This morning, before a well-intentioned realtor played a game of Psych! with my day, I was raving to a friend about the fabulous, wonderful, incredible resource that is The Baldwin Project, and I realized I haven't raved about it HERE nearly enough. I've linked to it several times, but I haven't taaaaalllllked about it. And that's what I do, talktalktalk about the Delightful Resources we use for the Cultivation of Mind and Spirit. (My more dignified and hyper-capitalized way of saying "fun learning stuff.")
So. The Baldwin Project. Do you all know about this? It's books. Books that volunteers have generously devoted their time to scanning in or typing in or I don't know how they get them IN, but they're IN THERE, just waiting for you to read them to your kids. Print them out, download them, whatever you want. If you want a nice papery-smelling actual hard copy to hold in your bookloving hands, you can buy those at the project's publishing arm, Yesterday's Classics. At quite reasonable prices, I might add.
These are old books, books that went out of print or fell into the public domain. Lovely old books like Famous Men of Greece, Famous Men of Rome, The Blue Fairy Book, Among the Pond People, Tanglewood Tales, Wild Animals I Have Known, and oh how the list goes on. There are treasures here, rich books, living books, stories to make a mind soar and a heart grow.
If you're an Ambleside Online user, you probably already know about the Baldwin Project. If it's new to you, prepare to lose an afternoon—and gain aeons.