Our family loves building our home library and Library and Educational Services LLC can provide us with beautiful Reinforced Hardcover Library Binding Nonfiction books. They also carry great paperbacks like Who Is the Dahlai Lama from the Who Was….series and audiobook CDs like The Misadventures of Tom Sawyer from the Lifehouse Theater CD series, which we are really enjoying!
If you read my blog, you know my son is a huge history fan and loves audiobooks so we were delighted for the opportunity to review Who Was ….. and Lifehouse Theater CD series. In addition, we received some fun science and history books to add to our library.
Who is Educational Services LLC
Library and Educational Services LLC is a wholesaler of books, CDs, and DVDs. Though their primary customer is Christian schools and churches, they have an excellent wholesale website offering the same type of discounts that these Christian schools get to the homeschool community. They have been in business for over 40 years and have prices that are 30% to 70% lower than publisher list prices.
Library and Educational Services LLC prides themselves in reviewing all items they carry to ensure they are not contrary to Biblical standards and values. Their website provides excellent reviews and discusses opening anything that may be in question to a Christian buyer.
They offer a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, CDs, and DVDs and are an excellent resource for your Christian homeschool. There are so many titles you won’t even know where to start. But check out some of what we had a chance to look at.
Who Was …. Series
The Who Was… Series is an excellent paperback series of books that tells the biographical history of many of the figures in our history. As one of their most popular kids series, the Who Was… series is intended for kids grades 3-7. They have over 100 titles so you’re bound to find some historic figures that your student would be interested in reading more about.
Some of the historical persons that the Who Was… series covers include:
- Martin Luther King, Jr
- Mother Teresa
- Aretha Franklin
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
- And so many more!!!!!
My son decided that he wanted to learn more about the Dalai Lama, since he has been interested in religion and politics lately. He chose Who Is the Dalai Lama? himself and was excited to read the book.
The book is in good-sized chapters and was very easy to read for him. He enjoyed the topic and had something interesting to tell me each time he finished reading a chapter. The Who Is the Dalai Lama? book had 8 chapters and some pictures. My son learned a lot and said he really liked the book. He has already chosen who he would like to read about next.
If you visit the Library and Educational Services LLC website you can see all the titles they have in the Who Was… series (as well as the What Was…series and Where is….series) and can even visit WhoWasHQ website to take a fun quiz about some of these historic figures and places.
Something I thought was interesting and unique was the codes that Library and Educational Services LLC puts in their catalog and on their website to let you know about the “positive references to Christianity” in the books. Here is the key code for that references:
Many of the titles have positive references to Christianity. We have included a guide to the amount of positive references for each title. See the number indicated by the title. 1 = Up to 5 pages with references to religion 2 = 6-25 pages with religious references 3 = Over 25 pages with religious references
I thought this was very interesting and a cool way to check out the titles. For instance, the people like Martin Luther King Jr, Joan of Arc, and Aretha Franklin have a rating of 3. People like Johnny Appleseed, John F Kennedy, and Leif Erikson have a rating of 2. And Anne Frank, Thomas Jefferson, and Elvis Presley have a rating of 1. Some books do not have a rating. This does not mean they are anti-Christian; it simply means that Christianity is not prominently discussed in the book. I liked this table though.
Lifehouse Theater CDs
We received the Misadventures of Tom Sawyer CD from Lifehouse Theatre. This was a fun one! The whole family enjoyed this but then who doesn’t love Tom Sawyer?
Check out this video about the Misadventures of Tom Sawyer CD from Lifehouse Theater:
The CDs are good quality and intended for ages 8 and up. The suspenseful and fun story is a great way to enjoy this class tale. My kids love audiobooks so this audio drama was a fun one for us. We enjoyed listening in the car together on our summer trips.
Lifehouse Theater CDs has a long list of fun classics such as:
- Trapped in Aesop’s Fables
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Princess and the Pigs
- Library Bound Non-Fiction
Additionally, we received some great Reinforced Hardcover Library Binding Nonfiction books from Library and Educational Services LLC. There were so many to choose from (and at such a great price) it was hard to decide. We went with some science and history books to go along with this year’s studies.
We chose the All About Animals set for younger kids to learn about Animal Classification. My daughter really enjoyed looking at these books (and so did my son). We will definitely be using them this year as we learn about animal classification. Suggested for Kindergarten and 1st grade, these books are easy readers and full of colorful pictures.
We also chose the Bad to the Bone – set of 3 books. This series is a fun one that all my kids thought was interesting. The books include one for Mongooses, Red Devil Squids, and Wolverines.
The series talked about the surprising ill-temper of these animals that kids are interested to learn more about. Each book is full of great photographs, science vocabulary, fact boxes and interesting facts about the animals. Intended for ages 6-12, these fun books were definitely a hit.
Additionally, we decided to check out the How Kids Lived series. This book series is intended for ages 6-11 and is a great way to study a time period. Taking the perspective of kids during these time periods, the reader learns how the kids lived during these times. The 3 books in this series are:
- A Kid’s Life in Ancient Egypt
- A Kid’s Life in Ancient Greece
- A Kid’s Life During the Middle Ages
The kids enjoyed hearing about interesting facts about being a kid during these time periods. We learned what they wore, what they played, and what school was like for them, if they got to go to school at all. These books were easy to read, colorful, and full of facts. What a great way to add to the study of a particular time period.
Lastly, we chose the Looking at Europe Set of 4 – Four Eastern European Countries After Communism set. My son has had a big interest in governments and the changing world and these play right into his interests. He has really enjoyed beginning to study these. The set includes four books:
- Looking at Hungry
- Looking at Poland
- Looking at Bulgaria
- Looking at Romania
Here is what the website has to say about these books:
Though obscured for decades behind communism’s Iron Curtain, a handful of newly democratic European countries have burst into the 21st century offering much to the world. Looking at Europe, a new, full-color series, examines the rich histories of these countries, and the bright futures they have. The contents of each volume include: Introduction; History; Towns & Cities; People & Culture; Education; Cuisine; Transportation; Economy; Tourism; and Nature.
Each book is library bound, hard covered, and colorful. They are packed with some great information about these countries and how they changed after communism. Intended for ages 10 to 14, these books are quite fascinating and a great addition to our study of European countries.
Our experience with Library and Educational Services LLC is a positive one. Though we had heard of them in the past, we had not taken the time to order through them. This family-owned business focuses on customer services and providing the best books for the price. I was certainly satisfied with the quality of the books and CD and the prices were great! I would definitely recommend Library and Educational Services LLC.
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