I've lately been reading a couple of books that I've found wonderfully encouraging in that they celebrate bookish childhoods. Booked by Karen Swallow Prior and When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson will speak to any parent who has worked to create an atmosphere of literary inquiry in their homes. Both Robinson and Prior were voracious readers as young girls and these books speak to the role that literature played in their personal development.
Ever felt like you missed out on reading the classics when you were younger and now feel overwhelmed by the idea of tackling a "Great Books" reading list? Invitation to the Classics is one of the best resources available for anyone who is considering picking up War and Peace, The Odyssey, The Scarlet Letter or any of the books that have formed western culture. Louise Cowan, literary critic and professor, worked with Os Guinness to produce "a guide to books you've always wanted to read" and accomplished this goal beautifully. Featuring authors from Homer to Nietzsche, Chaucer to Calvin, Aristotle to Kierkegaard, this book will provide the background notes that make classic works much more accessible. This is a wonderful resource that should be in the library of every homeschooling family.
I hope you enjoy these books. If you have any favorite summer reads, fiction or non-fiction, please share below in the comments.
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