Recommended reading from our family library

many of the older books can be found online for free or on Amazon for very little!

Also we LOVE old historic tunes and ballads.  Contemplator.com is a great resource for finding new ones to learn

Fiction:

A note here. I prefer historical fiction as the medium through which to teach and entertain children.  I do however prefer older books.  The language is better, the stories and culture presented much more wholesome. Most of these books date from 1880-1970.

For Younger Children (ages 3-8):

The Billy & Blaze Series

  • Billy & Blaze

  • Blaze Fins The Trail

  • Blaze And The Gypsies

  • Blaze And The Gray Spotted Pony

  • Blaze Shows The Way

  • Blaze And The Lost Quarry

  • Blaze And The Forest Fire

  • Blaze Find Forgotten Roads

  • Blaze And Thunderbolt

  • Blaze And The Mountain Lion

  • Blaze And The Indian Cave

Jim Forest early readers - fantastic for boys

  • Jim Forest And Ranger Don

  • Jim Forest And Dead Man's Peak

  • Jim Forest And The Flood

  • Jim Forest And The Bandits

  • Jim Forest And The Mystery Hunter

  • Jim Forest And Lone Wolf Gulch

  • Jim Forest And Phantom Crater

  • Jim Forest And The Ghost Town

  • Jim Forest And Lightning

  • Jim Forest And The Plane Crash

  • Jim Forest And The Trapper

Stories by Albert Payson Terhune

(mostly collie books but some others too)

  • Syria from the Saddle (1896) 

  • Lad: A Dog (1919)

  • Bruce (1920)

  • Buff: A Collie (1921)

  • His Dog (1922)

  • Black Gold (1922)

  • Black Caesar's Clan (1922)

  • Further Adventures of Lad (1922) Republished as Dog Stories Every Child Should Know (1941)

  • The Pest (1923)

  • Lochinvar Luck (1923)

  • The Amateur Inn (1923)

  • Grudge Mountain (1923) Republished as Dog of the High Sierras (Grosset & Dunlap)

  • Treve (1924)

  • The Heart of a Dog (1924)

  • Wolf (1925)

  • The Faith of a Collie (1949)

  • My Friend the Dog (1926)

  • Gray Dawn (1927)

  • The Luck of the Laird (1927) Republished as A Highland Collie (1950)

  • Collie to the Rescue (1940)

  • Lad of Sunnybank (1929)

  • A Dog Named Chips (1931)

  • The Way of a Dog (1932)

  • Dog of the High Sierras (1951)

  • Wallace: Glasgow's Immortal Fire Dog (1961)

  • Black Gold (1922)

 

Stories by Jim Kjelgaard

(dog books and historical adventure etc)

  • Forest Patrol (1941)

  • Rebel Siege (1943)

  • Big Red (1945)

  • The Fangs of Tsan-Lo (1945)

  • Buckskin Brigade (1947)

  • Snow Dog (1948)

  • Kalak of the Ice (1949)

  • A Nose for Trouble (1949)

  • Wild Trek (1950)

  • Chip the Dam Builder (1950)

  • Irish Red, Son of Big Red (1951)

  • Fire-hunter (1951)

  • The Explorations of Pere Marquette (1951)

  • Trailing Trouble (1952)

  • Outlaw Red, Son of Big Red (1953)

  • The Spell of the White Sturgeon (1953)

  • The Coming of the Mormons (1953)

  • Haunt Fox (1954)

  • Cracker Barrel Trouble Shooter (1954)

  • Lion Hound (1955)

  • The Lost Wagon (1955)

  • Desert Dog (1956)

  • Trading Jeff and his Dog (1956)

  • Wildlife Cameraman (1957)

  • Cochise, Chief of Warriors (1957)

  • Double Challenge (1957)

  • We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run (1957)

  • Wolf Brother (1957)

  • Swamp Cat (1957)

  • Rescue Dog of the High Pass (1958)

  • The Land is Bright (1958)

  • The Black Fawn (1958)

  • The Story of Geronimo (1958)

  • Hi Jolly (1959)

  • Stormy (1959)

  • Ulysses & his Woodland Zoo (1960)

  • Boomerang Hunter (1960)

  • The Duck-footed Hound (1960)

  • Tigre (1961)

  • Hidden Trail (1962)

  • Fawn in the Forest & other Wild Animal Stories (1962)

  • Two Dogs & a Horse (1964)

  • Furious Moose of the Wilderness (1965)

  • Dave and his Dog, Mulligan (1966)

  • Coyote Song (1969)

Stories by Marguerite Henry

(mostly historical fiction horse books)

  • Auno and Tauno: a Story of Finland, illus. Gladys Rourke Blackwood (1940)

  • Dilly Dally Sally, illus. Gladys Rourke Blackwood (1940)

  • Birds at Home, illus. Jacob Bates Abbott (1942)

  • Geraldine Belinda, illus. Gladys Rourke Blackwood (1942)

  • Their First Igloo On Baffin Island, illus. Gladys Rourke Blackwood (1943)

  • A Boy and a Dog, illus. Diana Thorne and Ottilie Foy (1944)

  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse, illus. Wesley Dennis (1945)

  • The Little Fellow, illus. Diana Thorne (1945)

  • Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman, illus. Lawrence Dresser (1945)

  • Always Reddy, illus. Wesley Dennis (1947); also published as Shamrock Queen

  • Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin, by Henry and Wesley Dennis (1947) – about the artist Benjamin West, OCLC 300163

  • Misty of Chincoteague, illus. Wesley Dennis (1947)

  • King of the Wind: the Story of the Godolphin Arabian, illus. Wesley Dennis (1948)

  • Little-or-Nothing from Nottingham, illus. Wesley Dennis (1949)

  • Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague, illus. Wesley Dennis (1949)

  • Born To Trot, illus. Wesley Dennis (1950) – about the Standardbred line

  • Album of Horses, illus. Wesley Dennis (1951)

  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon, illus. Wesley Dennis (1953)

  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse (revised), illus. Wesley Dennis (1954)

  • Wagging Tails: Album of Dogs, illus. Wesley Dennis (1955)

  • Cinnabar, the One O'Clock Fox, illus. Wesley Dennis (1956)

  • Misty, the Wonder Pony, by Misty, Herself, illus. Clare McKinley (1956) – picture book

  • Black Gold, illus. Wesley Dennis (1957) – about the horse Black Gold

  • Muley-Ears, Nobody's Dog, illus. Wesley Dennis (1959)

  • Gaudenzia, Pride of the Palio, illus. Lynd Ward (1960); also published as The Wildest Horse Race in the World – featuring the Palio di Siena horserace

  • All About Horses, illus. drawings by Wesley Dennis and photos (1962)

  • Five O'Clock Charlie, illus. Wesley Dennis (1962)

  • Stormy, Misty's Foal, illus. Wesley Dennis (1963)

  • Portfolio of Horse Paintings, illus. Wesley Dennis, "with commentary by Marguerite Henry" (1964), LCCN 64-22279

  • White Stallion of Lipizza, illus. Wesley Dennis (1964) – about the Vienna Spanish Riding School

  • Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West, illus. Robert Lougheed (1966) – about Wild Horse Annie and American mustang conservation

  • Dear Readers and Riders (1969); also published as Dear Marguerite Henry

  • Stories from Around the World, edited and with an introduction by Marguerite Henry (1971)[17]

  • San Domingo, the Medicine Hat Stallion, illus. Robert Lougheed (1972); also published as Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (1977) and adapted for television under that title by Ed Friendly (1978) – set in Pony Express-era Wyoming, LCCN 77-83915

  • The Little Fellow (revised), illus. Rich Rudish (1975)

  • A Pictorial Life Story of Misty, drawings by Wesley Dennis (1976)

  • One Man's Horse, illus. Wesley Dennis, "with famous paintings and prints by selected artists" (1977) – selections from Born to Trot (1950), LCCN 77-10080

  • The Illustrated Marguerite Henry, illus. Wesley Dennis, Robert Lougheed, Lynd Ward, Rich Rudish (1980) – biographical material about these four of her illustrators, with selections from their work, LCCN 80-52017

  • Our First Pony, illus. Rich Rudish (1984)

  • Misty's Twilight, illus. Karen Haus Grandpre (1992)

  • Album of Horses: a pop-up book, illus. Ezra N. Tucker (1993)

  • Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley, illus. Bonnie Shields (1996)

  • My Misty Diary, illus. Bill Farnsworth (1997)

 

Stories by Jack O'Brien

(dog books and historical adventure)

  • Jack O'Brien: Silver Chief, Dog of the North 

  • Jack O'Brien: Silver Chief to the Rescue

  • Jack O'Brien: The Return of Silver Chief 

Stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder

(Historical novels based on her childhood)

  • Little House in the Big Woods (1932) — named to the inaugural Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list in 1958

  • Farmer Boy (1933) — about Almanzo Wilder growing up in New York

  • Little House on the Prairie (1935)

  • On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937)[a]

  • By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939)[a]

  • The Long Winter (1940)[a]

  • Little Town on the Prairie (1941)[a]

  • These Happy Golden Years (1943)

 

Stories by G.A Henty

(historical adventure)

  • A Search for a Secret1867

  • The March to Magdala1868

  • All But Lost, Volumes I, II and III1869

  • Out on the Pampas: The Young Settlers1871

  • The Young Franc-Tireurs and Their Adventure in the Franco-Prussian War1872

  • The March to Coomassie1874

  • The Young Buglers, A Tale of the Peninsular War1880

  • The Cornet of Horse: A Tale of Marlborough's Wars1881

  • In Times of Peril: A Tale of India1881

  • Facing Death, The Hero of the Vaughan Pit – A Tale of the Coal Mines1882

  • Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades (aka Boy Knight)1882

  • Friends Though Divided: A Tale of the Civil War1883

  • Jack Archer: A Tale of the Crimea1883

  • Under Drake's Flag: A Tale of the Spanish Main1883

  • By Sheer Pluck: A Tale of the Ashanti War1884

  • With Clive in India: The Beginnings of an Empire1884

  • In Freedom's Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce1885

  • St. George For England: A Tale of Cressy and Poitiers1885

  • True to the Old Flag: A Tale of the American War of Independence1885

  • The Young Colonists: A Tale of the Zulu and Boer Wars1885

  • The Dragon and the Raven, or The Days of King Alfred1886

  • For Name and Fame: To Cabul with Roberts1886

  • The Lion of the North: A Tale of Gustavus Adolphus and the Wars of Religion1886

  • Through the Fray: A Tale of the Luddite Riots1886

  • Yarns on the Beach: A Bundle of Tales1886

  • The Bravest of the Brave, or, With Peterborough in Spain1887

  • A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia1887

  • The Sovereign Reader: Scenes from the Life and Reign of Queen Victoria1887

  • The Young Carthaginian, A Story of the Time of Hannibal1887

  • With Wolfe in Canada: The Winning of a Continent1887

  • Bonnie Prince Charlie: A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden1888

  • For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem1888

  • Gabriel Allen M.P.1888

  • In the Reign of Terror: The Adventures of a Westminster Boy1888

  • Orange and Green: A Tale of the Boyne and Limerick1888

  • Sturdy and Strong: How George Andrews Made His Way1888

  • Captain Bayley's Heir: A Tale of the Gold Fields of California1889

  • The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt1889

  • The Curse of Carne's Hold: A Tale of Adventure, Volumes I and II1889

  • The Lion of St. Mark: A Story of Venice in the Fourteenth Century1889

  • The Plague Ship(1889)

  • Tales of Daring and Danger, Five Short Stories1890

  • By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic1890

  • One of the 28th: A Tale of Waterloo1890

  • With Lee in Virginia, A Story of the American Civil War1890

  • The Boy Knight: A Tale of the Crusades 
    (the American title for Winning His Spurs)1891

  • By England's Aid: The Freeing of the Netherlands, 1585–16041891

  • By Right of Conquest: With Cortez in Mexico1891

  • Chapter of Adventures: Through the Bombardment of Alexandria aka The Young Midshipman (USA)1891

  • A Hidden Foe, Volumes I and II1891

  • Maori and Settler: A Tale of the New Zealand War1891

  • Those Other Animals(1891)

  • The Dash For Khartoum: A Tale of the Nile Expedition1892

  • Held Fast for England: A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779–83)1892

  • The Ranche in the Valley(1892)

  • Redskin and Cowboy: A Tale of the Western Plains1892

  • Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion1893

  • Condemned as a Nihilist: A Story of Escape from Siberia1893

  • In Greek Waters: A Story of the Grecian War of Independence (1821–1827)1893

  • Rujub, the Juggler, Volumes I, II and III1893

  • Dorothy's Double: The Story of a Great Deception, Volumes I, II and III1894

  • A Jacobite Exile: Being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service of Charles XII of Sweden1894

  • Saint Bartholomew's Eve: A Tale of the Huguenot Wars1894

  • Through the Sikh War: A Tale of the Conquest of the Punjab1894

  • In the Heart of the Rockies: A Story of Adventure in Colorado1895

  • When London Burned: A Story of Restoration Times and the Great Fire1895

  • Woman of the Commune: A Tale of Two Sieges of Paris 
    (aka Cuthbert Hartington, A Girl of the Commune,Two Sieges and Two Sieges of Paris1895

  • Wulf The Saxon: A Story of the Norman Conquest1895

  • A Knight of the White Cross: A Tale of the Siege of Rhodes1896

  • Through Russian Snows: A Story of Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow1896

  • The Tiger of Mysore: A Story of the War with Tippoo Saib1896

  • At Agincourt: A Tale of the White Hoods of Paris1897

  • On the Irrawaddy: A Story of the First Burmese War1897

  • The Queen's Cup, A Novel, Volumes I, II and III1897

  • With Cochrane the Dauntless: A Tale of the Exploits of Lord Cochrane1897

  • Colonel Thorndyke's Secret (aka The Brahmin's Treasure (USA))1898

  • A March on London: Being a Story of Wat Tyler's Insurrection1898

  • With Frederick the Great: A Tale of the Seven Years War1898

  • With Moore at Corunna: A Tale of the Peninsular War1898

  • Among Malay Pirates; A Tale of Adventure and Peril(1899)

  • On the Spanish Main: A Tale of Cuba and the Buccaneers(1899)

  • At Aboukir and Acre: A Story of Napoleon's Invasion of Egypt1899

  • Both Sides the Border: A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower1899

  • The Golden Cañon and The Stone Chest, or The Secret of Cedar Island, 
    (The Stone Chest is a filler title, not by Henty) (2-in-1 book)1899

  • The Lost Heir1899

  • Under Wellington's Command: A Tale of the Peninsular War1899

  • In the Hands of the Cave Dwellers1900

  • No Surrender! A Tale of the Rising in La Vendée1900

  • A Roving Commission, or, Through the Black Insurrection at Hayti1900

  • Won by the Sword: A Story of the Thirty Years War1900

  • In the Irish Brigade: A Tale of War in Flanders and Spain1901

  • John Hawke's Fortune: A Story of Monmouth's Rebellion1901

  • Out With Garibaldi: A Story of the Liberation of Italy1901

  • Queen Victoria: Scenes from her Life and Reign1901

  • With Buller in Natal: A Born Leader1901

  • At the Point of the Bayonet: A Tale of the Mahratta War1902

  • To Herat and Cabul, A Story of the First Afghan War1902

  • With Roberts to Pretoria: A Tale of the South African War1902

  • The Treasure of the Incas: A Tale of Adventure in Peru1903

  • With Kitchener in the Soudan, A Story of Atbara and Omdurman1903

  • With the British Legion: A Story of the Carlist Wars1903

  • Through Three Campaigns: A Story of Chitral, Tirah, and Ashantee1904

  • With the Allies to Pekin: A Story of the Relief of the Legations1904

  • Gallant Deeds, Five Short Stories1905

  • By Conduct and Courage: A Story of Nelson's Days1905

  • In the Hands of the Malays1905

  • Among the Bushrangers from A Final Reckoning1906

  • Indian Raid, An from Redskin and Cowboy1906

  • Cast Ashore from With Clive in India1906

  • Charlie Marryat from With Clive in India1906

  • Cornet Walter from Orange and Green1906

  • A Highland Chief from In Freedom's Cause1906

  • The Two Prisoners from A Soldier's Daughter1906

  • The Young Captain from With Clive in India1906

Stories by Jerry West (Andrew Svenson)

(The Happy Hollisters is children's adventure series and has an old style collie prominently featured)

  • # 1 The Happy Hollisters

  • # 2 The Happy Hollisters on a River Trip

  • # 3 The Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach

  • # 4 The Happy Hollisters and the Indian Treasure

  • # 5 The Happy Hollisters at Mystery Mountain

  • # 6 The Happy Hollisters at Snowflake camp

  • # 7 The Happy Hollisters and the Trading Post Mystery

  • # 8 The Happy Hollisters at Circus Island

  • # 9 The Happy Hollisters and the Secret Fort

  • #10 The Happy Hollisters at the Merry-Go-Round Mystery*

  • #11 The Happy Hollisters and Pony Hill Farm*

  • #12 The Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper Ship

  • #13 The Happy Hollisters at Lizard Cove

  • #14 The Happy Hollisters and the Scarecrow Mystery

  • #15 The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Totem Faces

  • #16 The Happy Hollisters and the Ice Carnival Mystery

  • #17 The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery in Skyscraper City

  • #18 The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Little Mermaid

  • #19 The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery at Missile Town

  • #20 The Happy Hollisters and the Cowboy Mystery

  • #21 The Happy Hollisters and the Haunted House Mystery

  • #22 The Happy Hollisters and the Secret of the Lucky Coins

  • #23 The Happy Hollisters and the Castle Rock Mystery

  • #24 The Happy Hollisters and the Cuckoo Clock Mystery

  • #25 The Happy Hollisters and the Swiss Echo Mystery

  • #26 The Happy Hollisters and the Sea Turtle Mystery

  • #27 The Happy Hollisters and the Punch and Judy Mystery

  • #28 The Happy Hollisters and the Whistle Pig Mystery

  • #29 The Happy Hollisters and the Ghost Horse Mystery

  • #30 The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Golden Witch

  • #31 The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Mexican Idol

  • #32 The Happy Hollisters and the Monster Mystery

  • #33 The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Midnight Trolls

 

Stories by Jack O'Brien stopped here

(dog books and historical adventure)

  • Jack O'Brien: Silver Chief, Dog of the North 

  • Jack O'Brien: Silver Chief to the Rescue

  • Jack O'Brien: The Return of Silver Chief 

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