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Top 10 No-Twaddle Printable Book List for Every Age

FREE Printable Top 10 Books Lists for every age {tots to tweens} #homeschooling

"Jamie, got any book suggestions for a third grader? My son is a voracious reader and I just can't keep up with him."

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This is just one example of the emails I receive daily from mommas all around the world looking for something better for their kids besides what the trade-show aisles at Walmart and Target are doling out. These mommas see shelf after shelf filled and overflowing with all the usual suspects-- the trendy books like The Day My Butt Went Psycho and The Fantastic Flatulent Fart Brothers Go to the Moon!--and are desperate for book suggestions that will help them cultivate a love for truth, beauty, and goodness in their homes.

If you, like so many other moms, myself included, are sick and tired of all the grossology books that have set up camp both in stores and in libraries, then you are in luck, my friend! I've compiled a complete list of my most favorite books for all ages, from tots to tweens. I hold it out to you and wish you all the best as you seek to build a reading culture in your home.

FREE Printable Top 10 Books Lists for every age {tots to tweens} #homeschooling

This is a list you can download for FREE and take with you the next time you're at the library.

While most of these are great read alouds to enjoy together as a family, some of them are emergent readers and are really only good as read alones. To that end, I've divided these book titles by age level based on the publisher's recommendations and my own personal preference. However, you know your kids and their reading abilities. Feel free to give my age suggestions the big old side-eye and choose your own reading adventures!

These books are the best of the best, in my opinion, anyway. These are no-twaddle titles with well-crafted plots and quality characters. (Sorry, Captain, you can keep your underpants. I don't want them on my list!) You'll not find many modern award-winners here. If you've been a regular reader of The Unlikely Homeschool, you know why I've left those off my lists.

What you will find, however, are books that are good, beautiful, and virtuous--books that will help you cultivate a rich literary pallet in your home. Because remember, if you continue to point them to excellence, they will eventually become repelled by the cheap, tawdry offerings of the world. 

So, here's my list. I hope you and yours enjoy these books as much as my kids and I have. Happy reading!

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  1. Thanks for the list. I like the term "grossology." Very apt for a lot of the garbage kids' books in stores (and even libraries now). The majority of quality children's books I have to order off of the internet.

    1. These popular grossology books are trade-show books that are printed in large quantities. Stores like Target and Walmart will only distribute books that sell quickly. Sadly, these meet the demand of the masses. But our kids deserve better!

  2. I'm always looking for great book suggestions! Thanks for sharing these lists.

  3. Hi Jamie, I love this list (and most everything you share)! I would love to link to it in a blog post I'm writing if you don't mind? my little blog is www.bloggymomma.com :)

    Looking forward to the PodCast too!!!


    1. Yes, absolutely. As long as you have the link and don't share the actual printable. That would be great!