Homeschool Sonlight Elementary Grade Book List

Below are lists of books from the Sonlight language arts which i have used for my children as they progress with age and reading ability. You can go to their webpage but I have made it easier for you here since it’s all on one page and you can print the list and head to the library to get the books or buy them from Amazon-whichever suits you.

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Book list for homeschooling elementary age students

For first-third graders in order of difficulty:

Frog and Toad are Friends
Five more easy-to-read stories in this delightful series.
Retail:
$3.99

Frog and Toad Together
Frog and Toad are back with more silly adventures.
Retail:
$3.99

Owl at Home
Five easy-to-read stories about an owl who’s not so wise after all.
Retail:
$3.99

Hill of Fire
Exciting, true story of a volcano that erupted in a Mexican farmer’s field.
Retail:
$3.99
Pompeii: Buried Alive!
Famous volcanic explosion “freezes” an ancient Italian city in volcanic ash.
Retail:
$3.99

Titanic: Lost and Found
The ship so big “even God can’t sink it” is lost on its first–and last–voyage.
Retail:
$3.99

Wagon Wheels
A black family moves west after being freed in the Civil War.
Retail:
$3.99

The Big Balloon Race
A suspense-filled, true story of a small girl who helps her mother fly in a hot air balloon race in the 1880s.
Retail:
$3.99

Mouse Tales
Delightful book about a father mouse who puts his offspring to bed by telling them each a “mouse tale.”
Retail:
$3.99

The Beginner’s Bible
Ninety-five stories from Scripture in easy-to-read language.
Retail:
$16.99

Daniel’s Duck
Daniel enters a carved duck in the county fair.
Retail:
$3.99
Nate the Great
Great adventure of a boy detective and his dog.
Retail:
$5.99

The Fire Cat
A bad, bored cat finds that serving others is more fun than hurting them.
Retail:
$3.99

Greg’s Microscope
An accurate, entertaining look at the wonders of nature as seen through a microscope.
Retail:
$3.99
Frog and Toad All Year
Five delightful stories of two wonderful friends.
Retail:
$3.99

Amelia Bedelia
What library would be complete without at least one book about this unbelievable housemaid who takes everything absolutely too literally?
Retail:
$3.99

Surprises
Thirty-eight poems that are sure to please.
Retail:
$3.99

The Sword in the Tree
Lord Weldon’s son and wife, displaced by a wicked uncle, appeal to King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table to see justice done.
Retail:
$4.99

 

3rd Graders

Clara and the Bookwagon
The story of a little girl who wants to learn how to read more than anything—and her father who thinks there is no time to read on the farm.

Retail:
$3.99

The Long Way to a New Land
Things are bad for Carl Erik and his family in Sweden, where they face starvation. So they decide to emigrate to America for a better life. But before they can get there they have to leave everything and endure a journey over land and sea.
Retail:
$3.99
The Long Way Westward
Now that Carl Erik and his family have made it to America, they travel across the country to find their new home. On the way they discover many surprises about this new land.
Retail:
$3.99

Prairie School
Noah is a hard-working nine-year-old boy on the Colorado prairie. When Aunt Dora arrives to teach him school, Noah doesn’t think he needs it. But he discovers that what Aunt Dora has to teach really is actually very worthwhile.
Retail:
$3.99

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
When Papa has to sail to town and Mama is sick in bed, it is up to young Abbie to make sure the lighthouse stays lit so that all the ships are safe. True story.
Pb. illus.
Retail:
$6.95

Third Grade Detectives #1 and #2
This book has two mysteries: The Clue of the Left-Hand Envelope and The Puzzle of the Pretty Pink Handkerchief.
Retail:
$5.99
The Chalk Box Kid
When nine-year-old Gregory moved to a new town he had a hard time adjusting to a new neighborhood and a new school.
Retail:
$3.99

The Paint Brush Kid
It’s summertime and Gregory doesn’t know what to do. He and his friends get an idea that they can paint Uncle Pancho’s house with stories of his life in Mexico. Heartwarming.
Retail:
$3.99

Cora Frear (3R38)
Cora is a little girl who loves to ride in a horse and buggy with her dad. But one day they see a prairie fire approaching and know that their horses can’t outrun it. They’re trapped! What will they do to survive?
Retail:
$6.99

Tippy Lemmey
Leandra, Paul, and Jeannie are three kids with one big problem: Tippy Lemmey. Tippy is a neighborhood dog who chases them, barks at them, and snaps at their heels. He is their number one enemy. But then one day they realize that he might not be so bad after all.
Retail:
$4.99

Third Grade Detectives #10
When a valuable fifteenth-century statue of Joan of Arc is destroyed at the local art museum, it looks like a case for the Third-Grade Detectives! Who would do it, and why?
Retail:
$4.99

Tornado
Farmer Pete sits with a group as they await for an oncoming storm to pass and tells stories of his childhood dog, Tornado. This beautiful story captures the love between a boy and his dog.
Retail:
$4.99

Jake Drake: Bully Buster
Jake is a nice kid with one big problem: he always gets picked on by bullies. Can he use his brains to figure out a way to solve this problem and rid his school of bullies?
Retail:
$4.99

Third Grade Detectives #4
A thief is in town and it’s up to the Third-Grade Detectives to solve the case before everyone in class loses their stuff!
Retail:
$4.99

Secret Valley
What do you do when you’ve left your home in Missouri to prospect for gold in California . . . but when you arrive, there is no gold to be found?
Retail:
$6.49

A Question of Yams
Kuri’s father plants their yams in the name of Jesus Christ, though the Head Men of their village insist that they should be planted with reverence for the spirits.
Retail:
$10.00

The House on Walenska Street
A warm and touching story about a Russian Jewish family who has lost its father and wants to emigrate to America. Set just before World War I and the Russian Revolution. Wonderful historical fiction.
Retail:
$6.49

The Littles
A simple story about a family of mice-sized people who must survive in a giant world through quick wits and kindness. Fun!
Retail:
$3.99

The Last Little Cat
The last cat of the litter was a runt. And this is the story of how he found a home.
Retail:
$7.95

Riding the Pony Express
Dick Park is the son of a Pony Express rider, Katy Kelly is the daughter of a way station master, and Little Bear is an Indian boy who lives nearby. How three friends keep the mail moving is just part of this fast-moving tale about the great experiment in transcontinental communication.
Retail:
$7.99

The Viking Adventure
Sigurd, a Viking boy, cannot see the value of learning to read and write. All he can think of is adventure. But then he has an adventure that he cannot help but tell. And to do that, he decides, he must learn to write. A fine story for young readers.
Retail:
$7.99

4th Grader and up

Ginger Pye
Delightful tale of intrigue about an exceptionally intelligent dog and his devoted human owners.
Retail:
$6.99

Henry and Ribsy
Beloved adventures of an all-American average boy and his dog. Set about 1950.
Retail:
$6.99

Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
Set in early 20th Century Minnesota, and written in the early ’40s, this is a story about three girls who discover that “different culture” doesn’t mean stupid or evil. At the same time, they also come to appreciate their unique American heritage all the more.
Retail:
$6.99

The Children of Noisy Village
Journey through a year of traditions and fun with this timeless story of six children on country farms in Sweden.
Retail:
$5.99

Encyclopedia Brown
A thoroughly likable boy detective uses his encyclopedic knowledge and unerring deductive abilities to solve ten mysteries.
Retail:
$5.50

Misty of Chincoteague
Fictional account of a true story about an “uncatchable” mare named Phantom and her colt, Misty. Engaging.
Retail:
$6.99

The King’s Equal
An arrogant young king sets out to find a queen as beautiful, intelligent and wealthy as he is. Will he mature along the way? Simply told and gripping.
Retail:
$4.99

More Stories from Grandma’s Attic
16 inspiring stories of a childhood in midwest North America 80 years ago.
Retail:
$6.99

Emily’s Runaway Imagination
A charming story about a lovable girl in small-town Oregon in the mid-1920s whose creative ideas place her in humorous and sometimes mildly embarrassing situations.
Retail:
$6.99

Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West
True story of “Wild Horse Annie” who fought to protect the wild mustangs of the western United States from ruthless slaughter and extinction.
Retail:
$5.99

The Whipping Boy
A prince who has to learn the hard way what makes for true character.
Retail:
$5.99

Socks
Socks, a beloved, pampered cat is the center of his human family’s universe—until he is displaced by a new baby. Can he ever regain his position? Rollicking fun.
Retail:
$5.99

Lumber Camp Library
When Ruby’s beloved father dies in a logging accident, she must leave school—and her dream of teaching—to care for her 10 siblings.
Retail:
$4.99

A Llama in the Family
Adam has had his heart set on getting a mountain bike. When his mother buys a llama to start a Vermont Trekking company instead, Adam discovers that his dreams may be too small. Heartwarming, humorous, and positive.
Retail:
$9.99

The Toothpaste Millionaire
A resourceful and scrupulously honest 12-year old makes a million dollars by selling toothpaste at no more than 15 cents a tube.
Retail:
$6.99

McBroom’s Wonderful One-Acre Farm
Three tall tales by a Newbery award-winning author. Will tickle your child’s funny bone.
Retail:
$6.99

Frindle
Fifth grader Nick Allen decides to test his language arts teacher’s commitment to dictionaries by creating a new word—frindle. The ensuing battle of wills provides a delightful backdrop for a young person’s introduction to the fascinating world of words.
Retail:
$6.99

B is for Betsy
A six-year-old goes to school and experiences the kinds of things a city girl in 1910s America would enjoy. Delightful period piece.
Retail:
$5.95

Along Came a Dog
The heartwarming story of a kindly dog’s courage in the face of misunderstanding and false accusation. A story you won’t want to put down.
Retail:
$5.99

Ralph S. Mouse
Fed up with life at the Mountain View Inn, Ralph persuades his friend Ryan to take him to school.
Retail:
$6.99

Marco Polo
Illustrations and readable text provide a fascinating introduction to one of the world’s great explorers, a man who befriended one of history’s great leaders: Kublai Khan.
Retail:
$14.95

Fifth grader

History & Geography

David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer
From his boyhood in Scotland to the end of his days, follow this evangelistic explorer who mapped vast regions of 19th century Southern Africa.
Retail:
$8.99

Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun
Amazing true story of how one man’s diplomacy and cultural sensitivity opened the doors of a previously impermeable culture.
Retail:
$9.99

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
A fast, clear and fun explanation of basic economics.
Retail:
$14.95

100 Gateway Cities
Concise statistical summary of the spiritual condition of 100 of the world’s largest and most spiritually needy cities.
Retail:
$9.99

Arabs in the Golden Age
Unbelievably thorough yet easy to read and gorgeously illustrated introduction to Arab-Muslim life and culture.
Retail:
$9.95

William Carey: Obliged to Go
The thrilling story of William Carey, pioneer missionary to India and the “father of modern missions.”
Retail:
$8.99

 

Mission to Cathay
A fictional story of Matteo Ricci, the first Roman Catholic ambassador to enter China.
Retail:
$10.99
Read Alouds
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Young Minli lives in the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, where she and her parents spend their days working hard in the fields. One day, Minli embarks on a quest to find wisdom outside of the village and help her struggling family. This tale of Chinese folklore mixed with fantasy tells of adventure, friendship and courage.
Retail:
$9.00

I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade
In 13th-century Mongolia, soldiers from the great Kublai Khan’s army invade Oyuna’s village to steal horses and gather new soldiers. In hopes of restoring her family’s honor and staying with her faithful mare, the crippled Oyuna disguises herself as a boy and joins the soldiers horseback on their quest. Oyuna’s journey will change her life forever.

Retail:
$9.99

Best-Loved Folktales of the World
A collection of over 200 folk and fairy tales from all over the world. Arranged geographically by region. Beautifully told.

Retail:
$20.00

A Long Walk to Water (FA04)
Nya walks eight hours every day to fetch water for her family. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety. As their stories of Sudan converge, Salva decides to return to his homeland and help his people, because even in a troubled country, determined survivors may press on and find hope.

Retail:
$6.99

The Master Puppeteer
Jiro, son of a starving puppet maker in 18th Century Japan, runs away from home to apprentice himself to the master of the Hanaza puppet theater … and finds himself in the midst of a Robin Hood intrigue.

Retail:
$6.99

The Horse and His Boy
A talking horse and a servant boy share an adventurous and dangerous journey to Narnia to warn of invading barbarians.

Retail:
$8.99

Journey to Jo’burg
Touching story of a young girl and her brother who set out to find their mother “somewhere” in the city of Johannesburg.

Retail:
$5.99

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
An award winning story of a young boy who lived in China during the perilous 1920s.

Retail:
$8.99

Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
A true-to-life Arabic fairy tale about a poor girl who makes good through hard work, diligence . . . and brains.

Retail:
$8.99

The Land I Lost
Multiple award-winner. The loving memories of the author’s childhood in a Vietnamese hamlet.

Retail:
$5.99

All the Small Poems
Award-winning collection of poems presents everyday objects in a thought-provoking new light.

Retail:
$8.99
Daughter of the Mountains
Momo, a young Tibetan girl, chases the man who stole her Lhasa terrier–from high in the Himalayas to the Bengal plains and the city of Calcutta.

Retail:
$6.99

Shadow Spinner
Another one of our family’s favorites, Shadow Spinner tells a plausible “story behind the story” of Scheherazade, the woman who saved her own life and the lives of all the women of Persia by telling stories to the Sultan, night after night, for 1001 nights.

Retail:
$6.99

Teresa of Calcutta
The inspiring and challenging story of Mother Teresa who, for more than 40 years sought to be “the arms of Christ” to the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta.

Retail:
$8.99

Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar
A millworker, Mary Slessor became a pioneer missionary in Africa, not only teaching people about Christ, but helping to put an end to twin-killings and other brutal practices.

Retail:
$8.99

Call it Courage
A legendary adventure story of how Mafatu, the son of the Great Chief of Hibueru, a Polynesian people, conquers his fear of the sea and proves he isn’t a coward.

Retail:
$4.99

Readers
The House of Sixty Fathers
A Chinese boy is separated from his family and is “adopted” by sixty American airmen.

Retail:
$5.95

The Hobbit
The enchanting story of Bilbo Baggins, a far-wandering hobbit who discovered the One Ring of Power and brought it home.

Retail:
$8.99

Water Sky
An upper-middle class, white American boy is brought face-to-face with the values, beauty–and challenge–of living among another people: the Eskimos of Barrow, Alaska.

Retail:
$7.99

Henry Reed, Inc.
Famous story about an entrepreneurial boy and his humorous escapades.

Retail:
$6.99

The Kite Fighters
Young-sup and Kee-sup are brothers in Korea in 1473.

Retail:
$5.99

The Big Wave
A Japanese boy must face life after escaping a tidal wave that destroys his family and village.

Retail:
$5.99

The Cat Who Went to Heaven
A little cat and his master, a compassionate artist, bring about a special Buddhist miracle. Written from a Buddhist perspective.

Retail:
$5.99

God’s Adventurer: Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor was only 21 when he sailed from England. He had already learned he could trust God with the last coin in his pocket; he would need that faith as he set out to evangelize the Chinese. A thrilling true story of daring, danger and dependence on God.

Retail:
$8.99

Silkworms (FR08)
A fascinating look at how silk worms are grown and how their cocoons are made into the luxurious fabric known around the world for its soft and supple texture.

Pb.

Retail:
$5.95

Just So Stories
One of the best-loved children’s books of all time. “Answers” such questions as how the camel got its hump and the elephant his trunk.

Retail:
$4.99

Star of Light
A little, blind Muslim girl, about to be sold to a beggar, is given to a missionary by her brother. The gripping tale of God’s love penetrating life in a Moroccan slum.

Retail:
$6.99

Homesick
The daughter of Americans grows up in China wishing she could be “home” in America — only to discover, once she goes “home” that China is more “home” than she realized.

Retail:
$5.99

King of the Wind
A winning story of an Arabian horse from North Africa and his adventures in France and England.

Retail:
$5.99

Around the World in Eighty Days
Classic story of adventure.

Retail:
$4.99

Ali and the Golden Eagle
The author worked on the edge of the Saudi Arabian desert in the 1970s.

Retail:
$10.99

Li Lun, Lad of Courage
A touching story about a Chinese boy who fails his fishing village’s traditional test of manhood. Will he ever find a place in society considering his fear of the sea?

Retail:
$7.99

Red Sand, Blue Sky
An Anglo Australian girl finds herself thrown into contact with an aboriginal girl of the same age who has no use for Anglos. The culture shock for both girls is great, but they come to trust one another by pursuing a common goal in an exciting adventure.

Retail:
$13.50

Born in the Year of Courage
Fascinating historical fiction that closely follows the truth about a brave 15-year-old Japanese fisherman, Manjiro Nakahama, who is shipwrecked far off the coast of Japan, is brought to the United States, and, upon returning home, paves the way for Commodore Perry’s successful “opening of Japan” to the United States in 1853.

Retail:
$9.95

Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes
Born in Hiroshima in 1943, Sadako was the star of her school’s running team, until the dizzy spells started and she was forced to face the hardest race of her life, the race against time.

Retail:
$5.99

Fun with Easy Origami
This perfect introduction to the Japanese art of paper folding has everything you need to practice origami.

Retail:
$9.95

Habibi
When Liyana’s father decides to move his contemporary Arab-American family from St. Louis to Jerusalem, Liyana’s life turns upside down. Liyana is an outsider who doesn’t understand the culture around her. Then she befriends a Jewish boy (a friendship silently forbidden in that land), and things really start to get interesting.

Retail:
$7.99

Listening for Lions
British East Africa (today’s Kenya) is the only home Rachel Sheridan has ever known. But when influenza strikes down her missionary parents in 1919, she is left vulnerable prey to her family’s wicked British neighbors. Rachel’s wit, spirit and courage help her press through trials and cling to hope.

Retail:
$6.99

Rickshaw Girl
When Naima’s parents cannot afford to pay her school fees anymore, she faces hard realities about limitations placed on girls in modern Bangladeshi society. A wonderful story of courage and an intriguing look at microfinance options for women in developing countries today. Beautiful charcoal illustrations throughout.

Retail:
$6.95

The Sherlock Files 1: The 100-Year-Old Secret
Xena and Xander Holmes discover they’re related to Sherlock Holmes. When they inherit his unsolved casebook, they set out to solve the cases their famous ancestor couldn’t. First up: the mystery of a prized painting that vanished over a hundred years ago. Can two smart twenty-first century kids succeed where Sherlock Holmes could not?

Retail:

$6.99

Breaking Stalin’s Nose
Ten-year-old Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six:

A Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism.

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