2015-16 Reading List

I just realized last night as I was reading aloud to the kids that it is officially the start of the new school year--at least as far as our state defines a school year.  Some years ago I adopted the state's start/stop definition to help me organize our reading list, so it's time to archive this list and begin a new one.

The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks by Nancy McArthur
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Little Pear by Eleanor Francis Lattimore
The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
The Apple and the Arrow by Mary and Conrad Buff
Tirzah by Lucille Travis
The Adventures of Buster Bear by Thornton Burgess
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
50 Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin
All About Sam by Lois Lowry
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowatt
You Come Too by Robert Frost
An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Ancient Greek Myths and Legends by Philip Ardagh
Michaelangelo by Diane Stanley
The Storybook of Science by Jean Henri Fabre
The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry
The King of Men by Olivia Coolidge
The Great Brain by John D Fitzgerald
The Story of Science: Newton at the Center by Joy Hakim
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster
The Secret School by Avi

Day by day, the reading we do together seems so insignificant, but cumulatively it adds up to good experiences all the way around. 

It's clear that I was catering to Nature Angel and Little Princess this year--re-reading some old favorites that they missed the first time around--but I think quality literature is quality literature no matter how old you are, and truly, the older kids had a good time feeling young again as they listened in to books they hadn't visited in 5 or 8 or 10 years.

I know I did. :)


  1. I always love reading your lists! And I agree, quality literature speaks to all ages.

  2. I always enjoy reading the books aloud. I love when we discover something new we haven't read but I also love reading old favorites :)


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