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The following books are recommended for parents or others interested in learning more about Rivendell’s philosophy and the origins of “why we do what we do.” This list is by no means exhaustive, and books are listed in no particular order.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
The Light Princess, The Princess and Curdie, and other stories by George MacDonald
For the Children’s Sake, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
Joy at Work, by Dennis W. Bakke
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, by Wendy Mogel
Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp
Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong, by William Kilpatrick
Teaching Redemptively, by Donovan L. Graham
Anatomy of the Soul, by Curt Thompson
Parenting with Love and Logic, by Jim Fay and David Funk
The Price of Privilege, by Madeline Levine
Engaging God’s World, by Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
The Power of Mindful Learning, by Ellen J. Langer
A Vision With a Task—Christian Schooling for Responsive Discipleship, edited by Gloria Stronks and Doug Blomberg
The Disappearance of Childhood, by Neil Postman