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I love a good book list! There are countless options of books out there for children, but it’s not easy to know which ones are worth reading. It can also be difficult to figure out what books would be good for a particular age. I’ve been working on compiling book lists for each of my readers for our upcoming homeschool year. After scouring the internet for inspiration for the lists they’re finally complete! So, I thought it would be fun to share the lists I have put together with you.
The first list is for my oldest. A little bit about him; he just turned nine this summer and loves fantasy, adventure, and animal books. I tried to pick books that would hold his interest, but that also represent a variety of difficulty and genres. Each list contains nine books for a reading pace of about one book a month. I did not design the lists to be in any particular order, but instead I allow them to pick and choose in what order they read the books. Any of these books would be a great choice as a read aloud too! For your convenience I have included a free printable of the list at the end of this post . So without further ado here are my picks for his homeschool year.
Book Picks for 2018-2019
Along Came a Dog (Harper Trophy Books (Paperback)) by Meindert DeJong
I read Wheel on the School, also by Meindert DeJong, as a read aloud last year to my oldest two and they loved it! So when I stumbled upon this book by the same author I knew it deserved a place on his list.
Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell
This is one of the historical picks about the Navajo tribe being forced to leave their homeland. This book was suggested as further reading in the back of the study guide for the Geography Through Literature study from Beautiful Feet Books that we’ll be doing this year using the wonderful Holling C. Holling books.
Rascal (Puffin Modern Classics) by Sterling North
I’ve seen this book pop up a few times in my research. When I read the preview on Amazon and discovered that the boy in the book had a pet Saint Bernard I knew my son would love it (he’s asked us a few times if we could get a Saint Bernard).
Gentle Ben (Puffin Modern Classics) by Walt Morey
A book about the friendship between a boy and a bear in the wilderness can’t be passed up. This book also has a nature and animal theme to it like the one above.
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
This one has been on his to read list for a while. Again another animal book. Since he’s a Harry Potter fan I thought he would enjoy reading about another boy with a pet owl.
By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
Sid Fleischman is also the author of The Whipping Boy which is another book we’ve read together before, so I know this one will follow suit in its quality. I also picked this book for its historical value as it’s set in California during the gold rush era.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
This book combines animals and fantasy which makes it a perfect pick for this boy. I also remember the old cartoon movie from my childhood and I love a book that can be followed up with a film adaptation for further comparison and discussion.
Henry and Ribsy (Henry Huggins) by Beverly Cleary
I picked this book to throw in some fun lighter reading for his list. It’s a humorous book about a boy and his dog, so it fits with the animal theme.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
My mom adores this book and I love the literal examples in it. I think he might be just old enough now to appreciate the humor.
Now, here’s a printable version of the list just for you! Year Four Book List.