Homeschooling at Random House

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!

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5 Comments on “Homeschooling at Random House”

  1. Becky Says:

    Rebecca Rupp’s Complete Home Learning Source Book is one of my favorites — used just about weekly — and I keep hoping for a revised edition one of these days…

  2. Kate Says:

    Thanks so much for the tip! I’ve just ordered a bunch of books that you’ve reviewed and was able to add more to my list after checking out the Three Rivers site. I’ve already had some discussions with some local homeschoolers about our new homeschooling collection and have received tons of positive feedback. Several of them offered to supply the library with a list of websites for homeschoolers as well.

    My challenge now is thinking of creative ways to advertize our new collection to the homeschooling community in our area and draw more homeschoolers into the library. Any ideas anyone?

  3. Adrienne Says:

    That’s great! :) I bet the homeschoolers you talked to in the library have already gotten busy telling other homeschoolers what you’ve been up to.

    The easiest way to get the word out to the community at large is to try to figure out what organizations are operating in your area and if there are any local homeschooling electronic discussion lists. If you can figure out what’s there and who’s in charge, they’re often glad to forward emails to their group or put a little something in their organization’s newsletter. We started getting much larger responses to our programs and services in Webster (and the library system at large) when we were able to tap into these already existing networks.

    Another good way to reach people is by asking local churches if they’ll put something in their regular publications. Churches that serve significant homeschooling populations are likely to be interested and supportive.

  4. Kate Says:

    Adrienne,

    Thanks for the suggestions! I’m in contact with the head of our area’s HS association but had not thought to ask her if they had a listserv! Also had not thought about the church thing (although it seems so obvious now….) Thanks again.

  5. Adrienne Says:

    Great! Let me know if it works out. :) Tapping into these networks does really seem to be the best way to get the word out to the homeschooling community. They really like to share information with each other, I’ve found….


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