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How do I know my child’s reading level?

Click here to download our reading assessment. Please note that our reading level assessment is different from our language arts level assessment.

Do the books contain any profanity, potty language, violence, magic, or anthropomorphic animals?

The Good and the Beautiful library books are free of profanity, taking God’s name in vain, potty language, violence, magic, or anthropomorphic animals (animals that act like humans). The Good and the Beautiful does not have a statement on magic or animals that act like humans, and whether that is right or wrong. We encourage others to make that decision themselves. However, for our curriculum and our library, we have chosen to keep everything in the natural realm that God created.

(Note that there are a small number of books on our book list (not books we publish in our library) that contain some magical elements, and they are all noted with a specific symbol.)

Where do these books come from? Who are the authors?

The Good and the Beautiful Library mainly republishes wonderful books from the late 1890s through the 1960s that are engaging and of the highest-quality but have gone out of print. We also publish some books from the 1970s to modern times that are out of print or expensive to buy. In addition, we publish classic and modern-classic books. Books are unabridged, but removed of any profanity or inappropriate language and have updated spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This is so that children may learn correct spelling and grammar from reading. We also publish original books by authors of today, especially for Beginner Books, Level 1A, Level 1B, and Level 2 books.

What is the review process for deciding which books to republish?

Over 130 million books have been published in modern times, the vast majority having gone out of print. The Good and the Beautiful intensely researches and purchases books that have gone out of print, receiving an average of over 200 in the mail each month, many of them being the last copy available anywhere or costing a good deal. The books are prescreened by a group of about 25 reviewers, who weed out books that are boring, inappropriate, or of low quality, and rating all the books. Jenny Phillips then reads the top-rated books and selects those for publishing that she also gives top ratings. Out of the 200 average books reviewed each month, only 2–8 are chosen for republishing. We are truly bringing back the best literature, books that deserve to be read and treasured by families today.

What books in the library are integrated into The Good and the Beautiful Curriculum?

Use the filters on the library page to select or deselect books that are integrated with the curriculum. If you are planning on using The Good and the Beautiful curriculum, it is strongly suggested that you do not have your children read books integrated with the curriculum until they complete the course.

Are there any discount opportunities for purchasing a large volume of books?

There are no volume discounts at this time.

How will I know if The Good and the Beautiful adds new books to the Library?

Join our “The Good and the Beautiful Library Email List” from our homepage. Not more than once a month, you will receive an email with new book releases, promotions, and/or other information on the library.