From the earliest days of the movement, homeschooling publications have largely been published by enterprising parents, small presses, and specialty publishers. This can make acquiring titles extremely difficult. Take, for example, Write Your Own Curriculum: A Complete Guide to Planning, Organizing and Documenting Homeschool Curriculums by Jenifer O’Leary, published by Whole Life Publishing, which, as far as I can figure, no longer exists. This is a straight-forward, useful, user-friendly guide, but one can only find it used, a problematic solution for most library collections. It’s the same story with so many homeschooling titles, even recent ones.
As homeschooling has grown, though, we are seeing larger publishers produce more titles and keep them in print longer. One of the most impressive lists I’ve seen is from Random House’s Three Rivers Press, which apparently acquired Prima Publishing, a publisher of several core homeschooling titles, some years back. Random House has one of the most frustrating web sites I’ve encountered (why publishers can’t get the hang of creating user-friendly web sites is beyond me), but you can find a list of some of their homeschooling titles here. I’ve read several of the Random House titles. They’re well-designed, professionally produced, and written by excellent authors. They’re packed with useful information, they tend to have at least some appeal for a wide range of homeschoolers, and they fly off the shelves in my library. If you’re just starting to build a homeschooling collection, this is a good place to find high-quality titles you’ll be able to get through your usual vendors – although I hope that eventually you’ll get to the point where you’ll want to start exploring some of those small, specialty publishers. There are some great treasures out there!