Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Omnibus V

I just got my copy of Veritas Press's Omnibus V: The Medieval World textbook hot off the press. Having taught the Omnibus curriculum for 5 years, I have nothing but praise for this series of textbooks. Students read through actual primary sources throughout history from the ancient to the modern world as well as secondary sources related to the historical time period. Along the way are excellent introductory essays to each book, and activities, recitations, and discussions for each one as well.