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I'm looking for some ideas for reading for my grade 1 student who reads above grade level (how above, I'm not sure :tongue_smilie:).


We're doing VP's First Favorites but it's not that challenging so I'm looking for a bit more. I've considered just doing reading the WTM way- read, then narrate in a notebook but I'd like a bit of variety and I do like that VP has questions specific to the story as it allows the program to be used independent of me reading all the books and checking narrations for accuracy. :D


I'm not looking for anything with phonics integrated (such as CLE reading for they younger grades) as I've already got that aspect covered.


I'm looking for literature for grades 1-3 that come with basic questions or *some*thing to enhance their reading experience.


I'm also in need of what to have the younger crowd reading. We're at about the Magic Treehouse/Boxcar Children level. I wouldn't want anything too much harder for now.

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The Sonlight reader packages have discussion questions and mapping. You could look at 2Adv or 3 (the 2Adv are actually a little harder than the 3). Readers 3 are American history themed, but the 2Adv are just 3rd-4th grade level books.


If you're already with Veritas, they have great Comp Guides for novels... why not stick with that? Maybe do the First Favorites with your youngers and get a novel guide or two for your advanced reader.

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If you're already with Veritas, they have great Comp Guides for novels... why not stick with that? Maybe do the First Favorites with your youngers and get a novel guide or two for your advanced reader.
:iagree:Their 2nd grade literature starts off with Boxcar children.
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Here is a list I can up with for grades 1 and 2. It basically incorporates the recommendations of Ambleside, Veritas, The Center for Literary Education, and Highland Latin School, as well as a few FIAR selections.


A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert

A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno

A Penny’s Worth of Character, 62 p.

A Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Abraham Lincoln by Ingri D'Aulaire

All Those Secrets of the World by Jane Yolen

Along Came A Dog by Meindert De Jong

Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin

As the Crow Flies Babar,

To Duet or Not to Duet based on characters by DeBrunhoff

Balto and the Great Race

Billy and Blaze, 48 p. (6 book series)

Blueberries for Sal, 32 p.

Bo and the Missing Dogs, Lynn Simmons

Bo and the Night Intruder, Lynn Simmons

Bo and the Roaring Pines, Lynn Simmons

Bo, The Famous Retriever,

Boxcar Children

Bread and Jam for Frances, 32 p. (5 book series)

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

Burt Dow, Deep Water Man, 64 p.

Chanticleer and the Fox - Barbara Cooney

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Caps for Sale

Clues in the Woods, Peggy Parish

Corduroy, 28 p.

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin

Curious George, 36 p.

Danny and the Dinosaur

Doctor DeSoto, 32 p.

Down, Down the Mountain by Ellis Credle Drummer Hoff, 32 p.

Each Peach, Pear, and Plum

Elmer and the Dragon

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney

Flat Stanley, 80 p. (4 book series)

Floss, 32 p.

Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

Frog and Toad (5 book series, Level 2)

Gold Rush Winter

Gramma's Walk by Anna Grossnickle Hines

Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

Green Eggs and Ham

Gregory’s Shadow, 32 p.


Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Harry the Dirty Dog, 32 p.

Heidi by Joanna Spyri.

Henry and Mudge (6 book series, Level 2)

Homer Price

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Ice Wreck

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, 20 p.

Imagene's Antlers

In Grandma's Attic

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Key to the Treasure , Peggy Parish

King of the Golden River by John Ruskin

Lentil by Robert McCloskey

Little Bear, 64 p.

Little House in the Big Woods

Little House on the Prairie

Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

Maybelle The Cable Car, 42 p.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Morris Goes to School (Level 1)

Mouse Soup Mouse Tales (Level 2)

Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car by John Burningham

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater

Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea, 44 p. (4 book series)

Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco

My Father's Dragon

Nate the Great, 48 p. (5 book series)

Next Spring an Oriole

Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha

Noisy Nora

Now We Are Six

One Morning in Maine, 64 p.

Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle

Our Snowman

Owl at Home

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Owls in the Family

Ox-cart Man, 40 p.

Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley

Peter Pan

Picture Book of Abe Lincoln

Picture Book of George Washington,

Adler Pied Piper of Hamlin by Robert Browning


Pioneer Cat

Pirate Island Adventure, Peggy Parish

Pocahontas by Ingri D'Aulaire

Rosie's Walk

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Seaman’s Journal: On the Trail with Lewis and Clark,

Secret Agents Four, Sobol

Seven Little Rabbits

St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges

Statue of Liberty, Penner

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Storm in the Night by Mary Stoltz

Strega Nona

Stuart Little

Tall Tales: Winging it with the Wright Brothers

Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

The Biggest Bear, 84 p.

The Borrowers

The Canada Geese Quilt

The Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster

The Case of the Golden Key

The Cat Who Wore a Pot on His Head

The Clown of God by Tomie DePaola

The Courage of Sarah Noble

The Creeping Shadows, Lois Walfrid Johnson

The Disappearing Stranger, Lois Walfrid Johnson

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli

The Dragon of Blueland

The Ghosts of Cougar Island, Peggy Parish

The Giraffe That Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton

The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen

The Haunted House, Peggy Parish

The Hidden Message, Lois Walfrid Johnson

The Hundred Dresses

The Little Engine that Could, 37 p.

The Little Red LIghthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde Swift The Magic Fish, 32 p.

The Matchlock Gun, 62 p.

The Mitten

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

The Railway Children, Nesbit

The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang T

he Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Story of Pocahontas, Penner

The Tale of Peter Rabbit written and ill. by Beatrix Potter

The Vanishing Footprints, Lois Walfrid Johnson

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

They Were Strong and Good by Alice and Robert Lawson

Three Names by Patricia MacLachlan

Time of Wonder, 64 p.

Trouble at Wild River, Lois Walfrid Johnson

Ugly Duckling Lorinda Cauley

Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews

Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf

Wee Sir Gibbie

When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

Who Owns the Sun? by Stacy Chbosky

Wind in the Willows

Winnie the Pooh

Young Orville and Wilbur Wright, Troll

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A few of these may be on the list I posted before as well.....


A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston

American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg

Andy and the Circus by Ellis Credle

Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty

Assateague Island of Wild Ponies

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Betsy-Tacy, 144 p. (10 book series)

Black Ships Before Troy

By the Shores of Silver Lake

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Charlotte's Web

Children of the New Forest by F Marryat

Children's Homer, Padraic Colum

Climbing Kansas Mountains by George Shannon

Daniel's Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla

Daulaire's Book of Greek Myths

Detectives in Togas

Encyclopedia Brown, 100 p. (7 book series)

English Fairy Tales and more by Joseph Jacobs

George Washington Carver, Children's Press

George Washington, Children's Press

Ginger Pye

Grandma’s Attic, 140 p. (7 books series)

Henry Huggins

Henry the Castaway by Mark Taylor

Homer Price

In Search of Troy

Indian in the Cupboard, 184 p.

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry

Little House in the Big Woods

Little House on the Prairie

Little Nino's Pizzeria by Karen Barbour

Little Pilgrim's Progress, Helen Taylor

Manning the Light

Men of Iron by Howard Pyle

Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook, 224 p.

Misty of Chincoteague

Mr. Popper’s Penguins, 139 p.

Mystery and Mishap


On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Owls in the Family, 91 p.

Paul Bunyan, Steven Kellogg

Paul Revere, Stevenson

Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Peter Pan

Pilgrim's Progress Part One (Christian's Journey) by John Bunyan OR Part Two,

Christiana's Journey - the original language is recommended

Pinocchio, 261 p.

Pompeii….Buried Alive

Rabbit Hill, 120 p.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Rome Antics

Sarah Plain and Tall

Seaman’s Journal: On the Trail with Lewis and Clark, 32 p.

Sign of the Beaver, 144 p.

Snow Treasure

Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims, Bulla

St Francis, Wildsmith

St. George and the Dragon

Story of the Treasure Seekers

Stuart Little

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major

The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

The Borrowers, 192 p. (5 book series)

Boxcar Children, Warner

The Cat of Bubastes

The Cricket in Times Square, 160 p.

The Dragon of Lonely Island

The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl

The Eagle of the Ninth

The Finest Horse in Town by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright

The Great Brain

The Heroes by Charles Kingsley

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Book 1 and Book 2

The Landing of the Pilgrims

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

The Long Winter

The Matchlock Gun

The Middle Moffat

The Midnight Fox, 134 p.

The Moffats

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

The Railway Children, 267 p.

The Reluctant Dragon

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright

The Story of Dr. Doolittle, 150 p. (7 book series), Hugh Lofting

The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley

The Wheel on the School by Meindert De Jong

The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Treasure Island

Trojan Horse, Emily Little

Truman's Aunt Farm by Jama Kim Rattigan

Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte Yonge Warm as Wool by Scott Russell Sanders

Weathering the Storms

Winnie-the-Pooh, 161 p.

Yellow and Pink

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  • 2 weeks later...
I bought the Sonlight instructor guide for 2 intermediate and advanced. I bought both, without the books, so I have lots of choices to get from the library.


I just did the same thing! Another idea is Memoria Press's new literature guides which look pretty good to me.

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