Our kids' reading lists have evolved over the years from many different sources. I was an avid reader growing up and my mom exposed me to classic, good books, so several of our choices stem from my own reading, such as The Hundred Dresses and Strawberry Girl.
We do pull books from the Veritas Press lists, but not exclusively. I'll get to that in a bit. I love the Sonlight reading lists from their annual catalogue, particularly because they have excellent Christian biography titles I've never seen elsewhere, such as Granny Han's Breakfast and The Jungle Calls series.
I also often refer to Christine Miller's 1000 Good Books List, if only to jog my memory. A friend and I were perusing the lists last night and several titles popped out at me as good read-alouds for the summer.
These are books they read on their own. Books read during our Circle Time are usually read aloud by me, except for Scripture, which we all take turns reading. We don't consider them "extra" because they really are a very important part of their academic year. Extra reading occurs when they have free time or have finished their lists, and it's fun to see them choose books we have around the house or out of the library basket.
Interested in seeing the lists? I've got quite a few posts to help you make your own:
- One Year's List - 3rd grade girl and 5th grade boy
- Our Top Ten Read-Alouds From 15 Years of Homeschooling
- Summer Reading (for our whole family)
- More Summer Reading
- Ten Favorite Books About Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome
- Best Christmas Books For Your Collection
- Books We Love About the California We Love
- Favorite Resources for Teaching Inclusive History