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Helpful Guide for Choosing Homeschool Literature for K-12

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At a homeschool convention a few years ago, I sat in on several sessions by Adam Andrews from Center for Lit. After pouring for quite some time over their resources, one of the books that made it into my bag was Reading Roadmaps: a Literary Scope & Sequence for K-12.  Since that day, there are multiple dog-eared pages in the book and it has become one of my favorite helps for choosing books for our children.

Reading Roadmaps literature suggestions for homeschool

When I shared a post on Instagram about this book and immediately received several emails from readers asking to know more about the book (and why I liked it). So – here goes! For those of you wanting a peek inside the book, watch the video clip below.

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Reading Roadmaps contains and entire year’s literature suggestions for each grade level from K-12. The lists are sequential (so they build in difficulty) and multiple models are provided. You can choose a weekly, monthly, six week, quarterly, or seasonal model which will vary the reading and study time.

Each book title recommended includes the following: plot summary, conflict, story themes, stylistic devices used (alliteration, rhyming, etc…), additional resources if available, and an alternate story suggestion. The last few chapters of the guide offer a variety of literature teaching helps: assigning and grading essays, grade level objectives, grading and credits, and time periods in the history of literature.

Overall, this has been a great ‘go-to’ resource for me and is how I am building each of our children’s literature lists for the year and one that is kept handy and within reach.

Reading Lists for Our Children

Interested in seeing reading lists for our children this past year? Check out some of our past reading choices by clicking on the images below.


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  1. Nice job!! I love my book like that.. and I almost forgot to pull it out this year until I saw yours!!

  2. In the video you mentioned you use a reading writing series from IEW, what are the names of those books?

    • There is another series from Center for Lit (the Ready Reader series) that we have two books from for the younger kids. This year I’ve been using the Excellence in Literature series by Janice Campbell for the high school group and Laurianna. You can get it through IEW site, but if you buy it through Janice Campbell’s site you can also get the ebook add-on (which I love) – I keep one copy and Laurianna gets the other. :)

      Here’s the link for that: http://everyday-education.com/excellence-in-literature-curriculum/

  3. Hi, I realize that the posts to your article regarding Choosing Homeschool Literature is from a year ago, but I do have a few questions.
    Do you use Center for Lit and Excellence in Literature? Do you favor one over the other and if so, why? Both look really great and I’m struggling to find a good solid curriculum for Lit that all three of my kids can use (at their grade levels. I have a daughter with Dyslexia so I usually modify quite a bit for her, but she loves when I read to her even at almost 12 years old! The book lists for both programs are really great and both programs seem to encompass most if not all that is needed for Language Arts if I’m not mistaken. I appreciate your taking the time to read my post and look forward to your response.
    I appreciate your blog and all that you do for the homeschooling community!

    • Hi Cathy,

      For me personally, they are two different entities. One is a complete curriculum (Excellence in Literature) for high school credit – I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for younger than 8th grade because of the complexity of papers and writing assignments that tie in with the curriculum. I use the guide from Center for Lit in choosing the books for my other children that aren’t in high school (we will likely walk through the series of books from Excellence in Lit for high school). The guide from CFL offers some FABULOUS choices, especially in anticipation for what is coming in high school. The guide itself doesn’t have any study questions, but Center for Lit also has a series called Ready Readers that offers great discussion questions and helps that could definitely be used as your literature for the year (along with language arts if you chose to extend it out by tying in assignments each week).
      I hope that helps some!


    • Hi Jolanthe,
      Thanks for replying so quickly! I had thought that Center for Lit would be a great fit for my daughters who are entering 6th grade. I have a son entering high school and loves to read and write, but I’m not sure which curriculum would be better suited for this dear one who doesn’t like competitive studies and is concrete literal. You said you used the guide for CFL, but do you use their whole curriculum? Also, have you taken their seminars?
      Thanks again so much! There is so much information out there it is overwhelming. I just want to make sure I find a good fit for each kid and stretch them a bit as well.


    • I sat in on several of their sessions as a local homeschool convention and used the Ready Readers with my oldest daughter and then also followed the format of the Ready Readers with the book lists I chose from the literature guide. :) Definitely love their products!

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