People keep asking me to make a book list. I don’t know if I have the patience to do that, particularly when there are very good book lists already available. I’m posting my indispensable book lists here (although they are in other posts) so that you have them in one place to access easily.
The go-to list is John Senior’s “1000 Good Books.” For inspiration and the list, embedded within, read this delightful essay by Thomas More College president William Edmund Fahey. Originally, Senior’s list appeared in The Death of Christian Culture, a book I highly recommend.
Ambleside offers a Charlotte Mason curriculum guide completely free. I’ve recommended it before for various reasons (you can read excellent summaries of her books there and get a good idea of what the homeschool environment should look like). Mostly, the book lists on Ambleside for all the levels of schooling will help you immensely. I thought I had found all the books before I stumbled on this site. So many treasures!
There’s my friend Theresa Fagan’s A Mother’s List of Books. Although I’ve linked to the Amazon page, it may not be available. Soon it’s due to come out as an ebook. In the meantime, you can email Theresa to order copies directly from her: $7.50 for one, $8.50 for two, shipping included. Her email address is tafagan (at) juno.com. (If you wanted to buy in greater quantity for a group, I’m sure she’d accommodate you.) I highly recommend this list — Theresa has gone to great trouble (which clearly I am not willing to do and why should I) to collect all the wonderful literature that your child could and should be reading just for pleasure. As a mother of eight intelligent and well educated children, she knows what she is talking about.
For a long post with lots of recommendations from me after all, see Are Fairy Tales Always Appropriate?