I must start out with an apology: I promised, quite a few weeks ago, to post what we have been reading and have procrastinated for so long that I have two new novels to add to it! I apologize to those of you who have been waiting on pins and needles 😉
Before I post the list, however, I want to talk about reading lists in general. Within the different homeschooling groups to which I belong (mostly online) there often arises the question: Does anyone know of any good reading lists? It is a valid question, and reading lists are great, but sometimes they can be overwhelming to look at and underwhelming to read through. One such book for me that is on so many MUST READ Children’s Lit. lists is Good Night Moon. Maybe it is a favorite of you too, but I must admit that I do not enjoy it or own it myself. I don’t want to say “good night” to everything in the room before going to sleep. I want my head to be filled with great stories to dream about all night long! But, hey, that’s me!
What ever lists you look at, and whatever books you choose, don’t feel that your tastes have to match up with the general population’s in order for you to be a seasoned reader. Enjoy what you enjoy, read a variety (especially to your children who are still developing their own tastes), and suggest what you love to others.
My personal favorites, as far as children’s reading lists go, are actually the lists of books that are used in our writing curriculum: Writing With Ease published by Peace Hill Press. Passages from each book are used throughout the curriculum, so it is easy to see which books our kiddos will be most interested in and it contains books from many different subject matters and time periods.
For picture books, I like to look up the free lapbook projects available at http://www.homeschoolshare.com. Many of them go along with great books that my kids have really cherished, and the lap booking along with it really encourages that love of learning and relating what you have read to different areas and facts of life (we did a great study on spiders along side the book Sophie’s Masterpiece). This site also includes some chapter books.
A list that I have recently come across (thanks to one of those homeschoolers who asked for a list and got a few replies) is a website: http://www.abookintime.com which compiles lists of books chronologically (by subject matter, it seems). This is still a new one for me that I hope to explore a great deal in the upcoming year.
So, here it is. The list of books that I have read out loud to my children over the last six months or so. Many of the books were ones that were borrowed from friends who had enjoyed them themselves, others were just what we had around the house that happened to look good at the time (I buy quite a bit from library sales and, thus, do have many just “around”). I didn’t list all of the misc. picture books, many of which were read over and over, but you will get a good idea of what we like, as well as what children really will listen to despite the number of pages and lack of pictures – don’t underestimate young children! Their attention spans are trainable for better or for worse!
|Pilgrim Progress (Abeka’s adapted version)||John Bunyan|
|Cheaper By the Dozen||Gilbreth|
|Helen’s Temper (Lamp Lighter)||Gladstone|
|Shaoey & Dot||Chapman|
|God Loves You Very Much||Veggie Tales|
|Learn About Strangers||Berenstein|
|The Little Woodsman & His Dog Ceasar (Lamp Lighter)||Mary Sherwood|
|Jessica’s 1st Prayer (Lamp Lighter)||Hesba Stretton|
|Saved by Love (Lamp Lighter)||Emma Leslie|
|Teddy’s Button (Lamp Lighter)||LeFeuvre|
|Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose||Dr Seuss|
|There’s a Wocket in my Pocket||Dr Seuss|
|Oh Say Can You Say||Dr Seuss|
|How Do I Love You?||Bauer|
|Bear Loves Visitors||Tricia Boczkowski|
|Dear God, Will You Always Rescue Me?||Anne Fitzgerald|
|Just So Stories
Pippi Long Stocking
So, that was the majority of our read aloud time for the last 6 months. I can’t say there was anything that we DIDN’T enjoy (although Cheaper By the Dozen did require some on-the-spot editing for my kiddos, age 8 and under), and many of them did prompt some great discussions (serious and silly).
What ever you choose to read together, have fun with it and let me know some of your favorites!!