Posted by: angiefm | February 15, 2009

Booklists – Timothy's (Primary 1)

It’s FINALLY time for Tim’s booklist for 2009!

As with Alethea’s booklist Tim’s is largely taken from the Year 1 curriculum of AmblesideOnline (  Also similarly, we have added local books for Math and History and our own selections for Music and Geography among other things.  Also you will see many overlaps with Alethea’s curriculum, because I read many books to them both since they are very close in comprehension level and proficiency with the English language.

Where e-texts are available (or where I know about them anyway), I have also included the links for these.  I hope these will be helpful to you as you evaluate whether or not to use these books.

Shared Reading/Curriculum with Alethea (Primary 3)

In addition, he will be read to or read independently from the following books.




  • Right Start Math Level B
  • Shaping Maths Primary 1 (which he finished in January) and Primary 2 (which he will start when he’s done with the FAN Math series
  • FAN Math Primary 1 (we are using three books in this series – Topic-by-Topic, i-Excel and the book of CA and SA Papers)
  • Living Math Books (I will have a separate post for this booklist)


  • A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne.  (We have enjoyed TREMENDOUSLY the audio recordings of these poems by Peter Dennis, who is the only person authorised by A.A. Milne’s estate to read Pooh)
  • A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa
  • The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle (btw, we are HUGE fans of Howard Pyle.  We listened to an audio recording of his Robin Hood last year and were hooked!  Just today we just started to listen to Otto of the Silver Hand, also by him, and have Men of Iron lined up for later this year.  YUM! 🙂  These are on Alethea’s reading list.)
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (free e-text here).  (Tim became fascinated by this collection two years agod because we listened to three of the stories read by Jack Nicholson, Danny Glover and Raul Julia who obviously did a spectacular job). 
  • Aesop’s Fables by Milo Winter (this book is out of print but still available through


In addition, Tim has the following on his independent reading list

Other Books

I really should be adding to Tim’s reading list (above), but am putting it off till after he is done with this list because he is rather erratic with his choices and tastes.  🙂

So instead, for the benefit of anyone who has a child of similar age or reading ability, I have decided to list the books and authors he has enjoyed in the past half year of so.

  • Books by Jill Tomlinson – she has a number of titles, but the two we really enjoyed were about The Owl and The Gorilla.  After those two, the others paled in comparison.
  • Books by Shirley Hughes – we bought these books for Nathalie, but Tim has devoured them all!  He can tell you all the lesser known facts about the life and times of Alfie and Annie Rose.  🙂  In fact for Christmas last year, we bought him a hefty Shirley Hughes collection and he carries it around to read.
  • The Nicholas Series by Rene Goscinny – during the World Book Fair in June last year, the lady who runs Maha Yuyi (our favourite Chinese bookshop) told us triumphantly that she now had the Nicholas series in Chinese.  We responded with blank looks and went home thus motivated to look it up, since it was obviously something she thought we would know about.  Turns out the series was authored by Rene Goscinny of Asterix comics fame.  Our entire family has enjoyed these stories tremendously.  We brought two titles on our family holiday last year and our favourite thing to do was to take turns reading chapters from it after meals.  🙂  In fact, while I struggled to get them to read aloud from other books, we all fought to read aloud from THIS series!
  • Books by Bill Peet – I brought these books out last year to try to inspire Tim to read longer books.  And boy did it work!  In fact Bill Peet’s books have worked with many children, especially with boys, who were reluctant readers.  His illustrations are fantastic (could it be because he was an animator at Walt Disney Studios?) and his stories about sea monsters and horses and dragons and Whingdingdillys, etc are just so “boy”, if you know what I mean.  On each page, there is typically half a page of illustrations and half a page of text, so it makes a wonderful transition from picture books to chapter books.

I should end by adding that, inspired by his cousin Aaron, he is currently reading Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary.  😀

[Note: I was just tidying up this post when Tim came over to see what I was doing.  So I asked him to name his favourite authors and books and I was most impressed with myself that I was spot on!  *grin*  In fact after he listed Jill Tomlinson, Bill Pete, the Nicholas books (he didn’t remember the author’s name and Shirley Hughes, he added “Just So Stories”).]

I hope you and your children enjoy these books as much as our family has and will!



  1. Are you reading the Nicholas books in English or Chinese? I got the English ones more than a year ago, but my girl didn’t enjoy them that much.. maybe she was too young, or maybe it’s too “boyish” 🙂

    But she really enjoys the Little House series which we are reading aloud together now. We’ve finished the first one and now we’re reading Farmer Boy. We also just started reading Winnie the Pooh together.

    These blog posts are really helpful, Angie. I always enjoy reading them. 🙂 Thanks!

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