6 Jan 2009

Our AO1 Booklist

This one's for Louise and Sarah!

I have been encouraged to post the books we actually read in AO1.

Our booklist followed the Ambleside Online list with very few variations in this year - it is merely our Australianised version!

We read Genesis and the Gospels.

We used a number of wonderful books here. I'll post on these separately.

Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula
An Island Story by H.E. Marshall
* ** Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin
*** Viking Tales by Jennie Hall

American History Biography
* Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D'Aulaire
** George Washington by Ingri D'Aulaire
*** Buffalo Bill by Ingri D'Aulaire

Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling

Natural History/Science
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
James Herriot's Treasury for Children by James Herriot
Old Bob's Birds by CK Thompson
*** Maggie the Magnificent by CK Thompson
The Wonderland of Nature by Nuri Mass

Home Start in Reading by Ruth Beechick
The I Can Read series of graded readers
The Victorian Readers Book 2

We're using MEP

Foreign Language
We used heaps of resources for French!

* A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
** Now We Are Six/When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
*** The Oxford Book of Children's Verse Iona and Peter Opie
***(If you haven't already done it, I would substitute A Book for Kids by C J Dennis here.)

The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit
The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang.
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty

Australian Literature
Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley
The Way of the Whirlwind by Mary Durack

Additional Books for Free Reading
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs
Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
King of the Golden River by John Ruskin
Peter Pan (or, Peter Pan and Wendy) by James M. Barrie
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Pocahontas by Ingri D'Aulaire


  1. You're not using "Fifty Famous Tales"? I'm looking forward to that one, and "Viking Tales".
    We're not doing the American biographies - we're doing "The Little Duke" over 2 terms and "Joan of Arc" for the final term. But then, I'm doing a combination of Years 1 & 2 for my son.

  2. Hi Emma,

    Thanks for noticing that I left out history...it's in now!

    We found Viking Tales to be a necessary introduction to The Little Duke...see what you think!

    I only left the American bios in because:

    1) I love the author, D'Aulaire,

    2) I think that a good knowledge of the lives of these great men is necessary no matter where you live and we are not doing alot of American history in later years.

    It's a great year!! Enjoy!


  3. Thanks Jeanne, I will keep a copy of that and do it with Lucy.
    Did you have a good break?

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  5. They're in the separate years. I did AO1 as written because I thought it was good to know about these famous Americans. If you check later years you'll find what we did.

  6. Hi Jeanne, I was just wondering if you found the Nature Study book by Anna B Comstock useful? The copy I picked up has extremely dark photos so much so they are not visible, is that normal? Thank you so much for your time. Tara.

  7. Love your blog! :) Is this list for KIndergarten? Thanks so much! :)

  8. Melissa, this is Grade 1, for six year olds. :-)

  9. Hi, would you please be able to point me in the right direction to finding the CK Thompson books for Natural History/Science. I can't seem to find them anywhere. Any help greatly appreciated. Thank you xx

  10. Hi, would you please be able to point me in the right direction to finding the CK Thompson books for Natural History/Science. I can't seem to find them anywhere. Any help greatly appreciated. Thank you xx

  11. Hi, I just found you via Afterthoughts. You may have already done a post on this. How did you modify AO for Australia? Did you do American history and when did you do Australian history?


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