Book Nook: Reading Lists for Budding Patriots

There are a lot of really good books available but the process of finding them can be a little overwhelming; and then there is always the frustration of wondering whether or not you can trust the source.  There is also the issue of time.  And what about those of us who aren’t “into reading”?

We considered all of these things when compiling the Classic 12 Reading list.  Our goal was to create a list of books that were high interest, easy to read, not cumbersome in length, and which contained the ideas and principles that will promote liberty—so that, by just reading one book a month, at the end of year, you would have a firm understanding of the principles of liberty and gain a love for our nation’s unique history and heritage.  After much thought and consideration, we feel confident we have achieved our purpose with the Classic 12. Once you read these books, if you like more exciting, thought-provoking reads, we add an additional 12 for our Classic 24, 36, and 48.

If you have participated in Cottage Meetings, you will notice that some of these books are already included as part of the Cottage Meeting program as core resources or supplemental reading.  This, we feel, is evidence of the quality of the books listed and the value we place on them. So open a book and enjoy the adventure!



The 5000 Year Leap: A miracle that changed the world by W. Cleon Skousen

Raising A New Generation of Patriots: A Garden Allegory by Marlene Peterson, Tammy Hulse, Kimberly Fletcher

Stories of American History *by Mara L. Pratt (available at Libraries of Hope)

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Giver* by Lois Lowry

Freedom Factor by Gerald N. Lund

Preserve, Protect and Defend by Cameron C. Taylor

Seven Miracles that Saved America by Chris & Ted Stewart

Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille

The Alliance* by Gerald N. Lund

The Bulletproof George Washington* by David Barton

Patriots In Petticoats * By Patricia Edwards Clyne

*Great for family read aloud



The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

A Wrinkle In Time * by Madeleine L’Engle

The Thieves of Tyburn Square * by Elizabeth Fry

How to Kill 11 Million People by Andy Andrews

WOMEN: America’s Last Best Hope by Kimberly Fletcher

The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel

Stories of Christopher Columbus* (Freedom Series from Libraries of Hope

Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World by Chris & Ted Stewart

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

The Miracle of America: Birth of A Nation* by Brian P. Troter, William S. Norton and Helen Thomas Robson

Restoring the Art of Storytelling in the Home by Marlene Peterson

The Proper Role of Government by Ezra T. Benson  and/or Keys to Good Government by David Barton

*Great for family read aloud



The Discovery of Freedom by Rose Wilder Lane

Stories of the Pilgrims * Freedom Series from Libraries of Hope

Defeating the Totalitarian Lie  by Hilmar Von Campe

Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay

Stories of George Washington *(Freedom Series from Libraries of Hope

The Law: Power, Liberty, and the Proper Role of Government by M. Frederic Bastiat

Leadership & Self-deception by Arbinger Institute

The Story Bible * published by Libraries of Hope

Wives of the Signers by Harry Clinton Green, Mary Wolcott Green and David Barton

Majesty of God’s Law  by W. Cloen Skousen

The Peacegiver by James L. Ferrell

Unlikely Heroes by Ron Carter

*Great for family read aloud



Fishers of Men (first volume in the Kingdom and the Crown series) by Gerald N. Lund

The Making of America by W. Cleon Skousen

The Real Thomas Jefferson and/or The Real Benjamin Franklin  both by Andrew M. Allison

The Covenant: One Nation Under God by Timothy Ballard

Promises of the Constitution by Pamela Romney Openshaw

Freedom to Choose by Milton Freedom

Bonds that Makes Us Free by C. Terry Warner

Our Sacred Honor (first in the Prelude to Glory Series) by Ron Carter

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck

Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek


Freedom Documents

Of course it goes without saying that to gain a clear and true understanding of liberty, the document that established us as a nation and the one with which all our laws and government are based must be considered mandatory reading. 

Declaration of Independence

Constitution of the United States