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Favorite Books

(under construction – WAY under construction!)

Favorite Picture Books:

Almost anything by Tomie de Paola

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A Day on Skates by Hilda Van Stockum

The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference by Lynne Truss

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky

The Miracle of St. Nicholas by Gloria Whelan

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Planting the Trees of Kenya

The Odious Ogre by Norton Juster

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long

The Saving Name of God the Son

Favorite Chapter Books for Family Reading:

Caddie Woodlawn and Caddie Woodlawn’s Family by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Cottage at Bantry Bay Series by Hilda Van Stockum

Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery

The Good Master and The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (plus prequels and sequels galore!)

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

Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes

The Mitchells‘ Series by Hilda Van Stockum

The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Benjamin Wiker

Old Sam: Dakota Trotter by Don Alonzo Taylor

The Outlaws of Ravenhurst by M. Imelda Wallace

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Philomena by Kate Seredy

The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

Sun Slower, Sun Faster by Meriol Trevor

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop

The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum

Favorite Teen Reading:

Beany Malone Series by Lenora Mattingly Weber

Flight into Spring by Bianca Bradbury

My Heart Lies South by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

The Shadow of the Bear by Regina Doman

Favorite Spiritual Reading:

The Bible

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Pope John Paul II

Deus Caritas Est by Pope Benedict XVI

The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton

Heretics by G.K. Chesterton

Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI

The Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen

Memory and Identity by Pope John Paul II

My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander

Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way by Pope John Paul II

Spe Salvi by Pope Benedict XVI

St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton

St. Paul by Pope Benedict XVI

To Whom Shall We Go? Lessons from the Apostle Peter by Archbishop Timothy Dolan

What it Means to be a Christian by Cardinal Ratzinger

Favorite Books on Educational Theory and/or Psychology:

C.S. Lewis’ Introduction to On the Incarnation by St. Athansius

Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism by Cardinal Ratzinger

“The Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers

Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

What’s Wrong with the World by G.K. Chesterton

Favorite Quotes on Children and Education

Favorite Novels/Literature (Not intended to be a family reading list!):

Almost anything by William Shakespeare

Atticus by Ron Hansen

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

Don Quixote by Cervantes

The Guernsey Literary and Potato-Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2010 6:40 am

    If you like Enemy Brothers, and who doesn’t, you should try some more Constance Savery. Blue Fields and Emeralds for the King both feature strong interactions between brothers, but unfortunately the books are expensive, even at . More reasonably priced are Flight to Freedom, Redhead at School, and Meg Plays Fair. I’ve reviewed all of them at my web site, where there is lots of information and nothing for sale.


    • November 22, 2010 6:44 am

      Thanks for the recommendation! I picked up Meg Plays Fair and a few of her other books on eBay (shipped from Australia!) years ago, but haven’t yet read them (blush!). I am eager to check out your website!

  2. Katherine permalink
    November 27, 2010 11:04 am

    I was looking for more Constance Savery and contacted Bethlehem Books to see if they could recommend some titles. I was told to be careful since not every thing she has written is good for Catholic children, some of her work being very anti-Catholic. True?

  3. November 27, 2010 3:23 pm

    I would value specific criticisms from Catholics who have read and object to any Savery book, and I will include any temperate response on my web site about Savery. I don’t believe any title published by Longmans, Green and Co. would offend Catholics. Concerning other publishers…
    Pickering & Inglis, which published three of Savery’s books, was conservative and evangelical, going so far as to ask Savery to remove a reference to people playing chess! The Victory Press published guidelines for authors stating “There must be clear explanation in the story of the way of Salvation and, if the author so desires, simple Christian teaching of a non-denominational character may be included. The books published by the Lutterworth Press were often published as “Sunday School award books” and their readers sometimes returned manuscripts to request a stronger evangelical emphasis. Savery preferred to teach by example, and she was very upset when a German translator added sermons to Ein Schiff f&aum;hrt nach Antiochien.
    Here are the titles that you may choose not to read. Savery was descended from a French Huguenot family and Rebel Jacqueline, a Huguenot, is betrayed by her aunt, a nun, and kidnapped to be taken to the New World for a forced marriage to a Catholic husband. The book has some historical foundation, but Catholics should skip it. Scarlet Plume is also about Huguenots suffering religious persecution, so skip it, too. There are Huguenots in The Boy from Brittany, but nothing negative about the Catholic Church that I recall. Silver Whistle, a book-length serial, deals with the persecution of Huguenots, but the priest who interviews the Huguenot prisoner is portrayed sympathetically, and a church court acquits him. The City of Flowers is sympathetic with Savonarola, who was executed in the 15th Century for his outspoken criticism of the Pope and Curia. It is not a successful book in any case, so skip it, also.
    I am grateful to you and your blog for raising this question.


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