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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Product Review: Salem Ridge Press

Salem Ridge Press is a publishing company, established in 2005, dedicated to bringing back quality children’s books of the 1800’s and early 1900’s for a new generation of readers. As a member of the TOS Homeschool Curriculum review group, I was fortunate enough to receive some of their publications. I received these publications free of charge in exchange for an honest review on this blog.

In an age when it seems that anyone can get a children's book published, Salem Ridge Press publishes books that teach godly character and high moral values. They strive to be an example of wholesome behavior to young people. As a mother of an avid young reader, I was excited to see what kinds of offerings they had and to learn about the standards of the company. James LOVES to read, and it is so hard for me to know what books are appropriate for him and in accordance with our family values. As the mother of four young children, I don't have the time to read every book he has an interest in.

Although I received three publications for free (two E-Books and one actual physical book), I was curious about the other books the company has to offer. After all, these are the types of books I have been searching for and I had never heard of this company before being chosen for the review.

I was so surprised to view the listing of book titles the company has to offer. They have over 25 books currently available. The website is so user friendly and you can search for books by title, author, time period, or age of your child. The time period alone is impressive. Books taking place in ancient times all the way into the 1700's. Click here for a complete listing of book titles.

All the titles undergo a rigorous review by the company before republication. Due to this, I would say that many (if not all) of these books are appropriate for all ages of children, especially for family read-a-louds. Although younger children may lose interest in the story (Henry, age 4, certainly did), you do not have to worry about the story containing inappropriate content. For the three books that we received, Young Robin Hood, Soldier Fritz, and Down the Snow Stairs, I would recommend a fourth grade reading level or above if the child is reading them independently.

Salem Ridge Press makes it extremely easy to obtain their books. So easy, in fact, that I am a little embarressed that I had never heard of the company. All of their titles are carried by major book distributors or can be ordered online from or If your interested in the E-Books of their titles, they are available at TOS Magazine's Schoolhouse Store. The E-Books are very cost effective, but if you are like me and prefer an actual physical book, then be sure and shop around. I found quite a price difference between book retailers when I was looking into some of their titles.

So what did my avid reader think about the books from Salem Ridge Press?

James breezed through the physical book that we received. I asked him to tell me about it and he summarized each chapter with amazing clarity and animation. When I asked him what he thought about the book, he shrugged his shoulders and stated it wasn't his favorite. A very common answer from him. When I questioned why he was so animated in the retelling if he wasn't that impressed with the book, he shrugged again and stated, "I guess it was okay."

My Final Thoughts

This is definitely a company that I will revisit in the future. The product is high quality and the price is very reasonable. I would definitely recommend Salem Ridge Press to my friends and family as a source for good children's reading material. Click here to visit the Salem Ridge Press Website.

1 comment:

Angela said...

That is amazing that this company isn't better known! What a great find! I going to check this out!