Lauren Williams is the creator of Beloved Bookshelf. She received her B.A. in English from Hillsdale College. She still remembers the swell of pride she had when using her first library card (which she must have received young, seeing as she wrote the “R” in her name backwards). She is married to her college sweetheart, Evan, and they have three daughters, whom Lauren homeschools. Apart from reading, Lauren enjoys photography, being creative, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite children’s book is The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. She dreams of opening a private library one day with an attached flower garden and putting up a sign that reads: “Please pick the flowers”.

Hello! Welcome to Beloved Bookshelf. My name is Lauren Williams.

My deep love of literature began in college, where I met professors and students who treated books not as something to be used or delighted in merely, but as the gift and treasure they are to our human flourishing. I ended up majoring in English, soaking up every class I could on the literary classics.

When I became a mother, I couldn’t wait to start reading to my children. I struggled finding quality children’s books, but then a friend recommended John Senior’s booklist for children.

I chose Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne and the Beatrix Potter tales from the list and began reading them to my daughter. Seeing the delight in her eyes, hearing the questions she began asking, and observing how her imagination grew was exciting . . . and motivating. I began spending hours searching for other resources and combing booklists, determined to find the best children’s literature I could.

Other parents expressed their interest in the titles I was finding and the seed for this project was planted. I began to review hundreds of books so that I could create the lists now available to you on Beloved Bookshelf. They are far from finished, but I hope they can bridge the gap for other parents and educators searching for quality literature.

Please say hello!

Do you need book recommendations for a specific age or about a particular topic? I’d love to help! You can send me an email at: belovedbookshelf@gmail.com

About the Books

There are many wonderful children’s books available. My children and I enjoy daily many more books than what these lists contain. That being said, on Beloved Bookshelf I share books that best reflect the following criteria.