Many of you asked what we used in the early years of home education. In my last post, I talked about philosophy of education. here But some of you wanted examples of what we chose in particular. Although each family will have different tastes, here is a list of some of my favorite picture books and read alouds.
Charlotte Mason was very particular about the illustrations shown to children. They were to be uplifting and inspiring, not merely entertaining. These books, in our opinion, have both qualities.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey*
Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Winnie the Pooh series by AA Milne and Ernest H. Shepard **
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrations by Jessie Wilcox Smith or Tasha Tudor(if you are a New Englander.)
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
Aesop’s Fables, illustrated by Milo Winter
My First Bible in Pictures by Kenneth Taylor
Frog and Toad readers by Arnold Lobel
Little Bear readers by Else Holmelund Minarek
Frances series by Russell Hoban
Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
Billy & Blaze and others by C. W. Anderson
Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
Favorite Read Alouds:
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Egermeier’s Bible Story Book by Elsie E. Egermeier
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Sarah Morton’s Day and others by Kate Waters
Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White
This is just a small list. If you’ve been to my home, you know we have quite a few books. The idea when choosing a children’s book is that it does not “talk down” to a child or merely entertain them.
What are your favorite read alouds? Who is your favorite illustrator?
*Every summer, before we would go blueberry picking, I would read Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey to my kids. Years later, they told me that they hated sitting down to read before the actual event of blueberry picking. Seems it was like some kind of torture to a kid.
**Not the new cartoon series. This is the original series: Winnie-The-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six.