Classical Children's Books

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Classic Literature Tells the Human Story

In the midst of wrong, we search for what is right.

Whether one confronts the forces of nature, the injustices of society, the sinister plot of a twisted mind, or the empty echoes of a lonely heart; our search for good in the midst of wrong continues. Children can open the pages of great stories and see the saga of human life unfold.

Kaleidos Language Arts

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Kaleidos Language Arts Books

Kaleidos is the Language Arts program for families that love classical literature. Currently available for 3rd - 8th grade, Kaleidos Language Arts provides an exciting, skill-building curriculum based on classic books and creative writing.

Built on the building blocks of literature, writing, grammar, computer, and speaking skills; families have the choice of using the complete program with daily lesson plans OR using only the components they need right now.

Literature Unit Studies

Joan or Arc Student Study Guide Page           Blue Willow Teachers Lesson Plan           Benjamin West Student Teachers Answer Key Page           Golden Goblet Unit Study Page          

Do more than just read the book. Literature Unit Studies provide learning activities so kids can delve into the background and geography of the story. These Classical Childrens Book Unit Studies are from some of our favorite kids books. .

Currently, we have unit studies on: Check back, you never know when we'll be adding more.

Historical Fiction Books by Periods of History

history scroll A great way to learn about the significance of events in from the past, historical fictions also helps kids connect with other cultures and lands. At the same time they are advancing their reading skills and enjoying great stories. Check out these lists of Historical Fiction Books for kids of different ages. They are listed by periods of history.

Classical Children's Book Club

Reading Club Book Lists for 3rd through 8th Grade

7th grade certificate We not only have our top twelve picks of the greatest classical books for each grade, but we also have a Classical Children's Book Club Certificate based on those reading list. Students who read seven of the books on the reading list for their grade earn a Club Certificate. Now that's classy.

Easy Books for Young Readers

Preschool Through Easy Chapter Books

Reading To Children Whether you are sharing a bedtime story with your toddler, trying to find an interesting book for your first and second grader, or searching for an easy chapter book that will spark your growing reader's love for literature, our list of easy reading books will eagerly draw them to their favorite reading chair for another great story.

Books for Preteens

Girl Reading and Dreaming Our stories for preteens include favorite books for girls and the best loved books for guys. Find great stories your advancing reader will have trouble putting down. Use the ten tips to encourage reading to make literature a normal part of your child's life.

Themes In Children's Literature

Children often like reading books of their favorite genre. We list books by several popular literary themes including animal stories, nature stories, detective stories, ocean stories and more.

Famous Authors

When a book is thoroughly enjoyed, the reader will probably like other books by the same author. In our list of authors we present the books and series by several of the classic authors. We will also introduce you to some new ones you might not have met yet. Intimidated by Shakespeare? We'll even show you how to make the great bard's plays what he wanted them to be: an entertaining experience and not a dreaded assignment.

Sherlock Holmes

Some Unexpected Help for the Literary-Resistant Student

Yes, I do understand that many students (particularly guys) aren't jumping up and down to read Jane Austin, William Shakespeare, and Henry David Thoreau. But do we have a treat for them!

When taken as a composite, Sherlock Holmes, is a fun-to-read series with some interesting features of classic literature. Start with our quotes from Sherlock Holmes stories and let your literature-shy kids investigate how Arthur Conan Doyle wove elements of classical literature into his popular stories. While many stories have content not advised for younger students, we have provided a list of recommended Sherlock Holmes stories for kids.

Books You Don't Want to Miss

In the Shadow of the Pines

A True Story from the Depression

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In the Shadow of the Pines
tells the true story of sharecroppers in East Texas during the Depression.

Alfred and his family are evicted from their home during the Great Depression and forced to live in a tent in the woods. With everything going wrong, is it even possible for him to keep the promise he made to his dying mother?

All the Cities of Gold

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All the Cities of Gold
is the true story of a teenage girl who journeyed across the country to be reunited with her mother and brothers. When she arrives back in her childhood home, she finds the situation more complicated than she thought.

The Peleg Chronicles

The Foundlings Cover The Peleg Chronicles is a high adventure Christian triology from the days following the great flood. Terrifying dragons, brutal giants, and evil priests surround Fergus and threaten his life and those of his friends. The followers of Noah's God form a small but courageous band in a land filled with danger.

Stories From Other Cultures

Stories From Around The World Learn about other cultures near and far by reading the stories of their lives and history.

Guides for Teaching Literature

elements of Literature Great literature is at the heart of a great education. Not only can you provide the best of children's literature, but you can select the stories and plots that enthuse and motivate.

Getting the Most of Your Literature Study

Why Is Literature Important to Read?

So many things to do in a day, why include literature? 6 essential benefits of literature Hint: It is far more than just reading.

Reading Out Loud

Yes, you want kids to read independently, but there are no less than ten benefits of reading aloud to your kids.

Choosing Literature for Your Child

Literature is not a one-size fits all curriculum. It can and should be taylored to each student's interests. Historical fiction? Pirates? Romance? Animal stories? There are numerous stories for each one's personal preferences. How to Choose Literature for Your Child

Writing book reports and essays from literature

You have just finished reading a great book and now are ready to write a book report demonstrating the value (or lack thereof) of reading this book. Do you want to get passed the mundane book report: Why I liked (or didn't like) this book?


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