Home Library 📚


(Beautiful old books–not ours!)

A child’s first school

Home is a child’s first school, and no school is complete without a library of some kind, even if its beginnings are the rich contents of a mother’s mind and heart.

I started my home library as a child with the scriptures, stories, songs, and art work my parents and teachers shared with me. Each Christmas and birthday I was given books, music, and art as gifts. I continued to collect these as I grew. Bookstores became some of my favorite shopping destinations. At college, I could spend hours browsing in the bookstore. (Sigh. I still love to go there! It can be dangerous. I have to use lots of self-discipline not rationalizing spending money on more books instead of something more important, like groceries….Rats.)

Book-themed bridal shower

When I was engaged, I was given a bridal shower, the theme of which was children’s books. I LOVED it!

And so over my lifetime, and after giving books as gifts to each of our seven children, we have gathered a library that has been the source of hours upon hours of learning and pleasure in our home.

Piles of books

Home library

One year not so long ago, when we got bookshelves for our current home, I organized all our books into categories, so that I could find specific ones when needed. (In theory, our children also could return them to where they could be found again. Notice: theory.)  I’m still working on labeling all of the sections with stickers. But it has been really fun to have them so easily accessible, since we use them in so many ways.

Powerful ideas, careful selection

I am VERY choosy about the books I select for our library! I want the best content, the best prose, the best illustrations. If you are raising an amazing child (=every child), then you want to plant the best ideas in their minds. Words and ideas are powerful, and children’s minds are fertile planting grounds for growing wonderful character, plans, families, communities and world societies.

Unfortunately, no home library can contain all that is wonderful in the world of literature, and so I have always been so thankful for public (and now, online and hand-held) libraries wherever we’ve lived. The Orem Public Library, to which we have access, is a model for children’s libraries the world over! We LOVE it! Someday, when my children are grown, I would like to help build libraries in other homes and cities. (So many dreams to grow! Such a short life!)

In April 2019 I learned about a website called Libraries of Hope that is a free online library. It’s an incredible resource for families! I highly recommend it. While you build your own home library, I hope you visit Marlene Peterson’s valuable resource.

Home Library Index

Go here to browse our home library index: a listing by title (someday by author and subject) or books I recommend. Each listing has a link to its own page that includes a book review. 

RACFLP (Friendship Library Project)

I started a special project in 2018 called the Raising Amazing Children Friendship Library Project.  I share books with others who in turn read them, comment on them, and share them with their friends. Those who receive books can comment on them either on Instagram (@RACFLP) or on the book’s index page here on my blog. 

If you would like to be a part of this project, email me! When I am able, I will send you a book to read and share!

If you would like to donate new books or money to help pay for books, also email me. I’d love your help!

Below are subject-specific lists that I hope will be helpful to you.

If you are looking for a book to give to a child with a specific interest and would like a recommendation, email me! Liz(at)raisingamazingchildren(dot)com.

Book lists

For indexes of the books I have reviewed, check on theses pages:

I also have a page that lists my reviews of magazine and news articles.

Happy Library-Building,

Liz 🙂

P.S. Do you know the poem “The Reading Mother?” If not, go here.

We also listen to a lot of wonderful music. To see music we recommend from our home music library, go here.

We love wonderful movies! To see some of our recommendations, go here.

Two posts about literacy: The Rewards of Literacy Span Generations; Give Them Wings to Fly.

2 thoughts on “Home Library 📚”

  • Hi Liz!
    My name is Natalie Rix and I am a member of the church. I tried emailing you but the message failed to send, so I’m trying this.
    I am learning French and went searching for an audio form of the Book of Mormon and couldn’t find one anywhere until…. I came across your website! I love your recordings! Your voice is so lovely and soothing to to listen to. I was so excited to start…but I found it stopped after some chapters. I was disappointed. Are you going to continue the recordings? You are the only one that sounds good! I found ONE other person that does it but it doesn’t sound as authentic as your voice! Please consider finishing the recordings!! I would even consider paying for them!

    • Hi Natalie! Wow, thanks so much for your comment! I will email you! The Church used to have a recording of the Book of Mormon but doesn’t have it available anymore. I also wish they did–I would listen to it as well! I would never want to be paid for making recordings, but I will keep recording some and will share them with you. It takes a lot of time, and my French is really imperfect, but I will try to get back to it. I wish a native Francophone would do this for both of us. 🙂 All the best, Liz

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