I’ll be adding to this from time to time. I just finished reading a book that I’ve got to add to the list.
Ages 12 and Up. The White Nile, by Alan Moorehead, combines exotic and exciting history with superb storytelling. I first read this book in high school: 50 years later, it still delights me. Discovering the source of the Nile was the centerpiece of Victorian exploration; nothing matched it until expeditions started racing for the poles. What a cast of characters! Stanley and Livingston, Burton and Speke, “Chinese” Gordon and the Mahdi… What a story!
Reader recommendations always welcome! Some of you have actually done homeschooling, and we can all benefit from your experience. I can use your help in recommending books for readers under 12. Come on, tell us–what were some of the books you thought were really great for your children when they were under 12? I mean, I read a lot of my father’s books, left over from his childhood–but I hardly think they’d be easy to find today.