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Before Austin Comes Aesop: The Children’s Great Books and How to Experience Them

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Before Austen Comes Aesop is a unique work that presents an in-depth examination of the stories and poetry that have made the most profound impact on the lives of children throughout Western history--the "Children's Great Books." This is a research based list of the crème de la crème of children's literature.

In this rare, multi-level resource, parents learn how to help their children experience these timeless classics through three "adventures."

Parents seeking a relaxed but meaningful approach to the Children's Great Books can choose between the leisurely adventure and book club(ish) adventure. They are designed to promote a love of reading and an appreciation of good books through cozy hours of solitude or lively discussion.

The scholarly adventure is designed for home school parents and other literature educators. It offers a sequential method for studying literature using fundamental principles common to most literature programs.

Parents can choose from both an elementary method and a secondary method, and use it in place of structured, guided programs year after year. A variety of appendices can be used as supplemental aids.


  • Before Austen Comes Aesop
  • Written by Cheri Blomquist.
  • Published by Ignatius Press, March 15, 2021. 
  • 1.2" H x 8.9" L x 6.1" W (0.97 lbs) 230 pages
  • Softcover