Here are a few books and websites where I have found excellent book recommendations.
- Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt
- Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families by Sarah Clarkson
- Booklists compiled by the editorial staff of Bethlehem Books, found in the back of A Landscape with Dragons by Michael O’Brien
- AmblesideOnline Curriculum
- 1000 Good Books List from Classical Christian Education Support Loop
- ReadAloudDad.com: Especially for recommendations of illustrated classics.
- John Senior’s Incomplete Life-Long Reading List posted at Crisis Magazine
- The Ultimate Guide to Shakespeare from Your Morning Basket
Gutenberg.org is a free resource with books in the public domain, such as The Princess and the Goblin (MacDonald), The Blue Fairy Book (Lang), A Child’s Garden of Verses (Stevenson), The Aesop for Children (Winter), and many more.
Children’s book illustrators I highly recommend: Cicely Mary Barker, Angela Barrett, Elska Beskow, Jan Brett, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Errol Le Cain, Barbara Cooney, Kinuko Y. Craft, Gyo Fujikawa, Paul Galdone, Scott Gustafson, Trina Schart Hyman, Susan Jeffers, Beth Krommes, P.J. Lynch, Robert McCloskey, Beatrix Potter, Richard Scarry, E.H. Shepard, Jessie Willcox Smith, Gennady Spirin, Tasha Tudor, Eloise Wilkin, and Lisbeth Zwerger
Will Rascals Defend Our Civilization… and What Books will they Read? by William Edmund Fahey from Crisis Magazine
“…the great books demand a supporting culture—both before and after and throughout.” William Edmund Fahey
Awakening the Moral Imagination by Vigen Guroian from The Imaginative Conservative
“The great fairy tales and children’s fantasy stories attractively depict character and virtue. In these stories, the virtues glimmer as if in a looking glass, and wickedness and deception are unmasked of their pretensions to goodness and truth. These stories make us face the unvarnished truth about ourselves while compelling us to consider what kind of people we want to be.” Vigen Guroian
From the Archive: That Shriveled Grind by Andrew Kern from Circe Institute
“The change is this: 50 years ago, parents read things to children that children could not read themselves, that were not directed primarily at the senses, and that contained deep formal and material lessons for the children.” Andrew Kern