Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Updated 9/6/2016

 Note I began reading from this list many years ago--2007? I can't recall! But there have been changes to this list over the years as the curriculum has been revised. So, if you go to "today's" curriculum and don't find one of the books, then it has been revised out of the curriculum. This does not make it any less of a Living Book--just things need to be changed sometimes for a variety of reasons.

I have not included every biography of great men in history that I've read. For FDR and Churchill it's very, very many. But such bios are in the options for the later years.  I'm still trying to finish IVANHOE! Started it in '09 and it '12 now....time to FINISH it. I AM proving CM's theory that reading slowly is best.

NOTE: "Reading" includes both reading and audio books.

[I am not including those completed from the Kindergarten and Year 1 list which I've read aloud to my children. Too many to list!] Many, but not all, of the books listed here in years 2--4 were read by me as we homeschooled with AO in 2005-2006.

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt [Year 5 Free Reading]
Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [Year 5 Free Reading]
Animal Farm by George Orwell [Year 6 Literature]
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy [Year 11 Literature optional]
Anne of Green Gables* by Lucy Maud Montgomery [Year 5 Free Reading]ENTIRE SERIES  
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon [Year 11 free reading]
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott [Year 12]
Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander [Year 8 Free Reading]
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh [Year 11 Literature]
Call of the Wild by Jack London [Year 6 Free Reading]
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff [Year 11 Free Reading]
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier [Year 12]
The Chosen by Chaim Potok [Year 11 Literature]
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens [Year 5 Free Reading]
Christy by Catherine Marshall [Year 11 Free Reading]
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons [Year 11 Free Reading]
Comedy of Erros by William Shakespeare
Common Sense by Thomas Paine [Year 9 Government]
Cry the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton [Year 12]
Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey [Year 7 History]
Discovery or New Worlds by MB Synge [Year 2 History]
Fathers and Sons by by Ivan Turgenev [Year 11 Literature optional]
Five Children and It bu ES Nesbit [Year 2]
Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright
Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter [Year 8 Free Reading]
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [Year 10 Literature]
Gifted Hands by Ben Carson [Year 12 Biography]
Good Earth by Pearl Buck [Year 9 Free Reading]
Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton [Year 5 Free Reading]
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald [Year 11 Literature]
The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw [Year 11 History, optional]
Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn [Year 11 Free Reading]
Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman [Year 11 History]
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams [Year 12 Free Reading]

HMS Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan ["Give Three cheers and one cheer more!")
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon [Year 11 Free Reading] (And the rest of the series)
How Should We Then Live?, by Francis Schaeffer [Year 10 Worldview]
How the Other Half Lives by Jacob A. Riis [Year 11 Literature]
The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis Year 4 Free Reading]
Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy [Year 11 Free Reading]
The Importance of Being Earnest a play by Oscar Wilde [Year 10 Free Reading]
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee [Year 11 Literature]
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott [Year 6 free reading]
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte[Year 10 Free Reading]
John Adams by David McCullough [Year 9 History]
Just as I am by Billy Graham [Year 11 suggested biographies]
Justin Morgan had a Horse by Marguerite Henry [Year 4 Free Reading]
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson [Year 4 Literature]
Killer Angels by Michael Shara [Year 10 history]
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry [Year 3 Free Reading]
Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune [Year 5 Free Reading]
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving [Year 4 Literature]
Life and Letters of [Stonewall] Jackson by Mary Anna Jackson [Year 10 History, bio of Jackson]
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis Year 4 Free Reading]
Little Duke by Charlotte Yonge [Year 2 History]
Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder [several years literature]
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott [Year 6 Free Reading]
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [Year 5 Free Reading]
Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela  [Year 12]
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding [Year 12]
MacBeth by William Shakespeare
The Magician's Nephew by CS Lewis Year 4 Free Reading]
Mama's Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes [Year 11 Free Reading] WHY Year 11 and not 5 or 6?
A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt [Year 8 History]
Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton [Year 9 Free Reading]
Mary Chestnut's Diary [Year 10 history, optional]
Michelangelo by Diane Stanley [Year 3 History]
Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen [Year 9 History]
Mr. Poppins Penguins by Richard Atwater [Year 2 Literature]
My Antonia by Willa Cather [Year 10 free reading]
Nightengales: The Extraordinary..Life of Florence Nighingale [bio of Nightingale is recommended in Year 10 history,but no specific book is recommended]
Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie [Year 11 optional]
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen [Year 8 Free Reading]

October Sky (also called Rocket Boys) by Homer Hickam [Year 11 Free Reading] On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [Year 10 History]
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn [Year 11 Free Reading]

 One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp[Year 12 Free Reading]
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis [Year 8 Free Reading]
Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling [Year 1 Geography]
Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty [Years 1-3 Literature]
Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [Year 4 Literature]

Piercing the Darkness, by Frank Peretti Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard [Year 11 Nature Study suggestion or 12 Free Reading]
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [Year 9 Literature]

Queen Victoria [I've read most of the bios of her available] [Year 10 History]Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry [Year 11 Free Reading]
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving [Year 4 Literature]
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer [Year 11 Free Reading]
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright [Year 3 Free Reading]

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orcyz [Year 9 Free Reading]

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis [Year 11 Free Reading]
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe [Year 12]
A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken [Year 12 Biography]
Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
To Sir With Love by Edward Ricardo Braithwaite [Year 11 Free Reading]
Speeches for Year 11 (not books)
Spiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright [free reading]
Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret B Pumphrey [used instead of Squanto Year 3 History]
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome [Year 3 Free Reading]
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain [Year 11 history]

Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright]
This Country of Ours by HE Marshall [Year 3 History]

This Present Darkness, by Frank Peretti [Year 12]
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith [Year 11 Free Reading]
Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling [Year 2 Geography]
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson [Year 5 Free Reading]

Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes [Year 11]
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher [Year 2 Literature]
Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith [Year 9 Literature]
The Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp [Year 6 Free Reading]
Waiting for Godot A Tragicomedy in Two Acts by Samuel Beckett [Year 11 Free Reading]
Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith [Year 9 Government and Economics]
The Wheel on the School by Meindert De Jong [Year 3 Free Reading]
Wind in the Willows by Keith Grahame [Year 2 Literature]
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [Year 10 Free Reading]

Yosemite by John Muir--substituted for Our National Parks [Year 9 or 11]

1 comment:

lindafay said...

I'm impressed. I wish more mothers would read their children's schoolbooks.