Our CC Cycle 2 Reading List

Here is the rough reading list for our Classical Conversations cycle 2 year!  I’m focusing on living books instead of textbooks again.  It took about halfway through cycle 1 for me to realize I preferred them.  But now that I know, I can better prepare ahead of time instead of scrambling for good titles at the last minute.  Although we are a classical homeschooling family, the use of living books is a Charlotte Mason principle that I totally identify with.  The information is more interesting for everyone, including me.  There are many more books on this list compared to what we’ll actually read, but I like to have options.

Week 1
King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table
The Making Of A Night: How Sir James Earned His Armor
Barefoot Book Of Knights
You Wouldn’t Want To Be a Medieval Knight
What Are Earth’s Biomes?
What Is A Biome?

Week 2
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From A Medieval Village
A Year In A Castle
A Medieval Feast
The Knight At Dawn
What’s For Dinner?
Mirror, Mirror: A Book Of Reversible Verse

Week 3
The Squire And The Scroll
You Wouldn’t Want To Be A Crusader!
The Minstrel In The Tower
Stone Soup
Secrets Of The Garden: Food Chains And The Food Web In Our Backyard
Food Chain Frenzy
Hey Diddle Diddle: A Food Chain Tale
The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten

Week 4
The Magna Carta: Cornerstone Of The Constitution
Robin Hood And The Golden Apple
The Apple And The Arrow
The Magic School Bus Gets Wet All Over
Did A Dinosaur Drink This Water?

Week 5
Medieval Medicine And The Plague
You Wouldn’t Want To Be Joan Of Arc
Joan Of Arc
The Door In The Wall
Hibernation Station
How Do Animals Adapt?
The Magic School Bus Goes Upstream
Animals In Winter
Going Home

Week 6
I, Galileo
Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci?
Leonardo And The Flying Boy
William Shakespeare And The Globe
Bard Of Avon: The Story Of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare Can Be Fun: Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare Can Be Fun: Hamlet
The Renaissance
The Wump World
The Adventures Of A Plastic Bottle
From The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Week 7
Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World
John Calvin
Glow-In-The-Dark Constellations
A Child’s Introduction To The Night Sky
God Made Outer Space

Week 8
The Picture History Of Great Explorers
Explorers Who Got Lost
Who Was Marco Polo?
You Wouldn’t Want To Sail With Christopher Columbus
Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?
Around The World In A Hundred Years
The Sun

Week 9
The King’s Day: Louis XIV of France
Brilliant Brits: Henry VIII
Peter The Great
The Three Musketeers
Planet Earth
Meet The Planets
Mission To Mars

Week 10
Eyewitness: Russia
The Moon Book
What Makes Day And Night
Midnight On The Moon

Week 11
Les Miserables
You Wouldn’t Want To Be An Aristocrat in the French Revolution
The Little Prince
Getting To Know France And French
Great Events That Changed The World

Week 12
National Geographic Kids Everything Battles
The International Space Station
Space Exploration
Moonwalk: The First Trip To The Moon
Floating In Space
An Illustrated Timeline Of Space Exploration

Week 13
The Industrial Revolution
Smokestacks And Spinning Jennys
The Bobbin Girl
Kids During The Industrial Revolution
Change It! Solids, Liquids, Gases And You
What’s The Matter In Mr. Whisker’s Room?
What Is The World Made Of?

Week 14
Where Poppies Grow
Knit Your Bit
Hero Over Here
DK Eyewitness: World War I
Acids And Bases

Week 15
War Game: Village Green To No-Man’s Land
In Flanders Field: The Story Of The Poem By John McCrae
Energy Makes Things Happen

Week 16
The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue At Dunkirk In WWII
The Greatest Skating Race
Corrie Ten Boom: Shining In The Darkness
Isaac Newton And The Laws Of Motion

Week 17
You Wouldn’t Want To Be a Secret Agent During WWII
Who Was Anne Frank?
Isaac Newton And The Laws Of Motion

Week 18
Time For Kids: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Isaac Newton And The Laws Of Motion

Week 19
America in Korean War
Peacebound Trains

Week 20
The Vietnam War: A History Just For Kids!
DK Eyewitness: Vietnam War

Week 21
The Cold War
Ronald Reagan: Young Leader

Week 22
Border Breakdown: The Fall of The Berlin Wall
Light: Shadows, Mirrors, And Rainbows
The Magic School Bus Makes A Rainbow

Week 23
By KidCaps: The Gulf War
The Magic School Bus In The Arctic

Week 24
Nelson Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Charged Up! The Story Of Electricity


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