An Educator’s Guide to Another Turn Used Books

By Debi Polen I remember spending nearly all of my summer break as a home educator planning lessons for the upcoming school year. After a few years of personal experience in home educating in Pennsylvania, I learned that it was best to begin early, such as in April, because many of the homeschooling curriculum fairs [Read More…]

Today in History: The War of 1812 Begins

This day (June 18) in 1812 marks the beginning of the War of 1812 after the U.S., under the presidency of James Madison, declared war on Great Britain. There were three major reasons for this declaration: Britain’s economic blockade of France, the capturing of American seaman and forcing them to serve in the British Royal [Read More…]

American Civil War

April is a significant month in American history: The American Civil War began on April 12, 1861, and ended when Confederate General Lee surrendered to Union General Grant on April 9, 1865 (although the last shot was fired on June 22, 1865). To aid in your study of this pivotal war that defined our country, [Read More…]

Presidents of the United States of America

In honor of the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th President, we’ve listed all of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States of America in the order of their terms. The outlines the powers of the offices. The mini-catalog that we’ve compiled is of “US Presidents,” but if you’re interested in the [Read More…]

Featured Books: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

Once in a while, we like to read or hear good news, something uplifting and inspiring. If there isn’t any on your current news feeds, try out these books that are meant to inspire, comfort, and bring hope in contrast to a seemingly endless stream of bad news in dark times. We’ve got the following [Read More…]

Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man and His Causes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. photographed by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. LC-DIG-ppmsc-01269 In honor of the upcoming birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (the third Monday in January), we’ve gathered the titles that we currently have in our catalog that might be [Read More…]

Today in History: Slavery Is Officially Abolished in the US

The 13th Amendment On this day (December 18) in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was officially adopted. This amendment states, “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” It was former Confederate States of America member Alabama that ratified the amendment [Read More…]

Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures

Did you know that on August 12, 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovered three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota, and that they turned out to be part of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered? They named the 42-foot, 65-million-year-old dinosaur Sue after its discoverer. You can study dinosaurs [Read More…]

Today in History: Neil Armstrong Makes Giant Leap for Mankind

That’s one small step for a man — one giant leap for mankind. — Neil Armstrong, First Man to Set Foot on the Moon July 20, 1969: American Astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. Were you watching the event on television that day, as so many around the [Read More…]

The Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776 In honor of our nation’s Independence Day (July 4th) celebrations, we’ve gathered up the titles that we currently have in our catalog that have been tagged with “Declaration of Independence.” We’ve also created a list of the men who are considered Founding Fathers who signed this historical document ( didn’t sign this [Read More…]

Today in History: D-Day

Today (June 6) in 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower directed history’s largest invasion force to land on the beaches of Normandy in France. Although the invasion didn’t go exactly as planned, it was still a major victory in the effort to free Europe from the Nazis. Products in Our Catalog about World War II Below [Read More…]

Today in History: The United States Enters World War I

Today (April 6) in 1917, the United States entered World War I. The war itself had already begun in 1914, but President , along with the vast majority of Americans, wished to remain neutral. After a series of attacks and several American deaths at sea, however, the U.S. Senate voted 82 to 6 to declare [Read More…]