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I love to read. I want my children to also love to read. I think the way to do that is to read good books, and plenty of them. There actually is a list of “good books”. It was made by John Senior. Of course book lists are completely arbitrary. They change with us, so they are always changing and that is good, but some books would also make the list.  Even if you know what the good books are, it is hard to find time to read them. We are just to busy doing other things.  Here is a quote from an article I read about the “good books”:

The length of the classic children’s books ranges from roughly a hundred to eight hundred pages (e.g., some of Dickens), averaging about two hundred pages. We suggest what we believe is a reasonable goal: to read one book every two weeks, thus averaging twenty pages or so a day, excluding weekends if one chooses. Of course, it is not possible to keep this schedule with frequent television viewing or Internet browsing and chat.

This is going to be my reading goal for myself, and for my family:

 20 pages per day.

The article is very interesting and informative.

As a general rule we don’t read the great books because we never read the good books, and this article includes the list of the “good books”. Mr. Senior says that you should read 1000 good books before you read the 100 great books. I completely agree. But I have a had a hard time getting my people to read that much. But with a goal of 20 pages a day, we should be getting more reading done. Right?

Here is a link to Mr. Senior’s book list (of course I know that’s what you really want, the coveted book list! Scroll down for the list if you like, but the article is also excellent).

Here is yet another one, broken down by grade and age.


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