Here is a list of some of the books we have read or intend to read. I’ve marked the ones I read to them as read alouds. Many of those will be personal reading books for the children in the future. Audio is marked as audio. Read alouds and audio are for a mixed age audience. I’ll undoubtedly be writing more about what we read as the next academic year goes on.
KINDERGARTEN (year 1)
All these books are read aloud books as most K aged children can’t read at this level yet. They are important for teaching listening skills and building vocabulary and reasoning skills. All the more reason for avoiding the disneyfied versions of things like Winnie the Pooh
Trawl second hand bookshops and charity shops, unless you are lucky enough to have easy acess to Wigtown. Get the old Postman Pat books. The new ones are so badly written, that they could make your eyes bleed! Children are nowhere near as dim as some of the “new” adapted versions would have us believe. Charlotte Mason warned against twaddle and I’ve come across some really sugary stuff form her day, but even those don’t quite plumb the depths of grammatical horribleness as the new versions of Postman Pat and Winnie the Pooh.
Winnie The Pooh The real ones by A A Milne.
Alfie and Annie Rose Shirley Hughes is a wonderful writer and illustrator.
Little Pear (I don’t have this yet, but intend to get it)
Brother William’s Year A beautiful little book on the life of a monastary.
All things Tomie DePaola.
For Heleyna to read herself we will be using the printed up and online version of the Starfall books, the Oxford Reading Tree books (not as phonic based as the newer ones I believe) and Step Into Reading Books I’ve accumulated over the years as well as the free online Oxford Owl books.
(Ignore the grades for these books. Even Avila who has some mild dyslexic tenancies was reading Step into Reading level 5 books like the Trojan Horse by grade 1. And the ORT years and ages are not very useful as guides either). Having said that the grades I have put books into are just a basic guide. Your children will be different and their interests may be different.
GRADE 1 (yr 2)
26 Fairmount Ave series by T DePaola (self read)
The Secret Garden (read aloud) (free ebook)
The Pheonix and the Carpet (read aloud) (free ebook)
The Happy Prince and other Stories which includes my favourite The Selfish Giant. We have a hardcopy of this. (self read)
GRADE 2 (yr 3)
Wise Guy; the Life and Philosophy of Socrates Good intro for children.
The Arabian Nights Andrew Lang
Little House in the Big Wood Laura Ingalls Wilder (copywrite free if you live in Canada)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (no we wont be watching the movie which I hear is nothing like the book). (self read)
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis. and sharing with her brother the other Narnia stories following them from Readings From Under the Grapevine.
The Little Duke Charlotte Yonge (free ebook)
GRADE 3 (yr 4)
Francis of the Seven Seas (I know Seton has it down as G 6 but Ronan wanted to read it now so he is)
Gregor Mendel, The Friar who grew peas Good science picture book with the story of Fr Mendel and his genetic discovery and experiementation with peas.
Adolphus Tips Michael Morpurgo (An Iona find in a charity shop)
GRADE 4 (yr 5)
Captain’s Courageous Rudyard Kipling
The Children of the New Forest Frederick Marryat
Famous Men of Greece Charles Haaren (I have the mobi version as I bought the Yesterday’s Classics set a last year)
The Cat of Bubastes G. A. Henty
On Henty – I-ve read he should be treated with caution. He wrote fiction more than he wrote “historical” apparently, and the place I found the info did a short overview of his book on the fall of Jerusalem showing the problems. He is also well known as writing some anti-Catholic anhistorical stuff too – so I am going to either pre-read (God give me a 28 hr day) or avoid. There’s plenty of other stuff out there.
Swallows and Amazons (which I bought in Wigtown the Book Town of Scotland)
The Children’s Homer (I picked up a lovely hardcopy of this in Wigtown).
The Canterville Ghost Oscar Wilde
More Narnia books.
The Ink Garden of Br Theophane along with Magic in the Margins and Marguerite Makes a Book are beautiful ways to get children interested in manuscript and book making before printing. There are basic recipes for the inks and the books themselves are so well illustrated you’ll have plenty of inspiration. Activity sheet (opens pdf)
I love just about all the Picture books I’ve ever bought and have a lot that I hope to buy eventually. They are books for relaxing with and suit all three of them pretty well. Avila is lovely at sitting with younger children and reading to them and these books are ideal for that.
Other books I might think of getting for free reading>
READ ALOUDS (if I have voice – audio if not)