The Magician’s Nephew, Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – Can you believe I have never read this book nor seen any movie adaptations!? I’m loving reading it aloud to my girls. Sadly, I didn’t think to ask any of my homeschooling buddies in which order I should read the series and just went with the published order they had available in my local library. I’ve since been told that reading The Magician’s Nephew first (although a prequel) is a bit like peeking at your Christmas presents on Christmas eve. In any event, my girls and I are loving Narnia and happy we started our school year off with it. Read more about our explorations in Narnia in my dedicated blog post here.
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis – We had been hitting Narnia full steam (you can read my Narnia blog post here) but seemed to hit a snag with this particular book. The first half of the book didn’t hold my girls’ interest as much as the previous two books of the series, and a few times I wondered if I should take a break from it or continue to muddle our way through. I’m glad we kept going as the girls did eventually gain an appreciation for it and the second half of the book went easier for us.
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis – This one is right up there with the Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe for our personal Narnia favorites.
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
Rascal by Sterling North – This is a beautifully written account of a pre-adolescent’s adventures in the country with his pet raccoon. The evocative imagery is written at such a level that my daughters “get” it without being overwhelmed by too much detail or vocabulary. After a short scene in the book where Sterling battles a large brown trout, he writes about the poignancy of that moment: “Somewhere it must all be recorded, as insects are captured in amber- that day on the river: transcribed in Brule water, written on the autumn air, safe at least in my memory.” This sentence led to a discussion with my daughters about those vivid memory-making moments that have occurred in their own lives and how they might recall them as adults. This book is really stirring up our excitement about our upcoming move to the country.
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden