Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Homeschool Read-Alouds 2015-2016

I have just finished typing up our list of read-alouds for the 2015-2016 school year, and wanted to share it with you all!

Of course, this begs the question - what exactly is a read-aloud? I usually list only "longer" books in our read-aloud list, but there's a cloudy dividing line between short books (of which we read many) and longer books that we count as read-alouds. In general, I have counted something as a "read-aloud" for our list if it took three or more days to read. Shorter books were recorded elsewhere under lists made for specific areas of study (state studies, history studies, science studies, etc.).

These are also books that were read aloud as a family, not counting individually read books. Just family-time read-alouds.

With all that out of the way, here is our list for this past school year. Feel free to post any questions!

Read-Aloud Record
2015-2016 School Year

The Box Car Children – “The Black Pearl Mystery”
The Box Car Children – “The Black Pearl Mystery”
The Box Car Children – “The Chocolate Sundae Mystery”
The Box Car Children – “The Mystery of the Yellow House”

“Caddie Woodlawn” (Brink)
“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (Lewis)
“The Bears on Hemlock Mountain” (Dagliesh)
“Ellie” (Borntrager)
“The Silver Chair” (Lewis)
“Booker T. Washington: Leader and Educator” (McKissack)
“Stuart Little” (White)
“The Horse and His Boy” (Lewis)
Hardy Boys #2 – “The Cliff House mystery” (Dixon)
“The McElderberry Book of Greek Myths” (McElderberry)
“What Was the Alamo?” (Belviso)
“Robinson Crusoe” (abridged, Usborne)
“Robinson Crusoe” (abridged, Classic Starts)
“Anna, Grandpa, and the Big Snow” (Stevens)
“Traitor in the Tower” (Jackson)
“The Long Winter” (Wilder)
“What Was the First Thanksgiving?” (Holub)
“The Courage of Sarah Noble” (Dagliesh)
“Wisdom and the Millers” (Martin)
“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (abridged, Eyewitness Classics)
“Anne of Green Gables” (Montgomery)
“Living Wild: Wild Horses” (Gish)
“The Sign of the Beaver” (Speare)
“Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams” (Avi)
“A Treasury of Turkish Folktales (Walker, partial)
“Peter the Great”
“E is for Enchantment: A New Mexico Alphabet”
“Don Quixote and Sancho Panza” (abridged, partial)
“Toliver’s Secret” (Brady)
“Kit Carson, Mountain Man”
“The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” (Pyle, in progress)
“The Children of China” (Zhang, partial)
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (Moses, abridged)
“Growing Seasons” (Splear)
“More Stories from Grandma’s Attic” (Richardson)

“What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?” (Fritz)
 “Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?” (Fritz)
“Ssh! We’re Writing the Constitution” (Fritz)
“And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?” (Fritz)
“Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?” (Fritz)
“Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?” (Fritz)

“Ben and Me” (Lawson)
“The American Revolution” (partial)
“George Washington’s Spy” (Woodruff)
 “Eddie and Gardenia” (Haywood)
“Little House in the Big Woods” (Wilder)
“Meet Kirsten” (American Girl)
“Kirsten’s Surprise” (American Girl)

 “A Walk in the Desert” (Johnson)
“A Walk in the Boreal Forest” (Johnson)
“A Walk in the Tundra” (Johnson)
“A Walk in the Prairie” (Johnson)
“A Walk in the Rain Forest” (Johnson)

“Shane” (in progress)
“The Bounces of Cynthiann” (Lampman)
“High Tide in Hawaii” (Magic Tree House #28, Osborne)
“The Raft” (LaMarche)
“Father Damien”
“Lydia and the Island Kingdom” (Holub)
“Kirsten Learns a Lesson” (American Girl)
“What Was Pearl Hartor?” (Demuth)
“What Was Pearl Hartor?” (Demuth)
“A is for Aloha: A Hawaii Alphabet”
“Five Children and It” (E. Nesbitt, in progress)
“Phoebe the Spy” (Tomes)
“A Prairie Boy’s Winter” (Kurelek)
"Thomas Jefferson: A Day at Monticello (in progress)

Poetry Books
“Mice Are Nice” (comp. Nancy Larrick)
“Nasty Bugs” (comp. Lee Bennett Hopkins)
“Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold” (Joyce Sidman)
“Wagons West” (Roy Gerard)
“Side by Side: Poems to Read Together (comp. Lee Bennett Hopkins)
“Where Fish Go in Winter” (Amy Koss)
“One Year in a River Valley: Snow Toward Evening” (Collection)
“My Dog Does My Homework” (Collection
“Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast” (Prelutzsky)
“Little Monster’s Bedtime Book” (Mercer Meyer)
“Hypnotize a Tiger” (Calef Brown)
“Dozer, Digger, Dumper” (Hope Vestergaard)
“Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas”
“Hailstones and Halibut Bones” (Mary O’Neill)
“Snow, Snow: Winter Poems for Children” (Jane Yolen)
“A Visit to William Blake’s Inn” (Alice and Martin Provensen)


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Anne! You are my inspiration on this project! :)

  2. I love your list! We read a few of those in the last year too. Our favorites from your list were Anne of Green Gables and The Long Winter.

    1. Yes, those were two of our favorites too! Both surprised me. As a child, I found "The Long Winter" rather... long. After all, it is just blizzard after blizzard. :) But they loved it. "Anne of Green Gables" surprised me too. I had thought it would be too wordy and too girly for the 9yo, but he surprised me - he adored everything about Anne. I don't know if he'd like the rest of the series - they get more romantic, and some of the later ones I don't even like - but the first was a huge success.


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