Good Enough Homeschool S1 E5

In today’s show, we’ll talk about a common question: “How do I make a book list for my child?” Today we have a special guest, Dr. Kripa Sundar, talking about distraction in curricula.  Finally, we’ll talk about BYL and what we love–and what we don’t like.

Booklist: I’m going to give away my secrets, and we’ll link to my free lists on our Amazon shop

First off, I’m so excited about this because I adore a curated booklist. It is one of the “chores” (air quotes) that I look forward to each year. 

  1. Please don’t reinvent the wheel: there are a lot of companies that are literature-based, and they have lovely booklists. There may be a ready-made solution out there for you. I’ll list my favorites in the show notes.
  2. My old world go- to was the library, if your library is still open (by the way, what kind of reality has me uttering those words?) go to the section of the subject matter and grab a stack of books, sit down on the ground and flip through them. 
  3. If you are online with your library or Amazon- I highly recommend using Amazon as a bookish search engine- you can always request what you find at the library or order from Your Indie Bookseller.
  4. Add Middle Grade or YA to your search term. Then add nonfiction, historical fiction, etc.
  5. Example: children’s books American revolution brought me a list that was random and even included adult titles. Historical fiction American revolution YA provided me with an excellent record.
  6. So, you’ve got the list, and if you haven’t read any of the books, it is still a daunting task. Use the preview function and check the reviews. Book reviewers are honest, and it isn’t like a vitamin review where people are getting paid to post 5-star ratings. You can check GoodReads also.
  7. What ratio of fiction/nonfiction should your reading list contain? I’m a big proponent of nonfiction written at or under the grade level of the kiddo. That doesn’t mean a board book for your eight yo- it does mean that your high schooler shouldn’t have to struggle with a dictionary to get through a college-level text. I’d aim for a 60/40 split. The larger end should be what your child prefers to read.
  8. My secret: Sometimes, I add meaty picture books or graphic novels to even my high school lists. 

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