ESSENTIAL READING LIST 2013 PDF Print E-mail
In the Library
Based on 33 years of homeschooling and the hundreds of books that we have read over the years, Candy and I can emphatically state that the following books, CD's and  DVD's are the most important materials you will ever use to teach your children God's truth and providential working through history. In fact, the vast majority of our days are spent in reading, studying, discussing, and copying notes from these very materials. More than anything, other than the Bible, these materials have had the greatest impact on our lives, transforming the way we think and live. We are eternally grateful to God for instructing us with these books and hope that these resources bless your family as much as they have ours.  
 
LEADERS ARE READERS
Essential Reading
Safely Home by Tom Eldredge
The Second Mayflower by Kevin Swanson
The Essential Arthur W. Pink Collection
Profiting From the Word by Arthur W. Pink
Our Accountability to God by Arthur W. Pink
By This Standard by Greg Bahnsen
The Institutes of Biblical Law by Rousas Rushdoony
Law and Liberty by Rousas Rushdoony
The Dominion Covenant by Gary North
Tithing and Dominion by Edward Powell and Rousas Rushdoony
The Foundations Of Social Order Studies in the Creeds and Councils of the Early Church by Rousas Rushdoony
Pilgrim’s Progress (unabridged) by John Bunyan
The Holy Spirit John Owen
The Fading of the Flesh and the Flourishing of the Faith by George Swinnock
The Sinfulness of Sin by Ralph Venning
The Mortification of Sin by John Owen
Penitent Pardoned by Christopher Love
All Loves Excelling by John Bunyan
The Character of an Upright Man by Richard Steele
The Great Gain of Godliness by Thomas Watson
Keeping the Heart by John Flavel
Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs
The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Doolittle
The True Believer by Jonathan Edwards
The Almost Christian Discovered by Matthew Mead
My Brother’s Keeper by James Alexander
The Crook in the Lot by Thomas Boston
Blood of the Moon by Dr. George Grant
The Deadliest Monster by Jeff Baldwin
Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave by Dave Breese
The Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum by Rousas Rushdoony
Always Ready by Greg Bahnsen
Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man Herman Witsius
The Foundations of Social Order Rousas John Rushdoony

Essential Resources
From Terror to Triumph: Proven Strategies of History To Triumph Over the Terrors of Our Time DVD's by Marshall Foster
1828 American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster (This book contains a great biography on Webster)
Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentaries
Westminster's Catechism
Westminster's Confession
Timetables of History by Bernard Grun
The History of the World B.C. and A.D. CDs or DVDs from Vision Forum
Meet the Puritans by Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson
The Gift of Music by Jane Smith and Betty Carlson
Music and Moments with the Masters by David and Shirley Quine
Music Masters CDs
 
Essential Reading/DVDs for Studying the Reformation
(The Reformation is the foundation of American government and America’s providential history; resources are given in chronological order for study.)
Sketches from Church History by S. M. Houghton
Morning Star of the Reformation by Andy Thomson
Ink on His Fingers by Louise Vernon
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton
The Obedience of a Christian Man by William Tyndale
The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by Scott O’Dell
The Great Christian Revolution by Otto Scott
A Heart Promptly Offered: The Revolutionary Leadership of John Calvin by David Hall
The Institutes of Christian Religion by John Calvin
The Mystery of Godliness by John Calvin
The Calvinistic Concept of Culture by Henry Van Til
The British Josiah: Edward IV by Dr. N.A. Woychuk
For Kirk and Covenant: The Stalwart Courage of John Knox by Douglas Wilson
St. Bartholomew’s Eve by G.A. Henty
Scots Worthies by John Howie
A Scottish Christian Heritage by Iain H. Murray
America’s Providential History by Stephen McDowell
The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel
Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford
The American Covenant by Marshall Foster
Isaac Watts: Father of English Hymnology by Dr. N.A. Woychuk
Glory and Honor: The Musical Artistic Legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach by Gregory Wilbur
Messiah: A New Look at the Composer, the Music and the Message by Dr. N.A. Woychuk
Jonathan Edwards by David Vaughan
The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven Lawson
The Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield by Stephen Mansfield
The Forgotten Heroes of Liberty-The Chaplains and Clergy of the American Revolution by Joel Headley
Political Sermons of the Founding Era edited by Ellis Sandoz (Liberty Fund)
The Making of George Washington by William Wilbur
The Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton
Patrick Henry: Life, Correspondence and Speeches, Volumes I, II, III by William Wirt Henry
Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor by Charles A. Goodrich
The Christian History of the American Revolution by Verna Hall
The Battle of Lexington: A Sermon and Eyewitness Narrative by Rev. Jonas Clark, Pastor of the Church of Lexington
The Roots of the American Republic by Reverend E. C. Wines
The Bible and the Constitution of the United States of America by Verna Hall and Rosalie Slater
The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America: Christian Self Government by Verna Hall
God and Government series by Gary DeMar
Christianity and the Constitution-The Faith of Our Founding Fathers by John Eidsmoe
George Washington’s Sacred Fire by Peter Lillback
The Federalist Papers in Modern Language Indexed for Today's Political Issues Edited by Mary Webster
Institute on the Constitution-Uncovering the Foundations: The American View of Law and Government DVD by Dr. John Eidsmoe
Institute on the Constitution-A Study on Christianity and the Law of the Land CD's by Dr. John Eidsmoe
Institute on the Constitution-by The Law Offices of Peroutka and Peroutka
Introduction to Christianity, Law, and Culture DVD from Vision Forum Ministries
The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States by Benjamin Morris
The Importance of the Electoral College by Dr, George Grant
Betrayed By the Bench-How Judge-made Law Has Transformed America's Constitution, Courts and Culture by John Stormer
Essential Reading for Studying the Civil War
The War Between the States: America’s Uncivil War by John Dwyer
Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee by J. Steven Wilkins
Life and Letters of Gen. Robert Edward Lee by Dr. J.W. Jones
All Things for Good: The Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson by Steven Wilkins
Life and Campaigns of Lieutenant General Thomas Stonewall Jackson by Robert Lewis Dabney
Christ in the Camp by J. William Jones
A Girl’s Life in Virginia Before the War by Letitia Burwell
From Bull Run to Appomattox by Luther Hopkins 
 
Other Books for Your Study
For the Temple by G.A. Henty
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
Medallion by Dawn Watkins
By Pike and Dyke by G.A. Henty
Resolute in the Face of Persecution by Robert Pollok
Crown and Covenant Trilogy by Douglas Bond
Faith and Freedom Trilogy by Douglas Bond
Mr. Pipes series by Douglas Bond
The Minute Boys of Lexington and the Minute Boys of Bunker Hill by Edward Stratemeyer
The Boys of ’76 by Charles Coffin
Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
John Adams by David McCullough
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
 
Great Books for Boys
The Holy War by John Bunyan
John Newton: The Angry Sailor by Kay Marshall Strom
Tiger and Tom and other Stories for Boys
A Friend in the Dark by Ruth Adams Knight
Hostage Lands by Douglas Bond
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sergeant York and the Great War edited by Richard “Little Bear” Wheeler
Yonie Wondernose by Marguerite De Angeli
Billy and Blaze series by C.W. Anderson
Cowboy Pup by Carole Etow
Cache Lake Country by John Rowlands
The American Boy’s Handy Book by Daniel Beard
Tan Your Hide by Phyllis Hobson
The Handbook of Knots by Des Pawson
Back to Basics Reader’s Digest Building with Stone by Charles McRaven
 
Great Books for Girls
The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls
Letters to a Daughter by William Sprague
Grandma’s Attic series by Arleta Richardson
Hind’s Feet for High Places by Hannah Hurnard
Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
 
Great Books for Children
The Millers books: Wisdom and the Millers, Storytime with the Millers, Prudence and the Millers
You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano
The Cozy Book by Mary Ann Hoberman
All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
The Little Country Town by Jandelyn Southwell
Brambly Hedge books by Jill Barklem
Minnikin, Midgie, and Moppet by Adelaide Holl
The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
In the Garden: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
Oddhopper Opera by Kurt Cyrus
Autumn: Poems, Songs, Prayers
North Country Night by Daniel San Souci
The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader
 
Creation
Jonathan Park audio CDs 
 
Great Cooking Books
Victoria at Table with Family and Friends: Treasured Recipes for Memorable Meals
Victoria Sweet Baking
The Gift of Southern Cooking by Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis
Great Health Book
The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin

Great Garden Books
Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham
The Chef’s Garden by Terence Conran
Let It Rot! by Stu Campbell
The Practical Rock and Water Garden by Peter Robinson
 
Recommended Websites for Those Books You Cannot Find at the Conference
 
Lamplighter Books for the Family
Melody
The Lamplighter
A Peep Behind the Scenes
Sir Knight of the Splendid Way
Titus: A Comrade of the Cross
Christie’s Old Organ
Clean Your Boots, Sir?
Tom Watkin’s Mistake
A Hedge of Thorns
Basket of Flowers
Amy and Her Brothers
Rosa of Linden Castle
The Inheritance
Mary Jones and Her Bible
Boys of Grit
 
SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS
Doorposts Character Book
Patch the Pirate CDs
Men of Science, Men of God
Moody science videos
Jonathon Park Creation CDs
Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers
Dover Coloring/Sticker/Paper Doll Books (These are great books for children to color while you are reading about the particular subject: Medieval Castles, Cathedrals, Colonial, Early American Trades, American Revolution, Lewis & Clark, Civil War, Cowboys, Old-fashioned Farm Life… The sticker books are great for Science: Birds, Flowers, Forest Animals, Frogs and Toads, Insects, Horses, Reptiles, Solar System…)
Draw Write Now
Hide ‘em in Your Heart scripture memory CDs
Nature’s Workshop Plus (we have personally enjoyed most of the following): coonskin hats, powder horn, suede vest kit, suede leather moccasins kit, leather pouch kit, rabbit fur pouch, pocket knives, compass, rifles, Birdsong Identiflyer, binoculars, birdhouse construction book, beginning birdwatcher’s book, bird sticker book, bird feeders, magnifying glasses, ant farm, frog hatchery kit, butterfly net, insect mounts, insect sticker book, insect books, nature readers, nature coloring books, eco journals, nature games, field guides, rocks/minerals, weather books/kits, science kits, microscopes, lab equipment, Apologia curriculum, Moody science videos, paint by number books, paper making kit, wood project kits, woodburner/woodburning pattern books, character books, readers, coloring books, mazes, puzzles, stencil books…
 
GAMES
Our Favorite Family Games
Around the World in 80 Days
Axis and Allies
Bosworth
Cathedral
Dutch Blitz
Genoa
Herd Your Horses
King’s Cribbage
Oltre Mare
Othello
Parcheesi
Pinochle
Pit
Quarto
Risk
Royal Hearts
Rummikub
Scotland Yard
Sequence
Sequence-States and Capitols
Star Wars Epic Duels
Stratego
The Farming Game
Ticket to Ride
Traverse

America
Great States
Mad Dash
Made for Trade (Colonial America)
Oval Office
Snapshots Across America

Cutest Game Ever
Peter Rabbit’s Paths and Burrows

Games with Friends
Pictionary
Scattergories
Taboo

Gardening
The Garden Game

Geography
10 Days in USA
10 Days in USA
10 Days in Europe
10 Days in Africa
10 Days in Asia
Name That Country
Spelling
Spill and Spell
Scrabble
Wordigo (fast paced Scrabble)

Version of Bridge
Abridged

CURRICULUM AND SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES
The following is given to new homeschoolers to help give them some direction. Because we used very little curriculum, I can only endorse A Beka and Bob Jones from my personal experience. However, the other materials that I have listed come highly recommended from other homeschooling parents whom I respect.

Traditional Textbook Approach
A Beka-especially phonics, consumable math workbooks, history
Bob Jones-especially readers, spelling, language
Christian Liberty Press
Unit Study Approach
KONOS: All subjects point character traits using the Do, Discover, Drama, Dialogue, and Drill method, but at some point you must teach history chronologically.
Weaver: Weaves the academics around scriptures; comprehensive, multi level, color-coded grade levels.
Independent Study Approach
Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)
Alpha Omega

Computer Approach
Alpha Omega’s Switched-On Schoolhouse

Very Popular
Apologia Science
Easy Grammar
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Learning Language Arts Through Literature
Math-U-See
My Father’s World Curriculum
Sing, Spell, Read and Write
Spelling Power

Foreign Language
Audio Forum
The Learnables

Reading for Dyslexia
Writing Road to Reading

Accelerated Distance Learning
Accelerated Distance Learning by Brad Voeller
College Without Compromise by Scott and Kris Wightman
www.collegeplus.org

Writing Helps for Left Handed Writers
Zaner-Bloser, www.zaner-bloser.com/