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Resources for Making a Book List April 30, 2012

Filed under: Books — kirstenjoyhill @ 8:27 am
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Since I don’t follow a particular curriculum that schedules readers and read-alouds for us, I like to make my own list of books to read out loud and books to “assign” (or sometimes just suggest) for independent reading.

Resources for making a book list or reading listI did this in an organized manner for Miss M for the first time for our current school year (2nd grade).  Last summer I created a Google doc with a list of 20 or read-alouds and 15 books I thought she could probably read independently but might not be likely to find or choose on her own. As the year has gone on, I have added and subtracted from the list as needed, and marked books off as we complete them.  Even though I didn’t schedule the books, I’ve liked having a list to refer to as I take a few minutes to make new requests at the library or place an order on Amazon.  The research and “thinking” is already done for me!

I’m getting ready to make a new list for this summer and our next school year, when Miss M will be a 3rd grader and Mr E a kindergartener.

From lists suggested by various curricula to lists compiled by libraries to lists made by bloggers, I’ve found more ideas for books to read than we could possibly read in a year  🙂  The hard part will be picking a reasonable number for this next year’s list.  But I am happy to have such a wide variety of suggestions available to me as I need to find more reading materials in future years or as our needs and interests change.

If you’re looking to make a reading list or just find a good book to read today, here are some resources to consult:

Book Lists of Various Literature-Based Curricula (for both general literature ideas and history-specific ideas):

Book Lists from Organizations, Groups and Libraries:

Mass-Media Articles with Book Suggestions

Lists from Bloggers and Forums:

And while not exactly a “list”, I love to read about what other bloggers are reading out loud by checking out Read-Aloud Thursday each week @ Hope is the Word. I’ve gotten a lot of ideas from other bloggers’ posts in this weekly link-up!

Lists Specific to History Resources:

Books about Books

Happy List Making (and Reading!)  Do you have any other favorite resources to share?

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6 Responses to “Resources for Making a Book List”

  1. Wow, extensive list…

  2. Amy @ Hope Is the Word Says:

    What a great resource! Thanks for sharing all the links! My favorite resource is RAT (of course! & thanks for the link!), but I also learn a lot by reading others’ suggestions on forums. The toughest part for me is finding enough challenging yet age-appropriate stuff for my dd to read independently.

  3. Julie Says:

    Thanks for including me in your list of books lists……. It’s a great list! – I love your blog.

  4. […] earlier this year, and I was interested in giving another of her books a try.  I saw this title on one of the many book lists I have been browsing lately, and requested it from the […]

  5. Ooooooh, thank you so much for compiling all that!! It’s like pure gold 🙂

  6. […] literature/read-alouds, I will do as I did this past year and make a list from the many sources I’ve found to inspire book-list-making.    I’ll make lists for read-alouds with Miss M at bedtime, read-alouds for the whole […]


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