burton
The Mitten, Brett
Paul Reveres Ride Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Peter Pan Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, J. M. Barrie
Peter Rabbit Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, Beatrix Potter
Pollyanna, Eleanor Porter
Rip Van Winkle Classics for Young Children and Family Reading,Carol Ottoleghi
Robin Hood Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, Roger Lancelyn Green
Saint George and the Dragon, Trina Hyman
Snowflake Bentley, Azarian
Song and Dance Man, Ackerman
The Song of Hiawatha, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
Stone Soup, Brown
The Story About Ping, Marjorie Flack
The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf
Tales from the Arabian Nights, Geraldine McCaughreanGeraldine
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears -Aardma
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Classics for Young Children and Family Reading, Frank Baum

Reads for Youth
A Door in the Wall, De Angeli
Alice In Wonderland, Carroll
Animal Farm, Orwell
The Anne of Green Gables Classics for Young Readersseries, Montgomery
Battle Hymn of the Republic“, Julia Ward Howe
The Bears of Hemlock Mountain, Dagliesh
Ben-Hur Classics for Young Readers, Wallace, Johnson
Black Beauty, Sewell
The Black Stallion series, Farley
The Book of Three, Alexander
Caddie Woodlawn, Brink
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Latham
The Chronicles of Narnia series, Lewis
The Concord Hymn Classics for Young Readers“, Emerson
The Constitution of the United States Classics for Young Readers
The Courage of Sarah Noble, Dagliesh
Davy Crockett Legends
The Doctor Dolittle Classics for Young Readersseries, Lofting
Eight Cousins, Alcott
In Flanders Fields“, McCrae
Flatland, Abbott
The Foundation series, Asimov
Frankenstein, Shelley
The Gettysburg Address,” Lincoln
The War Inevitable, Henry
The Great Brain series, Fitzgerald
Mythology, Hamilton
Hamlet,” Shakespeare
Heidi, Spyri
“The Highwayman”, Alfred Noyes
History Reborn, Anderson
I Have A Dream,” King
The Incredible Journey, Burnford
The Indian in the Cupboard, Banks
Ivanhoe, Scott
The Hobbit, Tolkein
Joan of Arc, Twain
Jo’s Boys, Alcott
Julius Caesar,” Shakespeare
The Jungle Book, Kipling
Laddie, Porter
The Little Britches Classics for Young Readersseries, Moody
Little Lord Fauntleroy, Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Men, Alcott
Little Women, Alcott
The Lonesome Gods, L’AmourThe Lord of the Rings Classics for Young Readers series, Tolkein
The Magic Bicycle, Bibee
The Man with the Hoe,” Markham
The Matchlock Gun, Edmonds
Mathematicians Are People, Too (2 volumes), Reimer
Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Atwater
Moby-Dick, Melville
National Velvet, Bagnold
Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
Old Ironsides,” Holmes
Old Yeller, Gipson
Oliver Twist, Dickens
The Road Not Taken,” Frost
The Robe, Douglas
Roll of Thunder; Hear my Cry, Mildred D. Taylor
The Sackett Series, L’Amour
Saxon Math Classics for Young Readers Series
Sounder, William Howard Armstrong
Stuart Little, White
Tarzan, Burroughs
The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funke
To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee
Tom Sawyer, Twain
Treasure Island, Stevenson
Tuck Everlastling, Babbitt
White Fang, London
The story of William Tell

Reads for Highschool Students/Adults
John Adams, “Thoughts on Government
Aquinas, “On Kingship
Aristotle, Politics Classics for Adults
Aristotle, Rhetoric Classics for Adults
Augustine, The City of God Classics for Adults
Aurelius, Meditations Classics for Adults
Bacon, Novum Organum Classics for Adults
Bastiat, The Law Classics for Adults
Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
Bronte, Jane Eyre Classics for Adults
Cather, my Antonia
Cervantes, Don Quixote
Chesterton, Orthodoxy Classics for Adults
Churchill, Collected Speeches
Clausewitz, On War Classics for Adults
Confucius, The Analects Classics for Adults
Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans
Costain, The Silver Chalice
Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
Dillard, A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
D’Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel
Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
Durant, The Story of Civilization (11 Volume Set) Classics for Adults
Einstein, Relativity Classics for Adults
Emerson, Essays Classics for Adults
Euclid, Elements Classics for Adults
Frank, Alas, Babylon Classics for Adults
Franklin, Letters and Writings
Galileo, Two New Sciences Classics for Adults
Goethe, Faust Classics for Adults
Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
Hobbes, Leviathan Classics for Adults
Homer, The Iliad Classics for Adults
Homer, The Odyssey Classics for Adults
Jefferson, Letters, Speeches and Writings
Kepler, Epitome Classics for Adults
Martin Luther King, Jr., Collected Speeches Classics for Adults
Kipling, Captains Courageous
Lincoln, Great Speeches Classics for Adults
Machiavelli, The Prince Classics for Adults
Madison, Hamilton and Jay, The Federalist Papers Classics for Adults
Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto Classics for AdultsMore, Utopia Classics for Adults
Mill, On Liberty Classics for Adults
Mises, Human Action Classics for Adults
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws Classics for Adults
Polybius, The Histories Classics for Adults
Potok, The Chosen Classics for Adults
Plutarch, Lives Classics for Adults
Ptolemy, Almagest Classics for Adults
Shakespeare, Complete Works Classics for Adults
Solzhenitsyn, “A World Split Apart
Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago Classics for Adults
Sophocles, The Oedipus Trilogy Classics for Adults
Sun Tzu, The Art Of War Classics for Adults
Thackeray, Vanity Fair Classics for Adults
Thoreau, Walden Classics for Adults
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Tolstoy, War And Peace Classics for Adults
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War Classics for Adults
Tocqueville, Democracy in America Classics for Adults
Washington, Letters, Speeches and Writings
Wells, The Invisible Man
Wister, The Virginian Classics for Adults