I am working hard to raise boys who love to read and are good at it. This means that I get to spend time reading aloud to them all the children’s books that I loved, as well as those that I’ve never read. I’ve been searching for suggestions and keep finding fantastic book lists everywhere. I’ve been searching for a way to keep them handy when I am at the library or book shopping. I finally stumbled across the perfect way! I now have my own book of book lists!
Here is how I put it together. Warning, these instructions require Microsoft Word. There may be another way to do it but I haven’t tried any.
Create your master list:
- Open up all your favorite book lists. Some of mine are The Read-Aloud Revival, Simply Charlotte Mason, Ambleside Online Year 0 – 1, 20 Classic Chapter Books for 5-8 year olds, and the Mensa K-3 list.
- Start a single Microsoft Word file and copy each list in.
- Title each section with the name of the booklist that you took it from.
- Take the time to format each list so that it is roughly in “Book Title – Author Name” format.
Create your booklet:
- Select all the text in the file and set the font to roughly 8pt. I know, it’s small, but I wanted to keep down the total number of pages.
- You don’t have to, but I also added two little squares at the front of each row using the WingDings font. They are for checking off books as I either buy them or as we read them.
- Follow the instructions on this website to use Word to create your booklet. I suggest making sure that there are a few blank pages at the end for writing on.
- Print it up!
Make it pretty!
- I wanted mine to be pretty and to fit in my Composition Notebook Day Planner
- I found a cute piece of scrapbook paper that I liked and a piece of cardstock that matched.
- Then I followed the instructions from the Damask Love – Book Binding University series to create a cute little notebook that fits in my dayplanner 🙂
From start to finish it took me a few hours to figure it all out but I love the results. The best part is that I will digitally keep the master file updated, removing books that we have read and adding new ones that are recommended. Every few months I can print it up again and have an up-to-date list to carry with me!