Friday, July 6, 2007

A reading list, Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade

A parent asked S.M. Hutchens for a reading list for her daughter, suspecting that the school lists were deficient.
Under the impression...that there must be some fine lists out there that aren’t explicitly Christian—for it is not Christian parents alone who are interested in the best reading for their children - I was pleased to find a particularly good one, produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which I reproduce here for our readers:

Find the list here.
The comments after the list are interesting, too, offering additions and qualifications. One of the best gifts a parent can give a child is the love of reading, because reading, like any other skill, improves with practice - and how many skills can offer as much pleasure in the getting. Reading these books would also acquaint them with the culture - providing what has been called "cultural literacy," the ability to make connections between then and now and to understand the world around them much better and in much greater depth.

[Note: the illustration is from a bookplate that I used in my personal library when young.]

Touchstone Magazine - Books For Children, Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade

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