Book Lists by category
Did you ever want to find the perfect book to read as you snuggle as a family and read by the fire? Did you ever want to see your pre-teen boy thinking on the adventures of being the hero of the family? Have you ever wanted your little girl to be curled up on the couch with all of the Little Women of whom Louisa May Alcott wrote? I have! I love lists and I would love to sit here and tell you all of my wisdom of what books to read and at what age. However, after reading Thomas Jefferson Education, I see that my list would simply be plagiarizing the list that Oliver DeMille previously wrote, so I will not. Instead, please go to the resource list of classics at DeMille’s site, TJEd.org to see his list of recommendations for family reading, followed by links of other classics by category. I couldn’t agree more with his list.
Another list that has been helpful since it is divided into age groups is found at Amblesideonline.org. Ambleside is a free homeschool curriculum that uses reading as its core teaching source. It has a list of “normal” public school grades with a link to a booklist for each grade. Though their books are mostly intended to be schooling, they also have a “free reading” list in each grade, which I believe I pretty much own.
I am thankful for HSLDA and their free webcast about the following list of books for boys. Below are notes from a meeting which I “attended” online in 2011. The meeting was to discuss “Books for Boys,” which is such an important topic, I wanted to tell you what I learned!
This may be a great Christmas list!
As with anything you give to your children, please use discretion. I do not agree with every book on every list, but these (above and below) are some suggestions.
Notes from the HSLDA meeting webcast:
HSLDA Books for Boys Meeting:
T.J. Schmidt- speaker
Dec. 15, 2011 on free webinar
Classics he loved:
The Black Arrow
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
The Count of monte Cristo (Alexander Dumas)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austin)
The Dangerous Book for Boys:to read with son
Boy Scout Handbook: In short: to be a good Scout is to be a well-developed, well-informed boy.
The Berenstain Bears
Winnie the Pooh (Alan Alexander Milne)
Boxcar Children (19 books from 1924-1959)
Horatio Alger Jr. (1832-1899)
Ragged Dick (1868)
Fame and Fortune
Rough and Ready
Sink or Swim
(Usually about a boy, 10-16yrs old; works hard to succeed and eventually does.)
Books/Series by “Oliver Optic” (pseudonym for William Taylor Adams (1822-1897):
Indoors and Out
The Boat Club (or Boat-Builder series)
Young America Abroad
Onward and Upward
The Yacht Club
(All about character, integrity, honor, etc.)
Tom Swift Books
Over 100 books, various authors
(book actually invented “Taser gun” = Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle)
Ages 13- up
Robinson Crusoe (Defoe)
George MacDonald (1824-1905) –Scottish blogue
Heather and Snow
The Fisherman’s Lady
The Marquis’ Secret
The Musician’s Quest
The Curate’s Awakening
The Highlander’s Last Song
–Strong Christian character theme: Relationship with God is most important and character will rule the day.