This is an absolutely delightful series of 8 books- I believe it is now a TV series in Australia. The The books have a very homeschool-y feel to them. They make a great read aloud books for younger kids- and are good for 9-12 year olds. REALLY exceptional!
When four siblings go on holiday in The Lake District in England they create their own world and adventures over the summer. They camp out on an island with no adults! The books were written in the 1930’s but other then the fact that they look forward to tinned tongue for lunch you would never know it!
From the publisher:
The first title in Arthur Ransome’s classic series, originally published in 1930: for children, for grownups, for anyone captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Swallows and Amazons introduces the lovable Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat Island, the able-bodied catboat Swallow, and the two intrepid Amazons, Nancy and Peggy Blackett.
Here are some “alternative” Christmas-y type books that may appeal to unschoolers ad homeschooling families. There are all very good for family reading and read aloud books.
From the Publisher
Santa Claus is the King of Forever, Land of the Immortals. When one special boy writes to Santa asking what he wants for Christmas, a miracle occurs: Santa and his wife are blessed with a daughter. But the birth of Holly Claus also brings about a terrible curse — from an evil soul named Herrikhan. Holly’s heart is frozen, and the gates of Forever are locked, barring exit or entry.
Now grown into a beautiful and selfless young woman, Holly becomes confused with the desire to break the spell that holds hostage the enchanted creatures of Forever. Accompanied by four faithful and magical animal friends, she escapes to the wondrous world of Victorian New York and embarks on a series of riveting, and sometimes romantic, adventures that ultimately earn Holly her own immortality through an act of unconditional love.
With fanciful characters, rich language, and evocative imagery, The Legend of Holly Claus pays homage to the great fairy tales and myths of our time. This epic novel filled with mystery and wonder is destined to become a Christmas classic.
Silver Berries and Christmas Magic: One evening seven year old Leddy finds two Snow Fairies in her yard. One tells her of Tiemma, Santa’s wife, who learned long ago that her magic held the answer to Santa’s greatest problem: how to reach all the children of Christmas Eve. SILVER BERRIES AND CHRISTMAS MAGIC, is enhanced with delightful illustrations.
My daughter is addicted to these. I have been trying to find these in second hand books stores but apparently they get scooped up fast.
Geronimo (don’t EVER call him “Gerry Berry,” “Gerrykins,” “Germeister” or any other nickname!) is the editor of New Mouse City’s newspaper, The Rodent’s Gazette. He is a mouse who loves the comforts of home and hates to travel, yet he finds himself journeying off on adventures with his thrill-seeking sister Thea, his jokester cousin Trap, and his favorite nephew Benjamin. Geronimo becomes a bestselling author by writing down his adventures in these books!
The Geronimo Stilton series books are international bestsellers. They were originally published in Italy (where they’re the bestselling children’s books, besting Harry Potter), and have been translated into 35 languages.
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Lesson Plan for Homeschoolers using Geronimo Stilton : click here
Wow- had to find these a lot sooner then I was prepared to !
This is actually pretty hilarious book- my daughter reads it aloud to me and I actually get into it. It is sort of survivor meets Gilligan’s Island. So far there are only 3 in the series- they are a lot of fun and I highly recommend them. A good story and not too difficult to read. Note the author’s name: Sandy Beech :-)