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Essential Books for Kids & Teens

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Common Sense Media has released it’s list of Essential Books for Kids & Teens. With over 150 books on the list, don’t feel the need to read them all this summer.  Some of my favorites I found were:

2-6 year old list:

One thing that made the 2-6 year old list that I wanted to make not of are the Magic Tree House books. These are extremely well written, and accurate in historical reference and setting. The stories are quite engaging for kids, but the undertone is very New Age. I found the New Age beliefs to be contradictory to our Christian values. Some of you may not see it this way, and that’s fine. I just wanted to give a heads up.

The 7-12 list is filled with some timeless classics:

It’s also filled with newer classics:

I was disappointed to see Hunger Games on the list. My personal opinion is the storyline is a bit mature for kids this age. Also, The Golden Compass may seem harmless, but the storyline is disturbing to me.

The 13-17 age group has some books you’d expect to see:

Some others that piqued my interest:

These are just a smidgen of the books on the list. You can download a complete listing, but it’s 47 pages long, so I recommend you download only the age group you need.

2-6 year old guide pdf                       7-12 year old guide pdf                                   13-17 year old guide pdf

Happy Reading!


About rcwriter

Being a freelance writer, book reviewer, dedicated mom, and popular teacher at her homeschool support group—Renewed Moms Ministry keeps Rhonda Clark extremely busy. She writes most all of her own curriculum for her classes that have varied from elementary science, to middle school history and literature, to high school computer. Her middle school history class, A Renaissance World, will be featured at fall of 2014. When not shuttling her daughter to soccer, archery, bowling, or any other number of endless activities, she devotes time to writing homeschool curriculum and her first novel. Scrapbooking, paper crafting, and reading are downtime activities, but the one thing she enjoys most is spending time with her husband of 20 years. They have two children, a college age son, and a high school age daughter. God blessed Rhonda with a quirky and funky sense of humor. This combines with down home charm, and allows her to connect to readers as a friend. With an ability to put a fresh twist on basic thoughts and Biblical teachings she brings a new perspective to her audience.

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