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011 Building a Home Library and Actively Using It

Where to even start, Strewing books, Sourcing free and inexpensive books


Episode Content Consideration:

Ambre uses the word “crap” to mean “stuff” once.

BigThink article: “A home library can have a powerful effect on children”

Study: “Scholarly culture: How books in adolescence enhance adult literacy, numeracy and technology skills in 31 societies”

Rabbit Room Press

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

PJ Library for Jewish Kids

Books reviewed and mentioned in this episode:

Affiliate links for the books mentioned in this episode can be found here.

Featured and Mentioned Books:

  • Sesame Street Dictionary- 1980

  • Mr. Men and Little Miss Picture Dictionary

  • Calvin and Hobbes

  • Andrew Lang Fairy Tales

  • Junior Illustrated Classics

  • I Touch by Rachel Isadora

  • Green Ember series by SD Smith

    “It will not be so in the Mended Wood”

    (coloring page Ambre shared about in her story)

  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • My Bookhouse

  • Childcraft

  • Young Folks Library

  • Collier’s Junior Library

  • Through Golden Windows

  • Mathematics Illustrated Dictionary by Jeanne Bendick- Ambre much prefers the vintage editions over the more modern reprint due to the lovely illustrations

  • How Much and How Many The Story of Weights and Measures by Jeanne Bendick- Ambre much prefers the vintage editions over the more modern reprint due to the lovely illustrations

  • Shepp’s Giant Library

  • The Delphian Course

  • Beatrix Potter treasury

  • Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection by Reverend W. Awdry (red cover)

  • The Glorious Impossible by Madeleine L'Engle

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Reshelving Alexandria
Stories from the Ashes Podcast
A Reshelving Alexandria podcast where we pontificate on good books and the stories that define and refine us. Join Ambre and friends as they discuss what they're reading and interview others in the literary world. We talk stories in all their forms because stories have the power to shape and change hearts and minds.
Amanda Rossman
Ambre Sautter