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No one can deny the value of a great idea well-communicated. The inspiration, innovation and ingenuity inherent in great ideas elevate those who study them.

Great ideas are most effectively learned directly from the greatest thinkers, historians, artists, philosophers and prophets, and their original works.

Great works inspire greatness, just as mediocre or poor works usually inspire mediocre and poor achievement. The great accomplishments of humanity are the key to quality education.

A “classic” is a work — be it literature, music, art, etc. — that’s worth returning to over and over because you get more from it each time.

There are many popular lists of classics; and each person, as he or she logs time with the great works of history will hopefully develop his or her own personal classics list.

To edify your family culture of life-long learning, we especially recommend the following titles. Each of these exemplifies a family that is unified in their vision and application of the principles of Leadership Education. Plus, they’re fun to read together!

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Family Education Reading List:

  • Little Britches, Moody (this whole series is fabulous)
  • Understood Betsy (shows the journey of a child who has lost her love of learning, to becoming a confident love of learner)
  • Little Men (the principles of Leadership Education are in full display)
  • Little House in the Big Woods (a virtual textbook on Core Phase)
  • Farmer Boy, Wilder (again–the whole series has wonderful lessons to shape and heal families)
  • Laddie, Stratton-Porter (starts a little slow for some readers, but the treasures in this book are soooo worth it!)
  • Cheaper by the Dozen, Gilbreth (energetic and parent-inspired excellence!)


As you develop your Personal and Family Classics Reading Lists, you might want to review the following as a good starting place.

AdamsClassics for Young Children and Family Reading

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There is treasure in the shared experience of family reading. Nothing can compare with the time we spend together–hands busy and mouths still–listening to a beloved story.

Here are some ideas for titles that can be read together as a family, or for very young readers. Some are more appropriate for Core Phase, some for Love of Learning, etc. You be the expert on your family!

Check out these titles at your library!
An Amazon.com link* is provided for your convenience so you can learn more about each title, read customer reviews, or purchase, if you want to buy your own copy.

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Classics for Young Readers

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Here is an introductory list of books that may be of interest to the Love of Learning, Transition to Scholar and Scholar children; please review and categorize according to your family’s criteria of appropriate literature.

Check out these titles at your library!
An Amazon.com link* is provided for your convenience so you can learn more about each title, read customer reviews, or purchase, if you want to buy your own copy.

*Affiliate links: While your price remains the same, any purchases made on Amazon.com that originate from these links result in tjed.org receiving a portion of the proceeds. So if you’re planning to shop Amazon, please start here! Thanks for supporting TJEd.

Classics for Adults

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Here is an introductory list of books that you might want to include on your list of classics.

Check out these titles at your library!
An Amazon.com link* is provided for your convenience so you can learn more about each title, read customer reviews, or purchase, if you want to buy your own copy.

*Affiliate links: While your price remains the same, any purchases made on Amazon.com that originate from these links result in tjed.org receiving a portion of the proceeds. So if you’re planning to shop Amazon, please start here! Thanks for supporting TJEd.

Math Classics for Kids

Click here for adult math resources and a list of “Why to Study Math”

The Yahoo Group “Living Math Forum” is a great place to discuss and share TJEd-friendly math and math resources with others. Join by clicking here.

Check out these titles at your library!

An Amazon.com link is provided for your convenience so you can learn more about each title, read customer reviews, or purchase, if you want to buy your own copy.

Affiliate links: While your price remains the same, any purchases made on Amazon.com that originate from these links result in tjed.org receiving a portion of the proceeds. So if you’re planning to shop Amazon, please start here! Thanks for supporting TJEd.