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Our Top Read Alouds

Mary over at St. Athanasius Academy asked the question, “What are the top ten favorite family read-alouds of all time?”

Here is our list in no particular order:

The Trumpet of the Swan/ E.B. White

The Chronicles of Narnia/ C.S. Lewis

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew/ Margaret Sidney

The Lord of the Rings/ J.R.R. Tolkien

The House at Pooh Corner/ A.A. Milnes

My Side of the Mountain/ Jean Craighead George

Little Women/ Louisa May Alcott

Little House on the Prairie/ Laura Inglas Wilder

The Twenty One Balloons/ William Pene du Bois

The Moffats/ Elenor Estes

And of course, the Bible.


Winter Reading

Here are some of the books we are reading that are perfect for Winter.

Chapter Books:

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, CS Lewis

For more Narnia reading see Family Bookshelf.


Picture Books:

The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Anderson

The Hat, Jan Brett

The Mitten, Jan Brett

The Big Snow, Berta & Elmer Hadar

White Snow, Bright Snow, Alvin Tresset

The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story, Neil Waldman

Snowflake Bentley, Jacqueline Briggs Martin

My Brother Loved Snowflakes; The Story of Wilson A. Bentley, The Snowflake Man, Mary Bahr


Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

Robert Frost [Poems] [Sound Recording] Read by Robert Frost/ New York: Random House Audio 2003


Snowflakes in Photographs, W.A. Bentley

The Snowflake: Winter’s Secret Beauty, Kenneth Libbrecht

Ken Lebbrecht’s Field Guide to Snowflakes, Kenneth Lebberecht

Craft Resource:

Snowflakes for all Seasons, Cindy Higham

Animal Tracks & Clues

Picture Books:

Tracks in the Snow, Wong Herbert Lee

Moose Tracks!, Karma Wilson

Stranger in the Woods, Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick

Snow Comes to the Farm, Nathaniel Tripp

Children’s Non-fiction:

Who Lives in the Snow?, Jennifer Berry Jones

Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints, Millicent E. Selsam

Who Pooped in the Park? Rocky Mountain National Park, Gary D. Robson

Crinkleroot’s Book of Animal Tracking, Jim Arnosky

Tracks in the Wild, Betsy Bowen

The Woods Scientist, Stephen R. Swinburne

Resource Books:

Project Seasons; Hands-on Activities for Discovering the Wonders of the World, Deborah Parrell

Animal Tracks: Petersons Field Guide, Olaus J. Murie & Mark Elbroch

Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Signs, Paul Rezendes


Tracks, Zoboomafoo (Okay so it’s not reading but it is fun and educational!)

Rocky Mountain Catholic Home Educator’s Conference

June 21-23, 2007

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