The Reading Room

My children are avid readers.  I love to read to them, but confess that I don’t do it for my younger children as much as I did for my older children. I guess I go through seasons when I read a lot to them and then seasons when it's hit and miss.   I have always tried to choose good quality classic books for my children.  Classic books have plots that are more involved and vocabulary that is more challenging.  When I read these types of books to my children it builds their attention span and helps increase their vocabulary.  When they continue reading these books on their own it builds their reading skills and increase reading comprehension.  Classic books can also teach them about times and places in ways that are much more exciting than a text book could ever be.




A great resource for reading classic books to younger children is called Five In A Row.  I have used this and love it!  I was able to find most of the needed books in my library.  I highly recommend this for the 4 to 8 year old group.



For my upper grade children (7th and up) I have used a history program from a company called "Beautiful Feet Books". It uses classic literature to teach history and it is wonderful.

Here is a list from of all the history guides they sell:

 Beautiful Feet Books


I love the book, The Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola, she has a great section on reading classic books and all the wonderful benefits for a child.




Here is a list that my children gave me a few years ago when I asked for their favorite books and authors.  If you are wondering what to read when you go to the library here is a list to get you started:


Adam Of the Road by Elizabeth Gray
Agnes Gray by Anne Bronte
Big Red by Jim Kielgaard
Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Black Stallion (the whole series) by Walter Farly
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Brink
Calico Captive, The Witch of Black Bird Pond, Sign of the Beaver and many other good books by Elizabeth Spears
Call of the Wild, Sea Wolf, White Fang by Jack London
Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Latham
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Charlottes Web, Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Door In the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
Gentle Ben, Kavik the Wolf Dog, Scrub Dog of Alaska, Gloomy Gus and many more by Walt Morey
Girl of the Limberlost, Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Island Of The Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
King Of The Wind, Misty of Chincoteague, Stormy Misty’s Foal, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Justin Morgan Had a Horse, and many more by Marguerite Henry
Lantern In Her Hand by Beth Streeter Aldrich
Little House on the Prairie (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Lord Fauntleroy, Little Princess, Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
Little Women, Jo’s boys, Little Men, Eight Cousins, by Lousia May Alcott
Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
On to Oregon by Honore Morrow
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
Phatom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain & Kenneth S. Lynn
Rifles For Watie by Harold Keith
Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
Star of Light and Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
The Three Musketeers by Alexdandre Dumas
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric Kelly




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