Friday, May 27, 2011

Read for the Heart ~ A Review

I recently had chance to review another great item published by Apologia ~ Read for the Heart:Whole Books for Wholehearted Families by Sarah Clarkson.

read for the heartThis inspiring 384-page book is chock-full of helpful information regarding how to make reading good books a part of your home atmosphere.

I love how this book is organized.  The first three chapters provide an introduction to both the author and why reading should be an important part of ours and our children’s lives. 

The fourth chapter tells us how to use this book and is aptly titled “A Roadmap for Using This Book”. 

The rest of the chapters in Read for the Heart contain booklists for different genres of literature.  In these chapters Miss Clarkson provides detailed book lists and book reviews for books that she recommends be on your bookshelves.  Each book review includes the author, date of original publication, awards received {if applicable}, illustrator {if applicable}, general age category, a short review, and cautions regarding content {if necessary}.

Each of the books contained in these lists are books that Miss Clarkson has either read personally or books that come highly recommended by trusted sources.  Sarah also cautions that there are many “…excellent, classic books” that are not included in Read for the Heart

The books I list are mostly the beloved companions of my own childhood.  Your reading exploration may begin with the books listed here, but there are hundreds more waiting for your discovery.

Miss Clarkson also includes a number of helpful appendixes at the end of Read for the Heart.  These appendixes provide booklists of Caldecott Medalists, Newbury Medalists, G.A. Henty titles, Landmark History titles, and Trailblazer Series titles. 

My Thoughts

I am a booklover myself, and I endeavor to create booklovers of each of my kiddos.  I sincerely appreciate Sarah Clarkson’s heart for reading, and it definitely shines through on the pages of Read for the Heart.

I enjoyed the way Miss Clarkson wove stories of how books affected her childhood into the pages of Read for the Heart.  Her writing quickly drew me into the book, I had a really hard time putting it down :).

The way that this book has been organized makes it quite simple for me to pick it up and quickly find a booklist that matches my needs, whether I am searching for a wholesome and fun picture book to read with my 4yo, looking for a new family read-aloud, or preparing a booklist for history and biography titles to add to our history studies.

More Information

Read for the Heart is available for purchase on the Apologia website for $17.00.

You can access a preview of the table of contents and a sample chapter from this page.

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I received a free copy of Read for the Heart in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion of the book.  I did not receive any further compensation for my review.


Wendy62 said...

This sounds like an awesome book, and very useful resource. I'm adding it to my wish list!!


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