Reading List from this year

I love looking at book lists from others, so I am posting ours here.  The first sections are what I read aloud to them.  The later sections are each child’s independent reading.  For Picture Study, I posted the paintings were studied.  I’ve put stars next to those books which really captured us all.


2012-13 School Year

Read Alouds:

  • Peter and the Starcatchers  (Barry)*
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Barry)*
  • Peter and the Prisoner of Rundoon (Barry)
  • Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Barry)
  • The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me (Dahl)
  • When You Reach Me (Stead)*
  • Redwall (Jacques)
  • Little Britches (Moody)*
  • Ramona and Her Mother (Cleary)*
  • Ramona Forever (Cleary)
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Robinson)*
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Lewis)*
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Bradley)*
  • A Red Herring without Mustard (Bradley)
  • The Wednesday Wars (Schmidt)
  • A Single Shard (Park)*
  • Adironam Judson, God’s Man in Burma (Hambrick)*
  • The Moffats (Estes)
  • Missee Lee (Ransome)*
  • The Jesse Tree (McCreaghan)
  • Caddie Woodlawn (Brink)
  • 1 Kings
  • 2 Kings
  • Trail to the Tree (Voskamp)

Historical Reading:


  • The World of William Penn (Foster)
  • Stink Alley (Gilson)
  • The World of William Penn (Foster)
  • Who’s Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage? (Fritz)
  • The Lost Colony of Roanoke (Fritz)


  • George Washington’s World (Foster)
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man (Yates)*
  •  Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (Latham)
  •  Shaka, King of the Zulus (Stanley)
  •  Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin (Barretta)
  •  The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin (Harness)
  •  So Said Ben (McCurdy)
  •  The Hatmaker’s Sign (Fleming)
  •  A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin (Adler)
  •  And Then What Happened, Paul Revere (Fritz)
  •  George Washington’s Mother (Fritz)
  •  Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George (Fritz)
  •  Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams(Fritz)
  •  Sh! We’re Writing the Constitution (Fritz)
  •  Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? (Fritz)
  •  What’s the Big Idea, Benjamin Franklin? (Fritz)
  •  Will You Sign Here, John Hancock(Fritz)
  •  George Washington’s Breakfast  (Fritz)
  •  Joining the Boston Tea Party (Stanley)
  •  Phoebe the Spy (Griffin)*
  •  George Washington’s First Inaugural Address (Washington)


  •   My Napoleon (Brightman)
  •   Napoleon: Egoist
  •   Eli Whitney (Mitchell)
  •   Great Inventors (Clements)

 Elections Unit:

  •  Vote! (Christelow)
  •  See How They Run (Goodman)
  •  Presidential Elections (Sobel)
  •  How the U.S. Government Works (Sobel)
  •  The Bill of Rights (Sobel)


  •  The Three Musketeers
  •  Mary Poppins


  • America Sings  (Whitman)
  • I, Too (Langston Hughes)
  • Something Told the Wild Geese
  • 3 Little Kittens
  • Concord Hymn (Emerson)
  • Paul Revere’s Ride (Longfellow)
  • To My Dear Husband (Anne Bradstreet)
  • The Last Word of a Bluebird
  • The Blind Man & the Elephant*
  • The Road Less Traveled (Frost)
  • To the Earl of Dartmouth (Phyllis Wheatley)
  • The Destruction of Sennacharib (Lord Byron)
  • Sea Shell (Amy Lowell)
  • Jaberwocky (Lewis Carroll)*
  • Lady of Shallott (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
  • The Arrow and the Song (Longfellow)*
  • The Rainy Day (Longfellow)
  • The Secret of the Sea (Longfellow)

Picture Study:


Venezia: Seurat

  • The Bathers at Asnieres
  • La Grande Jatte


            Oyster Catchers of Canale


  • The Copley Family
  • Paul Revere
  • Watson and the Shark


  • George Washington
  • Joseph Brandt
  • The Skater

Independent Reading

J (7th grade):

  1. Johnny Tremain (Forbes)
  2. The Light Fairy (Macdonald)
  3. Alexaner Hamilton, Outsider (Fritz)
  4. The Ravenmaster’s Secret (Woodruff)
  5. Dr, Jenner and the Speckled Monster (Marrin)
  6. The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano (Cameron)
  7. Fever, 1793(Andersen)
  8. Betsy and the Emperor (Robin)
  9. Galatians
  10. Joshua
  11. Kidnapped (Stevenson)
  12. Much Ado about Nothing (Shakespeare)
  13. The Giver (Lowry)
  14. Ender’s Game (Card)
  15. To Build a Fire (stories by Jack London)
  16. The Court of the Stone Children (Cameron)
  17. The American Plague (Murphy)
  18. Deep Survival (Gonzales)
  19. Elijah of Buxton (Curtis)
  20. The Double Life of Pocahontas (Fritz)
  21. Okay for Now (Schmidt)
  22. Junior Great Books (4)
  23. Rootless (Howard)

O (4th grade):

  1. The Matchlock Gun (Edmonds)
  2. Pocahontas  (Fritz)
  3. Peter the Great (Fritz)
  4. Minn of the Mississippi (Holling)
  5. The Door in the Wall (de Angeli)
  6. The 21 Balloons (du Bois)
  7. Peter Pan (Barrie)
  8. Ben and Me (Lawson)
  9. The Sign of the Beaver (Speare)
  10. Call it Courage (Sperry)
  11. The Story of a Seagull and the Cat who Taught her to Fly (Sepulveda)
  12. Brian’s Winter (Paulsen)
  13. Matthew
  14. Matilda (Dahl)
  15. Danny, the Champion of the World (Dahl)

M (3rd grade):

  1. Meet George Washington (Heilbroner)
  2. Pocahontas (Fritz)
  3. Classic Starts: Les Miserables (Hugo)
  4. Peter the Great  (Fritz)
  5. The Serach for Delicious (Babbitt)
  6. Harriet the Spy (Fitzhugh)
  7. A Nest for Celeste (Cole)
  8. Luke
  9. Betsy and the Circus (Haywood)
  10. Snowbound with Betsy (Haywood)
  11. Betsy’s Winter House (Haywood)
  12. Betsy and the Boys (Haywood)
  13. Back to School with Betsy (Haywood)
  14. Clementine (Packer)
  15. Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Atwood)
  16. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Selznick)



3 thoughts on “Reading List from this year

  1. Hooray! Loved this list, Annie. I was reading through it… and then there was more of it, and still more… and I inwardly chuckled and thought: “No one can say homeschoolers aren’t well-read. At least not THESE ones.” Good job, to you, Annie- that’s a lot of reading aloud. 🙂

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