Monday, February 13, 2012


Oh for the love of...books!

One of the homeschooling books I'm currently reading (or re-reading, rather) is Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson (2006 printing).  It's one of my faves.

(You can't look inside.  I'm borrowing this image from Amazon.)

I read this little section on page 81 yesterday, and wanted to share it with you.

"Whole Book Fever ~ This affliction is spreading rapidly throughout the home schooling community.  It is contracted through frequent contact with whole books.  There is no known cure.  Symptoms include the following:

  • You lose the motor function needed to close a good book and put it down.
  • You have an insatiable desire to browse in other people's libraries.
  • You hyperventilate with a rapid heartbeat upon finding a whole set of mint condition Landmarks with dust jackets at a garage sale.
  • You are physically not able to pass by a stack of old looking books without stopping to look at them.
  • You schedule your vacation around the annual community used book sale.
  • You begin stacking books horizontally in your bookshelves to make room for more books.
  • You fail to tell a friend about the library sale for fear of missing a rare find.
  • You buy a fourth copy of Johnny Tremain at a library sale (or Goodwill) because you forgot you had three others.
  • You actually worry about which child will get which books from your home library when you die.
  • You start a booktable business just so you can buy more books at dealer's cost."

It's funny 'cause it's true!


  1. Ahhh...books and Sally Clarkson. Two of my favorites.

  2. The second one makes me think of you, Bailey. When we had your family over for dinner (way back before Caroline), I caught you staring at all the book spines in our built-in bookcase. Right then and there, I knew you were a kindred spirit. = )