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Monday, December 10, 2012

Narnia Lit Study - Original

Helpful Books that I Used in Planning
The Way Into Narnia: A Reader's Guide
A Field Guide to Narnia

To Be Read Beforehand (Spring 2013):
A Wonder Book for Boys & Girls and Tanglewood Tales (Greek mythology)
Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology
Roman Myths (also called The Orchard Book of Roman Myths)
The Aunt and Amabel, E. Nesbit (you can find it in this free-to-download collection)
The Snow Queen
And possibly When The Siren Wailed, to get the feeling of wartime London/England

Here are the main books, and supplemental reading in the approximate order in which I intend to go through them. Those with a * are to be read concurrently with the Narnia book at hand. SS=short story, CB=chapter book. Books in {these brackets} are optional for us...

King Lear (SS)
Questing Knights of the Faerie Queene (children's version of Spenser's Faerie Queen)
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe 
William Shakespeare's Macbeth* (SS)
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream* (SS)
Prince Caspian 
Mermaid Tales from Around the World* (Book of short stories)
The Arabian Nights* (Book of short stories)
Rip Van Winkle (reminds me of the sleeping Lords in Voyage) 
The Wanderings of Odysseus (CB) 
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
{The Book of Dragons* (CB)}
{King Arthur & His Knights of the Round Table  (may read this later? Or before VDT?)}
William Shakespeare's Hamlet* (SS)
In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aenid (CB)
Gulliver's Travels (CB)
A modern translation of Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls (poem) 
The Silver Chair
{The Ancient Celtic Festivals* (SS)}
The Seven Wise Princesses: A Medieval Persian Epic (SS)
A children's version of As You Like It (SS)?
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (SS)
The Prince and the Pauper (CB)
The Horse and His Boy
{Turkish Folk Tales* (SS)}
Tales from Ancient Persia* (Book of short stories)
Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories  (Book of short stories)
The Story of the Treasure Seekers  (CB)
{The Mystery of Atlantis or Looking for Atlantis (both SS)}
The Magician's Nephew
Daedalus and Icarus* (SS)
At The Back of the North Wind (CB)
Paradise Lost for Children
{The Narnian Suite from Poems by C.S. Lewis}
Stories From Dante (Book of short stories) 
Animal Farm (CB)
The Last Battle

Other Narnia-Related Books
The Narnia Academy
The Narnia Cookbook or The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook
Art Adventures in Narnia
Chronicles of Narnia Pop-Up Book
Childhood Chronicles Before Narnia: Boxen

Other Books That Could Go Well With This Study
The Princess and the Goblin; The Princess and the Curdie
Five Children and It; The Phoenix and the Carpet; The Story of the Amulet
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Wind in the Willows
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books
Tatterhood Tales
Stories from Ireland
Stories from England
The King of Ireland's Son


  1. Great list! I'm getting prepared to do a Narnia study with my daughter this fall - your list will be a great help. Thanks for sharing your resources.

  2. Wonderful!
    what age child did you use this study with?
    Thank you!


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