Raising Readers

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” – Mark Twain

Dear Lindsey,

I took three of my kids to the dentist this week- the normal every 6 months habit. We walked into the waiting room, books in hand. (Aside: I really believe if I bring my book, my wait is less. If I forget my book, the wait is longer. It is like a Murphy’s Law for me!) The television had been playing to an empty room, and was set to a morning talk show. A commercial came on with a famous female commentator asking a woman, “Did you kiss her? Did you like it?”  I had no idea what was coming, but I quickly jumped up to turn off Read more of this letter

Book Lists for Children

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!

The list of books