For my final review of the school year for the TOS Homeschool Crew I got a copy of Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson. This book contains a wealth of information about hundreds of children's books and stories and should be a part of every home library.
As a parent of three voracious readers, I just do not have the time to pre-read every book my children show interest in. Especially since two of those readers consume chapter books on a daily basis. We have already encountered problems with objectionable material in books that my oldest son, age nine, has read. These books had a target audience within his age range, but the content was inappropriate for the family values we are trying to instill.
Enter Read for the Heart. Priced at only $17.00, this text is essentially the "bible" of what books to share with your children. As I read through the text, I saw many familiar titles. Under titles are descriptions and other information and/or cautions about the book. I was pleased to see some lengthy chapter books that James had been eyeing at the library, but that I lack the time to read. The description and notes that followed were enough to help me make an informed decision about if the books were the right fit for James.
Although this book has a home on my reference book shelf, I fully intend to allow James to look through the titles to see if he can find any new reading material. I will be able to review the ones that he has interest in and we can request them from the library.
In addition to Read for the Heart, Apologia offers curriculum and materials in the areas of science, writing and geography, as well as an on-line academy to help you fulfill your homeschool needs.
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool reivew crew, I received a free copy of Read for the Heart in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.