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Postby StellarStory » Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:22 pm

I like to use


It's free. I will help you pick out a book according to reading level and subjects of interest.

It has comprehension quizzes too.

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Postby seekingmyLord » Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:15 am

StellarStory wrote:I like to use


I second that. My daughter enjoys it too, but I also like out of print books they don't list.

Here is a great resource also:

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Postby 4given » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:34 am

seekingmyLord wrote:
StellarStory wrote:I like to use


I second that. My daughter enjoys it too, but I also like out of print books they don't list.

Here is a great resource also:

Thanks to both of you. It looks like we'll be able to make use of these.
Gotta love FREE stuff!!!!

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Postby Morgan » Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:31 pm

Some of my personal favorites...

For lower elementary:
Crysanthemum (**great for grades 1-2!)
A Year Down Yonder
A Long Way From Chicago
Courage of Sarah Noble
Cam Jansen series
Daisy-head Mayzie
Magic Tree House series

For upper elementary:
BFG (** great for grades 3-5!)
Birchbark House
Black Beauty
Brian's Winter (** great for grades 3-6!)
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Hatchet (** prequel to 'Brian's Winter')
Bridge to Terabithia (** this is a movie, too)
Castle in the Attic
Children of the Wild West
Children of the Longhouse
Classroom at the End of the Hall
Bud, Not Buddy
Because of Winn Dixie (** great for grades 3-5!) (** AWARD-WINNING)
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
House of Dies Drear
Number the Stars (** great for grades 3-6!)
Trumpet of the Swan
Chronicles of Narnia (**great for grades 5-6!) (** this is a movie, too!)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Eragon (** great for young teens!)
Eldest (** sequel to 'Eragon')
Lord of the Rings (** this is a movie, too!)
Lord of the Flies (** great for teens!)
A Wrinkle in Time
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
To Kill a Mocking Bird
Call of the Wild
White Fang
My Brother Sam is Dead
Little Women (** great for grades 8-11!) (** CLASSIC)
Of Mice and Men
Scarlet Letter
Romeo and Juliet (** great for older teens!)
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Wuthering Heights
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Postby Theodore » Sat Aug 11, 2007 2:26 pm

If we're getting into the subject of books for older children, there are simply too many to list :) Heinlein, for instance, wrote all sorts of great books. One of my all-time favorites is Tunnel in the Sky. Beware of stobor!

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Postby StellarStory » Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:33 pm

That's a great list Morgan!

Heinlein was fab for me as a teen and as an adult!

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Postby akhanley » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:04 pm

Some modern books that would be good for your children's age range are Eragon and I Am David. In my opinion, I Am David, is quickly becoming a literary classic. Anne Holm does an excellent job of depicting the struggles of those who emerge from concentration camps. You can also find websites that feature teacher question prompts for the book.
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Postby ncmom » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:28 pm

I agree that the Lord of the Rings would be on top of my list. I know someone who wrote a whole curriculum on that book. I have never used it but looked at it and it was interesting. I also have in my older child's reading list this year: The Scarlet Letter, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, some Mark Twain, along with some others but I am still picking those out.

I recommend the book My Side of the Mountain if you haven't already read it.

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Postby milehimom » Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:07 am

I just finished reading aloud to my children (2nd, 3rd and 5th grader) The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. THEY LOVED IT. Once we were about 5 chapters into the book, they were so into it they would BEG me to read more each time. IN the final chapters it was so exciting that we sometimes read for 40 minutes at a time. This morning I read for one hour in order to finish the book. I had to hide the book last night when my husband and I left them with a sitter, I was afraid they'd read the end without me!

I'd say it's a upper level 6th grade reader for independent reading, maybe even 7th grade. THe vocabulary is very challenging. I often substituted easier words for some I'd come across while reading, just to be sure my 2nd grader was able to follow.

We've been studying Explorers of the 15th and 16th centuries, so this book about a girl on a ship traveling across the Atlantic really helped our studies come to life. THere's a diagram of the ship in the back of the book so the kids learned many parts of a boat in order to follow the story. The kids made lots of connections with the events of this story, with some events we read about in the explorers lives (mutiny, harsh captains, horrible food and water, etc.)
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Great site for book lists and reviews

Postby BucherHund » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:53 pm

One site I like to use is www.bookangles.com. It's a free service by a homeschooling family. They have some lists of favorite books by age category and they also have detailed reviews of many books so you can quickly see for yourself if a book fits your family's values and seems right for your child. That saves a lot of time-- I can't read everything before my children do-- they are avid readers! It's all written from a Christian worldview, which, imo, makes it a lot more useful to me than a general book review site. ( Note: You really have to register to get the most useful info but they don't do anything with the info you provide (just name and e-mail)-- they just want to protect children from seeing some of the commentary which might include bad language, immoral content and the like so they have parents register and use a password.)

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Postby Donald James Parker » Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:06 am

Some of the finest books I have run across are not well known and are currently in the public domain. I have written a software application to read such books. Authors that grabbed me in the process are Frances Hodgson Burnett and Gene Stratton Porter. They both have titles many will recognize. Secret Garden, The Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy - for Burnett. She compiled some of the finest kids books in that list but some of her other work is great too. Porter wrote Girl of the Limberlost, Freckles and many others. You can't go wrong with these two.
In the comptemporary world - for fantasy books - Bryan Davis has written several Christian fantasies.
I loved to read as a kid and I try to encourage kids to dig into the written word. My favorite phrase is He who won't read good books is no better off than he who can't. Another computer phrase works in this situation too - garbage in - garbage out. The content of the books read is extremely important to nurture young spirits (and old ones too).
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Every Good Book

Postby mark_egp » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:57 pm

I've combined the various book lists we've accumulated over 10 years of homeschooling, and put them in searchable/sortable lists on this website:
Mark - http://www.everygoodpath.net/ Homeschool ideas
http://www.everygoodbook.com/ Classic Book lists easy to search/sort for history, literature, and reading lesson plans

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Postby Glottis » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:51 am

Theodore wrote:There are piles of classics and fun books you could try. Here's a few to get you started, in no particular order:

Swiss Family Robinson
Island of the Blue Dolphin
Where the Red Fern Grows
Chronicles of Narnia
The Hobbit
Lord of the Rings
The Wheel on the School
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Borrowers
The Railway Children
Hardy Boys
Pippi Longstocking
Freddy the Pig (we sell these, if your library doesn't have them)
Tintin (one of the best comic book series ever)

brings back memories... very nice list to get the kids to enjoy reading! i enjoyed reading the jungle book as a kid... pretty sure 'the kids of today' will love it too... :D

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