Great Books for Great Minds

I have been privileged to homeschool all seven of my children through to graduation. Part of my literature planning was pouring through literature lists and Newberry award winners to get the best books for my children. Whether it was quiet reading time right after lunch (for the children too old to nap) or a Summer Reading Program that I created myself with my own prizes that I knew they’d like, literature was a fundamental part of our family life and learning experience. I’d like to share a small taste of the fruit of all that love of literature with just a few of my top recommendations for each age group.

Preschool Recommendations

Elementary School Recommendations

Middle School Recommendations

High School Recommendations

Great Books to Read Aloud as a Family   

*The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

*Freckles and Freckles Comes Home by Gene Stratton-Porter (Freckles is so special!)

* A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

*Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott

*The Harp and the Laurel Wreath collection of poetry edited by Laura Berquist

Great books to help teach virtues to your children:  

Character Building: A Guide for Parents and Teachers by David Isaacs

Growing in the Virtues of Jesus by Quentin Hakenewerth, S.M.

Virtues and Vices: Defending the Interior Castle of the Soul by Pope Saint Leo IX

Happy Reading with your family!

Copyright 2023, Belinda Terro Mooney

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Author: Belinda Mooney

Belinda Terro Mooney, author and Catholic Coach is mom to 7 grown children, whom she homeschooled for 28 years. A Secular Carmelite and Adjunct Professor of Human Services, she is the author of 5 published and 5 upcoming books. Belinda writes about the Saints, Catholic History, mental health, and wellness and addictions. She loves mentoring and coaching Catholic moms. Connect with her at: