After many hours + hours + hours, I’ve finally finished my booklist for Cycle 1! I have not reviewed or read all of these books, although I have sorted through book reviews and recommendations by others I trust in order to compile this list, including (but not limited to) suggested resources from Sonlight, Tapestry of Grace, Veritas Press, and Classical Conversations, as well as the 1000 Good Books List, Gospel Coalition, Old-Fashioned Education, IEW’s Books for Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Build Forts All Day, and Ambleside Online. (I have a ream-of-paper I reference along with an assortment of catalogs – and my trusted friend Tina over at Chasin Raisins – when I make my booklists.)
This is a “book buffet.” The links below will take you to descriptions of each book on Amazon (which includes our affiliate link tag – for our disclosure, please click here), but I’m hoping that most people will use their local library rather than purchasing the books. These books are loosely sorted by age group. Please keep in mind that I have not reviewed all the books listed but have researched reviews on-line and in catalogs in helping with these selections.
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Our family does not do a strict correlation for reading, although I put them together for reference. For science we will be using the God’s Design for Science Series and A Child’s Geography. If you would like a great history narrative to read that gives you the best bang for your buck, I would just stick with Story of the World – not because it’s perfect, but because it’s simple and engaging.
It took many hours to put this together, and I could spend many more hours trying to pick the very best of everything I can possibly find. But… I will leave that to Classical Conversations, who publishes a very useful, wonderfully simplified and concise booklist on CC Connected. Ultimately, I recommend that parents use the CC Catalog and resource list from CC Connected for making their book selections. I make my booklists for my own personal reference – since our family still has many years of the lower grammar stage ahead of us. I post it here in hopes that the work I’ve put into it will also benefit others in the longrun.
CC Cycle 1 Booklist
Cycle 1 Reading List: Picture Books, Readers, and Read Alouds
OUR FAMILY DOES NOT USE THIS ENTIRE LIST!!! I am currently piecing together our specific book selections and reading schedule for the coming year. Our actual Cycle 1 Reading Plan will contain a much more reasonable and manageable list of books.
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I recently embarked on a new adventure as an Usborne Books & More Consultant to fulfill a dream I have for our family. On our Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood Facebook page, I have compiled an album of Usborne books related to Cycle 1. (Click here for the album.)
My hope is that what I’ve provided here is a blessing to you. If you are overwhelmed by this list, here in a few weeks I will be pulling together our final reading selections and activities, which is much, much, much, much shorter (like one ten-thousandth of this). But now I must take a break from planning for at least a week and catch up on my rest.
In His Grace,
Other posts you may be interested in:
CC Cycle 1 Usborne Book List
CC Cycle 1 Planners
CC Reading Correlations: Story of the World, Mystery of History, Scholastic