Will Rascals Defend Our Civilization… and What Books will they Read? by William Edmund Fahey from Crisis Magazine

“…the great books demand a supporting culture—both before and after and throughout.” William Edmund Fahey

Awakening the Moral Imagination by Vigen Guroian from The Imaginative Conservative

“In [fairy tales], the virtues glimmer as if in a looking glass, and wickedness and deception are unmasked of their pretensions to goodness and truth. These stories make us face the unvarnished truth about ourselves while compelling us to consider what kind of people we want to be.” Vigen Guroian

Finding Book Recommendations

Here are a few websites and books where I have found book titles:

AmblesideOnline Curriculum

Booklists in the back of Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt

John Senior’s Incomplete Life-Long Reading List posted at Crisis Magazine

Learning Through Literature

1000 Good Books List from Classical Christian Education Support Loop My favorite site for finding recommendations of illustrated classics. Also great encouragement for reading aloud with your child.


Miscellaneous, a free resource with books in the public domain, such as The Princess and the Goblin (MacDonald), The Blue Fairy Book (Lang), A Child’s Garden of Verses (Stevenson)The Aesop for Children (Winter), and many more

Lovely children’s book illustrators: Joan Walsh Anglund, Cicely Mary Barker, Angela Barrett, Elska Beskow, Jan Brett, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Errol Le Cain, Barbara Cooney, Kinuko Y. Craft, Gyo Fujikawa, Paul Galdone, Kate Greenaway, Scott Gustafson, Trina Schart Hyman, Susan Jeffers, P.J. Lynch, Robert McCloskey, Kay Nielsen, Beatrix Potter, Richard Scarry, E.H. Shepard, Jessie Willcox Smith, Gennady Spirin, Tasha Tudor, Leonard Weisgard, Eloise Wilkin, Lisbeth Zwerger