In Read For The Heart, Whole Books For Wholehearted Families, Sarah Clarkson follows the delightful path her parents traveled as they shared their knowledge with books such as Educating the WholeHearted Child.
I still remember how my attitude towards how to teach my child changed after reading Educating the Wholehearted Child. (If you haven’t read that one, be sure to look for that—a new edition is due out soon)
Because I had enjoyed that book so much, I was very interested to get a look at this new book by their daughter, a homeschool graduate and lover of literature.
The book is above all a reference book, with a marvelous compilation of reading list recommendations. Clarkson includes reviews of hundreds of whole and living books for children 4-14. The books are categorized by age group and topics, such as:
- Picture Books
- The Golden Age Classics
- Children’s Fiction
- Fairy Tales and Fantasy
- History and Biography
- Spiritual Reading for Children
- Music, Art and Nature
However, the book is also much more than a reference book, as the author spends time exploring the reasons for and benefits of instilling a love of reading in your home, your homeschool.
Her enthusiasm is wonderful and I recognized so many books in her listings from my childhood. Many I had also shared with my children, but some I had forgotten, so I am so pleased to have these lists! The concept is simple, but having these listings actually makes my life easier and I love it.
Whether you have voracious or reluctant readers, this book can be an invaluable tool for your homeschool planning. You can find tips on how to engage the reluctant readers, and find new ideas for great books for book lovers. I can’t recommend it enough. You can see a sample chapter on the Apologia website, as well as the Table of Contents.
The book retails for $17 and can be purchased here.
See what my crewmates have to say about Apologia, Read From The Heart
I received Read For The Heart through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.