Read Aloud Books for All Five Cycles

You may not know that STAR is a five-cycle program. (Originally, it was going to be a four-cycle program, but a fifth cycle was added because there are so many great books and subjects to cover!).

I have a full Scope and Sequence for all five years of the STAR cycle, and it is fun for me to look ahead and see where we are going. It dawned on me this morning that you do not have the whole picture of where STAR is going, and that I should share it with you!

Our literature read aloud titles are a big part of our STAR week. I personally don’t think you will regret any moment of reading aloud to your children. What a precious gift we have to snuggle on the couch or lay on a picnic blanket together and dwell on the words that an author from long ago crafted. Soak it up, mama–these days and moments will disappear so quickly.

These read aloud titles were thought over, prayed over, and designed to draw your family close together at least one special time every day.

This year, we are in Cycle 2. Someone asked me recently why I started STAR on Cycle 2? My answer is simple:

The cycles are chronological, and my family has recently gone through the “ancients,” and we wanted to move on. I will explain more about the five history cycles in a future post. For now, let’s focus on the literature!

Here are the read-aloud titles for each cycle:

Cycle 1

  • The Blue Fairy Book, Andrew Lang
  • The Aesop for Children, Milo Winter
  • The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert C. O’Brien
  • Happy Little Family, Rebecca Claudill

Cycle 2

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carol
  • Chanticleer and the Fox, Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Robin Hood, Howard Pyle
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum
  • Pollyanna, Eleanor H. Porter
  • My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Christian Gannett
  • The Door in the Wall, Marguerite De Angeli
  • Gone Away Lake, Elizabeth Enright
  • McBroom’s Wonderful One Acre Farm

Cycle 3

  • The Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh
  • Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Caddie Woodlawn, Carol Ryrie Brink
  • The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
  • The Borrowers, Mary Norton
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
  • Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers

Cycle 4

  • Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
  • Peter Pan, James M. Barrie
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
  • The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  • A Girl of the Limberlost, Gene Stratton Porter
  • Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Blue Willow, Doris Gates

Cycle 5

  • Little Britches, Ralph Moody
  • A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond
  • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Does this list make you as giddy as it makes me?! I love that mamas and children will gather ’round and make memories together through read aloud moments. I love that our community will bond over characters and settings and quirky, sometimes-made-up words.

Let me know what you think about this list! Also, be watching for more posts, about our five cycles of history, math, poetry, and more!

About Author

Brenda has been a homeschool mama for many years! Three out of five of her kids have graduated and she has seen the pros and cons of many types of homeschool communities. Brenda has a B.A. from the University of Washington in Culture, Literature and the Arts. STAR Homeschool Community is birthed out of years of experience and a love of homeschooling.


  1. Sandy says:

    Great job!

    1. Thank you Sandy!

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