My reading list for 2018 has finally come together! There is something here for almost everyone, with no trashy content surprises (except I may need to do another list for cookbooks, health and gardening books another time)….
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Many of you have asked for a reading list of great books for young and older children, the kind that contain wholesome adventure and inspire a heart to courageous living. I have been busy and did just as you requested.
What fun I had compiling it! Updated June, 2017.
We are all aware that there is a battle raging in our culture for the minds and hearts of our children, but how do we as parents prepare them to live in the world? How do we teach values and build character at home on a day to day basis to equip them for a lifetime?
As a homeschooler twenty years ago, I was interested to see the new Caldecott selections assuming that they would live up to very high standards of 60 years ago. My book-loving friends and I didn’t question the American Library Association (ALA) “experts”. We were almost too busy to see the sharp decline in wholesome adventure and mental food to inspire a young heart to courageous living. I trusted them and their yardstick for judging children’s literature – but not anymore.
However, bad is not for me to determine. It is for me to increase awareness so conscientious parents can make wise choices.
Instead of reading textbooks, students should be reading ‘living books’. When we decided to home-educate our children (with the help of the Lord), an almost irresistible urge seized me to find great ‘living books’ for use as our school readers.
Charlotte Mason was an educator from England who believed that education had three facets: a discipline, an atmosphere and a way of life.
She believed we should use ‘Living books’ to teach children thoughts and ideas that breathed life, not the dry facts in textbooks. As a result, her approach is the opposite of the textbook approach. Living books are more story-like, they don’t simply present information, and their authors are passionate about their topic.
There is a great need in our homes for a enriching, exciting children’s bookshelf. If you place a high value on a healthy imagination and inner strength of character, here’s a fabulous list of books for younger children through middle grades.
Reading books aloud will bond you together. In the culture of family, books are part of what make us…us.