Children, Suggested Reading for

Suggested Reading for

First Stage: 1-2 Years Old

1. Grandfather
by Barbara Berger. Soft, beautiful illustrations in a good
night book.

2. Good
Night Moon and The Runaway Bunny
by Margaret Wise Brown. Very feeling
and intimate.

3. Blue
Sea and Jump, Frog, Jump
by Robert Kalan. Little, big, bigger, biggest
with a fun twist; and repetition rhyme with a kind ending.

4. Listen
to the Rain
by John and Martin Archambault. In touch with nature.

5. Have
You Seen My Duckling? and Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails
by Nancy
Tafuri. Simple scenes of animals in nature.

6. I
Can Take a Walk
by Shigeo Watanabe. Mastering those first simple skills.

7. Peterkin
Meets a Star
by Emile Boss. Sense of wonder.

First Stage: 2-3 Years Old

1. Anno’s
Counting Book
by Mitsumasa Anno. Adding one thing at a time, builds
a lovely town through the seasons.

2. Eating
the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z
by Louis Ehlert.

3. Tom
and Pippo
by Helen Oxenbury. Developing emotional skills.

4. Annie
and the Wild Animals
by Jan Brett. She gathers all the animals into
her house.

5. Always,
by Crescent Dragonwagon. Constant love, soft.

6. Little
by Ruth Bornstein. Loved, no matter what size.

7. The
Hunter and the Wild Animals
by Tomie de Paola. Animals teach hunter
to be in relationship to them instead of harming them.

8. Sheep
in a Jeep
by Nancy Shawl Rollicking, rhyming, delightful.

First Stage: 3-5 Years Old

1. Badger’s
Parting Gifts
by Susan Varley. Animal story about death and grief.

2. The
Fall of Freddie the Leaf
by Leo Buscaglia. About going to sleep in
the Mystery.

3. The
Legend of the Bluebonnet
by Tomie de Paola. Little girl makes a sacrificial
offering of her doll.

4. Nimby
by Jasper Tomkins. Mischievous little cloud learns value of friendship.

5. Do
Not Open
by Brinton Turkle. Overcoming fear, good humored.

6. The
Little Brute Family
by Russell and Lilliean Hoban. Conversion experience.

7. The
Heart That Followed Me Home
by Gary and Heidi Dini. All about the heart
of a small boy.

8. Francis,
the Poor Man of Assisi
by Tomie de Paola.

9. Island
by Holly Keller. Helping animals and leaving them in nature.

10. Where
the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak. Dealing with anger in a humorous
and free way.

First Stage: 5-7 Years Old

1. Lifetimes
by Bryan Mellonie, Robert R. Ingpen. About death and change in nature and
human relations.

2. Clown
of God
by Tomie de Paola. Lifetime of a juggler, with heartfelt service
at end.
3. The
Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein. Selfless giving.

4. Stories of the Buddha by Dharma

5. The
Funny Little Woman
by Arlene Mosel. Humorous story of self-transcendence.

6. Gorky
by William Steig. Astral travel put in form of a story about
a frog.

7. Everyone
Knows What a Dragon Looks Like
  by Jay Williams and illustrated
by Mercer Mayer. Ignorance. Excellent. Used: powells
* alibris

8. The
Vingananee and the Tree Toad
by Verna Aardema. Prayer and miracle.

9. Each,
Peach, Pear, Plum
by Janet and Allen Ahlberg. Discovering the hidden
characters. Great rhyme.

Second Stage: 7-9 Years Old

1. Chronicles
of Narnia
by C. S. Lewis.

2. Sarah,
Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlan.

3. The
Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame.

4. The
Little Prince
by Jonathan Landow and Janet Brooke.

5. Charlotte’s
by E. B. White.

6. The
Secret Garden
by Francis Burnett.

7. The
Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling. edition
, edition
, edition
, edition
, edition
, edition
(dabase does not know which edition to recommend)

8. The
Blue Faience Hippopotamus
by Joan Grant. Used: alibris

9. Tales
of the Dalai Lama
by Pierre Delattre.

10. The
Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams.

Second Stage: 10-12 Years Old

1. Knight
on Horseback
by Ann Rabinowitz.

2. Izzy,
by Cynthia Voight.

3. Kim
by Rudyard Kipling.

4. The
Dark is Rising
by Susan Cooper. Series.

5. Voyage
of the Frog
by Gary Paulsen, and other books by Paulsen.

6. The
by J. R. R. Tolkien.

7. Tibetan
Folk Tales
, edited by Kyde Chambers.

8. Island
of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell.

9. Julie
of the Wolves
by Jean Craighead George.

Second/Third Stage: 12-14 Years Old

1. Dogsbody
by Diane Wynne Jones.

2. Huckleberry
by Mark Twain.

3. White
by Jack London.

4. Short
by Jack London.

5. The
Ice is Coming
by Patricia Wrightson.

6. The
Lord of the Rings
by J. R. R. Tolkien.

7. A
Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin. Series.

8. Treasure
by Robert Louis Stevenson.

9. Crystal
by Mary Stewart. Series.

of Avila
by Mary Terese Danze.

Third Stage: 15-18 Years Old

1. To
Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee.

2. The
Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway.

3. The
Human Comedy
by William Saroyan.

4. Short
by Chekhov.

5. Portrait
of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce.

6. Short
by William Faulkner.

7. Mutant
Message Down Under
by Marlo Morgan. Australian Aborigines’ culture.

8. The
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
(abridged version).

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