Friday, August 15, 2008

HOTM Friday Meme - Favorite Books

This week's Heart of the Matter meme is favorite books and curriculum. I can't wait to see what all is posted... I'm hoping for some new favorites to add to my wish list. :)

With my oldest just starting kindergarten I haven't used any curriculum yet. We are simply doing a little of this and that for this year.

But we do have our favorites. Here's one of mine:
For anyone interested in CM methods, I highly recommend A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola. It is filled with short chapters, beautiful pictures and countless practical and inspiring ideas. You can read cover to cover or pick and choose. It can be as light or studious reading as you want. I started out with the pick & choose method and now am reading to cover to cover. For me, it makes good bedtime reading. :) I feel it is a book I will refer to again and again as we homeschool in the years ahead.

Almost all of our other favorites - storybooks and read-alouds have come from our local library.

Some I borrowed as recommendations from book-lists on sites like Simply Charlotte Mason and Ambleside Online.

Others have been our own finds, or were recommended by our local librarian. When 'shopping' for good children's books, I look:

- for the date it was originally published (often, but not always, the earlier the better)
- to see if this book was an award-winner (Caldecott or Newbery)
- at the story line, both in the first few pages and flipping through for 'samples'

There's no way I could list all the books we have loved, but here are some of our favorites:

The Little House, Virgina Lee Burton

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Burton

The Tale of Three Trees

Charlotte's Web

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

In addition to these, we have also enjoyed Ox-Cart Man, by Barbara Cooney, plus several books by Robert McCloskey and many from Eric Carle.

And last but certainly not least, one of Dale's (and my) newest favorites:

Favorite Poems Old and New, selected by Helen Ferris

This book is full of wonderful poems, great for reading aloud. Dale asks just about every day (often more than once a day) for me to read to him from this book. And I even find myself picking it up to see what I can find. This is one we will probably end up purchasing sooner or later!

What are your favorite books?


Amy B said...

A Tale of Three Trees is one of my favorites! We use the Charlotte Mason Handbook too. Awesome approach to homeschooling.

Mom Of Three said...

I have wanted to read that Charlotte Mason book! Thanks for sharing!
Deb at

Karen said...

Awesome! Another Charlotte Mason fan. I share in your love for the Charlotte Mason approach and I wanted to personnally invite you over to my blog. I have a ton of Charlotte Mason links, blogs, and resources.

Thanks for sharing!
-Karen @ Lil Momma's Haven

Rachel said...

Great book choices. . . Sounds like you are providing a wonderful opportunity for your children to LOVE learning and reading! Thanks for sharing!

SmallWorld at Home said...

Oh, how we loved The Little House and Mike Mulligan, as well as Katy and the Big Snow! Brings back lots of nice memories.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

I love going to Ambleside Online to create reading lists for my daughters.

Anonymous said...

I love the Charlotte Mason Handbook and Charlotte's Web also. Great picks! :)

Tonia said...

I love your list of books - many are our favorites as well. I'm adding the others to my list of books to check out!