Farmhouse Schoolhouse Christmas Guide: Bookworms & Bird Nerds


Kicking off our annual Gift Guide this year with some of my favorites! Books & Birds!

In the coming week we’ll also be featuring: Entrepreneurs, Handicrafters & Storytellers; Wild Explorers & Mad Scientists, Artists & Chefs; and Babes, Tots & Homegrown Preschoolers; along with a Homeschool Mama Gift Guide! I’ll be linking on each post as we progress.

This year’s book list is comprised of my children’s ABSOLUTE FAVORITES from this year, the ones they asked for over and over and over again that are still in print! (note: I will have some toddler and baby board book recommendations in the other guide and plan on doing an out of print editions list at some point in the future).

Bookworms Guide:


Favorite Stories~
St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
The Kitchen Knight by Margaret Hodges
The Biggest Bear by Lynn Wardpeetsmall2_grande.jpg
Chester the Worldly Pig by Bill Peet (or Cyrus the Unsinkable Serpent or How Droofus Lost His Head or Cock-a-doodle Dudley, or ok…just lots and lots of BILL PEET BOOKS!)
Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
Billy and Blaze by CW Anderson (Don’t forget … this one, that one, another oneoh this one too, the other one, this one here, one more and the last one)
The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie de Paola
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain by Edward Ardizzone
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Hyman 
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Katy No Pocket by Emmy Payne
The Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Big Snow by Berta Hader
The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannet
Book of Greek Myths by the D’Aulaires
Chanticleer and the Fox by Geoffrey Chaucer

When We Were Very Young by AA Milne
Now We are Six by AA Milne
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Hailstones and Halibut Bones
The Complete Brambley Hedge by Jill Barkley
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Patterson
James Herriot Treasury for Children
Just So Stories– Rudyard Kipling
Aesop’s Fables
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales
Family Read Alouds~
The Green EmberEmber Falls and The Black Star of Kingston )
Five Children and It by E Nesbit
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Carry on Mr Bowditch by Jean Latham
100 Cupboards by ND Wilson
The Hobbit by Tolkien
The Princess and the Goblin (Princess and the Curdie) by George MacDonald
Homer Price by Robert Mccloskey
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew by CS Lewis
Prince Caspian by CS Lewis
The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin

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Hank the Cowdog (We belly laugh when this is on!)
Mystery! Mystery!  read by Jim Weiss
Sherlock Holmes for Children read by Jim Weiss
The Hound of the Baskerville read by Jim Weiss
Ten Thousand Stars read by Jim Weiss
Heroes, Horses and Harvest Moons read by Jim Weiss
First Stories to Last a Lifetime read by Jim Weiss
Courage and a Clear Mind read by Jim Weiss
The Dragon and the Raven
The Cat of Bubastes
Little House in the Big Woods read by Lynn Cherry
The Green Ember read by Joel Clarkson

LED Reading Light
Reading Strips (For Dyslexic or struggling readers)

Bird Nerds

Birds of North America Poster


The Identiflyer



Children’s Birding Journal


Bird Masks and Wings

Bird Puzzle

Bird Call

Sibley Backyard Birding Flash Cards


Bird Bingo


Bird Memory Game 



Bird Dominoes


Listen to the Birds: Classical Music


Monthly Bird Box from Tanglewood Hollow

Bimonthly Bird Zine


Stay tuned for our next guide: Entrepreneurs, Handicrafters & Storytellers!

2 thoughts on “Farmhouse Schoolhouse Christmas Guide: Bookworms & Bird Nerds

  1. Thank you so much for this list! Books and birds definitely describes my 9 year old daughter 🙂 The Identiflyer and bird journal are definitely going under the tree for her. One of our favorite books was on your list, Roxaboxen. We live in Phoenix, AZ and have promised our kids that the next time we drive thru Yuma to San Diego we will stop at the sight of the real Roxaboxen 🙂


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