Archive for the 'Reading Lists' Category

06th Sep 2007

Reading to Little People

I was recently asked for reading suggestions for a family who tried Grimm’s with their 3yo, but didn’t care for the violence and death.

My intital list is as follows:

The Hundred Dresses by Estes
Stuart Little by White
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Cleary
Charlotte’s Web (White again)
The Wizard of Oz (the series–which I’d rather poke my eyes out with sticks than read aloud, but my Dd, then 3 and 4 absolutely LOVED).
Holes by Sachar
The Wind in the Willows by Grahame
The Fledgling by Langton (Dd LOVED this book . . . but was very distressed when she concluded she couldn’t learn to fly)
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Snicket (these are immensely fun to read aloud)

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11th Jan 2007

Some Books on Unschooling

How Children Learn by John Holt (rev. 1995, Perseus Publishing)

Learning All the Time by John Holt (reprint 1990, Addison Wesley
Publishing Company)

Instead of Education by John Holt (reprint 2004, Sentient Publications)

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling by John Holt and
Patrick Farenga (rev. 2003, Perseus Publishing)

The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn

The Unprocessed Child: Living Without School by Valerie Fitzenreiter

Challenging Assumptions in Education by Wendy Priesnitz (2000, The
Alternate Press)

The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith (1998, Teacher’s
College Press)

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John
Taylor Gatto (rev. 2002, New Society Publishers)

The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s
Classroom by Mary Griffith (1998, Prima)

Punished By Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans,
A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn (1999, Mariner Books)

Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don’t Go to School by Grace Llewellyn
(1993, Lowry House)

In Their Own Way by Thomas Armstrong (rev. 2000, Jeremy P. Tarcher)

Better Than School: One Family’s Declaration of Independence by Nancy
Wallace (1983, Larson Publications)

Child’s Work: Taking Children’s Choices Seriously by Nancy Wallace
(1990, Holt Associates)

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich (1971, Harper & Row)

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11th Jan 2007

Things to Read Before Beginning Junior High

Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
The Chocolate War (Robert Cormier)

Carrie (Stephen King)

Blubber (Judy Blume)

The Hundred Dresses (Eleanor Estes)

Harrison Bergeron (Kurt Vonnegut)

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (Ursula K. LeGuin)

–and watch Heathers, Mean Girls, and the Breakfast Club.

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