My Favorite Books…on Education


Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly  — Francis Bacon

Books, Books, and more books.  On most days, I carry a bit of guilt for thinking throughout the day about the evening hours when I can sit down and jump back into a book I’m reading.  Or the stack that I can’t wait to jump into.  I’m a slow reader, though, and it often takes me much longer to get through something than I hope.  Maybe that means I’ll remember more!

As it turns out, many of my favorite books— or at least the ones I’ve been drawn to the past few years— are about educating children. These books have shaped the way I have and continue to parent, form, and shape my children. A child is not just an object or machine to fill with information but a whole person created by God. So, what do we fill our children up on? Many of these books have given me a vision for filling up our family’s life with great books, imagination, nature, music, art and other beautiful things. I will also post a list of our favorite children’s books too. For now, I hope these will bring life to you and your family.

On Educating Adults

The Well-Educated Mind:  A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had – Susan Wise Bauer
The History of the World Series (The History of the Ancient World) – Susan Wise Bauer

On Educating Children

Ten Ways To Destroy The Imagination of Your Child – Anthony Esolen
When Children Love to Learn:  A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today – Elaine Cooper
Caught Up in a Story:  Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books and Imagination With Your Children – Sarah Clarkson
The Liberal Arts Tradition:  A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education – Ravi Jain & Kevin Clark
Read for the Heart:  Whole Books for Whole Hearted Families – Sarah Clarkson
Honey for the Child’s Heart:  The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life  – Gladys Hunt
Tending the Heart of Virtue:  How Classic Stories Awaken A Child’s Moral Imagination – Vigen Guroian
A Charlotte Mason Companion:  Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning – Karen Andreola
Deconstructing Penguins:  Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading – Lawrence Goldstone
For the Children’s Sake:  Foundations for Home and School – Susan Schaffer Macaulay
Last Child in the Woods:  Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder – Richard Louv

On Homeschooling

The Well Trained Mind:  A Guide to Classical Education at Home – Susan Wise Bauer
Educating the Wholehearted Child – Clay & Sally Clarkson

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