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#1 blue daisy

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 06:37 PM

I would love to see what your students are reading next year. Care to share their age/grade and a planned book list? 


Both my 12 and 9 year old are participating in a Brave Writer class so they will have the lists from Pouch of Boomerangs, and Arrow, respectively.  They also both have a few books from their history programs.  I haven't gotten too far on additional books.  My 9 year old especially is a voracious reader so I need to have a stack of books ready for him!  LOL


This is what I have so far, in addition to BW and history:


12 year old/7th grade


When the Sea Turned to Silver

Treasure Island


9 year old/4th grade:

Twenty One Balloons

Red Sails to Capri

Bud Not Buddy

Tuck Everlasting

The Borrowes

Sign of the Beaver

Man of the Family (sequel to Little Britches)


Not sure what else...



7 year old and I will work together through the Quiver of Arrow books on BW, probably not all in one year.


I would love to hear what you have planned for your children.  If this is already started somewhere else, I apologize - can you link that thread?



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:29 AM

Are you talking about reading lists as in what books my children will be reading for analysis/literature (subject) or what books they will be reading "on their own" ("free" reading), or both? : )


I'm asking because my olders will have books to read that will be discussed and analyzed  with me (part of their literature subject) as well as books they will read on their own.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 10:30 AM

Are you talking about reading lists as in what books my children will be reading for analysis/literature (subject) or what books they will be reading "on their own" ("free" reading), or both? : )


I'm asking because my olders will have books to read that will be discussed and analyzed  with me (part of their literature subject) as well as books they will read on their own.


Either/both.  :)  I just enjoy seeing what other kids are reading, and it also helps me get ideas.  I fleshed out our reading plans a little more last night, so I will add to my post when I get a chance.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 01:21 PM

I don't have a reading list worked out yet- my almost 10 yr old ds is working through Percy Jackson books and some graphic novels from the library that focus on different gods/goddesses for fun. For "mom's choice" he's reading some books about Native Americans that I picked up from the library. We're doing American History this year and I thought that we could get started with that because I don't know how we're ever going to get through all that content!
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 02:39 PM

Little House in the Big Woods
On the Banks of Plum Creek
Tolliver ' s Secret
The Matchlock Gun
The Cabin Faced West
The Courage of Sarah Noble
A Lion to Guard US
In Grandma's Attic
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin
Pocohantas and the Strangers
Pedro ' s Journal
Leif the Lucky
The Boxcar Children
The Wizard of Oz
Wind in the Willows
The Blue Fairy
Peter Pan
Alice in Wonderland
Through the Looking Glass
The Wonderbook
Jungle Book
Orange Fairy
Beatrix Potter Collection

This seems long but it is 3 kids. I think I missed some as I was going off the top of my head but it is essentially the required reading for ELTL 1 and 2 as well as Adventures in American History. There are leveled readers in there as well but for the most part this is the main ones. We do a combination of me reading, them reading and audible.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 02:39 PM

This is my 7th grader's list of required reading for next year. Subject to me removing something if he really dislikes it (he loved everything I assigned the last two years, so I'm happy to accommodate him if he decides he hates something), and also subject to how long they take him. I may remove something.

Sign of the Beaver
Carry on Mr. Bowditch
Johnny Tremain
The Captain's Dog
Amos Fortune, Free Man
Tom Sawyer
Bound for Oregon
Across Five Aprils
Blue Willow OR No Promises in the Wind
On the Far Side of the Mountain
The Terrible Wave
Bud, Not Buddy
Story of My Life: Helen Keller
A Wrinkle in Time
Basher 5-2

I don't have a list made up of chapter readalouds for my third and first graders yet. There will be some related to US history and some just that I feel like reading to them.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:40 PM

I have decided on the following novels for my DS (8th grade this fall) for literature analysis. We also use Mosdos Literature for short stories and poetry. DS loves non-fiction but is somewhat weak with fiction reading skills (and also generally unmotivated to read fiction):


The Giver

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (tried this for 7th but the dialect was too distracting for him at the time)

Where the Red Fern Grows

The Westing Game

Surviving the Applewhites


The Shakespeare Stealer

Red Scarf Girl (actually an autobiography)


My DS is also expected to have a "free" reading fiction book going alongside. He already reads a lot of non fiction. I will give him ideas for the "free" reading book but he gets to choose. Here are some titles I will suggest to him:


Al Capone Does My Shirts

Because of Mr. Terupt

The Light in the Forest

Fever 1793

The City of Ember and sequels

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death and a Boy Called Eel

Brian's Winter, etc. (sequels to Hatchet)


Edited by chiefcookandbottlewasher, 11 July 2017 - 09:09 PM.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:58 PM

Great lists, thanks for sharing!  I was looking through various books lists last night and added to my kids' lists, so this is what I have now.  Again, they will both read the Brave Writer books (Arrow for 4th grader, Pouch of Boomerangs for 7th grader), and various books that go with their history curriculum.  In addition, this is the plan, but obviously, I will adjust if it ends up being too much.


12 year old/7th grade


When the Sea Turned to Silver (I love Grace Lin's fantasy novels!)

Treasure Island

Story of My Life (Helen Keller)

Out of My Mind

Call It Courage

The Yearling

Sherlock Holmes (a junior version)

20,000 Leagues under the Sea (maybe)



9 year old/4th grade (voracious, advanced reader)

Twenty One Balloons

Red Sails to Capri

Bud Not Buddy

Tuck Everlasting

The Borrowers

Sign of the Beaver

Man of the Family (sequel to Little Britches)


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

My Side of the Mountain

The Lemonade Wars

Detectives in Togas


My 7 year old (2nd grade) and I will read together:

Mr. Popper's Penguins

The Trumpet of the Swan

Winnie the Pooh


Ballet Shoes

Little House on the Prairie

Farmer Boy


Gooseberry Park

The Reluctant Dragon

My Father's Dragon

(I'm not sure we'll actually get through all that, but we own most of them from the boys reading them, so at least I have them ready to go.)

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:26 PM

For my 12-yo/7th grade, so far, I have planned:
Small Steps: The year I got polio
I, Juan de Pareja
Amos Fortune, Free Man
(The rest of the literature in History Odyssey Early Modern, including:
Sign of the Beaver
Carry on Mr. Bowditch
Johnny Tremain
The Captain's Dog)
I'll add in some others if we have time/I come across anything interesting.

We have been doing read-alouds or following along with audio books. I am going to try to transition to more independent reading this year. DS is a strong reader, but I just find it easier to discuss if we read together and I can be sure that he actually read/hear the whole book.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 11:11 PM

Here are my kids' lists for this year (also aged 12 & 9).


Parables from Nature - selected
Hatchet - 192 pages
Gulliver’s Travels
Children of the new forest - 304 pages
Journey to the centre of the earth - 160 pages
A single shard - 148 pages
Farmer boy - 372 pages
Peter the Great and Tsarist Russia - 80 pages
The White Stag
Archimedes and the door of science - 131 pages
The Mouse with the question mark tail - 229 pages
The search for planet x - 128 pages
Ember Falls - 336 pages

12 y/o

Faerie queen
Madam How and Lady Why - 138 pages
A Christmas Carol
Tom Sawyer - 197 pages
Galen and the gateway to medicine - 123 pages
Rip van winkle - 172 pages
The Drover’s Wife - 8 pages
Little Men - 304 pages
20,000 leagues under the sea - 304 pages
The Time Machine - 80 pages
Edible History of Humanity - 242 pages
A proud taste for scarlet and miniver - 201 pages
The Vanishing point - 226 pages
Rise and fall of mount majestic - 339 pages
Freckles - 146 pages

And the lists grow as the year progresses lol.

Eta- looking at the previous posters' lists makes me smile!

Edited by LMD, 11 July 2017 - 11:13 PM.

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 10:06 AM

DS 10 (age grade is 5th or 6th, we are mostly doing 8th and 9th grade work, He's doing grade 8 of BYL along with some other books I want him to read this year.)


I am Malala

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Brilliant Blunders

The Golden Goblet
The Sand-Reckoner
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Parcel of Patterns
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
The True Adventures of Charley Darwin
To Kill a Mockingbird
The House of the Scorpion

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

Archimedes and the Door of Science
The High Crusade

The Canterbury Tales
The Second Mrs. Gioconda
Along Came Galileo
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter
Animal Farm
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two
A Brief History of Time



This thread seems to be for older elementary, but here is my second grader's lit list because I like posting about books. lol

My second graders:

(I chose one book a month, with an accompanying Arrow for all but Alice. They will read other books, but these are our "Literature" books.)


The Wind in the Willows

The Tale of Despereaux


The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Mary Poppins

Caddie Woodlawn

James and the Giant Peach

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

My Side of the Mountain

The Penderwicks

Anne of Green Gables

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 12:26 PM

For my just turned 9 yo DD, who will be in 4th grade this fall, we will be using Mosdos Ruby for short stories and poetry analysis. This year will be the first time I will have her read novels specifically for analysis with me (part of her Literature subject) and not just "free/quiet time" reading. She also is expected to have another novel going alongside that is  for "free/quiet time reading. The analysis novels I choose; the "free/quiet time" reading novels I provide suggestions but she chooses. This child (unlike DS 8th grade mentioned upthread) actually loves reading fiction.


Novels for Literature (subject):


Sarah, Plain and Tall


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Little House on the Prairie

The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlotte in Giverny


Greek Myth Study for Literature:


D'Aulaire's Greek Myths using the Memoria Press study guide



Some Novel Suggestions for DD for her "free/quiet time" reading:


The Borrowers sequels (she is finishing The Borrowers right now)

Little House sequels

Poppy sequels

Narnia sequels

Caddie Woodlawn

Stuart Little

Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit (and sequels)

The Bell Family

The Dragon of Lonely Island

The Case of the Missing Moonstone (and sequel)

The Frog Princess (and sequels)

The Doll Shop Downstairs (and sequel)

All of a Kind Family sequels (we are reading All of a Kind Family now as a read-aloud)

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 01:42 PM

My upcoming 8th grader. I'm making her a year long fairy tale literature study so if it seems fairy tale heavy that's why. Also she's doing a mythology year in lieu of history so lots of myths as well. These are just the books to be read during literature/assigned reading time not the books she'll be reading for official subject times.


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

The Captain's Dog


Johnny Tremain

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons

My Brother Sam is Dead

My Book House (2 volumes)

For original fairy tale to modern rewrites comparison:

  • Cinder
  • Fairest
  • Beastly

For comparing the classic fairy tale genre to modern, new fairy tale stories:

  • Stardust
  • Tale of Despereaux (I did this as a read aloud years ago but I want her to reread it with new eyes)
  • The Book of Lost Things or Uprooted (haven't decided between these two yet)

Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Perrault's Fairy Tales

Choice of the following: Tales from Africa, Tales from Japan, Tales from China, Tales from India, Korean Folk Tales, Russian Tales and Legends

Beowulf: A Hero's Tale Retold

Aladdin and Other Favorite Arabian Nights Stories


My upcoming fifth grader. Again this is just the list for literature/assigned reading time.


My Book House (2 volumes)

Tales from the Odyssey

D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

Our Little Athenian Cousin of Long Ago

Our Little Spartan Cousin of Long Ago

Christian Liberty Nature Reader 5

Our Earth

Of Courage Undaunted

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

A Long Walk to Water

Caddie Woodlawn

An Ordinary Princess

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


The Children of the Green Knowe

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 02:14 PM

Rising 4th-grader. Some books he's been reading this summer to fulfill summer reading requirements:

By the Great Horn Spoon

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

Amos Fortune, Free Man

Look! Seeing the Light in Art

Lady Lollipop

Three Terrible Trins

Hardy Boys #5: Rocky Road

Madame Pamplemousse and her Incredible Edibles

poetry: Rutherford B, Who Was He?, Poetry for Young People: William Carlos Williams

audiobooks: Chomp; Mystery of the Lost Mine (Boxcar Children 52).

non-fiction: Eyewitness Civil War, Flight, Everything Money


Some of my planned 4th-grade assigned independent reading:

Who Was Charles Dickens?

The Toothpaste Millionaire

Stone Fox

A Long Way from Chicago

Hans Brinker

a Ramona book or two for fun

Brown Girl Dreaming


To read together:

Oliver Twist

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Birchbark House

The Chestry Oak

Number the Stars

One Crazy Summer


For me to read aloud to him:


Mornings on Horseback

The 39 Steps

The Watsons Go to Birmingham


I'm not sure what else yet.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 09:25 AM

DS, 11




Lord of the Flies

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Cycle of the Werewolf (Stephen King)

Bridge to Terebithia

Haddix: Among the Hidden

The Giver

The Hobbit -- maybe

General Butterfingers

Maus I & II

Number the Stars


Churchill (Paul Johnson)

The Cay

The River

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

Tuck Everlasting

Watsons To to Birmingham

Fahrenheit 451

Within Reach: My Everest Story

Basher 52

The Outsiders



Outliers (Gladwell)

The Night Gardener or Jasper Jones


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or Treasure Island

A Midnight Clear

How Sugar Changed the World

Pop & Bud (family history)

The Abyss or The Hot Zone




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Posted 13 July 2017 - 03:22 PM

For dd7, who will be in third grade next year.


Read Alouds

St. Ignatius and the Company of Jesus

Anne of Green Gables

The Light Princess

Gentle Ben

Wheel on the School

Sally Wister's Journal


Farmer Boy

Johnny Tremain

Ben and Me

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity

The Moffats

Secret Garden


I'm less certain of what I will assign her to read on her own. I plan on using many of the abridged classics mentioned in the SOTW activity guide, plus a few titles from Sonlight's third grade reading list. I will also use booksource.com to find books slightly above her reading level so that she can read aloud to me a few times each week.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 12:48 PM

My 5th grader will be doing Ancient/Medieval History, so his reading list matches up with that.  He's also doing Guest Hollow Botany, which has an extensive reading list of its own.  Here's his history reading list:


Maroo of the Winter Caves, by Ann Turnbull
Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt,  by Elizabeth Payne
Egyptian Mythology, by Geraldine Pinch
Hittite Warrior, by Joanne Williamson

The Golden Fleece, by Padraic Colum
The Children’s Homer, by Padraic Colum
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine, by Jeanne Bendick
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, by Kathryn Lasky
Aesop’s Fables

The Ancient Celts, by Patricia Calvert
The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
Myths of the Norseman, by Roger Lancelyn Green
Children of Odin, by Padraic Colum
Otto of the Silver Hand, by Howard Pyle

King Arthur, by Roger Lancelyn Green
Attila the Hun, by Sean Stewart Price (Wicked History)
Medieval Lives, by Terry Jones
Adam of the Road, by Elizabeth Janet Gray
Robin Hood, by Roger Lancelyn Green
The Trumpeter of Krakow, by Eric P. Kelly
Medieval Medicine and the Plague, by Lynne Elliott

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 01:34 PM

4th and 6th grades (9 and 11 years old)

Read aloud:


When the Sea Turns to Silver

Samurai Rising

A Single Shard

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night

The World Before This One

Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

Tales from Grimm

Popol Vuh: A Sacred Book of the Maya

Secret of the Andes

The Fairie Queene (Shealy adaptation)

Shakespeare’s Storybook: Folk Tales that Inspired the Bard

Blood on the River: James Town 1607

I, Juan de Pareja

Pictorial Pilgrim’s Progress

The Witch of Blackbird Pond