Our Read-A-Loud List: 2016-2017

 Reading is My Thing!

I have fond memories of my grandparents on both sides, reading. My parents also loved to read! I’m ridiculously proud that I read Gone With The Wind by the age of 7. I also remember that by the 4th grade, my teacher couldn’t believe I was reading at a college level, and understanding what I read. So you can understand that my passion is something I want to pass down to my children.

This year school year, I’ll be focusing on some title suggestions from various sources. As I list them, I’ll share where I got the suggestion from! There are SO many great book lists out there, it’s overwhelming!

How I’m Choosing!

I’m going to make sure I keep in mind my childrens own interests, and choose books they will love! I’m also going to keep in mind the ones I loved as a little girl. Further, I will be choosing living books. Charlotte Mason defines a living book as, “Living books are usually written by one person who has a passion for the subject and writes in conversational or narrative style. The books pull you into the subject and involve your emotions, so it’s easy to remember the events and facts. Living books make the subject “come alive.” 

And lastly, the classics! They are classics for a reason. *I will be reading from the Bible daily, and engaging them on what I’m ready. There is SO much in the Bible that can be used and enjoyed in reading to your children.


Our Read-A-Loud’s

(Charlotte Mason suggestions)

  • The Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit
  • The Original Mother Goose
  • The Story of Babar, The Little Elephant
  • James Herriot’s Treasury For Children
  • Little House In The Big Woods

(Sonlight suggestions)

  • Things People Do
  • Childrens Book of Virtues
  • Eric Carle’s Animals Animals
  • Milly-Molly-Mandy Story Book

(My Father’s World suggestions)

  • Big Thoughts For Little People
  • Crossroads of Character
  • Big Book of Things To Spot
  • Richard Scarry’s Best Counting Book Ever

(Veritas Press suggestions)

  • Billy & Blaze series
  • The Noisy Book Treasury

(Miscellaneous suggestions)

  • Miller Family series (6 books, Green Pastures Press)
  • Little Jewel Books (set of 54 books, published by Rod and Staff. We will work our way through these ones!)

Trying to Climb Mt. Everest?

You could say I’m being very ambitious with our reading plan. I would say you’re right! 😉 But I won’t set a killing reading pace, and I’ll allow for those precious library runs, where we just get books that hit our fancy!  We will not get to all of the books, we may not get to even half of them, but it gives me something to aim at along the way.

I’ve been compiling lists for months now, adding and taking titles off. It’s time I commit to a list of my own, and I readily admit to taking ideas from strong literary focused curricula sources.

What books made your list this year? How do you choose the books to add to your homeschool life?











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