Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Salem Ridge Press Review


If you think some of the best children’s literature was written before 1950, you’re not alone. Salem Ridge Press brings wholesome, exciting, well-written children’s literature of the 1800s and early 1900s back into print.

Salem Ridge Press has very stringent guidelines for portraying boy/girl relationships (absolutely NO kissing, let alone anything else questionable), only modest clothing, no derogatory language, and no misleading business dealings. Their motto is Philippians 4:8, “Whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (KJV). You can hand your child any book published by Salem Ridge Press without worrying about previewing it for appropriateness.

The books published by Salem Ridge Press fall under a few select categories: inspirational, historical fiction (church, world, and American), allegorical, adventure, and young readers. Most books appeal to both boys and girls. Their Web site has all of the books categorized so you can choose books to go along with your history or Bible studies if you wish. Each book has a short, but thorough, synopsis, and you can even download a free sample chapter. While the prices (reasonable) and ISBN numbers are listed, the books are not for sale on Salem Ridge Press’s Web site. Instead, you are directed to a number of homeschool business that sell their books. They are also available at major retail bookstores, Amazon.com, and BarnesAndNoble.com.

The founder is a homeschool graduate himself, so he knows what homeschooling families look for in good literature. Both of my children (ages 10 and 13) enjoyed the three books we received, Glaucia the Greek Slave, The White Seneca, and Mary Jane—Her Book. I enjoyed knowing that they were reading good, wholesome literature.