If you’re like me, the library was, and still is, one of the favorite all-time stops for my kids and me. The very mention of going to get books brought nothing but glee and smiles to the faces of my kids. (One of my daughters is now a nanny for a young family. Guess where she takes the kids at least once a week?)
I knew that I needed some sort of plan before we hit the road. Choosing books at the library is like walking down the cereal aisle at the grocery store…too many choices! What’s a mom to do?
My heart has always been drawn toward history. Perhaps it’s because I was born into a home with four grandparents and a great-grandmother who lived to be 100 years old. Whatever the case, sticking to ancient books and classic literature always appealed to me.
As my children grew, I found that they were hungry for history as well. Not only did we talk about those four great-grandparents of theirs, but the graceful great-great-grandmother I had adored in my youth.
Follow your heart at the library and let your children follow theirs. Go with a general idea of what you’d like to study (i.e. – ancient Egypt, the Vikings, World War I,…) and then turn the kids loose to see what they can discover. Mine always found way more interesting stuff than I ever could!
Timeline of Classics was born out of such library trips. In fact, six years of scurrying through the stacks, listening to a new book on tape on the drive home, and lugging the library bag into the house for three weeks of wonder and delight drove me to make the big book list!
No need to knock yourself out searching for lists. Instead, check out the REVIEWS page for Timeline of Classics. Read for yourself how these ladies have simplified their studies of history through literature!
I love this advice from C. S. Lewis:
It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
What’s your best library advice?
Preview Timeline of Classics