Great Books Guided Reading Program

Great Books of the Western World

A Return to the Classics

The School of Abraham supports the homeschooling family by providing unique educational resources for religious education, which are founded upon the School of Abraham Educational Model, including our Guided Reading Program of LDS Great Books and other classics, recommended resources for history, biography and other curricula, studies of the teachings of the prophets, in-depth scripture study and commentaries, gospel art resources, and programs which will help strengthen family life and provide character education.

At the School of Abraham, we feel that there have been scholars raised up by the Lord since the restoration of the gospel who have been inspired by the Lord to write books which are seminal in nature, which define authoritatively the doctrine of the kingdom, our responsibilities to the Lord and our fellowman, our duties as Christians, how to live, and what our understanding should be: the “roadmaps” for developing a Christ-like character and understanding. The School of Abraham recognizes the worth of these materials and incorporates them into our homeschool curricula.

The School of Abraham will develop study guides to accompany the student’s study of the “Teachings of …” the prophets books, writings by Bruce R. McConkie, Hugh Nibley, James E. Talmage, the writings of other general authorities and BYU scholars, the book Gospel Principles, the new Church history book, the Church almanac, and other commentaries and classic LDS books. The Church magazines, conference reports, Church News, and other materials available from church distribution also have much to offer. The foundation of our gospel scholarship program is the scriptures.

We also recommend the reading list of the “Good Books” created by the Great Books Academy. The Great Books Academy individually mentors students by using Socratic teaching methods, and follows a classical curriculum. Their homeschool program is flexible, allowing the student to tailor their studies and choose their own curriculum materials as desired. Their excellent classical studies incorporate a required reading program developed by John Senior. During the high school years, the student will study Britannica’s Great Books of Western Civilization. See our information pages on the Great Books of the Western World and Return to the Classics.

Parents want to have a large resource on which to draw for appropriate reading material for their children in a variety of subjects and reading levels, including independent reading as well as books to read aloud for younger children. Some books are considered “required reading,” and additional readings can be chosen from the School of Abraham library. The child can provide an oral narration, a summary, or a written book report on their readings, based on their individual ability.
Good Books List by John Senior

1,000 Good Books List by Christine Miller
100 Great Books List
The Baldwin Project (complete online text of classic books)
Armadillo Books by age groups
BookSpeak Reading List (Sorted by reading levels. See readability level concept)
Accelerated Achievement (more info)
BYU Honors Program Reading List
Fifteen Minutes a Day: The Reading Program for the Harvard Classics
Five in a Row
Eager Readers book list
Selected Quality Sites for Literature
Favorite Read Aloud Books by Cindy Madsen
Charlotte Mason-based Reading List by Penny Gardner
George Wythe College classics for children list
Sonlight Books in WTM Four Year Cycle ~~ Sonlight
Lesson Plans for Sonlight Books
Truelight Academy Beacon Book Library by Katrina Lybbert
Salt Lake County Library Book Lists: Children / Teens
Well-Trained Mind K-4 Reading List
Junior Great Books Program
Great Books Academy (see their bookstore listing)
Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature (searchable)
Readable Science by Karen Rackliffe
Robinson Curriculum ~~ partial list
Gateway to the Great Books reading plan (7th grade and up)
Well-Trained Mind High School Reading List
List of Classics from Infobase
Caldecott Medal books | Newbery Medal books
Great Books–Texts and Fully Searchable Concordances
St. John’s Reading Lists
Nothing New Press ~~ All Through the Ages (guide)
Basic Reading List for the College Bound
George Wythe College Bookstore
George Wythe College required reading 100 Classics
BYU English Majors Reading List
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
A Recommended Reading List by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren (from How to Read a Book)
Index to Online Great Books in English Translation