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A Mother's List of Books - Theresa Fagan


By Theresa Fagan

This list grew out of a desire to offer suggestions for children books that delight, inform and inspire.  It is by no means exhaustive.  A few of the books are great, most are good and some are just pure fun, but they all respect the dignity of the human being.  The list includes many lesser known books that are out of print but that are well worth looking for.  

This is the expanded second edition.


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  1. Wholesome literature for our children! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jun 2020

    This is a simple booklist, not too overwhelming, with several options for filling our children's minds and souls with wholesome literature.

  2. Every home should have this list 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Feb 2020

    I wish I had haad the benefit of this list of good/great books for my children when they were growing up!! I am sending it to my children for my grandchildren!!

  3. A huge help for your children and grandchildren 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jan 2020

    I am so thrilled to have this fantastic resource for my children to help them know that the books their children want to read promote good moral values. It is a Godsend!!

  4. Kids Need to Read Good Books 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Dec 2019

    She has done Mothers and Fathers, Grandmothers and Grandfathers, everywhere a great service in identifying good literature for raising good children of character.

  5. A Great Resource! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Mar 2019

    This is a helpful resource for those who are looking for good book ideas.

  6. Fantastic resource! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Feb 2019

    Mrs. Fagan is my new best friend! I can take her book with me every time I go to the library and encourage my kids to choose the books she has reviewed!

  7. Reference book for great books 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Mar 2018

    This is a very good book to help with finding books to read to children of all ages. There are many classics listed here.

  8. Fantastic overview of great literature for your family to read 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Aug 2016

    I purchased a first edition version of this book and now the second edition of "A Mother's List of Books" by Theresa Fagan from Casa Maria.
    "A Mother's List of Books" is exactly what the title suggests - a fantastic overview and list of books to aid the discerning mother in choosing quality literature for her children. The list is broken into age groups. This new edition also includes a list for very young children, six months to two years which I found helpful. Better than even "Honey for A Child's Heart", this is my go-to literary guide for our children and our homeschooling.

  9. A real parent's helper! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Apr 2016

    This is a very helpful compilation of titles appropriate for children. It is divided by age. Some titles are classics , others are wonderful, unknown gems. Nowadays, it is very challenging for a parent to navigate among the thousands of books available especially when so many contain objectionable topics. The list could be improved (the information given for each title is sketchy and inconsistent) but I highly recommend this guide!

  10. Excellent literature list for children 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jul 2015

    Compiled by an English teacher who then homeschooled her own children, A Mother's List of Books is a superb resource for any mother wanting quality books for their children to read.

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