My oldest son spoke in paragraphs by the time he was 2 years old.
He learned to read at 3.
He read chapter books by 4.
He likes to read more than play outside. Sometimes we have to ask him to take his book outdoors.
One time we were at the library and checked out a book called “Year of the Jungle”. It was a picture book and had a girl with curly hair hiding in the jungle on the front.
I didn’t think anything of it and we brought it home.
Later, my son told me the book was “weird” and he had chosen not to finish it.
I looked it over more intently and it was about a little girl whose father had left for Vietnam. It goes into details about war and her father being gone and later, finally returning. It had comical looking cartoonish images, but then dealt with such a serious and raw subject.
That taught me to look more intently at what my son, at what any of my kids, were reading. (It turns out, by the way, that the author also wrote The Hunger Games.)
Books “for children” cover topics such as murder, adultery, idol worship, etc. and treat them like, well…child’s play. Something to be passed over. Just part of the story.
No, thank you.
I want my children to ingest wholesome thoughts and images. To be inspired by heroes of great character.
I don’t want my son mindlessly reading through a series that appears to be fine and later delves into sorcery (The Magic Treehouse series) or any other topic I find worthless.
I don’t want my son to just fill his mind with junk, either, with countless books of “twaddle,” as Charlotte Mason, the educator, phrased it.
So…I needed a solution.
I scoured the most worthwhile homeschool curriculums for those who appreciate “living books”.
Sonlight. My Father’s World. Heart of Dakota. Memoria Press. Veritas Press. Beautiful Feet. Ambleside Online. Biblioplan. Simply Charlotte Mason.
I started typing. I made an excel list of every book for his age range that they recommended and detailed when each of the curriculums recommended them. Then, I moved on to the next age range and the next. I then compiled a list of all of the recommended book so I could start working on building our library with quality books that he could read through.
A library at his fingertips.
An age-appropriate, maturity-level-accurate book list that includes so many classics that I remember and enjoyed. And many that I wish I had read when I was younger.
However, I can take my time and read what I would like when I have time. I don’t have to read everything single thing before he does. I can (for the most part) trust these books as being the best of the bunch, because the creators of these curriculums already did that footwork. Now, I just tied it all together.
I’ve shared this list with others (that whole treat others how you want to be treated thing) and they were so appreciative. Moms gushed on and on about how helpful this was.
I’m sharing it with you, too.
You can download the Excel list here: Of The Vine Chapter Books
(Please don’t send to others, but have them visit my site. I’ve worked really hard on this and I would be disrespected to have this passed on without my knowledge. Thanks for understanding.)
I hope this helps you. Either way, I put in way too many hours to mention to make this list. 🙂
However, I now have a list that I can use to quench my son’s thirst for books!