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Which books are famous (or should be!) for inspiring children and teens to fall in love with reading? Let's start with those "classics" first.

Posted November 7, 2015 at 9:39 PM

Brief/pithy article captures our yearning to bathe children in depth and truth!

Posted March 8, 2016 at 12:49 PM

One of the richest, most thought-provoking, and most freeing articles about learning you could ever read!

Posted July 8, 2015 at 9:43 AM

"The Old Schoolhouse Magazine" asked how CPLibrary began. Here is the article they published!

Posted March 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Brief/pithy article captures our yearning to bathe children in depth and truth!

Posted August 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

How to know if a book is "living?" It cherishes you, that�??s how. Enough said. Really, that�??s all we need to know! But a terrible thought assails my mind �?� What if you have never been cherished by a book? (First published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

Posted January 9, 2015 at 10:14 PM

In this magazine article, Michelle was asked by the TOS editors to relate her gradual discovery that living books actually make learning (and teaching!) easier, more fun, and more impactful...and how she collected the many books that would become the Children's Preservation Library.

Posted January 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM

This "reading list" for Grade 7 and 8 in Minnesota in 1908 will amaze! And then the differences from today will shock.

Posted January 17, 2015 at 11:34 PM

Sarah Clarkson, daughter of the famous Clarkson homeschool speakers, tells of learning about the mighty Oxford University library, and how it applies to all learners and all libraries!

Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

?A perplexing fate awaits a reader in an elementary school. There is no place for this strange child in classroom, library or playground."/"The librarian confiscates the book. 'Stop reading and watch this movie.'�??/"The Book Fair tables are filled with things that aren�??t books �?? pencil sharpeners, stamp art kits, novelty pens �?? and things that only look like books �?? video game character guides, Lego sets packaged in a book form, One Direction Fact Books, Power Rangers and Angry Birds advertisements disguised as 'Early Readers.' The Book Fair is a hoax."

Posted March 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Liz--a former CPL member when they lived in Michigan--here shares richly wonderful insights on the God-given power of literature to help children prepare for life.

Posted November 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Powerful comparison of deep, rich, literary reading, with merely informational web reading... (Author makes good point, but has secular worldview.)

Posted March 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The encouraging thoughts of an African-American man on his early and continued love of books!

Posted March 1, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Quick, multi--path, online reading is reducing capacity to read with focus and depth, researchers find. (You can ignore evolutionary content.)

Posted April 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

And this from a culture that worships movies....precisely because they are 'story.' Everyone knows that narrative is the means to engaging, motivating, impacting, and inspiring a student. But this truth creates, in my opinion, a terrible dilemma for post-Christian culture, because the power of 'story' implies the presence in humans of something non-material. Darwinism (which has left its adherents hungry, and searching for spiritual energy anywhere but in the God rejected by Darwinism) allows teaching only to the carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen of the cerebrum....which not only rots within four minutes of cardiac arrest, but which loses cells continuously throughout life. What a frail, short-sighted, and limited hope for education... Keep doing what you are doing, families, to put LIVING literature into your children's hands. You are serving the Lord in a mighty way by raising eternally impactful HEARTS!

Posted December 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM

A thorough listing of top "living book" series and favorite authors.

Posted January 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

A Rebirth of Liberty and Learning

Why real reading is crucial to real education, which is in turn crucial to real freedom. This PDF (which must be downloaded to your computer) was written by the president of Hillsdale College.

Posted March 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Case for Good Taste in Children's Books

Rich article about scarce quality in children's literature. (This is a PDF that must be downloaded to your computer in order to read. It is worth it!)

Posted March 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

A consideration of the ease in controlling access to eBooks, while physical books are secure and can be owned outright!

Posted April 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

An expert shares evidence on value of reading printed page, over electronic source, and gives hope for the printed book's survival once that valuable difference is understood!

Posted March 6, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Are printed books dying rapidly, as predicted? Nope. People are discovering the great "technology" of the book, wit its "long battery life!"

Posted March 6, 2015 at 3:57 PM

This ad for the Ikea print catalog, jokes about the "high-tech bookbook."

Posted March 6, 2015 at 6:54 PM

This short article finally says the truth out loud: "Turns Out that Students Like Real Books, Not Electronic Ones"

Posted November 7, 2015 at 1:56 PM

Video Links

A former CPL member, and friend to many of us older gals, shares about her love of living books, their powerful value, and the founding of her own library after moving to Virginia...even though blind and busy with six children.

Posted July 1, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Hillsdale College professor's thoughts on the great value of good reading/learning, as opposed to the degradations of the Common Core.

Posted March 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM

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