(note: links outbound to Amazon are affiliate links)
Of the creation of book lists, there seems to be no end (and look! I’m guilty here and here!). Even on Pinterest I continue to see new and improved “10 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child…” for Halloween, for Christmas, before said child is 10 or 12 or…the lists keep propagating. But not all book lists are equal.
This is my list of favorite book lists. The lists are comprised of books that promote virtue and form a healthy, moral imagination while refraining from being preachy over overtly moralizing. No small task! While the lists below aren’t specifically Catholic book lists in theme, they are Catholic in the sense that they promote the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.
I’ll try to keep the lists updated, but web URLs change from time to time. If there is a broken link, please let me know and I’ll fix it. Also, if you have any good book lists you believe should be added here, feel free to send that link, too. Happy reading!
Also note I will be placing this on a page from the navigation bar above so you can find them quickly and easily.
Ambleside Online’s Complete Book List
This is a good place to start. Lots of good reading but you will find some to have an anti-Catholic bent (the later chapters of Trial and Triumph, for example, which is Protestant Reformation friendly). As a whole the list is good and contains many books that may be had for free or cheaply or your e-reader via Project Gutenberg, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or whatever your digital book source of choice may be.
John Senior’s Life Long Reading List
This is a good place to start. It is a reprinting of the book list found in Senior’s book, The Death of Christian Culture. The premise is that students can’t even begin to join in on the Great Books Conversation as they don’t have a foundation to start from. Read from the list, and you and your children will be well prepared to enter the conversation. As a note, some of the books are out of print, but you may find that in the digital world that may not be a problem. Some of the out of print books are found – many times for free – in digital form at Project Gutenberg, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or whatever your digital book source of choice may be.
The book list is found by scrolling down to the bottom of the fabulous essay, “Will Rascals Defend Our Civilization?”
Books for Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day
This list, by compiled by Andrew Pudewa of Institute for Excellence in Writing, contains both modern books and the tried and true classics. It is an accompaniment to his talk by the same name – Look to the bottom of the Overview section and you will find a link to the free PDF. The talk can be listened to for free from the Circe Institute. His ideas of what makes a book good is solid and you can hear that reasoning on his talk “Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination.”
Elizabeth Foss’ Real Learning Book List
A nice list of books compiled by age level and historical “cycle” for homeschool.
Like Mother Like Daughter Library Project
Here you fill a series of posts about specific books put together by Auntie Leila. These posts are to be had, not just for the specific books she promotes, but for the wisdom behind the selections. Read these posts and you will be well on your way to starting – or compiling – your own very favorite list of books.
Eager Readers Book List
I discovered the Eager Readers Book List via Auntie Leila’s Library Project (see above). Sadly, it looks like the blog is no longer updated. Nice list of books categorized by author and book category. The lists boasts over 800 books!
There you go. Six lists of books, containing more than the popular “top 10” of any given day and with books that encourage the growth of a soul.
What about you, do you have a favorite go-to book list?