Harvard Classics … and you wonder why I homeschool

Posted On October 16, 2009

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Wow.  This is really impressive.  I have read about 4 of the Harvard Classics.  What a sound education I received.  As I check them off, you will see this list slowly turn all pink.

The Harvard Classics

NEW YORK: P.F. COLLIER & SON, 1909–1917

    • His Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin
    • Journal, by John Woolman
    • Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn
    • The Apology, Phædo and Crito, by Plato
    • The Golden Sayings, by Epictetus
    • The Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
    • Essays, Civil and Moral & The New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon
    • Areopagitica & Tractate of Education, by John Milton
    • Religio Medici, by Sir Thomas Browne
    • Complete Poems Written in English, by John Milton
    • Essays and English Traits, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Poems and Songs, by Robert Burns
    • The Confessions of St. Augustine
    • The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis
    • Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Furies & Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus
    • Oedipus the King & Antigone, by Sophocles
    • Hippolytus, The Bacchæ, by Euripides
    • The Frogs, by Aristophanes
    • On Friendship, On Old Age & Letters, by Cicero
    • Letters, by Pliny the Younger
    • Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
    • The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin
    • Lives, by Plutarch
  • Vol. 13. AENEID, VIRGIL
    • Æneid, by Virgil
  • Vol. 14. DON QUIXOTE, Part 1, CERVANTES
    • Don Quixote, Part 1, by Cervantes
    • The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
    • The Lives of Donne and Herbert, by Izaak Walton
    • Stories from the Thousand and One Nights
    • Fables, by Æsop
    • Household Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    • Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen
    • All for Love, by John Dryden
    • The School for Scandal, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    • She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith
    • The Cenci, by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • A Blot in the ‘Scutcheon, by Robert Browning
    • Manfred, by Lord Byron
    • Faust, Part I, Egmont & Hermann and Dorothea, by J.W. von Goethe
    • Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe
    • The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri
    • I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni
    • The Odyssey of Homer
    • Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr..
    • On Taste, On the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the French Revolution & A Letter to a Noble Lord, by Edmund Burke
    • Autobiography & On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
    • Characteristics, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh & Sir Walter Scott, by Thomas Carlyle
    • Life Is a Dream, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
    • Polyeucte, by Pierre Corneille
    • Phèdre, by Jean Racine
    • Tartuffe, by Molière
    • Minna von Barnhelm, by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
    • Wilhelm Tell, by Friedrich von Schiller
    • The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin
    • Scientific Papers: Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology
    • The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
    • Montaigne, Sainte-beuve, Renan, etc.
    • Voyages and Travels: Ancient and Modern
    • Discourse on Method, by René Descartes
    • Letters on the English, by Voltaire
    • On the Inequality among Mankind & Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Vicar, by Jean Jacques Rousseau
    • Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes
    • Chronicles, by Jean Froissart
    • The Holy Grail, by Sir Thomas Malory
    • A Description of Elizabethan England, by William Harrison
    • The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli
    • The Life of Sir Thomas More, by William Roper
    • Utopia, by Sir Thomas More
    • The Ninety-Five Theses, Address to the Christian Nobility & Concerning Christian Liberty, by Martin Luther
    • Some Thoughts Concerning Education, by John Locke
    • Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists, by George Berkeley
    • An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, by David Hume
    • The Oath of Hippocrates
    • Journeys in Diverse Places, by Ambroise Paré
    • On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, by William Harvey
    • The Three Original Publications on Vaccination Against Smallpox, by Edward Jenner
    • The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever, by Oliver Wendell Holmes
    • On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery, by Joseph Lister
    • Scientific Papers, by Louis Pasteur
    • Scientific Papers, by Charles Lyell
    • Prefaces and Prologues
    • American Historical Documents: 1000-1904
  • Vol. 44. SACRED WRITINGS 1
    • Confucian: The Sayings of Confucius
    • Hebrew: Job, Psalms & Ecclesiastes
    • Christian I: Luke & Acts
  • Vol. 45. SACRED WRITINGS 2
    • Christian II: Corinthians I & II & Hymns
    • Buddhist: Writings
    • Hindu: The Bhagavad-Gita
    • Mohammedan: Chapters from the Koran
    • Edward the Second, by Christopher Marlowe
    • Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth & The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
    • The Shoemaker’s Holiday, by Thomas Dekker
    • The Alchemist, by Ben Jonson
    • Philaster, by Beaumont and Fletcher
    • The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster
    • A New Way to Pay Old Debts, by Philip Massinger
    • Thoughts, Letters & Minor Works, by Blaise Pascal
  • Vol. 49. EPIC AND SAGA
    • Beowulf
    • The Song of Roland
    • The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel
    • The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs

The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction

  • Vols. 1 & 2: The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding
  • Vol. 3: A Sentimental Journey, by Laurence Sterne; Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  • Vol. 4: Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott
  • Vol. 5 & 6: Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Vols. 7 & 8: David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
  • Vol. 9: The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot
  • Vol. 10: The Scarlet Letter & Rappaccini’s Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne; Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving; Three Short Stories, by Edgar Allan Poe; Three Short Stories, by Francis Bret Harte; Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog, by Samuel L. Clemens; The Man Without a Country, by Edward Everett Hale
  • Vol. 11: The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
  • Vol. 12: Notre Dame de Paris, by Victor Marie Hugo
  • Vol. 13: Old Goriot, by Honoré de Balzac; The Devil’s Pool, by George Sand; The Story of a White Blackbird, by Alfred de Musset; Five Short Stories, by Alphonse Daudet; Two Short Stories, by Guy de Maupassant
  • Vols. 14 & 15: Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship & The Sorrows of Werther, by J. W. von Goethe; The Banner of the Upright Seven, by Gottfried Keller; The Rider on the White Horse, by Theodor Storm; Trials and Tribulations, by Theodor Fontane
  • Vols. 16 & 17: Anna Karenina & Ivan the Fool, by Leo Tolstoy
  • Vol. 18: Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Vol. 19: A House of Gentlefolk & Fathers and Children, by Ivan Turgenev
  • Vol. 20: Pepita Jimenez, by Juan Valera; A Happy Boy, by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson; Skipper Worse, by Alexander L. Kielland

1000 Good Books for Grades 1-3

Posted On August 3, 2009

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Taken from 1000 Good Books List

*Indicates we own it
~Indicates the twins have read it
# Indicates I disagree with this being called a Good book

1-3 Anthologies & Poetry

The 1-3 Anthologies and Poetry, and 1-3 Picture Books, along with 4-6 books designated RA are excellent read alouds for children from a very early age.

A Apple Pie and Nursery Rhymes and others by Kate Greenaway RA
Aesop for Children illustrated by Milo Winter (126 fables) RA
Alan Garner’s Fairy Tales of Gold by Alan Garner
Best-Loved Fairy Tales by Walter Crane
~*Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith RA
Children’s Treasury of Virtues by William Bennett, illustrated by Michael Hague, and others in the series
Child’s Treasury of Poems by Mark Daniel
Rhymes and Verses: Collected Poems for Children by Walter de la Mare RA
Fables by Arnold Lobel
Favorite Poems of Childhood by Philip Smith
Happy Prince and Other Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde RA
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot
McGuffey’s Primer, Pictorial Primer, & First Reader by William McGuffey RA
Moral Tales by Maria Edgeworth RA
My Favorite Story Book by W. G. Vande Hulst RA
Nonsense Poems and others by Edward Lear RA
Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne RA
Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes by Marguerite de Angeli
Once On A Time by A. A. Milne RA
Parent’s Assistant by Maria Edgeworth RA
Pleasant Field Mouse Storybook by Jan Wahl
Poems & Prayers for the Very Young by Martha G. Alexander
Poems to Read to the Very Young by Josette Frank
Prince Rabbit by A. A. Milne RA
Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
Ruth Ainsworth Book by Ruth Ainsworth
Songs of Childhood by Walter de la Mare RA
Stories Around the Year by Thornton W. Burgess
Tom Thumb & Other Stories by L. Leslie Brooke
*When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne RA

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1-3 Holiday Books

Amish Christmas by Richard Ammon
Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojchiechowski
Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
First Christmas by Robbie Trent
First Christmas by Tomie de Paola
Grumpy Shepherd by Paddie Devon
Mary, Did You Know? by Mark Lowry
Modestita’s Gift, El Regalo de Modestita by Inez Torres Davis
Peter Spier’s Christmas by Peter Spier
Rembrandt: The Christmas Story published by Thomas Nelson
Silent Night by Susan Jeffers
Story of Christmas: Words from the Gospels of Matthew & Luke by Jane Ray
Who Is Coming to Our House by Joseph Slate

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1-3 Picture Books

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by J. Viorst
*~Always Room For One More by Sorche Nic Leodhas
Amos and Boris and others by William Steig
~*And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street! by Dr. Seuss
Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
Angus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack
Animals of Farmer Jones & other Little Golden Books illus. by Richard Scarry
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Apple Pie by Kate Greenaway
Apricot ABC by Miska Miles
Baby Farm Animals & other Little Golden Books illus. by Garth Williams
Bambi’s Children by Felix Salten
Beetle Bush by Beverly Keller
Big Book of Brambly Hedge and others by Jill Barklem
Big Snow by Berta Hader
Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
Biggest House in the World and others by Leo Lionni
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Christine’s Picture Book by Hans Christian Anderson
Church Mouse and others by Graham Oakley
Clown of God and others by Tomie de Paola
Cock, the Mouse, and the Little Red Hen by Felicite LeFevre
~*Corduroy by Don Freeman
Crane Maiden by Miyoko Matsutani
Cross Country Cat by Mary Calhoun
~Curious George & others by Hans A. Rey
Dandelion Hill by Clyde Robert Bulla
Day at the Fair by Arleta Richardson
Deer at the Brook and others by Jim Arnosky
Doctor Dan the Bandadge Man by Helen Gaspard, ill. by Corinne Malverne
Dogger by Shirley Hughes
Edward Lear Alphabet by Edward Lear, illustrated by Carol Newsom
Emily by Michael Bedard
Emperor’s New Clothes and others by Hans Christian Anderson
Empty Pot by Demi
Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Potter
Faster Sooner Hound by Ama Bontemps
Fiona’s Flea by Beverly Keller
Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
~#Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Flip by Wesley Dennis
Frog Band and the Onion Seller by Jim Smith
Frog, Frog, Frog by Robert Welber
Gift for Grandpa by Angela Hunt
Gift for Tia Rosa by Karen Taha
~*Goodnight Moon and others by Margaret Wise Brown
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Hilda the Hen Who Wouldn’t Give Up by Jill Tomlinson
Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss
~Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
House that Jack Built by Antonio Frasconi
I Saw the Sea Come In by Alvin Tresselt
~*If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff (others in series)
~*If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
In the Forest and others by Marie Hall Ets
James & the Rain by Karla Kuskin
Johnny Crow’s Garden by L. Leslie Brooke
King at the Door by Cole Brock
Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky
Lillie at Ballet by Rachel Isadora
~*Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Little House and others by Virginia Burton
Little Old Mrs. Pepperpot and others by Alf Proysen
Little Red Hen and others by Paul Galdone
Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky
Luckiest One of All by Bill Peet
~Madeline and others by Ludwig Bemelmans
~Make Way For Ducklings and others by Robert McCloskey
Marshmallow by Clare T. Newberry
May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice S. De Regniers
Midnight Adventures of Kelly, Dot, and Esmerelda by John S. Goodall
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
~Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Mr. Brown and Mr. Gray by William Wondriska
My Island Grandma by Kathryn Lasky
My Little Golden Book About God & others illustrated by Eloise Wilkin
My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Becky Reyher
N. C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims by N. C. Wyeth and Robert San Souci
Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier
Noah’s Ark: Words from the Book of Genesis by Jane Ray
Old Rosie, the Horse Nobody Understood by Lilian Moore & Leone Adelson
On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
Owl Moon by Jane Yolan
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
Paper Crane by Molly Bang
Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow
Penny Wise – Fun Foolish by Judy Delton
Peter Spier’s Rain and others by Peter Spier
Petunia by Roger Duvoisin and other Petunia stories
Picture Books by Randolph Caldecott published by Frederick Warne
Pimm’s Place by Beverly Keller
Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowry, illus. by Gustaf Tenggren
Rain, Rain Rivers by Uri Shulevitz
#Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book by Richard Scarry
Rome Antics by David Macaulay
Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda
Shy Little Kitten by Cathleen Schurr, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
Sir Francis Drake: His Daring Deeds by Roy Gerrard
Smartest Bear and His Brother Oliver by Alice Bach
~Snowy Day and others by Ezra Jack Keats
Snuggle Bunny by Nancy Jewell
St. Francis and the Friendly Beasts by Margaret Hodges
St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
~*Stone Soup and others by Marcia Brown
~Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
Story of Babar and others by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff
Story of the Creation: Words from Genesis by Jane Ray
Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
~*Tale of Peter Rabbit & others by Beatrix Potter
Three Little Horses by Piet Worm
Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
Toad for Tuesday by Russell Erickson
Two Roman Mice by Horace, retold by Marilynne K. Roach
Uncle Wiggly Book by Howard R. Garis
~*Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Veronica by Roger Duvoisin
~*Very Hungry Caterpillar and others by Eric Carle
Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains? by May Garelick
#~Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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1-3 Beginning Readers

Beginning and Easy Readers are for children who are just learning to read for themselves.

~*Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
~*Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Crash! Bang! Boom! by Peter Spier
Do You Know What I Know? by Helen Borten
Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss
Fire Cat by Esther Holden Averill
Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and others in the series by Maj Lindman ~

~*Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
~*Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss
~*Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
~*Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr by Maj Lindman
Stop That Ball! by Mike McClintock

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1-3 Easy Readers

#Amelia Bedelia and others by Peggy Parish
Animals Do the Strangest Things and others by Leonora Hornblow
Bedtime for Frances and other Frances books by Russell Hoban
Bravest Dog Ever by Natalie Standiford
Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla
~*Frog and Toad are Friends and others by Arnold Lobel
George and Martha by James Marshall
George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley & other History I Can Read books
George Washington’s Mother by Jean Fritz
Granny and the Desperadoes by Peggy Parish
Greg’s Microscope and other Science I Can Read books by Millicent Selsam
Horse in Harry’s Room and others by Syd Hoff
Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter Roop
Little Bear and others by Elise Minarik
Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
Nate the Great and others by Marjorie Sharmat
New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
Night Noises and Other Mole & Troll Stories by Tony Johnston
One Bad Thing About Father by F. N. Monjo
Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley
Sammy the Seal and others by Syd Hoff
Trojan Horse, or How the Greeks Won the War by Emily Little

At this point many of the 1-3 Anthologies and Poetry and 1-3 Picture Books can be re-read independently by the child himself for additional reading practice.

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1-3 Advanced Readers

Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse by Ursula Moray Williams
Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J. R. R. Tolkein
Alligator Case and others by William Pene du Bois
*And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz
Angry Giant by Oscar Wilde
Apple & the Arrow by Mary Marsh Buff
Bard of Avon: the Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley
Bear Called Paddington and others by Michael Bond
Bears on Hemlock Mountain and others by Alice Dalgliesh
Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Benjamin West and his Cat Grimlakin by Marguerite Henry
Betsy & Billy and others by Carolyn Haywood
Betsy & Tacy Go Over the Big Hill and others by Maude Lovelace
Billy & Blaze and others by C. W. Anderson
Book of Cowboys by Holling C. Holling
Book of Indians by Holling C. Holling
~Box-Car Children and others by Gertrude Warner (the first 19 in the series)
Bright April by Marguerite de Angeli
Burt Dow, Deep Water Man by Robert McCloskey
*Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz
Capyboppy by Bill Peet
Castle by David Macauley
Cathedral by David Macaulay
Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
Charles Dickens: the Man Who Had Great Expectations by Diane Stanley
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
City by David Macaulay
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley
Coll and His White Pig by Lloyd Alexander
Columbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
d’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
d’Aulaire’s Norse Gods & Giants by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Eric the Red & Leif the Lucky by Barbara Schiller
Fairy Doll by Rumer Godden
Finn Family Moomintroll and others by Tove Jansson
George Washington by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz
Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman
Happy Hollisters and others by Jerry West
Happy Orpheline and others by Natalie Savage Carlson
Henner’s Lydia by Marguerite de Angeli
Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
I, Columbus and others by Peter & Connie Roop
In Search of Troy by Piero Ventura
~James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling RA
Kindle of Kittens by Rumer Godden
Least of All by Carol Purdy
Leave Horatio Alone by Eleanor Clymer
Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley
Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Marco Moonlight by Clyde Robert Bulla
Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
Michelangelo’s World by Piero Ventura
Mill by David Macaulay
Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling
Mouse House by Rumer Godden
Mouse on the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet
Nothing is Impossible, The Story of Beatrix Potter by Dorothy Aldis
Old Mother West Wind and others by Thornton W. Burgess
Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle by Rumer Godden
Ordinary Princess by Mary Margaret Kaye
Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling
Pagoo by Holling C. Holling
Peter the Great by Diane Stanley
Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall
Puppy Summer by Meindert de Jong
Pyramid by David Macaulay
Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
Rocking Horse Secret by Rumer Godden
Sarah Morton’s Day and others by Kate Waters
Seabird by Holling C. Holling
Shhhh … We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
Ship by David Macaulay
Shoeshine Girl by Clyde Robert Bulla
Skippack School by Marguerite de Angeli
Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
St. Philip of the Joyous Heart by Francis X. Connolly
Tale of Jolly Robin and others by Arthur Scott Baily
Tale of Three Trees by Angela Hunt
They Were Strong & Good by Robert Lawson
Three Dollar Mule by Clyde Robert Bulla
Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness
Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle
Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling
Truthful Harp by Lloyd Alexander
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop
Twenty Elephant Restaurant by Russell Hoban
*What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz
Where do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus? by Jean Fritz
Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz
Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock? by Jean Fritz
Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz
Yellow and Pink by William Steig
Yonie Wondernose by Marguerite de Angeli

Classical Education Reading List: Modern

4th graders should be studying Early Modern times (1850-Present). Stories should be read chronologically in order listed below. In addition to asking for suggestions from children’s librarian, read stories and poems by, about, or from the following:

Robert Louis Stevenson, all the novels
Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Heidi by Johann Spyri
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (not the abridged Disney version)
HG Wells, all the novels
Louisa May Alcott, all the novels
Andrew Lang, all the novels
Frances Hodgson Burnett, all the novels
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Peter Pan and all the Plays by James Barrie
Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories and The Jungle Books
Beatrix Potter, all the novels
Laura Ingalls Wilder, all the novels
Walter de la Mare, collected poems
Carl Sandburg, collected poems
John Ciardi, collected poems
TS Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

(For the readings lists for the other grammar years I linked to the specific edition recommended in the Well Trained Mind. At this level I figured it was not as important but check her list if you are having trouble finding a version you like at the appropriate level).

Classical Education Reading List: Late Renaissance/Early Modern

3rd graders should be studying Late Renaissance/Early Modern times (1600-1850). Stories should be read chronologically in order listed below. Read stories and poems by, about, or from the following:

John Milton
French fairy tales (many collected by Charles Perrault)
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift:
~Gulliver’s Travels by Riordan and Ambrus

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Victor Hugo:
~The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Hugo and Marc Cerasini
~Les Miserables by Hugo and Monica Kulling

Alexandre Dumas:
~The Three Musketeers by Dumas and Felder

William Blake, Songs of Innocence
William Wordsworth, collected poems
Jane Austen
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Robert Browning, The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Charles Dickens:
~A Christmas Carol
~Great Expectations by Dickens and Kulling
~Oliver Twist by Dickens, Martin and Zallinger

Edward Lear, the nonsense poems
Chistina Rosetti, children’s poems
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Mark Twain, all the stories
James Fenimore Cooper, all the novels
Jules Verne, all the novels

Norwegian folktales:
~East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Fifty-Nine Norwegian Folk-Tales

Herman Melville:
~Moby Dick by Melville and Drummond (uses lines from actual novel)

Classical Education Reading List: Medieval/Early Renaissance

2nd Graders should be studying Medieval/Early Renaissance times (400 – 1600). Stories should be read chronologically in order listed below. Read stories and poems by, about, or from the following:

Saint Augustine

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:
~Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady by Hastings

Canterbury Tales:
~Chaucer the Cat and the Animal Pilgrims by Borlenghi
~The Canterbury Tales by McCaughrean
~The Fairie Queene by Edmund Spenser

William Shakespeare (all the plays):
~The Shakespeare Can Be Fun series by Burdett
~William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Coville
~William Shakespeare’s Macbeth by Coville
~William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by Coville and Nolan
~Shakespeare Stories by Garfield
~Shakespeare Stories II by Garfield
~ Tales from Shakespeare by Lamb

The Inferno by Dante

King Arthur:
~Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory (look for retellings of the Arthur legend; most are based on Malory
~Knights of the Round Table by Gross
~The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur by Hodges

Martin Luthur
John Calvin
Sir Thomas Wyatt (sometimes shows up in stories about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn)
John Knox
Rene Descartes

Classical Education Reading List: Ancient Times

1st Graders should be studying ancient times (5000BC – AD 400). Stories should be read chronologically in order listed below. Read stories and poems by, about, or from the following:

The Bible

~Trojan Horse by Clement-Davies
~The Odyssey by McCaughrean
~Black Ships Before Troy by Sutcliffe

Greek and Roman myths:
~The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus by Aliki
~Pandora by Burleigh
~Twelve Labors of Hercules by Cerasini
~King Midas: The Golden Touch by Demi
~Theseus and the Minotaur by Fisher
~Greek Myths (read all 16 tales) by McCaughrean
~Favorite Greek Myths by Osborne

Aesop’s Fables

Egyptian myths:
~The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt (all 13 stories) by Fisher

Indian folktales:
~Folk Tales and Fairy Stories from India by Ghose

African folktales:
~The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales by Arkhurst


Chinese and Japanese folktales:
~The Five Chinese Brothers by Bishop

Ancient Chinese and Japanese poetry

English, Irish, and Welsh fairy tales:
~Traditional Irish Fairy Tales by Stephens
~One Hundred and One Celtic Read-Aloud Myths & Legends by Verniero

Math Websites and Books

Posted On March 18, 2009

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(Explanations are quotes – I haven’t checked these out for myself yet)

Livingmath.net Peruse Julie Brennan’s extensive book lists. Her site is outstanding.
www.hoagiesgifted.org/mathematics.htm – Sir Cumfrence books. Q is for Quark and G is for Googol are good for older kids

Greg Tang books – They’re not traditional math books — more like problem solving with
numbers. For my mathy kid, they were great because they reinforced his
inherent ‘number sense’ and were fun and visually-attractive. Tang’s books aren’t really instructional books, though. More like recess with math
especially try Math For All Seasons.

Caldecott Medal Book List

Posted On September 30, 2008

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Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 – Present

2009: The House in the Night illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson (Houghton Mifflin Company)
2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic)
~2007: Flotsam by David Wiesner (Clarion)
2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window Illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster (Michael di Capua/Hyperion)
2005: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollinsPublishers)
2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
2003: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook Press/Millbrook Press)
2002: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin)
2001: So You Want to Be President? Illustrated by David Small; text by Judith St. George (Philomel Books)
2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Simms Taback (Viking)
1999: Snowflake Bentley, Illustrated by Mary Azarian; text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Houghton)
1998: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky (Dutton)
1997: Golem by David Wisniewski (Clarion)
1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam)
1995: Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz; text: Eve Bunting (Harcourt)
1994: Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say; text: edited by Walter Lorraine (Houghton)
1993: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully (Putnam)
~1992: Tuesday by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)
1991: Black and White by David Macaulay (Houghton)
1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young (Philomel)
1989: Song and Dance Man, illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman (Knopf)
1988: Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen (Philomel)
1987: Hey, Al, illustrated by Richard Egielski; text: Arthur Yorinks (Farrar)
1986: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)
1985: Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: retold by Margaret Hodges (Little, Brown)
1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen (Viking)
1983: Shadow, translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown; original text in French: Blaise Cendrars (Scribner)
1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)
1981: Fables by Arnold Lobel (Harper)
1980: Ox-Cart Man, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald Hall (Viking)
1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble (Bradbury)
1978: Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier (Doubleday)
1977: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove (Dial)
1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema (Dial)
1975: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott (Viking)
1974: Duffy and the Devil, illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach (Farrar)
~1973: The Funny Little Woman, illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel (Dutton)
~1972: One Fine Day, retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian (Macmillan)
1971: A Story A Story, retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley (Atheneum)
1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (Windmill Books)
1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome (Farrar)
1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley (Prentice-Hall)
1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness (Holt)
~1966: Always Room for One More, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger] (Holt)
1965: May I Bring a Friend? illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (Atheneum)
1964: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Harper)
~1963: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking)
1962: Once a Mouse, retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
1961: Baboushka and the Three Kings, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins (Parnassus)
1960: Nine Days to Christmas, illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida (Viking)
1959: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: adapted from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney (Crowell)
1958: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
1957: A Tree Is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry (Harper)
~1956: Frog Went A-Courtin’, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; text: retold by John Langstaff) (Harcourt)
1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
~1954: Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans (Viking)
1953: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward (Houghton)
1952: Finders Keepers, illustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind] (Harcourt)
1951: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous (Scribner)
1950: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi (Scribner)
~1949: The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader (Macmillan)
1948: White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt (Lothrop)
~1947: The Little Island, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown] (Doubleday)
1946: The Rooster Crows by Maud & Miska Petersham (Macmillan)
1945: Prayer for a Child, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field (Macmillan)
1944: Many Moons, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber (Harcourt)
1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton)
~1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
1941: They Were Strong and Good, by Robert Lawson (Viking)
1940: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (Doubleday)
1939: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth (Doubleday)
1938: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish (Lippincott)

Newbery Medal recipients

Posted On September 30, 2008

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By the time I graduated from high school there were 72 Newbery Medal books and I had read 7. I unwittingly read another 5 since then. What kind of books was I assigned to read in school if not Newbery award books? I aim to have my kids read the whole lot by the end of childhood.


1978 Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia

2004 Kate DiCamillo The Tale of Despereaux

1968 E. L. Konigsburg From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

2000 Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy
1999 Louis Sachar Holes
1994 Lois Lowry The Giver
1987 Sid Fleischman The Whipping Boy
1984 Beverly Cleary Dear Mr. Henshaw
1981 Katherine Paterson Jacob Have I Loved
1972 Robert C. O’Brien Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
1961 Scott O’Dell Island of the Blue Dolphins
1959 Elizabeth George Speare The Witch of Blackbird Pond
1944 Esther Forbes Johnny Tremain
1930 Rachel Field Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

2008 Laura Amy Schlitz Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
2007 Susan Patron The Higher Power of Lucky
2006 Lynne Rae Perkins Criss Cross
2005 Cynthia Kadohata Kira-Kira
2003 Avi Crispin: The Cross of Lead
2002 Linda Sue Park A Single Shard
2001 Richard Peck A Year Down Yonder
1998 Karen Hesse Out of the Dust
1997 E. L. Konigsburg The View from Saturday
1996 Karen Cushman The Midwife’s Apprentice
1995 Sharon Creech Walk Two Moons
1993 Cynthia Rylant Missing May
1992 Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh
1991 Jerry Spinelli Maniac Magee
1990 Lois Lowry Number the Stars
1989 Paul Fleischman Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
1988 Russell Freedman Lincoln: A Photobiography
1986 Patricia MacLachlan Sarah, Plain and Tall
1985 Robin McKinley The Hero and the Crown
1983 Cynthia Voigt Dicey’s Song
1982 Nancy Willard A Visit to William Blake’s Inn
1980 Joan Blos A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal
1979 Ellen Raskin The Westing Game
1977 Mildred Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1976 Susan Cooper The Grey King
1975 Virginia Hamilton M. C. Higgins, the Great
1974 Paula Fox The Slave Dancer
1973 Jean Craighead George Julie of the Wolves
1971 Betsy Byars Summer of the Swans
1970 William H. Armstrong Sounder
1969 Lloyd Alexander The High King
1967 Irene Hunt Up a Road Slowly
1966 Elizabeth Borton de Treviño I, Juan de Pareja
1965 Maia Wojciechowska Shadow of a Bull
1964 Emily Cheney Neville It’s Like This, Cat
1963 Madeleine L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time
1962 Elizabeth George Speare The Bronze Bow
1960 Joseph Krumgold Onion John
1958 Harold Keith Rifles for Watie
1957 Virginia Sorenson Miracles on Maple Hill
1956 Jean Lee Latham Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
1955 Meindert DeJong The Wheel on the School
1954 Joseph Krumgold …And Now Miguel
1953 Ann Nolan Clark Secret of the Andes
1952 Eleanor Estes Ginger Pye
1951 Elizabeth Yates Amos Fortune, Free Man
1950 Marguerite de Angeli The Door in the Wall
1949 Marguerite Henry King of the Wind
1948 William Pène du Bois The Twenty-One Balloons
1947 Carolyn Sherwin Bailey Miss Hickory
1946 Lois Lenski Strawberry Girl
1945 Robert Lawson Rabbit Hill
1943 Elizabeth Gray Vining Adam of the Road
1942 Walter D. Edmonds The Matchlock Gun
1941 Armstrong Sperry Call It Courage
1940 James Daugherty Daniel Boone
1939 Elizabeth Enright Thimble Summer
1938 Kate Seredy The White Stag
1937 Ruth Sawyer Roller Skates
1936 Carol Ryrie Brink Caddie Woodlawn
1935 Monica Shannon Dobry
1934 Cornelia Meigs Invincible Louisa
1933 Elizabeth Foreman Lewis Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
1932 Laura Adams Armer Waterless Mountain
1931 Elizabeth Coatsworth The Cat Who Went to Heaven
1929 Eric P. Kelly The Trumpeter of Krakow
1928 Dhan Gopal Mukerji Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
1927 Will James Smoky the Cow Horse
1926 Arthur Bowie Chrisman Shen of the Sea
1925 Charles Finger Tales from Silver Lands
1924 Charles Hawes The Dark Frigate
1923 Hugh Lofting The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
1922 Hendrik Willem van Loon The Story of Mankind

Citizenship Reading List

Posted On August 25, 2008

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Stories from the History of Rome by Mrs. Beesley
A Citizen Reader by Arnold Forster
Julius Caesar by Plutarch

Math Resources

Posted On August 22, 2008

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Grocery Cart Math by Jaye Hansen
Applying Algebra by John LP McCabe
Mathematicians are People Too by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer
Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer

Geography Reading List

Posted On August 22, 2008

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The Ambleside Geography Books
Our Secret Power by HW Household
Physical Geography by Geikie
Round the EMpire by Sir George Parkin
Story Behind the Scenery: Oregon Trail; Lewis and Clark; North Cascades; The Santa Fe Trail (this series is mostly pictoral)
Travel Pictures by Ignotus Presbyter

Other Living Books

List of very favorite books from other CM parents as listed in appendix to Catherine Levison’s book More Charlotte Mason Education.

NC Wyeth by Douglas Allen
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
Children of Summer by Margaret Anderson
Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker
Adam and His Kin by Ruth Beechick
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Joanne Bendick
Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Lena Anderson and Christina Bjork
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Brink (have)
Rules of Civility: The 110 Presepts that Guided our First President in War and Peace by Richard Bookhiser (for moral training)
Dangerous Journey by John Bunyan
The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield
Roger Caras (a natural history author)
Childhood of Famous Americans series (have a couple)
The History of the English Speaking People by Winston Churchill (4 vol set) or Henry Steele Commager (edited into 1 vol.)
One Hundred and One Famous Poems by Roy Cook (for high school)
Ingri D’Aulaire and Edgar Parin (all history books)
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
The Whell on the School by Meindert DeJong
Insects by Jean Henri Fabre
Mighty Men by Eleanor Farjean
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (have)
Paul Revere and the World He Lived In by Esther Forbes
The World of Augustus Caesar by Genevieve Foster
The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Knights in Shining Armor by Gail Gibbons
Patriot’s Handbook by George Grand (for high school)
Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Susan Hammond
Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Eli Whitney: Founder of Modern Industry by Wilma Pitchford Hays (Immortals of Engineering series)
Benjamin West and His Cat Grismalkin by Marguerite Henry
Robert Fulton by Marguerite Henry
Boy Craftsman by Marguerite Henry
My American Heritage by Ralph Henry and Lucille Pannell
Treasury for Chilfen by James Herriot
A Pioneer’s Search for an Ideal Home by Phoebe Goodell Judson
The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
A Child’s History of the World by VM Hillyer
A Child’s Geography of the World by VM Hillyer
Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling
The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy by Michael Hoskin
Little Journeys to the Homes of Emminent Painers by Elbert Hubbard (lengthy narratives of 12 artists)
The Men Who Found America by Frederick Winthrop Hutchinson
A Bully Father: Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children by Joan Peterson Kerr
Little Pear by Eleanor Lattimore
Miss Lea’s Bible Stories for Children by Rosemary Lea
Houseboat Girl by Lois Lenski
Indian Captive by Lois Lenski
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
Prairie School by Lois Lenski
The Life and Times of William Shakespeare by Peter Levi
Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis (have)
Marie in Fourth Position: The Story of Degas’ “The Little Dancer” by Amy Littlesugar
(all books) by George MacDonald
All the Place to Love by Mike Wimmer and Patricia MacLachlan
One Morning in Maine by Robert McXCloskey
The Golden Goblet by Eloise J McGraw (read aloud to omit some passages)
Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise J McGraw (read aloud to omit some passages)
A Child’s Story of America by Michael J McHugh and Dr Charles Morris (good overview for 4th grade)
The Boys’ Life of Edison by William Meadocroft (Boys Life series)
Hero Tales from American Life by Francis Trevelyan Miller (100 short, true stories of courageous men, women and children for moral training)
Rutherford Montgomery (a natural history author)
The Little Britches series by Ralph Moody
The Lost Queen of Egypt by Lucile Morrison
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
Robert Murphy (a natural history author)
Rich and Humble by Oliver Optic (and all other books)
Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Harriet Tubman, Conductor of the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry
The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Gratton Porter (have I think)
Selections from Lincold by L Price and Lewis Chrisman
Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret B Pumphrey
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Antartica: Exploring the Frozen Continent by Maggie Scarf
How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer (overview of Christian world view perspectives for high schoolers)
Lucky Porcupine by Miriam Schlien
Science Stories by Foresman Scott & Co
Ernest Thompson Seton (a natural history author)
Exploring Nature with Your Child by Dorothy Shuttlesworth
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
A Good Start: A book for Young Men and Women by Charles Haddon Spurgeon (for moral training)
(all books) by Patricia St John
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Diane Stanley (about early Greek scientist Eratosthenes)
Stores From the Old Squire’s Farm by CA Stephens
Talking Wire: The Story of Alexander Graham Bell by OJ Stevenson
Heroic Stories of Famous Men and Women by Jay Strong
From Log Cabin to the White House: Life of James A Garfield by William M Thayer
Story of Mankind by Hendrik Van Loon
The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos
Mr Lincoln’s Whiskers by Winnick

Ambleside Year 0 Reading List

Posted On August 14, 2008

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Year 0 Books
~ indicates we have read
*indicates we own it
#indicates I disapprove

Winnie the Pooh series by AA Milne and Ernest H. Shepard (Winnie-The-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six). Accept no substitutes for the original stories!
~*Beatrix Potter series
The Little House by Virginia Burton
~The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack (read 2008)
~*The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
~Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
~Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Ox-Cart Man by Barbara Cooney
~*Stone Soup and other folk tale retellings by Marcia Brown
~Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (CM idea of duty in bringing beauty to the world)
The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman or other retelling of the Sambo story with more appropriate illustrations
Brer Rabbit books by Joel Chandler Harris, read the online etext
Poems and Prayers for the Very Young by Martha Alexander
~*A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (illustrated by Eulalie, Jessie Wilcox Smith, or Alice and Martin Provenson)
Poetry, Aesop’s fables, Mother Goose and nursery rhymes

Advisory Favorites

The Church Mice and others in this series by Graham Oakley. These are delightful.
Hiawatha by Longfellow, illustrated by Susan Jeffers
Paul Revere’s Ride by Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand
My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Ted Rand
Picture books depicting Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, such as The Elephant’s Child
Roxaboxen by Barbara Cooney
The Tale of Three Trees illustrated by Angela Elwell Hunt
Wynken, Blynken and Nod illustrated by either Susan Jeffers or Barbara Cooney

Board Books for Toddlers

Books illustrated by Beatrix Potter (Meet Peter Rabbit and others)
My Little Book About God illustrated by Eloise Wilkin
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
~*The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Mother Goose for Kids illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
Poems to Read to the Very Young pictures by Eloise Wilkin
single-poem books illustrated by Dianne O’Quinn Burke, such as Wee Willie Winkie
Mother Goose illustrated by Eloise Wilkin
A Child’s Garden of Verses compiled by Cooper Edens with a Jessie Willcox Smith picture on the cover
My First Bible in Pictures by Kenneth Taylor, with reverent, non-cartoonish color drawings by Richard and Francis Hook

Beginning First Readers

most children will be beginning to read in Year 1, but these are included here for children who start earlier

Frog and Toad readers by Arnold Lobel
Little Bear readers by Else Holmelund Minarek
George and Martha series by James Marshall
Frances books by Russell Hoban
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant


History Reading List

Charlotte’s Recommendations:
Alton Locke by Charles Kingsley
Chronicles of the Crusades by Devizes and deVinsany
Ecclesiastical History of England by Bede
First History of France by Mrs Creighton (covers 55BC to 910 AD)
History of the British Kings by Geoffrey
History of England by Arnold Forster (covers 55BC-910AD)
Julius Cesear
Modern Europe by Lord
Old Stories from British History by York Powell
Quintin Druward by Sir Walter Scott
Plutarch’s Lives by Plutarch
Prisoners of the Tower by Brooke Hunt
Quentin Druward by Sir Walter Scott
Shorter History of England by Green
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Sketches from British History by York Powell
The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott
Tales from St. Paul’s by Mrs. Frewen Lord
Tales from Westminster Abbey by Mrs Frewen Lord
Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
Westward Ho by Charles Kingsley

Catherine Levison’s List:
The Autobiography of B. Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
In Freedom’s Cause by GA Henty
Stories of the French Revolution by Walter Montgomery
The History of the World by Kingfisher
The Timetables of History by Grun
Conversations with Pioneer Women by Lockley
Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey by Schlissel
The Tragedy of Leschi by Meeker
Going to School in 1776 by Loeper
If you Were There in 1776 by Brenner
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Pool
The Sower Series Biographies by Mott Media
Oregon Trail, Lewis and Clark, etc published as The Story Behind the Scenery
Albert Schweitzer, Elizabeth the First, etc – A Rookie Biography

Books with good book lists for history:
Let the Authors Speak by Carolyn Hatcher
Books Children Love by Elizabeth Wilson
All through the Ages by Christine Miller

Science Reading List

“We should probably be more scientific as a people if we scrapped all the textbooks” CM in Philosophy of Education Vol 6, pg 218

Scientific living books are challenging to find. You want a literary quality and it must be interesting to read. Try a biography of a scientist’s life.

Go in an orderly sequence: Natural history, botany, architecture, astronomy, then other branches of science one per term (60 school days).

Charlotte’s Reading List
Elementary Botany by Oliver
Fairyland of Science by Arabella Buckley
Jacks’ Insects by Edmund Selous
Life and Her Children by Arabella Buckley
Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley
Parables from Nature by Mrs Alfred Gatty (Margaret Scott Gatty)
Physiology for Schools by Dr. Scholfield
Picciola by Charles Kingsley
Plant Life in Field and Garden by Arabella Buckley
Scientific Dialogues by Joyce
The Sciences by Edward Singleton Holden (oop) Also called Real things in Nature (1914)

Catherine Levison’s Reading List
Squirrels and Other Fur Bearers by John Burroughs
Chipmunks on the Doorstep by Edwin Tunis
Nature Watch by Adrienne Katz
Handbook of Nature Study by Comstock (very popular among CM families)
Strange Birds at the Zoo by Julia Stoddart
Greenhead by Louis Darling (A Story about Ducks)
Wild Animals I Have Known by Seton
The Christian Liberty Nature Readers by Christian Liberty Press
Birds do the Strangest Things by Hornblow
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden (the epitome of a nature journal; popular among CM families)
A Tree is Growing by Arthur Dorros (for grade school)
A Drop of Water by Walter Wick (a picture book)

Catherine Levison’s reading list

Aesop’s Fables
Anne of Green Gables series
At the Back of the North Wind
Black Beauty
Bleak House
Brother Jacob
The Caine Mutiny
The Call of the Wild
Conversations with Pioneer Women by Fred Lockley
The Custom of the Country
David Copperfield
Dr. Zhivago
Eight Cousins
A Gathering of Days
Great Dog Stories
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates
The House at Pooh Corner
The House of Seven Gables
Howard’s End
Jane Eyre
Jo’s Boys
Key to the Prison
The Legend of Pocahontas
The Lifted Veil
Little House series
Little Men
A Little Princess
Little Women
Oliver Twist
The Portrait of a Lady
Pride and Prejudice
The Prince and the Pauper
Quite Early One Morning
Robin Hood
Robinson Crusoe
A Room with a View
The Scarlett Letter
The Secret Garden
Sense and Sensibility
Silas Marner
The Swiss Family Robinson
A Tale of Two Cities
Tales from Shakespeare
Treasure Island
Treasures of the Snow
The Turn of the Screw
Twice Told Tales
Where Angels Fear to Tread
Wuthering Heights

Reading List

Adventures of Beowulf
Aesop’s Fables (6-9 yrs)
Alice in Wonderland, Carroll (6-9 yrs)
Andersen’s Fairy Tales (6-9 yrs)
The Battle of the Books, Boswelel (17-18 yrs)
Charles Dickens’ novels (9-11 yrs)
Citizens of the World, Goldsmith (15-18 yrs)
Coming of Arthur, Malory
David Copperfield, Dickens (6-9 yrs)
Discoverer of the North Cape, Longfellow
Essay on Burns, Carleyle (15-18 yrs)
Essay on Man, Pope (15-18 yrs)
Essays on Goldsmith, Macaulay (17-18 yrs)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales (6-9 yrs)
Gulliver’s Travels, Swift (9-11 yrs)
The Heroes of Asgard, Keary (9-11 yrs)
History of English Literature (12-14 yrs)
Jessamy Bride, Frankfort Moore (15-18 yrs)
Just So Stories, Kipling (6-9 yrs)
Kidnapped, Stevenson (9-11 yrs)
Little Duke, Lang
Mrs. Gatty’s Parables from Nature (6-9 yrs)
Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan (6-9 yrs)
Rob Roy, Sir Walter Scott
Robinson Crusoe, DaFoe (7-8 yrs)
Saga of King Olaf, Longfellow
Shakespeare’s histories (12-14 yrs)
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (9-11 yrs)
She stoops to Conquer (a play) (17-18 yrs)
Tales from Shakespeare, The Lambs (6-9 yrs)
Tales of Troy and Greece, Andrew Lang (6-9 yrs)
Tanglewood Tales, Hawthorne (7-8 yrs)
The Virginians, Thackeray (15-18 yrs)
Walter Scott’s Rob Roy (9-11 yrs)
Water Babies, Kipling (6-9 yrs)