Choosing Good Books for Your Children
Finding Good Books Is Hard
Selecting the right books for your children to read is important for many
reasons. Reading well written books helps your child to:
- Grow analytical thinking skills,
- Create a strong foundation of knowledge,
- Extend vocabulary,
- Experience different writing styles, and
- Learn moral values.
If you need help selecting good books for your children, then the resource
books on this page are useful.
There are several ways to choose books your reading list:
by grade level, by reading level, by historical time period, by location, by
subject matter, by author, genre, etc.
Some of these guides offer short reviews
to help you make your selection.
Hand that Rocks the Cradle Revised and Expanded 5th Edition
Nathaniel Bluedorn reviews 400 carefully selected and conservative classic
books that are "full of perilous adventures, delightful characters, and
sound values" in Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Listed by subject and author,
most of the books are fiction. These were read to or by the author and his
siblings as they were growing up.
Hand that Rocks the Cradle "summarizes the plots for each
book. Each listing gives the time period of the story, the geographic setting,
and the publication date. The author divides books into three reading levels:
- Level 1 language and plot are easy – for all ages,
- Level 2 language is more difficult or plot more complex – for ages 10 and
- Level 3 language is advanced or plot more mature – for ages 13 and up.
"Reading levels help many parents. My mother didn’t stick to these reading
levels; I’ll forgive you if you ignore them." according to Nathaniel Bluedorn
who also co-authored
Fallacy Detective. Spoken by a true
Reading Aloud Excerpt from Hand that Rocks the Cradle about why and how
to read aloud to your children.
Sample Pages (in PDF format)
This is a 4.5" by 9" quality paperback with 113 pages.
All Through the Ages History Through Literature Guide
An excellent multi-level guide, the long awaited revision to All Through
the Ages is a "compilation of over 5,600 of the best living books and great
literature, arranged by chronological era, geographical region, and reading
level, from many respected resources."
Use All Through the Ages to choose great books for your history studies if
you use a literature approach, a unit study approach. If you are using a
traditional curriculum, use the guide to find supplementary reading for your
children. It's a Lamp Post Homeschool Store Favorite!
Evaluating Books What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About
This? 2nd Ed.
Learn to identify the philosophical slant of writers and media commentators
on the subjects of law, history, economics, and literature in Evaluating
The Artner Reader's Guide to American History
A reading guide for grades 3-8, the Artner Reader's Guide to American
History is divided into eight units by historical time period. In each
unit there is a Basic Facts Sheet, Study Helps and the Reading Lists.
It has useful sections on finding out-of-print books, creating a home library
of classical books, and finding related poems and songs. If you are studying
United States history, this will be a useful for choosing additional books to
supplement your curriculum.
Books Children Love
Books Children Love: A
Guide to the Best Children's Literature
This revised, comprehensive guide to choosing children's books includes
comments on tone and content of excellently written, captivating books in over
two dozen subject areas. Hundreds of new titles have been added to the list of
timeless classics and modern favorites in Books Children Love.
Books on Reading for Comprehension
How to Read A Book
A guide to reading books. A good tool for the college bound.
to Read a Book "you are told about the various levels of reading
and how to achieve them--from elementary reading, through systematic
skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading, You learn how to
pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, criticize. You
are taught the different reading techniques for reading practical books,
imaginative literature, pays, poetry, history, science and mathematics,
philosophy and social science."
In addition, there is a recommended reading list and supply reading tests
whereby you can measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension and
How to Read Slowly
Not a book list but a book to teach reading comprehension to high school
level or higher.
More Help to Choose Books
Invitation to the Classics
Invitation to the Classics is a guide to introduce the
Christian student to world-class literature. I recommend this for your high
Out of Print Limited
Invitation to the Classics
In paperback, this guide introduces the Christian student to world-class
I recommend this for your high school student.
A Literary Education
The author uses the Charlotte Mason approach, and A Literary
Education lists her favorite resources for many areas of
homeschooling, including math, poetry, art, science, literature, and more.
Best Books for Kindergarten Through High School
Best Books for Kindergarten Through High School by Donna Hess is no longer
available. The publisher, BJU Press, is offering Best Books for
Kindergarten through High School
as a free PDF format download in two parts.
"Lists and comments on hundreds of books for recreational
reading--kindergarten through high school; includes an annotated list of books
for analysis and discussion; concludes with guidelines on how to evaluate a
book's literary quality and moral tone."