Yes, more book talk...
I followed a conversation on my favorite homeschooling message boards lately. A lady was applying to teach at a Christian Classical school, and the application asked her to choose five books every school-aged child should read. One could interpret that question in wildly different ways, which I suppose would be the point. You might learn a lot about a person by the books they choose.
Since this is my blog, I get to come up with my own rules. (Isn't that the fun of having your own blog?) Limiting myself to 5 books was insanely impossible. So I gave myself one picture book for K and one fiction novel for every two years of public school (which equals seven books; are you impressed with my math skills?). (Please don't point out that I cheated by listing The Chronicles of Narnia. I suppose I would put The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe if I HAD to.)
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
Watership Down by Richard Adams
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Oh, how hard it was to not be able to put several other books on the list. The Tales of Beatrix Potter. The Little Prince. David Copperfield. The Count of Monte Cristo. Animal Farm.
I purposefully added the 'novel' designation (rather than simply 'book') so that I didn't have to find more room for the Bible, Shakespeare's plays, Greek and Roman Myths, poetry, or Aesop's Fables. Because those (and so many others) are a given in our school.
Anyone want to play along? You ONLY get one picture book and six novels.