I would love to read every book that each of my children read. I know there are many dedicated parents who do this and praise God that they do. But my eldest child reads at such a rate that I simply don’t have enough hours in the day or night to read it all before him.
So I have a couple of short cuts other than friends I ask and searching reviews on Amazon:
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To access the booklists on Ambleside; select the apppropriate year for your child under the ‘Booklists’ heading in the left hand navigation bar. This curriculumn focuses on the criteria of Charlotte Mason, a late Nineteenth to Twentieth Century Educational Reformist, and in my opinion is generally really good. Some books have been added posthumously – as she’s obviously not around to vet more modern books – and if you don’t ‘do’ magic, fairy tales or any violence at all then you may not like some of its choices. It’s pretty up front about this kind of content so you shouldn’t be caught unawares.
A book called: ‘Hand that rocks the Cradle Rock 400 Classic Books for Children Nathaniel Bluedorn.
This book gives a brief summary of the plot without destroying the joy of reading it! It also provides at-a-glance information about the timing, geographical setting and publication date of book and a simple 1, 2 or 3 guide to the language level.