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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Books to Share

This section of our website is devoted to book lists that you can take to your library. The lists are sorted by Category, Subcategory and then Topic.

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Books to Share List

  • Born To Fly: How to Discover and Encourage Your Child's Natural Gifts
    by Thom Black
    ISBN: 0310402816
    As "Story Lady" I find myself inclined to pick up children's literature or picture books much more often than "grown up" material, but as I was browsing the book store shelves, just such a book caught my eye. It must have been the cartoon on the cover ). Born To Fly: How to Discover and Encourage Your Child's Natural Gifts is not a typical parenting how-to book. It is engaging and even entertaining while being very thought provoking. While we would consider it absurd for Mama Penguin to attempt to teach her chicks to fly or for Papa Blue Jay to expect his brood to swim, this book points out that we often do just that with our fledglings. While keeping Proverbs 22:6 in mind, author Thom Black shows us practical steps we can take to train up our child in the way he should go—not in the way we would like to (re)make him. This book, written by a Regular Joe, is user-friendly. Since he isn't an expert, you won't find any psychobabble in its pages. Instead, he uses real-life examples which emphasize the uniqueness put into each child by God Himself—for His purposes. The insights, while being profound and provocative, are also stunningly simple. I highly recommend this book to any parent genuinely interested in learning how to "train up your child in the way he should go, [so that] even when he is old he will not depart from it." It wouldn't surprise me a bit if you close this book with a renewed respect for your children. I did.
    Review by Susan Himelright
  • Heart, a Cross, and a Flag, A America Today
    by Peggy Noonan
    ISBN: 0743250052
    "This is a book about love." So begins Peggy Noonan's enormously moving collection of her post-September 11 Wall Street Journal commentaries. On the morning of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Noonan began writing, and produced at least one essay every week through September 11, 2002. These candid, compassionate and sometimes heart-wrenching pieces are full of insights and observations picked up throughout the country -- on experiencing the return of religious faith to a great modern city; on how the events influenced our perceptions of what it means to live in New York, or to be a man, or to take part in a community. Taking her own, her city's and her country's pulse, she administered a welcome dose of humanity, affirmation and inspiration, quickly attracting a large and loyal readership. This first draft of history -- a record, written on the ground, of what it felt like to be an American that day, and the days after -- balances the immediacy of the tragedy with its broader meaning for our world.

    Noonan, the bestselling author of When Character Was King, brings to these articles her unsurpassed powers of description: walking on the streets and riding on the buses of Manhattan in the hours and days following the attack; watching, along with most of the country, the televised reportage, public announcements, expert opinions and tributes; witnessing our "post-incident heartache" and anxiety, as well as the "spirited gaiety of New Yorkers at this time in history." By training our gaze on everyone from firemen, Catholic and Muslim mourners and the President to news anchors, bus drivers and school kids, these essays not only depict America in all its beautiful and diverse strengths but serve as an emblem of such.

    At once elegant and tough, elegiac and proud, outraged and tender, full of street smarts and down-home wisdom, this book will help Americans understand their emotional and intellectual responses to those devastating events. For everyone who felt scared, saddened, outraged and humbled but not defeated by the horror of that day, here is a balm and an apt tribute to what we lost and what we learned about ourselves.
  • Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America's Military Families
    by Ellie Kay
    ISBN: 0764227890
    Filled with actual stories of Ellie Kay’s and others’ life in the military, this encouraging book provides helpful guidance to families on active duty and insight to their extended families, friends, and churches. From her perspective as the wife of an air force pilot and mom with five school-age kids, the author includes practical ideas on how to cope with frequent moves, pre-deployment readiness, and how to stay in touch when families are separated.
  • Sign Me Up! The Parents' Complete Guide to Sports, Activities, Music Lessons, Dance Classes, and Other Extracurriculars
    by Stacy M. DeBroff
    ISBN: 074323541X
    Amazon.com Stacy DeBroff offers hope and help for parents with a child whose schedule resembles a Stanley Kaplan cram course. Sign Me Up offers a sane alternative, urging parents to use extracurricular activities to find a child’s "sweet spot--and unlock their true potential." Her first step is nailing parent peer pressure. As she explains,"the question what do you do for work? has been replaced by asking what activities does your child do?" DeBroff offers wise counsel for holding your ground and choosing activities to help your child develop and mature, rather than packaging them for college applications. She establishes a balance between the goals of activity (discipline, self-discovery) and the value of downtime (spontaneity, self-motivation). Her advice features quotes from parents and coaches, and focuses on the details of hundreds of family friendly choices including lacrosse, chess, ballet, archery, drumming, and cartooning. Each activity is explored in terms of time, cost, competition and fit with a child’s temperament and skills. Debroff also includes smart ideas about thorny issues such as how to be a spectator and what to do when your child wants to quit. This excellent book would have been strengthened with more details about volunteering and community activities outside of scouting. If after-school activity is about enriching maturity, DeBroff might encourage parents to sign up their children to help repair the world. --Barbara Mackoff
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