Here is my reading list for grades 3-4. I decided to put these lists together for two grade levels at a time. Many kids do not read at the same level so this allows for some differences in ability. You will see some overlap in my book lists. This again is to accommodate multiple reading levels. My plan is to eventually have a reading list for each grade level. But until then, this will have to do.
I absolutely believe in reading to kids. So you will find books for this. Reading to your children helps develop listening, cognitive and verbal skills. So don’t skip it!
Every book on this reading list is a clean book. This means they are uplifting, wholesome, with no profanity, and no magic or violence (unless noted). I have done my best to review these books. However, should I miss something or you feel a book should be added to this list, please send me a comment in the box below.
If you are looking for a reading list for K-2 you can read my post below:
In addition to a reading list, you will see notated books that have study guides available. I use TCR Study Guides, Novel-Ties and Great Works Literature Guides when available. Each of the guides is easy to use and can be adapted to Charlotte Mason style narration exercises if desired. They are also secular in nature, so they should be usable by most, if not all, families.
Parent Read Aloud to Children (Above Level)
A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer-This is a book about history that is linear in how it’s put together. Overall, it is a beautiful narrative of history. The book is decidedly secular with several small references that have some Christian context at the beginning. If you do not wish to include these in your lessons, just skip the first few chapters. It won’t cause any issues. Also, there is some violence in this book. While it is fairly minimal, if you are concerned, you will want to pre-read the lessons.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett -Note: This book does contain several references toward magic near the end of the book. However, it is possible for parents to edit this completely out if you are doing a read aloud. We chose to use it as a family discussion instead. TCR Unit Study Available
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Weiss
Student Led Reading
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Heidi by Joanna Spyri
Classic Starts Series Books These are cleaned up, simplified favorites of classic books. They are meant to be read from ages 7-10. A good choice for parents looking for classics to read that have been edited to remove many objectionable parts or adult themes. Some options are Journey to the Center of the Earth, Adventures of Robin Hood, Adventures of Shirlock Holmes, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Great Expectations, Little Women, A Little Princess and The Prince and the Pauper
Parent Recommended Series-These are not books I have read yet, but they come highly recommended as clean reads from parents. Please make sure to pre-read if you have any concerns.
Little Britches Series By Ralph Moody. The recommendation by parents is to stop at book 5 as it is a harder read for children after that.
Grandma’s Attic Series By Arleta Richardson
All of a Kind Family By Sydney Taylor. This book does have references to religious observances (Jewish).
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Free Printable List
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