If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. ~ Adlai Stevenson

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Books to Consider...

Some books I am putting on my "short-list" for 2013-2014... I will likely add to or subtract from this list, but I wanted to write it down so as not to forget titles and authors! And, for specialized lists pertaining to each child, you can look here.

Short Stories:
Gudgekin the Thistle Girl & Other Tales, by John Gardner
The King of the Hummingbirds & Other Tales, by John Gardner
Dragon, Dragon & Other Tales, by John Gardner
Nine Unlikely Tales, by E. Nesbit
The King of Ireland's Son, by Padraic Colum
Tatterhood & Other Tales, by Ethel Johnston Phelps
The Book of Dragons, by E. Nesbit
The Arabian Nights, by Sir Richard Burton, or the Andrew Lang version
Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology, by Mary H. Foster
Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving

Shakespeare Stories:
(All by Bruce Coville - illustrated children's versions)
King Lear
A  Midsummer Night's Dream
Romeo & Juliet
The Tempest
The Winter's Tale
Twelfth Night

General Read-Alouds 
(some are historical, some are not. Some will be in our Afternoon Basket, some at bedtime in addition to the Harry Potter series):
Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
Questing Knights of the Faerie Queene, by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
Black Ships Before Troy, by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Wanderings of Odysseus, by Rosemary Sutcliff
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving
The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthu's Court, by Mark Twain
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg
King Arthur & His Knights of the Round Table, by Roger Lancelyn Green
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
The Five Children & It (and sequels as desired), by E. Nesbit
The Railway Children, by E. Nesbit
The Princess Bride,by William Goldman
In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aenid, by Penelope Lively
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
The Prince & the Pauper, by Mark Twain
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kennedy
The Story of the Treasure Seekers, by E. Nesbit
At the Back of the North Wind, by George MacDonald
A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
Pinocchio: The Tale of a Puppet, by Carlo Collodi
The Princess & the Goblin, by George MacDonald
Summerland, by Michael Chabon
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood
Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, by Astrid Lindgren
Homer Price, by Robert McClosky

Nature Reading:
The Thirteen Moons series, by Jean Craighead George

Mathematical Reading:
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Tales, by Malba Tahan
The Sir Cumference series, by CindyNeuschwander
Mathematicians Are People Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians, volumes 1 & 2 

Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry
Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink
The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge


  1. Did you know that the Thirteen Moons stories are also available under the title Seasons of The Moon? The stories are combined by season into 4 books: Spring Moon, Summer Moon, Autumn Moon and Winter Moon. We have very much enjoyed them this past year!

  2. We began Trumpet of the Swan last night at bedtime! Oh, and I have a bunch of Nesbit titles in my Kindle, I'd like to start reading those soon, too!

    I am LOVING the books you sent to us -- Thank you, again.


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