Schooling Saturday: 12 Read-Alouds Not to Miss in 2012 (Part 2)

Last week I shared the first part of our reading list for 2012. You can find that post here. I hope you enjoy the rest of our list!


7. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

My children have seen and loved several movie versions of this, and I think it’s time they meet the “real” version!



8. Heidi by Johanna Spyri

I planned to postpone the movie version of this classic until we had a chance to read the book, but my children ended up seeing it with some family members. I still want us to read it as soon as possible, and preferably before they watch the movie again. I love introducing my children to wholesome, sweet examples of good character and Heidi does that beautifully!



9. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

I remember enjoying this book so much as a child! The story of five children being granted all kinds of wishes and the interesting results that brings is one I know my children will enjoy. This is the type of story that will have them daydreaming and pretending for months (if not years) to come! We’ve already read and loved The Railway Children by the same author.


10. Leonardo: Masterpieces in Milan by Catherine McGrew Jaime

My children loved the first book in this series, Leonardo the Florentine when we read it in 2011. You can read my review of it here. My children still get excited every time they recognize a da Vinci painting, and have asked several times about the rest of his life.



11. Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

Despite owning several of Marguerite Henry’s books, we haven’t read any of them yet. They were some of my favorite growing up! Brighty of the Grand Canyon seemed like a great first choice, especially since it will also provide an opportunity to discuss such an important landmark of America. We are also spending this year learning about animals, so we will more than likely overlap this with a horse family emphasis.



12. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

Although I think all of the books on our list for 2012 are fun, several of them are “weightier” books. Longer, wordier classics. While I am confident we will enjoy those, I wanted to be sure I put at least one lighter book into our year. I think Henry Huggins, and his many adventures and friends, will be a great introduction to Beverly Cleary!


Do you have your own list for 2012? If you are looking for other resources on age appropriate read-alouds, I encourage you to check out Sonlight’s reading lists, as well as the books that are listed in Ambleside Online’s “free reading” lists. Don’t forget to ask other families what they’ve enjoyed too!

I hope 2012 is a year full of good books for your family!


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About Melissa

Melissa is a homeschooling mom to five children, ages 9, 7, 4, 2, and one brand new munchkin!. She loves blogging about her journey as a cloth diapering and breastfeeding mom - the good, the bad, and the chaotic, and helping other moms along the way.

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  • Rebecca

    Love love love Henry Huggins…and Heidi is sitting next to the couch…right now, we’re reading Paddle to the Sea for Geography and Language Arts….Love your list!!!!

  • Myra Ahmad

    Love your list! Heidi is one of my favourite characters ever! I am reading Peter Pan these days. And I am going to check out the books you have mentioned. Thanks for sharing your list.
    — Myra

  • Michelle

    I love Brighty of the Grand Canyon! I see several titles I’d love to check out of the library for my daughter. Thanks for sharing.