As mentioned before, we make reading lists each year for our elementary-aged kids. Usually we choose books that correlate with what we're studying in other areas (history, science), books we want them to leave our home having read (classics), and books we think they need to read for personal growth.
We split them into four categories, and they must read a chapter in their current book from each category each day. I am happy to admit that they seem to learn far more from their readings than from the subjects I actually take the time to teach.
Here are the lists for a 5th grader and a 3rd grader (affiliate links included):
5th Grade Boy
• History Detectives: Ancient Rome
• 12 Youthful Martyrs
3rd Grade Girl
• Caterpillar Green
• New Toes for Tia
• The Missing Popcorn
The first grader is reading through the Veritas Press readers and various other books I pull for her. She's a strong reader, but others haven't been so we do customize the lists each year according to the child.
After 6th grade, our kids begin Veritas Press Omnibus, so their reading lists are set for them, although we add to their reading to fill in where we think it might be necessary. The 7th grader's extra list includes:
Would you like to see an update to this post, and how I'm changing things up for our reading lists? Check out How I Killed the Love of Reading in My Kids and How We're Getting it Back