February, oh February - our shortest month of the year, but there is just so much wonderful children's literature for February. We have Black History month, Dental Health Month, and President's Day in February. For some extra fun we have Valentine's Day and Groundhog Day. This is all in addition to the great topics in our Classical Conversations memory work this month.
Good children's literature brings such enjoyment to our homeschool and helps bring topics to life.
I have a ten year old and a six year old. We love picture books and chapter books. We use picture books, such as The Unbreakable Code and Tucky Jo and Little Heart during our morning basket time, evening read alouds, and independent reading.
My ten year old spends much of his free time reading chapter books for pleasure. I added My Life as Dinosaur Dental Floss to this month's list for him to read as it loosely and laughingly ties to the theme of dental health. I also assign certain books for independent reading, like the You Choose:History books, that align with our studies.
You'll find a variety of books in the children's literature for February list. These are geared towards Foundations and Essentials aged children but some could work just as well for middle school aged children, like the Great Battles for Boys books which is written for middle school age boys. Some would also work really well for read alouds with older preschoolers, like Ten Grouchy Groundhogs.
(When you click on the pictures, you'll be taken to the Amazon listing and can see the targeted age range of each book.)
This list of children's literature for February includes picture books and chapter books on the following topics:
- That align with our Classical Conversations memory work:
- World War II
- Sir Isaac Newton
- Impressionist Artists such as Degas
- Orchestra instruments
- Black History Month
- Groundhog Day
- Dental Health Month
- Valentine's Day
- President's Day
There's even a book about George Washington's Teeth - dental health and presidents discussed all in one book, lol!
You can refer back to the Children's Literature for January list for some topics that you still may be covering in February. There are several books in the January list that would be applicable to the memory work being covered in February, such as the books on Sir Isaac Newton.
There were books about the Presidents included in Children's Literature for January list for the inauguration that would be perfect for President's Day in February. I put additional books about Presidents in my Children's Literature for February list below. There are many wonderful books about the Presidents to choose from!
Children's Literature for February
World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series)DK Eyewitness Books: World War IIThe Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. ReyNumber the StarsWho Was Winston Churchill?Who Was Franklin Roosevelt?Great Battles for Boys: WW2 EuropeGreat Battles for Boys: WW2 PacificThe Unbreakable CodeTucky Jo and Little HeartYou Wouldn't Want to Be a World War II Pilot!: Air Battles You Might Not SurviveWorld War II Spies: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: World War II)World War II Pilots: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: World War II)World War II Infantrymen: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: World War II)World War II: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: History)See Inside the Second World War (See Inside Board Books)You Wouldn't Want to Be a Secret Agent During World War II!: A Perilous Mission Behind Enemy LinesHow I Learned GeographyYou Wouldn't Want to Be Sir Isaac Newton!Nouns and Verbs Have a Field DayA Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun? (Words Are Categorical)Degas and the Little Dancer (Anholt's Artists Books For Children)The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Anholt's Artists Books for Children)Fancy Nancy: Aspiring ArtistOliviaEdgar Degas (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists (Paperback))Edgar Degas: Paintings That Dance (Smart About Art)Katie Meets The ImpressionistsKatie and the Waterlily PondMeet the OrchestraI Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a CelloNever Play Music Right Next to the ZooSir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure)Why Pi? (Big Questions)Who Was Rosa Parks?The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary EditionHenry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground RailroadI am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World)Who Was Harriet Tubman?A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman (Picture Book Biography)Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry SurpriseTen Grouchy GroundhogsGo to Sleep, Groundhog!Groundhog Weather School: Fun Facts About Weather and GroundhogsGroundhog Gets a SayThe Berenstain Bears Visit the DentistJust Going to the Dentist (Little Critter) (Golden Look-Look Books)George Washington's TeethOpen Wide: Tooth School InsideThe Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) by Jeanette Lane (2007) PaperbackBear's Loose Tooth (The Bear Books)My Life as Dinosaur Dental Floss (The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle #5)The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Blessings (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)God Gave Us LoveSaint ValentineCam Jansen: Cam Jansen and the Valentine Baby Mystery #25Splat the Cat: Funny ValentinePrincess Posey and the First Grade Ballet (Princess Posey, First Grader)A Kiss for Little Bear (An I Can Read Book)Nate the Great and the Mushy ValentineA to Z Mysteries Super Edition #8: Secret Admirer (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))Don't Know Much About® the American PresidentsYo Millard Fillmore!: (And all those other Presidents you don't know)George Washington for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities (For Kids series)George Washington and the General's Dog (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)White House Kids: The Perks, Pleasures, Problems, and Pratfalls of the Presidents' ChildrenPresidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House
Resources for Introducing the Orchestra
I've listed a few books about introducing your children to the orchestra above. But Mary has so many wonderful ideas for incorporating the orchestra into your studies already.
- 5 Resources for Incorporating Orchestral Music in Your Homeschool
- SQUILT - Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time
- Music Resources for CC Cycle 2
And her newest resource in the SQUILT family, Meet the Instruments: Explore the Orchestra is a beautiful way to introduce your children to the orchestra. Get these cards and you'll have just what you need.