Children’s Reading List for 2016

It’s January. It’s a time for fresh starts, new goals, and planning! We are into our 2nd semester of our academic year, and I wanted to share our list of books we hope to cover.

3-Year-Old Girl Read-A-Louds

  • Someday
  • The Little Engine That Could
  • It’s Time for Bed Mommy
  • Curious George books
  • Fancy Nancy picture books
  • Little Golden books
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Fairy tales (shorter versions)
  • Stories that my husband or I “make up” for fun
  • Chick a-Chicka-Boom-Boom
  • Click-Clack-Moo
  • children’s Bible

6-Year-Old Boy (newly a chapter book reader)

  • Boxcar Children, 1-6 (independent)
  • The Hobbit (family read-a-loud)
  • Farmer Boy (read-a-loud)
  • Little House on the Prairie (read-a-loud)
  • Chronicles of Narnia (read-a-loud at least 2 in the series)
  • Aesop’s Fables (read-a-loud)
  • Fairy tales and folk tales (read-a-loud and independent)
  • The Giving Tree (read-a-loud)
  • The Snowy Day (independent)
  • The Little House (independent)
  • Click-Clack Moo (independent)
  • Love You Forever (read-a-loud and independent)
  • children’s Bible

7-Year-Old Girl (solid reader for chapter books)

  • Nancy Drew (independent)
  • The Hobit (family read-a-loud)
  • Boxcar Children, 1-19 (independent)
  • Helen Keller (independent)
  • American Girl books (independent; any that we can find that she hasn’t read yet)
  • children’s Bible (with verse numbers, but not yet the full adult version)

Although we will go through more books than what is listed, we will make sure we cover these. We visit the library every 1-3 weeks, and each time check out 20-50 books. Our library has a max of 100 books out on one card. I know I could get a library card for each child, but keeping track of 100 books is enough. If you can’t tell, our family loves to read. I’ll post in the future about our “library” in our guest room (it’s really just 2 book shelves, but it’s really cozy!). I’ll also post in the future about our daily “silent reading time.”

If you are a big fan of read-a-louds, or if you would like to add read-a-louds into your homeschool program, I highly recommend the book The Read A Loud Handbook by Jim Trelease. It explains why it is important to read a loud to your children, including to your children who are old enough to read independently. The book has sold over a million copies; if you already love books, you will enjoy all of the tips in this book!


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