Suggested Reading for
First Stage: 1-2 Years Old
Twilight by Barbara Berger. Soft, beautiful illustrations in a good
Night Moon and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Very feeling
Sea and Jump, Frog, Jump by Robert Kalan. Little, big, bigger, biggest
with a fun twist; and repetition rhyme with a kind ending.
to the Rain by John and Martin Archambault. In touch with nature.
You Seen My Duckling? and Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails by Nancy
Tafuri. Simple scenes of animals in nature.
Can Take a Walk by Shigeo Watanabe. Mastering those first simple skills.
Meets a Star by Emile Boss. Sense of wonder.
First Stage: 2-3 Years Old
Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno. Adding one thing at a time, builds
a lovely town through the seasons.
the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Louis Ehlert.
and Pippo by Helen Oxenbury. Developing emotional skills.
and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett. She gathers all the animals into
Always by Crescent Dragonwagon. Constant love, soft.
Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein. Loved, no matter what size.
Hunter and the Wild Animals by Tomie de Paola. Animals teach hunter
to be in relationship to them instead of harming them.
in a Jeep by Nancy Shawl Rollicking, rhyming, delightful.
First Stage: 3-5 Years Old
Parting Gifts by Susan Varley. Animal story about death and grief.
Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia. About going to sleep in
Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie de Paola. Little girl makes a sacrificial
offering of her doll.
by Jasper Tomkins. Mischievous little cloud learns value of friendship.
Not Open by Brinton Turkle. Overcoming fear, good humored.
Little Brute Family by Russell and Lilliean Hoban. Conversion experience.
Heart That Followed Me Home by Gary and Heidi Dini. All about the heart
of a small boy.
the Poor Man of Assisi by Tomie de Paola.
Baby by Holly Keller. Helping animals and leaving them in nature.
the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Dealing with anger in a humorous
and free way.
First Stage: 5-7 Years Old
by Bryan Mellonie, Robert R. Ingpen. About death and change in nature and
of God by Tomie de Paola. Lifetime of a juggler, with heartfelt service
Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Selfless giving.
4. Stories of the Buddha by Dharma
Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel. Humorous story of self-transcendence.
Rises by William Steig. Astral travel put in form of a story about
Knows What a Dragon Looks Like by Jay Williams and illustrated
by Mercer Mayer. Ignorance. Excellent. Used: powells
Vingananee and the Tree Toad by Verna Aardema. Prayer and miracle.
Peach, Pear, Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg. Discovering the hidden
characters. Great rhyme.
Second Stage: 7-9 Years Old
of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.
Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
Little Prince by Jonathan Landow and Janet Brooke.
Web by E. B. White.
Secret Garden by Francis Burnett.
Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. edition
6 , edition
7 (dabase does not know which edition to recommend)
Blue Faience Hippopotamus by Joan Grant. Used: alibris
of the Dalai Lama by Pierre Delattre.
Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.
Second Stage: 10-12 Years Old
on Horseback by Ann Rabinowitz.
Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voight.
by Rudyard Kipling.
Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. Series.
of the Frog by Gary Paulsen, and other books by Paulsen.
Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Folk Tales, edited by Kyde Chambers.
of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.
of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George.
Second/Third Stage: 12-14 Years Old
by Diane Wynne Jones.
Finn by Mark Twain.
Fang by Jack London.
Stories by Jack London.
Ice is Coming by Patricia Wrightson.
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. Series.
Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Cave by Mary Stewart. Series.
of Avila by Mary Terese Danze.
Third Stage: 15-18 Years Old
Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
Human Comedy by William Saroyan.
Stories by Chekhov.
of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.
Stories by William Faulkner.
Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan. Australian Aborigines’ culture.
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (abridged version).
( from Discipline Is An Act of Love )
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