If you have a child like my E., it is a race to keep up with the book supply. Children like this can read their books over and over, and yet we parents still feel like we don’t have enough books. What to do? Well, I’ve talked to you before about a wonderful resource, Hand That Rocks the Cradle, which suggests 400 different books, and even categorizes them by age-appropriateness.
I recently came across another resource that is also helping me figure out what to add to our library.
You see, as I was listening to my CiRCE CDs, I noticed that Karen Kern, in her talk Cultivating the Moral Imagination, mentioned that we read the 1,000 good books so that we can read the 100 great books.
At first, I thought this was just something that was said. And then I wondered if there was really a list out there somewhere.
There is a list out there! And today I’m going to share it with you: The 1,000 Good Books List.
This list is divided by age. It doesn’t contain the wonderful reviews that are in Hand That Rocks the Cradle,but this is still an exceedingly helpful list.
If you are like me, you’ll look at the list and think that a couple of the books you see aren’t what you’d consider for such a list. That’s the beauty of a 1,000-book list! There is something left, even when you throw out the things that don’t fit your family.
I used this list to plan my book-buying for Christmas.
I also watch it and compare it to what the children are interested in. Just the other day, E. asked me, in regard to one of our school readings, “What is a cathedral?” I tried to describe it, but I was delighted to be able to find Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay. This is eighty pages of details on the cathedrals and how they were built. Amazon’s author information explains that Macaulay was once an architectural student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and that he is known for his detail in explaining the design of the buildings he’s writing about.
My son is going to eat this up when he receives it for Christmas! Best of all, I can see how this, along with other of Macaulay’s books such as Castle, would help him read some of the truly great books, like The Pilgrim’s Progress, Beowulf, and most especially The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, what with Hugo’s focus on architecture and all.
I also liked that the 1,000 books list contained some types of books that weren’t in my other resource, like books for holidays, or Bible stories, and so on. This DecemberTerm, we’ll be reading what I think is going to be a new favorite, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.
So enjoy the list! Use it to fill out your PBS wish list, or purchasing gifts for Christmas.
And by the way, while I have you here…Thank you all so much for shopping Amazon through the sidebar. You have been extra-generous lately, and you, my friends, are buying my children’s books this Christmas.
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