Classics provide invaluable first-person historical context, teach new vocabulary, and develop critical thinking skills. And, perhaps most importantly, they comprise the bedrock of Western thought and discovery in subjects from philosophy, science, history, law, government, art, and more. Classics can spark imagination, deliver insightful moral messages, and prepare students for higher education.

LightSail has brought 3,500+ of the most widely acclaimed fiction and non-fiction works in history together in LightSail Classics. This curated collection of books represents the most relevant literature to Western culture, from Ancient Greece, to Medieval England, to Revolutionary Russia, to Progressive America. This collection encompasses the most thought-provoking and delightful works for readers, preschool through adult, all enhanced with LightSail’s seven layers of educational features, like full dictionary integration and action clips.


Click on a classic to experience . . .
. . . how children on LightSail answer one of the thousands of thought-provoking questions written by highly experienced educators and designed to spark critical thinking and a deeper analysis of the text than just reading alone.

A Tale of Two Cities
Anne of Green Gables
Pride and Prejudice
Romeo and Juliet
The Secret Garden
The Velveteen Rabbit
Twelve Years a Slave

Sample Book Questions


Author: William Shakespeare

Included in the book:

8 Multiple Choice Questions

  • RL.3, Location 28%
  • RL.5, Location 44%
  • RL.2, Location 66%
  • RL.2, Location 85%
  • RL.1, Location 100%

3 Short Response Questions

  • SNE, Location 18%
  • MIT, Location 35%
  • SNE, Location 100%
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How many parent accounts are included with a child's license?

Every family account includes two Parent Accounts.

I am part of a homeschool group and we share teaching responsibilities. How can I access those accounts?

LightSail has created a Teacher/Coach role that can connect with multiple accounts. This is available as an add-on purchase. This account acts as additional parent with full teacher control to all connected accounts.

Is your platform only Faith-Based?

LightSail is available for both Faith-Based and Secular families. A parent can choose to allow or hide faith-based content including Unit Studies. LightSail has created hundreds of faith-based Unit Studies, Bookmarks, Quotations, and Memory Modules.

If I want to purchase a book with your Premium Books Shop, do I have to buy a copy for each license I purchased?

No, when you purchase a book using our Premium Books Shop, you only need to purchase one copy for your entire family. Your purchase includes unlimited checkouts.

How does LightSail’s ChildSafe protection work?

At LightSail, a parent’s ability to oversee their child’s online experience and align it with their faith and values is of the utmost importance. To this end, LightSail contains an entire suite of parental control features and never-before-seen ChildSafe Content Controls giving parents ultimate peace of mind.

These content controls contain dozens of nuanced subcategories for potentially objectionable material based on both maturity and religious factors. Then, it shows parents if a book contains a reference to any of those subcategories and allows them to block or allow single titles or entire subcategories for each child individually. Our ChildSafe Content Controls offer unprecedented insight into and control over the content your children consume without the need to read every book in advance.

  • Block or allow individual pieces of content.
  • Block or allow entire subcategories of content.
  • Require a child to request parental approval before opening entire subcategories of content.
  • Block, allow, or require requesting parental approval for all Classics library content.
  • Block or require requesting parental approval for all unrated content.

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We are LightSail for Homeschoolers—a complete language arts platform built on the shoulders of LightSail Education, advancing the literacy skills of K-12 students in public, private, and charter schools since 2012.


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