Excellent Literature List by Grade

Excellent Literature by Grade Level

Reading good, quality literature is one sure way to help your child become a better student by boosting their exposure to well-written, masterfully-crafted sentences by classic authors.  These books can also help reinforce exceptional character traits.  Talk about what the characters in the story do to be kind, or how a certain character might have acted in a better way.  Discussion, not just reading, builds better comprehension and allows for excellent analysis of behavior skills.


Here’s just one of many lists out there, broken down by grade level:  Charlotte Mason book list.


Red Rain

If  your children enjoy science fiction, you should definitely consider Aubrey Hansen’s Red Rain novella.  And if they don’t prefer this genre?  You should buy it anyway!  Aubrey is a talented young author with a passion for writing.  Her latest work, Red Rain, is fast-paced and never dull ~ full of excitement and futuristic imagination.

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A summary from Aubrey’s website:

Government regulations said they had no choice. 17-year-old Philadelphia must stay on Earth in the hand of complete strangers while her father is sent against his will to Mars. When a Martian leader pulls the strings at the last minute and allows her to accompany her father, Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to Earth. But when a search for her deceased brother’s belongings leads her into a hallway that isn’t supposed to exist, Philadelphia is faced with a question she doesn’t want to answer – the choice between returning to Earth or destroying it.

A neat little YouTube video:

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I hope you enjoy Red Rain as much as we did!


We just finished this lovely little book today:

The setting is Williamsburg, where the Pilcher family run their pewter foundry and live under the king’s rule.  Truxton, the yongest son, takes much delight in anything related to birds.  This interest comes in handy when he needs to seek a royal pardon for his father who gets thrown in jail for an accident in the foundry.

As we follow this family who trust and wait to see what the Lord has in store for them we are uplifted.  The family is steadfast even knowing the outcome of their father’s fate might not be what they hope, but instead what the Lord wills.  My children asked me to read the book straight through!