Friday, November 30, 2012

On Finding Lists of Good Books {A Review}

"The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility-these three forces are the very nerve of education."
~Rudolf Steiner

As a literacy coordinator, I have always had an eye for books.
Books with heart-warming or inspiring stories and books with pictures that are beautiful and draw you in.


I was just remarking to Poppa that I'd like to find some new books for Jo-Jo. Many of the books that Ceesa and I read together when she was younger were books that Jo-Jo remembers hearing as well. A few days later, I received Make Way for Reading: Great Books for Kindergarten through Grade 8 from Michaelmas Press

The book is set up with lists and lists of books that are appropriate for different grade bands with an overview to each section. It includes additional sections with biographies, mythology, legends and folklore, celebrations, games, music, crafts and other activities, and an appendix with additional information.

The editor, Karen Latimer, says in the introduction, "The choice of reading material for children is too important to be left to random luck or chance" and books "inspire faith in the future, reveal the human spirit, widen the sense of self, nurture values, illumine history, and natural science-and lead to a lifelong love of reading."


I can't wait to get to the library to check out many of the stories that are new to us. Happy hunting to you as you choose those stories that lead to a "lifelong love of reading."

Wishing you homeschool blessings,

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from Michaelmas Press in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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