Borrowing books from the library is great, and sharing books within the family is great, but once children are old enough, it’s important for them to have books of their own that don’t belong to anyone else. For classic literature of all kinds, we are very partial to the Dover Thrift Editions, which combine editorial quality with very low cost.
There are hundreds of Dover Thrift Edition titles available. For example, here are three different poetry anthologies that together contain many of our weekly homeschool poems: Great Short Poems, 100 Best-Loved Poems, and 101 Great American Poems. They overlap a little bit, but you can get all three for just $11 total.
Classic novels, plays, poetry, ancient literature, history, political science, religion, philosophy, science, and much more have all been included within this series, and more continue to be added each year. They are a great way to build up an affordable paperback library of classic literature for your students.
Somewhere out in homeschool-land there is a student right now who is primed to discover Thoreau, or The Iliad (which Thoreau loved), or Little Women, or Leaves of Grass, or Sherlock Holmes, or Beowulf, or maybe the Federalist Papers. (Really!) Yes, they can check them out from the library. But there’s nothing like having a copy of your very own. 📚
What literary discoveries have you and your students been making in your favorite bookstore or library this Cygnus Term? 😊
❡ Books in the running brooks: The sidebar on the River Houses website has links to several wonderful online library collections that we like to explore. Why not sit yourself down at a large screen for a while (rather than a phone) and give them a browse. 🖥
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