Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Innis Family Classics

I thought it would be fun to compile a list of 'classics' that we own or that I am searching for.  I hope to add to it over the years.  And many of them I know I/we will read many more times.  I love finding a book like that!

The TJE books suggest finding some reference lists to be sure and get classics from every genre and subject.  I bought 'Books to Build On' by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. as a reference list of classics for preschool to 6th grade.  There are many lists on the internet as well.  Here is another one I just found by Jim Trelease, that is updated often. 

The Bible - NASB mostly, but I like the KJV and ESV, also-NIV is used in church.  I also hope we will all study the Greek New Testament and the Hebrew Old Testament over time.  This is our 'canon' and 'family classic' that has stood the test of time, and will until Christ's return.  The only source of definite truth.

I have two thrift stores near me that I check often.  They have books for $.50 to $2.  It's great!  There is also an amazing used book store 2.5 hours north of here in Niantic, CT that has books for $1, thousands and thousands of books.  Some are more expensive, but we went a few weeks ago and got some amazing books.  We'll visit often as our lists of classics grows.  We have a bunch of Illustrated Classics for kids. We are reading those now, but hope it won't ruin them for the 'real' versions. 
I don't nearly have all of the subjects covered, but this is a great start I think. 


Desiring God, John Piper
Don't Waste your Life, Larry Crabb
C.S. Lewis
Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul
Thomas Jefferson Education, Oliver DeMille
A Well Trained Mind, Susan Bauer Wise
6 books by Charlotte Mason
When you Rise Up, A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling, R.C. Sproul, JR.
Shepherding a Child's Heart, Tedd Tripp
Instructing a Child's Heart, Tedd Tripp
Successful Christian Parenting, John MacArthur

Sacred Marriages, Gary Thomas
Square Foot Gardening, Mel Bartholemew
Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon
Eat Fat, Lose Fat, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig
Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
Streams of Civilization I and II
Almost anything by DK
Eggermeir's Bible
DK Illustrated Body Book
DK pretty much anything-and they have a ton of awesome stuff!
Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia
Charles Dickens


Jane Austen
Louis May Alcott
Bronte Sisters
Don Quixote, Cervantes
The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper
The Scarlett Pimpernel books, Orczy
The Call of the Wild, London
Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
Louis L'Amour
Les Miserables
Robin Hood, Green
Jules Verne books
Uncle Tom's Cabin
George Orwell
Gene Stratton Porter, Laddie, Girl of the Limberlost, Freckles, Michael O'Halloran
J.R. Tolkein, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
Mark Twain
Alexander Dumas

Children's Literature
Aesop's Fables
Mother Goose
Dr. Seuss
Peter Pan
A Little Princess, Burnett
Johnny Tremain, Forbes
Wind in the Willows (we've read it twice-LOVE it), Grahame
The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald
The Princess and Curdie, George MacDonald
Little Britches, Ralph Moody
Pollyanna and Pollyanna Grows Up, Porter
Black Beauty
Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White
Little House Series
Miss Pickerell Series, Ellen MacGregor
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books, Betty MacDonald
Paddington Bear books, William Collins
Thomas the Tank Engine, Rev. W. Awdry
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Fairy Tales
American Girl Series
Autobiographies geared toward children (so far Helen Keller, Florence Nightengale and Amy Carlisle)
The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
Sebastian (Super Sleuth) Series, Mary Blount Christian
A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson
Henry and Mudge books, Cynthia Rylant
Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish
Frog and Toad books, Arnold Lobel
Mouse Tales, Arnold Lobel
Books by Madeline Brandeis on children in various countries
Green Forest Series by Thornton W. Burgess
Madeline series, Ludwig Bemelmans
Beatrix Potter's tales of Peter Rabbit and others
Magic School Bus books
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren

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