Friday, April 1, 2011

Book lists

If You Like Junie B. Jones...Name Your Linka

Child Friendly Super Hero Books Name Your Link

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Links to Booklist

Favorite Young Adult Novels

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Juvenile Books that I've Read Again and Again

Anne of Green Gables-Lucy Maud Montgomery-A spunky orphan changes the
lives of her new family and  community forever.

Becoming Naomi Leone-Pam Munoz Ryan-When Naomi and her brother's
peaceful life with their grandmother is disrupted by the return of her mother,
Naomi discovers a family she has never known before.

Bridge to Terabithia-Katherine Paterson-Two fifth graders discover the joy
of friendship and imagination in this beautifully written novel.

The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street-Sharon Flake-A spoiled and    
conceited young girl learns valuable lessons from a class misft with hilarious results.
Charlotte's Web-E.B. White-Wilbur the pig learns about friendship from his
 friend, Charlotte, the spider.

Crossing Jordan-Adrian Fogelin-Twelve year old Cass, and her African American
friend, Jemme form a close friendship based on their mutual love of running and books in
spite of their family's prejudices.

Dancing Through the Snow-Jean Little-Foster Child Min feels loved for the first
time when a young doctor takes her home for the holidays.

A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama-Laura Amy Schlitz, Young orphan
Maud Flynn is adopted by the elderly Hawthorne Sisters who plot to use her as
a "ghost" in their crooked seance scam.

A Girl of the Limberlost-Gene Stratton Porter-Elnora Comstock earns her way
through high school by collecting unusual butterflies and moths for a local naturalist.

Heat-Mike Lupica-Michael Arroyo, a 12 year old Cuban American pitching prodigy
 dreams of pitching in the Little League World Series but fears being placed in foster
 care.  This is a great baseball story but much more.

I am David-Anne Holm-After escaping an Eastern European Concentration Camp,
12 year old David experiences a strange new world as he travels towards Denmark
 in search of his mother.

Journey to the River Sea-Eva Ibbotson, When orphaned Maia is sent to live with her horrid relatives in Brazil, she discovers new friends and the Amazon Rain Forest.
Lily B on the Brink of Cool-Elizabeth Kimmel-Naive Lily is thrilled when she meets Karma La Blanc and her "totally cool" parents and she relates it all in hilarious detail in her diary.

A Little Princess-Sarah Hodgson Burnette-When Sarah Crewe loses her father and the family fortune, she learns what it truly means to be a princess.

Listening for Lions-Gloria Whelan-When Rachel's parents die in an African epidemic, she is tricked into traveling to London with a false identity.

My Louisiana Sky-Kimberly Willis Holt-Tiger Ann Parker has a complicated life.  She lives with her stern grandmother and mentally handicapped parents.  Could it be more fun to live with her Aunt Dorie Kay and enjoy big city life?

One Handed Catch-Mary Jane Auch-When Norm gets his hand caught in a meat grinder, he faces new challenges doing ordinary things like playing baseball.  Set just after World War II, this book is based on the childhood of the author's husband.

Out of My Mind-Sharon Draper-Melody, a severly handicapped but very bright fifth grader finds her place to excel on the school's quiz bowl team.

Run for Your Life-Marilyn Levy-Kisha joins the track team and learns that she can be a winner.

Schooled-Gordon Korman-Capricorn Anderson has been raised in a hippie commune without television or friends his age and must now face the challenge of public middle school.

Shiloh-Phyllis Reynolds Naylor-Marty falls in love with a dog, unfortunately it's not his dog.
He knows the dog is being abused by his master. This is a great dog book where the dog does not die.

The Star of Kazan-Eva Ibbotson-In nineteenth century Vienna, young orphan Annika is whisked away by a woman claiming to be her real mother and taken to live in a creepy mansion in Germany.

Stand Tall-Joan Bauer-His parent's divorce and his height of 6 foot 3 make seventh grade complicated for Tree.

Stuart Little-E.B. White-A mouse learns to live with his human family and then sets off on adventures.

The Wednesday Wars-Gary Schmidt-Holling Hoodhood is sure his new English teacher hates him. To make matters worse, he will be the only student in her class on Wednesday afternoons while the others attend religious training.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Links to Booklists

If You Like Junie B. Jones

Child-friendly SuperHeroes and Other Graphic Novels

Adoption Read Alouds

Why Tapestry of Grace?

Well it all started with a broken ankle.

When I broke my ankle last October, some church friends very graciously offered their home to me. As I lived with this homeschooling family, I truly enjoyed learning more about homeschooling and meeting others in their community.

When people found out, I worked at the library, I began to hear about their frustrations finding materials in the Tapestry of Grace Curriculum.  So I began to investigate the materials.  Some books are almost impossible to find anywhere but from the company but many others can be found at the public library.

I started working on this list because I wanted homeschoolers to know that we have some great materials that can not only be substitutes for books on the list but also enrich the subject.  So if your seven year old develops a fascination with Egyptian mummies, there are more resources for him to explore.

My information is based on my 15 years working as a children's librarian.  I do not claim to have read every
book cover to cover but I am familiar with many authors and series.  I see the new books as they come in.
I also do a lot of research in my job about new materials.  I do not claim that every book I recommend will be right for your family.  However, I tried to apply very similiar materials to the ones listed on the TOG website.

I love the concept of classical education.  I am very impressed with the materials in Tapestry of Grace.  I found that often our local library had books by the same authors or within the same series.  I wanted people to know that they had alternatives. 

One thing that I love about the homeschooling community, they are readers and learners.  They are not trying to tick off a list of requirements to satify the school system.  I sought to find books that would extend the curriculum.  For example, if your eight year old develops a fascination with mummies, he should be able to explore this interest through many books.

I have worked as a children's librarian for 15 years.  I am especially interested in history and love doing research.  This has been a labor of love for  me.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Year 4-Upper Grammar

Year 4-Upper Grammar

The Tapestry of Grace items are in bold.
My suggestions for alternatives or enrichment are in regular font.

I did not include the literature in the Upper Grammar Year 4 because I felt the selections were so well chosen that I have no other recommendations. Also, most of these titles will be items that are easy to find. I did include some literature selections in the history category.

UNIT 1-History

World War I-Simon Adams-Eyewitness Books

Archie’s War: My Scrapbook of the First World War-Marcia Williams, Williams uses a fictional scrapbook to tell a young boy’s story of life on the home front.

Going to War in World War I-Adrian Gilbert-emphasis is on weapons and warfare.

Albert Einstein: A Photographic Story of a Life-Frieda Wishinsky-DK Biography

Albert Einstein-Kathleen Krull (Giants of Science) This is an extremely interesting and informative series. Krull is very skillful at portraying not only her subject but the times and the scientific community in which he lives.

Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein (National Geographic Society)-This is a very nicely done series, great photos.

Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein-Don Brown-Brown is known for his excellent picture book biographies.

Titanic-Simon Adams (Eyewitness Books)

Ghost Ships: Exploring the World’s Greatest Lost Ships-Robert Ballard. Ballard was the
Leader of the expedition to find the remains of Titanic.  He also writes very well for children.

Survivors: The Night the Titanic Sank-Caryn Jenner-DK Reader, Level 4

You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Titanic: One Voyage You’d Rather Not Make-David Stewart

Titanic: A Nonfiction Guide to Tonight on the Titanic-Will and Mary Pope Osborne

Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady-Ellen Emerson White
(Dear America) historical fiction

White Star: A Dog on the Titanic-Marty Crisp, also historical fiction

Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion: Linda Granfield

In Flander’s Field-The Story of the Poem by John McCrae-Linda Granfield

UNIT 1-Worldview

Eric Liddell: Something Greater than Gold-Janet and Geoff Benge

Chariots of Fire DVD-Warner Home Video (ages 10 and up)

The Eric Liddell Story-DVD-Christian History Institute (for a younger audience)

Fanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Songs-Rebecca Davis

The Fanny Crosby Story DVD-Panmedia Entertainment Corporation

UNIT 2-History

The Discovery of Penicillin-Guy Bedoyere

Alexander Fleming-Richard Tames

The Great Depression-Elaine Landau

Welcome to Kit’s World, 1934:  Growing up during America’s Great Depression-Harriet Brown-This book uses Kit of the American Girl Series to give an overview of life in the Depression, lots of pictures and photographs from the decade.

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl DVD-New Line Cinema-This movie will be enjoyed by boys as well as girls.

Children of the Great Depression-Russell Freedman

A Year Down Yonder-Richard Peck-Fifteen year old Mary Alice spends a year with her feisty grandmother.

A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt-C. Coco DeYoung-Margo writes a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt asking for help to save her family’s home.

Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself-Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

World War II Days: Discovering the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities and Recipes-David C. King

Going to War in World War II-Moira Butterfield-emphasis is on war and weapons.

World War II-Simon Adams (Eyewitness Books)

The Holocaust-Susanna Davidson

The four books below portray real and fictional heroes of the Holocaust.

Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story-Kenn Mochizucki-A young boy remembers his father, a Japanese diplomat who paved the way for thousands of Jewish refugees to escape Lithuania in the 1940s. (nonfiction)

Number the Stars-Lois Lowry-Newbery Award-Annemarie shows courage when she and her family help her Jewish friend and family escape Denmark. (fiction)

Twenty and Ten-Clare Bishop-Twenty French school children hide ten Jewish children from the Nazis. (fiction)

Snow Treasure-Marie McSwigan-Children in Norway smuggle the nation’s gold past Nazi soldiers. (fiction)

Israel: The People-Debbie Smith

Israel-Martin Hintz (Enchantment of the World)

Families of Israel-DVD-Master Communications

Winston Churchill-Katie Daynes

Winston Churchill-Fiona MacDonald

UNIT 2-Worldview

Corrie Ten Boom: Keeper of the Angel’s Den-Janet & Geoff Benge

Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime-Janet & Geoff Benge

The Gladys Aylward Story DVD-Christian History Institute

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness DVD-20th Century Fox

UNIT 3-History

China-Hugh Montefiore-Sebag-Eyewitness Books

People’s Republic of China-Kim Dramer (Enchantment of the World)

Families of China-DVD-Master Communications

Fearon’s Our Century: 1950-1960-Tony Napoli

The 1950s Decade in Photos: The American Decade-Jim Corrigan

Rock and Roll Generation: Life in the Fifties-Time-Life

India: The People-Bobbie Kalman

India-Kamala Dalal (Countries of the World)

Going to School in India DVD-Master Communications

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Photographic Story of a Life-Amy Pastan-Eyewitness Readers

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.-Doreen Rappaport

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.-David Adler

UNIT 3-Worldview

Billy Graham: Just Get Up and Out of Your Seat-Catherine MacKenzie

Billy Graham: World Famous Evangelist-Sarah McIntosh Wooten

Ida Scudder-Healing Bodies, Touching Hearts-Janet and Geoff Benge

Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer-Janet and Geoff Benge

The Jim Eliot Story-DVD-Christian History Institute

UNIT 4-History

1990s From the Persian Gulf War to Y2K-Stephen Feinstein

The Nineteen Nineties Decade in Photos: The Rise of Technology-Jim Corrigan

The Middle East-Cory Gideon Gunderson

Middle East-Philip Steele

Fearon’s Our Century: 1970 to 1980-Tony Napoli, editor

The 1970s Decade in Photos: Protest and Change-Jim Corrigan

Fearon’s Our Century: 1980 to 1990-Tony Napoli, editor

The 1980’s Decade in Photos: Triumph of Democracy-Jim Corrigan

Some good books for helping understand more modern times:

America at the Time of Martin Luther King, Jr: The Story of Our Nation from Coast to Coast, from 1948 to 1976-Sally Isaacs

The Century for Young People-Jennifer Armstrong

Visual Timeline of the Twentieth Century-Simon Adams

September 11, 2001-Andrew Santella (Cornerstones of Freedom)

September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed America-Jill Wheeler

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers-Mordecai Gerstein-a biography of Phillipe Petit who walked a tightrope between the twin towers in 1974, amazing pictures of the towers and New York City.

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey-A fire boat launched in 1931 is brought back into service on September 11, 2001.

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation: I recommend using the introductory pages of this graphic book. The pictures show the routes of the four airplanes. This is a great book that you will want to preview before sharing with your children.

The Bread Winner-Deborah Ellis

Extra Credit-Andrew Clements-Abby Carson and Sadeed Bayat become pen pals and learn about each other’s culture.

The Librarian from Basra: A True Story from Iraq-Jeanette Winter

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tapestry of Grace-Year 2-Upper Grammar

TOG-Year 2-Upper Grammar
Tapestry of Grace titles are in bold
Librarian Lou's suggestions are in italics

Knights and Castles: 50 Hands-on Activities to Experience the Middle Ages-Avery Hart

Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself-Kris Bordessa. This title includes lots of information to back up all the projects.

Castle-David Macaulay

Castle-Christopher Gravett-Eyewitness Books

Steven Biesty’s Castles-Meredith Hopper

Fine Print: A Story about Johann Gutenberg-Joanne Johansen Burch

Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press-Bruce Koscielniak

Breaking Into Print: Before and After the Invention of the Printing Press-Steven Krensky

Marco Polo: Overland to China-Alexander Zelenyj

Marco Polo-Demi (picture book biography)-4 copies

The World in the Time of Marco Polo-Fiona MacDonald

Explorers of the World-Marco Polo DVD-Schlessinger Media

Mecca-Mandy Ross


Islam-Phillip Wilkinson-Eyewitness Books

The Middle Ages-Mary Quigley

The Middle Ages-Jane Shuter

Medieval Life-Andrew Langley-Eyewitness Books

The Story of the Crusades Coloring Book-John Green

You Wouldn’t Want to be a Crusader-Fiona MacDonald

Saladin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem-Lee Hancock

Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade-David Hilliam

The Story of the Middle Ages-Samuel Harding

Viking-Carrie Love (Eye Wonder)

Viking-Susan Margeson-Eyewitness Books

The Real Vikings: Craftsmen, Traders and Fearless Raiders-Melvin and Gilda Berger

Going to War in Viking Times-Christopher Gravett

Adventures with the Vikings-Linda Bailey (Good Times Travel Agency) This graphic novel has lots of information about the Vikings

Adventures of Robin Hood retold by John Burrows

Sherwood: Original Stories from the World of Robin Hood-edited by Jane Yolen

Robin Hood: The Tale of the Great Outlaw Hero-Angela Bull (Eyewitness Readers) This is a fun easy to read title.

Robin Hood and Little John-Barbara Cohen

The Adventures of Robin Hood-Marcia Williams (the cartoon version)

The Door in the Wall-Marguerite DeAngeli

Crispin: The Cross of Lead-Avi (historical fiction-1300s)

Leif the Lucky-Edgar and Ingri Parin D’Aulaire

Tales of King Arthur retold by Felicity Brooks

The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great-Gerald Morris

Merlin and the Making of the King-Margaret Hodges-The retelling of four Arthurian Legends

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table-Marica Williams-graphic novel version

Francis-The Poor Man of Assisi-Tomie De Paola

Saint Francis-Brian Wildsmith


Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You’ll Ever Need-Kathryn Temple

Aztecs & Incas-Sue Nicholson (Sightseers)

The Aztec Empire-Jane Bingham

Ballplayers and Bonesetters: One Hundred Ancient Aztec and Maya Jobs You Might Have Adored or Abhorred-Laurie Coulter

Brilliant Brits: Henry VIII-Richard Brassey

First Voyage to America: From the Log of the Santa Maria-Christopher Columbus

I Columbus, My Journal 1492-93-Christopher Columbus

The Log of Columbus: The First Voyage, Spring, Summer and Fall 1492-Christopher Columbus, Selections by Steve Lowe

Michelangelo-Diane Stanley

Michelangelo Buonarrotti-Ernest Lloyd Raboff (an art book rather than a biography)

The Sistine Chapel-Renee Rebman (supplemental)

Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation-Douglas Bond

The Renaissance-Mary Quigley

An Italian Renaissance-Nomi J. Waldman

Renaissance-Andrew Langley-Eyewitness Books

London-Neil Morris (Great Cities Through the Ages)-This is a wonderful pictorial view of London throughout history.

Venice-Renzo Rossi (Great Cities Through the Age)

Bard of Avon: The Story of Shakespeare-Diane Stanley

William Shakespeare and the Globe-Aliki

Shakespeare-Peter Chrisp-Eyewitness Books

Huguenot Garden-Douglas Jones

Escape Across the Wide Sea-Katherine Kirkpatrick-The fictional story of a Huguenot family that leaves France due to religious persecution. They end up in the New York Colony.

I Juan de Pareja-Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

Morning Girl-Michael Dorris

Thunderstorm in Church-Louise Vernon

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World-Paul Maier


Colonial Crafts-Bobbie Kalman

Colonial Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games and Activities, David C. King

Freedom Seeker: A Story About William Penn-Gwenyth Swain

The Story of William Penn-Aliki

William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania-Steven Kroll

The World of William Penn-Genevieve Foster

Colonial Life for Children: William Penn and Pennsylvania DVD-Schlessinger Media

Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy-Mary Englar

The Iroquois-Raymond Bial

Making Thirteen Colonies-Joy Hakim

The Thirteen Colonies-Gail Sakurai

Peter the Great-Diane Stanley

Peter the Great and Tsarist Russia-Miriam Greenblatt

The Plymouth Colony-Pamela Dell

Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?-Jean Fritz

Daily Life in the Pilgrim Colony, 1636-Paul Erickson

Pilgrims and Puritans: 1620-1676-James Lincoln Collier

Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Thanksgiving on Thursday-Mary Pope Osborne

Colonial Life for Children: Plimouth Plantation DVD-Schlessinger Media

Roger Williams-Elizabeth Raum

Finding Providence-Avi

Colonial Life for Children: Rodger Williams and Rhode Island DVD-Schlessinger Media

Samuel de Champlain: From New France to Cape Cod-Adriana Morganelli

Champlain-Christopher Moore

Three Ships Come Sailing-Gilchrist Waring

You Wouldn’t Want to be an American Colonist: A Settlement You’d Rather Not Start-Jacqueline Morley

John Smith Escapes Again-Rosalyn Schanzer

Our Strange New Land, Elizabeth’s Diary, Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 (My America)

Colonial Life for Children: Jamestown-DVD-Schlessinger Media

Blackthorn Winter-Douglas Wilson

A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remembrance Patience Whipple-Kathryn Lasky (Dear America)-a colonial girl's diary.

The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce: A Pilgrim Boy-Ann Rinaldi (My Name is America) The journal of a pilgrim boy.

Sarah's New World: The Mayflower Adventure-Colleen Reece (Sisters in Time Series)

Scottish Seas-Douglas Jones

William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy-Bradford Smith

William Bradford: Governor of Plymouth Colony-Marianne Hering

William Bradford: The First Thanksgiving DVD-Nest Animated Films

Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments-Cheryl Kirk Noll

Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself-Carmella Van Vleet

Benjamin Franklin, American Genius: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities-Brandon Marie Miller

Benjamin Franklin: A Man of Many Talents-Time Magazine

Benjamin Franklin, American Genius: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities-Brandon Marie Miller

The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin-Cheryl Harness

Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin-Gene Barretta

Daniel Boone: Woodsman of Kentucky-John Paul Zronik

Daniel Boone’s Great Escape-Michael P. Spraldin

The Declaration of Independence-Michael Burgan

The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence-Judith St. George.

Give Me Liberty! The Story of the Declaration of Independence-Russell Freedman

Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox-Kate Salley Palmer

Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox of the American Revolution-Louis P. Towles

From Colonies to Country-Joy Hakim (A History of US)

From Thirteen Colonies to One Nation-John Micklos

Growing Up in Revolution and the New Nation-Brandon Marie Miller

Amos Fortune, Free Man-Elizabeth Yates

The Arrow over the Door-Joseph Bruchac

Boys and Girls of Colonial Days-Carolyn Bailey

Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution-Jean Fritz

We the People: The Story of Our Constitution-Lynne Cheaney-The former second lady has written some excellent history books for children

The Founders: The 39 Stories Behind the U.S. Constitution-Dennis Fradin
Sign of the Beaver-Elizabeth George Speare