Building a Culture of Reading in Your Home and Beyond

  • Embark on a lifelong journey with books.
  • Establish an atmosphere conducive to reading.
  • Cultivate habits of reading.
  • Reap rewards of reading.
  • Advance a culture of reading beyond the home.

What You Can Expect


Something for all ages.

Something for readers at every level.

Discussion of the process of reading, including factors involved in learning to read, and ways of becoming better readers.

Examination of reading in the context of the four Language Arts: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

Exploration of reading from a historical perspective, including current trends and past practices. Peeks into the past may inspire us to bring back some methods in common use a century ago.

Book recommendations, encompassing not only classics of long ago, and gems of today, but the best books from the periods in between as well. Some of the titles we recommend are available for online reading at our sister site, Gateway to the Classics. Others you can purchase at Amazon or get at your local library, while some you will only be able to  find through the used book market. We aim to tell you about the BEST books (not just those readily available), AND where to find them.

Authors worth knowing, who have written a number of wonderful books worthy of your attention.

Some posts written by me, others by insightful authors writing long ago whose thoughts I encountered in my search for old books to republish.

Lisa Ripperton
Yesterday’s Classics

About the Author

I have only one memory of being read aloud to as a child, and that was when substitute teacher Mrs. Maloney spent a whole day reading The Secret Garden to my third grade class. I was entranced! In retrospect this simple act of reading aloud had a far-reaching impact on me, not only deepening my own love for reading, but imparting a desire to share that love of reading with others. Four decades later I founded the Baldwin Project @ mainlesson.com to make some of the best children’s books available to all. That in turn led to the creation of Yesterday’s Classics, which initially published print editions of many of these classic works, and later introduced ebook editions of the same titles. ​Gateway to the Classics is my ​latest project. It now houses all the resources that used to live at the Baldwin Project, in addition to many more. Through these avenues I have given thousands of children access to hundreds of titles, some of which had been out of print for decades. With A Culture of Reading I want to introduce readers to many more titles and inspire them to spread their love of reading into their communities and beyond. You can read my full story here.