Our read alouds are going to be a big part of our language arts this year. Choosing a book list is one of the first things I do when I plan our school year. I like to order them ahead of time so they’re there when I want them or if I change my mind and want to read them out of the order I’d originally chosen.
When I’m looking for books for the kids, I look at lots of different lists on blogs. I check the public schools and see what they’re reading (for the older levels).
My book list “rules”
- I like a good mix. Classics are great, but I want my kids to read a wide variety of books. I like to make sure our book lists contain old and new favorites.
- Challenging books mixed with easier books is another rule I go for each year.
- I look for books that will make good read alouds. There are some that I just think my kids would enjoy more reading on their own–like Harry Potter, so I save those for them to read on their own.
- Reading with the season is important to me too. I wouldn’t probably choose to read the Secret Garden in January, but in May, I’m all over it! Books set a mood, and I like those tones to match the season we’re in 🙂
Book list for read alouds
With my 3rd and 5th grader, their language arts will be based around our read alouds. I created a list for the year leaving a little wiggle room in case we get behind.
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- September: Farmer Boy
- October: Homer Price
- November: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
- January: The Birchbark House
- February: Bud, Not Buddy
- March: Homesick
- May: The Secret Garden
9th grade book list
My high schooler will be reading a book per month as well.
- September: Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children
- October: Lord of the Flies
- November: Julie of the Wolves
- January: Moon Over Manifest
- February: The Crossover
- March: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
- April: Mountains Beyond Mountains
- May: The Chosen
I’m super excited for our book list this year! What are you reading??
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