A Literary Education book

I am so happy to announce that I finished my book! A Literary Education: Adapting Charlotte Mason for Modern Secular Homeschooling is now available for purchase at Amazon! This project has been in the works for over a year and I am so excited to release it into the world!

If you are wondering how to make the Charlotte Mason philosophy work in your modern secular homeschool, this is the book for you. In A Literary Education, I share my 14 year homeschool journey and how I have adapted her methods to work with my children.


Amazon description:

Have you researched Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education but discounted it as old-fashioned and overtly religious? Then this is the book you need to read. In A Literary Education, Emily Cook lays out how she has brought Miss Mason’s ideology into the modern age for secular homeschoolers. In conversational prose she discusses the key tenants used in Charlotte Mason homeschooling and explains how to make them work for your family. You’ll read about:

· Living books and how to use them
· Reading aloud: the why and the how
· Nature study in the 21st century
· How to inspire creativity in your children
· How to get the most out of the preschool years
· How to combine children of multiple ages
· And much more!

In A Literary Education, Emily shares her 14 year homeschool journey and how she has learned to take Charlotte Mason’s method of home education into the 21st century to give her children a beautiful living books education.


Here is the Table of Contents so you can see what topics are included:

Chapter 1 – The Charlotte Mason Method
Chapter 2 – What Makes a Book Living?
Chapter 3 – The Importance of Reading Aloud
Chapter 4 – Reading Aloud: Making it Happen
Chapter 5 – Teaching Academics with Literature
Chapter 6 – Literary Language Arts
Chapter 7 – Education in the Early Years
Chapter 8 – The Habit of Reading
Chapter 9 – A Happy Mess: An Outlet for Creativity
Chapter 10 – Getting into the Out-of-Doors
Chapter 11 – Putting It All Together: Creating Rhythm to your Days
Chapter 12 – The Art of Combining: Teaching Multiple Ages Together
Chapter 13 – “An Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life” Creating an Educational Environment
Afterward: A Love Letter to my Children
Appendix: Favorite Books by Grade Level

I hope you all enjoy my book! Happy reading!


The book is available directly through Amazon. You can purchase a physical paperback copy with Amazon Prime shipping and get it in about 2 days, or a Kindle e-book directly to your Amazon Kindle reader within a minute. (Don’t have a Kindle yet? Get yours here.)

A Literary Education: Adapting Charlotte Mason for Modern Secular Homeschooling (Paperback)
$14.99

A Literary Education: Adapting Charlotte Mason for Modern Secular Homeschooling (Kindle Edition)
$9.99

(Please note: These items are only available through Amazon.com, and are not subject to BuildYourLibrary.com discount codes, or combined in the shopping cart here. Sorry 🙁 )

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Amazon Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars  Reads as if we sitting in a coffee shop having a discussion…
By Amber Carter on May 28, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

Great read! I really enjoyed getting to see more into her head and more about how her homeschool runs. Thank you Emily Cook.


5.0 out of 5 stars  This book is a wonderful overview of not only Charlotte Mason’s methods
By Christina C. on May 30, 2017
Format: Paperback | Verified Purchase

This book is a wonderful overview of not only Charlotte Mason’s methods, but also strategies for implementing a more modern version in our homes. I have been a follower of Emily Cook and her Build Your Library curriculum for a few years, so this is a perfect addition to the wealth of ideas and resources that we have gleaned from her. I highly recommend!


5.0 out of 5 stars  Great book! I feel less like I’m reading and…
By Jason A. Schwartzon June 2, 2017
Format: Paperback | Verified Purchase

Great book! I feel less like I’m reading and more like I’m chatting with a friend. I love the idea of Charlotte Mason but it seemed so dated and just not exciting for my family. Emily changes that for me and shows that it can be fresh and new. I would recommend this book.


5.0 out of 5 stars  Perfect book for homeschooling newbies
By A reader on June 5, 2017
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At last a Charlotte Mason book that is not only readable, but makes the Charlotte Mason method seem DOABLE. This is the book I wish I had when I started out 13 years ago. It offers reassurance that you ARE doing enough and solid advice on how to get things done.


5.0 out of 5 stars  Read it the day I got it!
By megan1230 on June 5, 2017
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I was super excited to get this book. I was in a desperate, boring hole of homeschooling and my six year old hated it. I cried all the time and thought about sending her back to regular school.

I bought BYL Kindergarten mid-year and it saved my homeschooling! I found a friend in Emily in her love of books and reading. I was wanting to pass that on to my child and BYL gave me a way.

I’m so glad Emily wrote this book because it was an in-depth look into what homeschooling can look like. I read the book in a couple hours, I was so excited! I feel much more invigorated!!


5.0 out of 5 stars  YOUR LITERARY JOURNEY BEGINS HERE
By Hana on June 10, 2017
Format: Paperback | Verified Purchase

Emily Cook does a fantastic job bringing the Charlotte Mason educational philosophy into the 21 century. It’s packed with practical applications, personal stories and best of all, book recommendations! For anyone who is struggling with where to start with the Charlotte Mason educational philosophy or how to bring in more quality living books into your homeschool, this book is for you. It will explain how to make your curriculum literature based rather than textbook based and how that can enliven and inspire your students. She makes it so simple to do this, you’ll wonder why it ever seemed so daunting before. Emily’s interpretation of the philosophy makes it suitable for secular and nonsecular homeschoolers. She’s also included modern technology in the mix as well as modern living books rather than limiting the selections to living books from over a century ago. This book is an easy read, and it’s packed with resources.


5.0 out of 5 stars  Insightful, engaging, super helpful
By MK on June 13, 2017
Format: Paperback | Verified Purchase

This book is so wonderful! Thank you for publishing this and sharing all your wonderful ideas with the rest of this. Anyone interested in Charlotte Mason education or just a fresh, engaging way to home school should add this to their cart NOW! Don’t wait!


5.0 out of 5 stars  A great book to see how “easy” implementing the Charlotte Mason method can be.
By UsedCollegeTextbooks on June 13, 2017
Format: Paperback | Verified Purchase

Wow, super thankful for this book! I’ve read most of the Charlotte Mason theory books, but the theory made it hard for me to truly picture how to adapt and use it for homeschooling. This book is exactly what I needed. It breaks down the subjects Charlotte Mason focuses on but then gives real world examples of tools and methods to use. I’ve strongly leaned towards the Charlotte Mason method, but this book helps me see how easy it can be used with the right planning. As a bonus, I liked that it sort of stayed away from being super religious since I’ve wanted more of a secular look at this method.


Have you already purchased and read A Literary Education: Adapting Charlotte Mason for Modern Secular Homeschooling? We would you love to hear what you think and share your thought with others – Please feel free to leave a product review below in the comments or at our Amazon product page! Thanks for your support!


Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-10 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 14 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also makes incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.