Sunday, February 1, 2009

The List

I've been working away, compiling something of a master list of all of the books I either a) want my children to read on their own or b) I want to be able to read aloud to them. I'm only mid-way (or so) through the list, and I just had the most wonderful realization:

I get to "do" this list more than once.

Because of the age spread of my kiddos, I will get to introduce a whole new round of children to the land of Narnia in a few years. I will be able to slide our worn copy of
Robinson Crusoe into many more sets of hands that will leaf through the pages and be mesmerized. I will read Blueberries for Sal to another preschooler who thinks that plink! is the most lovely sound in the world.

The doors of great literature are still waiting for me to pass on the keys to yet more minds who will fall in love with the magical suspension of disbelief.

I love what I do.
Love it. And this is just one reason why.


blessedmomto7 said...

We just finished "Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of Nimh." It was THE BOMB! I love reading to/with my kids too! HUGS!

Benny said...

I like the master list idea. I forget about so many of the great books we read for the older guys by the time these little guys are ready for them. I might need to snag that idea from you.


Melonie said...

I love Blueberries for Sal! :-)

Just wanted to let you know I put your 2nd entry on the new contest for being a Follower already. :-) Good luck!

yellodaisy said...

Just found your blog today and am really enjoying it. I am a homeschooling mom to 2 boys (10 and 6) and foster-to-adopt mom to 3 (ages 2, 1, and 5 mon). I need some advice. Think you could help? My e-mail address is If you don't have time, I totally understand. Thanks!

Karen (KayKay) said...

I agree! Watching each child discover a wonderful, new-to-them book for the first time is my favorite part of parenting!

Rachel said...

What do you do about making sure you cover the classics at the right age for each kid? I mean...we've done Narnia, but the youngest was 4, and he didn't hang with it. However, he listened in the whole time. How do you keep up? Same thing with Little House, Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, etc. etc.

Not an earth-shattering question, but I really want to know! You can tell me know...your copious free time.

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Jana said...

Mary Grace, have you seen the 1000 Good Books list at Classical Christian Homeschooling?
I have relied heavily on this list of excellent books through my years of homeschooling, and I bet the list's creator has a worldview very very similar to your own.