I have learned in my very short time homeschooling that the primary resource necessary for every subject is good literature! I do not know what I would do without the public library. Over the last couple of years we have used The Peaceful Preschool curriculum whose foundation is fantastic picture books. You can read more about why I love The Peaceful Preschool here. Over time, I have discovered other incredible book lists that are full of rich literature that I want to expose my children to. Links to those lists are at the end of this post.
For the upcoming school year I will be using two main curriculums, A Year of Tales and Exploring Nature With Children. Both curriculums are so rich and full of beautiful invitations. A large part of what they offer are, you guessed it, weekly book lists! With so many booklists to keep track of, last year I found myself shuffling through binders, pdfs, and websites to request all my books from our local library. I just knew this school year I needed a better solution, so I created a master booklist spreadsheet! It was a time consuming task compiling all of my book lists into one place, but I am so glad I did it!
The spreadsheet is broken into weeks and contains the titles and the authors of all the books I need to track down. I have even added a column for the status of each book, such as “On-hold” or “Checked Out” to help me keep track of where each book is in the process. In an effort to honor the authors of the curriculums and the work they have put in compiling the book lists, I have decided not to share my full and complete book list spreadsheet. Instead I have created a template for you to customize with the curriculum you have personally purchased or book lists you currently follow.
You will need to save a your own copy of the document to be able to edit it by clicking File - Download - Microsoft Excel.
Now on to my favorite book lists for Preschool to Early Elementary:
The Peaceful Preschool
Read Aloud RevivalHands-down, my favorite picture book list is A Year of Picture Books from Sarah Mackenzie at Read Aloud Revival. It is broken down into months, and I especially love the seasonal and holiday books she lists. She updates it with new finds each year! I also refer to RAR for Early Reader Books and First Novels to Read Aloud. Honestly, anything Sarah Mackenzie puts out, I advise you to get your hands on it!
If you aren’t familiar with Ambleside Online, it is a free curriculum based around Charlotte Mason principles. I really love their Year 0 (Pre-K/ Kindergarten) Book List.
Simply Charlotte Mason
Here is another great book list for the early years that I like to refer to. This includes picture books and chapter books for read-alouds.
Honey for A Child’s Heart
If you’re looking for a resource to help you know how to select good books for children of all ages, Honey for a Child's Heart is great! The author also has a comprehensive list broken down by age in the back of the book. I like to add some of these books to our library haul as well! I hope you enjoyed this round up and you found it useful in creating a plan for a school year full of creating connections over rich literature with your children.
You may also be interested in my post on My Must-Have Children's Poetry and Story Treasury Books.