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Subject: Books you missed as a child, but discovered while homeschooling.
Date Posted: 8/25/2009 10:25 PM ET
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I really enjoy reading aloud to my children.  Though I was an avid reader as a child, I somehow missed some really great books.  What wonderful books have you discovered in your homeschooling journey?

For me,

Betsy and Tacy go up the Big Hill (This is part of a series, but I've only read this one so far.)

Rackety-Packety House


Date Posted: 8/26/2009 9:16 AM ET
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Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series

The Rats of NIMH series

Time Quartet series & other Madeleine L'Engle books

Many Classic novels


Date Posted: 8/26/2009 10:52 PM ET
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Jane Austen books (my teen daugher got me to read those)

Jane Eyre

The Phantom Tollbooth

and tons of fabulous picture books!  (Of course, most of the picture book discoveries were books that were published after I was a kid.)

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 3:36 PM ET
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Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr books

Mr. Putter and Tabby books

Hank The Cow Dog books (My teenagers still love me to read those to them outloud - but you gotta do the cowboy accent)

Beatrix Potter books (We bought a big book that has the complete collection all in one with the great illustrations)

Lad a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune, also some others by him


Date Posted: 8/27/2009 7:23 PM ET
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Mr Popper's Penguins

Swallows and Amazons series

Homer Price

The Littles series (not sure how old these are)

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 5:10 PM ET
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Johnny Tremain

Carry On Mr. Bowditch

The Terhune books, but more from internet contacts than homeschooling....

Trumpeter of Krakow

Kate Seredy books

Twenty-one Balloons.

Most of these haven't been used with our curriculum, but I've heard about them from others also using literature based unit studies.

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 12:29 PM ET
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All-of-a-Kind Family Series

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Twenty-One Balloons

Homer Price

I'm glad my kids are reading this kind of stuff than the mindless mush I chose as a kid!

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 1:09 PM ET
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Snow Treasure - Mary McSwigan

The Family Under the Bridge - Carlson

The Cricket in Times Square - Selden

Miracles on Maple Hill - Sorenson

The Sign of the Beaver - Speare

My Side of the Mountain - George

Caddie Woodlawn - Brink

A Wrinkle in Time - L'Engle



Date Posted: 9/4/2009 9:53 AM ET
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I agree we have just found Jean Craighead George and wow those are excellent books.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 7:37 PM ET
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The list is so long! I'll just try to list a few favorites:

Bejamain West and His Cat Grimalkin

The Wheel on the School

Justin Morgan had a Horse

The Hole in the Wall

Heidi (I know it's a classic, but I never read it, did you?)

Others mentioned The Family Under the Bridge and Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Love those, too!

Subject: just a few-- most published way after I was a kid
Date Posted: 10/21/2009 8:59 PM ET
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The Year of Miss Agnes

The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

Door in the Wall (and others by the same author)

Killer Angels

Chasing Vermeer

I, Juan de Pareja

Mary, bloody Mary

King Lear

Twelfth Night

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 6:12 AM ET
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Carry on, Mr. Bowditch was the first one I seriously wish I had read as a child.  Although I read a lot as a child/teen I didn't read much literature. I have since discovered some great classics I wonder how I missed. Fahrenheit 451 (just finished this as a read-aloud) is now one of my favorite books ever.