Robinson Curriculum Booklist

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This is the full list of the books available on the Robinson Curriculum CD’s.

Required Reading

There are 236 books between the required reading and the supplemental reading lists. 196 (83%) of these books  are available to download from Amazon.com onto a Kindle. Of those 196 books – 161 (82%) are FREE to download. The rest of course, are printable from the CD’s.

  1. 1879 McGuffey Primer
  2. 1879 McGuffey First Reader
  3. Nursery Rhymes – Various Authors
  4. The Life of George Washington – Josephine Pollard
  5. 1879 McGuffey Second Reader
  6. The Tale of Jolly Robin – Arthur Scott Bailey
  7. The Tale of Solomon Owl – Arthur Scott Bailey
  8. Our Hero General Grant – Josephine Pollard
  9. The Tale of Paddy Muskrat – Arthur Scott Bailey
  10. The Bobbsey Twins at School – Laura Lee Hope
  11. Childhood’s Happy Hours – Various Authors
  12. Columbus and The Discovery of The New World – Josephine Pollard
  13. The Bible for Young People – Josephine Pollard
  14. Fifty Famous Stories – James Baldwin
  15. Four Naval Heroes – Mabel H. Beebe
  16. The Rover Boys on The Great Lakes – Arthur M. Winfield
  17. The Rover Boys on The River – Arthur M. Winfield
  18. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew – Margaret Sidney
  19. Five Little Peppers Midway – Margaret Sidney
  20. The Rover Boys at College – Arthur M. Winfield
  21. Tom Swift and His Airship – Victor Appleton
  22. The Rover Boys on The Ocean – Arthur M. Winfield
  23. Tom Swift and His Air Scout – Victor Appleton
  24. The Adventures of Pinocchio – C. Collodi
  25. The Rover Boys on a Tour – Arthur M. Winfield
  26. The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss
  27. The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle – Arthur M. Winfield
  28. Ben Pepper – Margaret Sidney
  29. Uncle Remus – Joel Chandler Harris
  30. The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island – Arthur M. Winfield
  31. Aesop’s Fables – Aesop
  32. The Rover Boys in Southern Waters – Arthur M. Winfield
  33. Joel Pepper – Margaret Sidney
  34. Heidi – Johanna Spyri
  35. The Rover Boys on Land and Sea – Arthur M. Winfield
  36. Tom Swift and His Motor Boat – Victor Appleton
  37. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggins
  38. The Rover Boys Down East – Arthur M. Winfield
  39. Do and Dare – Horatio Alger
  40. Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  41. The Rover Boys on a Hunt – Arthur M. Winfield
  42. Uncle Remus Returns – Joel Chandler Harris
  43. Jack’s Ward – Horatio Alger
  44. 1879 McGuffey Third Reader
  45. Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
  46. Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates – Mary Maples Dodge
  47. Boy Knight: A Tale of the Crusades – G. A. Henty
  48. Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat – Victor Appleton
  49. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  50. Bob, Son of Battle – Alfred Ollivant
  51. Little Men – Louisa May Alcott
  52. 1879 McGuffey Fourth Reader
  53. The Pied Piper – Robert Browning
  54. The Life of Lafayette – Henry C. Watson
  55. Brave and Bold – Horatio Alger
  56. Facing the World
  57. David Crockett, Scout – Charles Fletcher Allen
  58. Up from Slavery – Booker T. Washington
  59. Captains Courageous – Rudyard Kipling
  60. Told By Uncle Remus – Joel Chandler Harris
  61. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
  62. Uncle Remus and His Friends – Joel Chandler Harris
  63. 1879 McGuffey Fifth Reader
  64. Picturesque America #1 – William Cullen Bryant
  65. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  66. Tom Sawyer – Samuel L. Clemens – (Mark Twain)
  67. Memoirs of U. S. Grant Vol#1 – Ulysses S. Grant
  68. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
  69. The Second Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
  70. The Pathfinder – James Fenimore Cooper
  71. Memoirs of U. S. Grant Vol#2 – Ulysses S. Grant
  72. Life of Washington Vol#1 – Washington Irving
  73. The Song of Hiawatha – Longfellow
  74. The Prince and the Pauper – Samuel L. Clemens
  75. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  76. Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  77. Life of Washington Vol#2 – Washington Irving
  78. Poems of Kipling – Rudyard Kipling
  79. 1879 McGuffey Sixth Reader
  80. Life of Washington Vol#3 – Washington Irving
  81. The Spy – James Fenimore Cooper
  82. Picturesque America #2 – William Cullen Bryant
  83. Diaries of George Washington Vol#1 – Washington
  84. The Law – Frederic Bastiat
  85. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  86. Diaries of George Washington Vol#2 – Washington
  87. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Franklin
  88. Pudd’nhead Wilson – Samuel L. Clemens
  89. Diaries of George Washington Vol#3 – Washington
  90. Poems of Oliver Wendell Holmes – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  91. Afloat and Ashore – James Fenimore Cooper
  92. Diaries of George Washington Vol#4 – Washington
  93. David Crockett’s Autobiography – David Crockett
  94. Not Yours to Give – David Crockett
  95. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  96. Economic Sophisms – Frederic Bastiat
  97. Life of Lincoln – L. P. Brockett
  98. The Friendly Arctic – Vilhjalmar Stefansson
  99. What has Government Done to Our Money? – Murray Rothbard
  100. The Song of Roland – Unknown
  101. Economics in One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt
  102. On That Day Began Lies – Leonard Read
  103. The Holy War – John Bunyan
  104. The Soldier in Our Civil War Vol#1 – Frank Leslie
  105. Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood – George MacDonald
  106. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
  107. Heather and Snow – George MacDonald
  108. The Life of Stonewall Jackson – R. L. Dabney
  109. The Mysterious Island – Jules Verne
  110. The White Company – Arthur Conan Doyle
  111. Environmental Overkill – Dixie Lee Ray & Lou Guzzo
  112. The Heart of the Antarctic Vol#1 – E. H. Shackleton
  113. Tom Sawyer: Abroad, Detective – Samuel L. Clemens
  114. The Soldier in Our Civil War Vol#2 – Frank Leslie
  115. The Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt – Roosevelt
  116. Oliver Twist – Dickens
  117. Huckleberry Finn – Samuel Clemens
  118. Memoirs of William Tecumseh Sherman – Sherman
  119. Don Quixote – Cervantes
  120. Life on the Mississippi – Samuel Clemens
  121. Cicero’s Orations – Cicero
  122. The Federalist Papers – Alexander Hamilton
  123. The Heart of the Antarctic Vol#2 – E. H. Shackleton
  124. Julius Caesar – Shakespeare
  125. Of the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals – William Harvey
  126. United States Historical Documents
  127. The Enterprising Americans – John Chamberlain
  128. My African Journey – Winston Churchill
  129. The War Between the States – Alexander Stephens
  130. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  131. A Tale of Two Cities – Dickens
  132. The Health Hazards of Not going Nuclear – Peter Beckmann
  133. Rise and Fall of the Confederate Gov Vol#1 – Jefferson Davis
  134. Faraday’s Lectures – Faraday
  135. Flat Money Inflation in France – Andrew Dickson White
  136. Caesar’s Gallic War – Julius Caesar
  137. Lincoln’s Speeches and Letters – Lincoln
  138. The World Crisis – Winston Churchill
  139. Rise and Fall of the Confederate Gov Vol#2 – Jefferson Davis
  140. Fifty Years in the Royal Navy – Admiral Sir Percy Scott
  141. King Henry V – Shakespeare
  142. Two Years Before the Mast – Richard Henry Dana
  143. Common Sense of the Exact Sciences – W. K. Clifford
  144. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  145. Wealth of Nations – Adam Smith
  146. Paradise Regained – John Milton
  147. Institutes of the Christian Religion Vol#1 – John Calvin
  148. The Prince – Nicolo Machiavelli
  149. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark – Shakespeare
  150. Institutes of the Christian Religion Vol#2 – John Calvin
  151. The Ultimate Resource II – Julian Simon
  152. Access to Energy – Arthur Robinson
  153. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Vol#1 – John Locke
  154. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Vol#2 – John Locke
  155. Observations on Daniel and St. John – Isaac Newton
  156. Bellum Civile – Julius Caesar
  157. De Bello Gallico – Julius Caesar

Additional Reading

These are not required but are supplemental.

  1. Little Prudy’s Dotty Dimple – Sophie May
  2. Dotty Dimple at Play
  3. Dotty Dimple At Home
  4. Dotty Dimple Out West
  5. Dotty Dimple’s Flyaway
  6. Dotty Dimple at her Grandmother’s
  7. Little Prudy’s Sister Suzy
  8. Ruth Fielding of The Red Mill – All by Alice B. Emerson
  9. Ruth Fielding at Briarwood Hall
  10. Ruth Fielding At Snow Camp
  11. Ruth Fielding at Silver Ranch
  12. Ruth Fielding At Sunrise Farm
  13. Ruth Fielding and The Gypsies
  14. Ruth Fielding in Moving Pictures
  15. Ruth Fielding at College
  16. Ruth Fielding in The Red Cross
  17. Ruth Fielding at The War Front
  18. Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound
  19. The Bobbsey Twins in the Country – Series all by Laura Lee Hope
  20. The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore
  21. The Bobbsey Twins at Snow Lodge
  22. The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat
  23. The Bobbsey Twins at Meadow Brook
  24. The Bobbsey Twins at Home
  25. The Bobbsey Twins in a Great City
  26. The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island
  27. The Bobbsey Twins on the Deep Blue Sea
  28. The Bobbsey Twins in the Great West
  29. Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle – Victor Appleton
  30. Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout
  31. Tom Swift and His Wireless Message
  32. Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera
  33. Young Salesman – Horatio Alger
  34. Strive and Succeed
  35. Slow and Sure
  36. Phil, the Fiddler
  37. Erie Train Boy
  38. Young Acrobat
  39. Making His Way
  40. Only an Irish Boy
  41. Sam’s Chance
  42. Andy Gordon
  43. Paul, the Peddler
  44. Charlie Codman’s Cruise
  45. Joe’s Luck
  46. Frank’s Campaign
  47. Andy Grant’s Pluck
  48. Hector’s Inheritance
  49. The Cash Boy
  50. Luke Walton
  51. Walter Sherwood’s Probation
  52. Bound to Rise
  53. Jed, the Poor House Boy
  54. Risen from the Ranks
  55. The Tale of Reddy Woodpecker – A.S. Bailey
  56. The Tale of Chirpy Cricket – A.S. Bailey
  57. The Tale of Old Dog Spot – A.S. Bailey
  58. Elsie Dinsmore – Martha Finley
  59. Elsie’s Girlhood
  60. Mildred and Elsie
  61. Elsie’s Children
  62. Border Boys in the Canadian Rockies – Fremont B. Deering
  63. The Border Boys Across the Frontier
  64. Dick Hamilton’s Fortune – Howard R. Garis
  65. Dick Hamilton’s Cadet Days
  66. From Office Boy to Reporter
  67. Harry Watson’s High School Days – Frank V. Webster
  68. The Boy Pilot of the Lakes
  69. The Pony Rider Boys in the Rockies – Frank Gee Patchin
  70. The Pony Rider Boys in Montana
  71. The Pony Rider Boys in the Alkali
  72. The Pony Rider Boys in New Mexico
  73. Camping out Days at Putnam Hall – Arthur M. Winfield
  74. The Rover Boys in Camp
  75. The Rover Boys in The Air
  76. The Haunted Mine – Harry Castleman
  77. The Wonder Island Boys – The Castaways – Roger Finlay
  78. The Wonder Island Boys – Capture and Pursuit
  79. Nuclear War Survival Skills – Cresson H. Kearny

Science Books

  1. The Mechanical Universe – Olenick, Apostol, and Goodstein
  2. Answers to the Mechanical Universe
  3. Beyond the Mechanical Universe
  4. Answers to Beyond the Mechanical Universe
  5. Supplementary Physics Problems – Foster Strong
  6. Statistical Mechanics – Norman Davidson
  7. Chemical Principles – Gray, and Haight Dickerson
  8. Thermodynamics – Lewis and Randall

Language Skills

  1. Penmanship Practice
  2. Grammar Table of Contents and Introduction
  3. Grammar Primer and Main Course
  4. Grammar Reading Passages
  5. Answer to Grammar Exercises
  6. Basic American English Spelling

Vocabulary Exercises & Flashcards

  1. Vocabulary Exercises Table of Contents
  2. Vocabulary Exercises
  3. Vocabulary Flash Cards
  4. Math Flash Cards
  5. Phonics Flash Cards

Other

  1. 1611 King James Bible
  2. complete 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
  3. complete 1913 Webster’s New International Dictionary of the English Language

 

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Comments

  1. Mary Kate says

    One question..from the required list. You started all your children reading from the beginning of the list? or did you go down the list and start them off on their level of reading?
    This looks very interesting to me. Having purchased a curriculum for next year already. I am thinking of maybe starting this after that. This will give me time to really research this way of teaching. My 12yr old already teaches herself. I just look at her work. I am trying to do the same with my son. Boy’s can be very challenging in that regards.LOL.
    Thank you for sharing this.!

    • says

      Hi Mary Kate,

      Yes, we started all the kids from the beginning of the list because these books are older and the authors write in more advanced language than most kids are used to reading. Even though we figured they wouldn’t have too much problem reading the first books, we wanted to make sure we weren’t unintentionally pushing them through it too fast.

      Plus, there are spelling lists associated with most of the books. The example sentences for the spelling words are taken directly from the books. RC chose their spelling lists based on SAT tests and we wanted to make sure we covered those well too.

      Boys are challenging. LOL – although our girl is only two so I can’t really compare. :) Many of the books are war/adventure so my boys are loving them. Hope that helps!

  2. says

    Hi Paula,

    So just to clarify from the previous comments…

    You begin at the top of the list with your Kindergarteners? Is there any way to figure out where the books for (approximate) first graders begin, 2nd graders, etc…??

    Thanks!
    Kelly

    • says

      Hi Kelly,

      How’s your homeschooling adventure going? ;)

      Yes, we begin at the top of the list with kindergarteners, depending on if they can read, of course. Basically, I teach phonics with Phonics Pathways – this isn’t part of Robinson, just something I’ve used for several years that I’ve really liked. I only use the main Phonics Pathways book, not all the extra stuff. We just sound out vowels and start putting them with consonants to create longer and longer words.

      Once they’re able to read, we start them on “I Can Read” books and begin the Robinson book list.

      I did find this list online in which someone put the books according to what grades she thought they were ‘geared toward’. I glance at it every so often, but I don’t adhere to it and I don’t show it to the kids.

      Personally, when we started Robinson our kids were in a variety of grades. We had them all start from the beginning of the list because many of these books are more advanced than what most kids read.

      The older boys finished the first several books in a couple days and are quickly moving through the list. It might seem like a waste of time to start them at the very beginning, but doing it this way ensured that we weren’t sticking them somewhere in the middle and getting them frustrated by giving them books too advanced for them.

      It works for us, but each family is different and what works for one may not work for another.

      Hope that helps . . . let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. tamika says

    Hello, I am going to be schooling my kids at home this coming fall (entering 2nd and kindergarten) and hopefully my baby boy when he is older. I LOVE this approach-but I do wonder if I can skip over the “biblical” books or if they just show some religious information? I believe kids should be made aware of different religions-but even I do not push what I believe or do not believe on my kids. My husband would have a cow if one of the kids started up on Bible this and that. Also, does schooling this way meet state requirements? Is it too much to expect for me to say-use this curriculum and also add more to it? I was hoping to have lots of fun crafty hands on ideas for the kids when they have finished their main course work. (let’s say for Presidents day-they can work on a project that week and explain it to the family-reading a short book that is age appropriate and maybe putting together a presentation or something)
    I know all the stuff they do in public school is not always needed, but I also know I need “busy work” to keep my kids out of trouble and they LOVE to craft and build things!

    • says

      Hi Tamika,

      Those are great questions. From what I’ve seen, the only “Biblical” book is the entire copy of the King James Version Bible. It’s a good read. ;)

      The books on the list aren’t overtly Christian, but the characters in those books are those with work ethic, honestly, integrity – all the qualities the Bible teaches as should be a way of life.

      You’d have to check with your individual state to find out what’s required. We add a few things that our state requires and you can certainly add projects that you’d like them to do too. My older boys are enjoying a class from Currclick.com on World History right now. It’s not like history isn’t covered amply with RC, but it’s good for them to learn in a variety of ways.

      • tamika says

        Good to know. I actually just watched his video and he did say that though there is mention of Bible “stuff” he does not push religion. That works for me! I do have another question. By adding to the curriculum with “fun” hands on things-is that counterproductive to the Robinson’s way of teaching? I know he says you don’t need to spend the time with the kids, but I LOVE my kids-I like doing things with them. I really don’t want them to sit at the table for 5 hours a day and not do anything fun.

        • says

          One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is being able to do what I want and what I feel my kids need. We do RC, but we don’t do it EXACTLY as he describes. We add in English and do online classes occasionally – and sometimes I assign other books and require certain essay topics. Homeschooling itself is going outside of the box and teaching your children how/what you want. If you want to do hands-on activities with your kids – I say go for it!

  4. Kendra Haag says

    Hi, Thank you for taking the time to post this information. I’m prayerfully considering using RC in the summer. My boys will be 13 and daughter 10. From your experience looking at the books, do you think I need to start them at the beginning of the book list? Or should I use the vocabulary words as a guide.

    Another question I have is other than the books being listed in order of difficulty, are they listed by subject or grouped by era? Or is it sporadic? I should know these books, and the titles sound familiar but when I was in school I needed Cliff Notes for my Cliff Notes. I hated reading. I love it now, but I honestly struggle with reading the classics. So I say that to say, I’m not sure what these books are about. Is it safe to say, they read these books to teach them proper grammar, how to write correctly, spell correctly, vocabulary and some history facts? Then I add, Saxon and a writing assignment. Do they read just the one book for two hours a day. Or do they do like Sonlight and read different books at the same time? He mentions tests, where do they come in? Any help I’d greatly appreciate. Thanks and God Bless you for blessing others by spending the time to write this out.
    ~Kendra

    • says

      Hi Kendra,

      My boys started RC at ages 13 and under. They were already voracious readers, but I still had them start at the beginning simply because classic books often use older language that they weren’t familiar with, even with all the reading they did. The vocabulary words are specifically chosen words from the books that are on SAT tests. I don’t know that you could use it as a guide.

      Perhaps having them read out loud to you from a few books to see when they start becoming difficult would be a good start(?).

      The books are not listed by subject or era. Sometimes there will be several Tom Swift books in a row, but then it will go to others that may or may not be in a series or in the same time frame.

      The whole grammar issue is one I do ‘cheat’ a little from how RC plans it out. I’m kind of a grammar junkie and I just can’t wrap my head around the idea that reading will teach them proper grammar, punctuation, and such. I use Rod and Staff’s English books in addition to RC.

      R&S’s English is a fairly intense. It’s a Mennonite based program so it only goes to grade 10 but by then they are at (or above) the standard 12th grade English.

      When the kids do their lessons I do take shortcuts. They don’t always have to do the lesson plan problems AND the worksheet problems. If I feel they have a good grasp and their lesson plan grades are good, I don’t have them do the worksheets.

      I also sometimes let them skip on writing full sentences for every problem. For instance, if the directions say, “Write each sentence and underline the verbs”, then I’ll just have the kids write the verbs.

      But not always. :) If their handwriting needs improvement I have them write them all out. But that’s R&S. Just my take on what I do if you look into that option.

      Like I said, I just don’t feel comfortable leaving English up to reading books and hoping to learn all there is. If they can’t spell, use correct grammar, or write a business letter properly. . .

      So our day looks like this: Saxon Math, R&S English, a writing assignment with reading, and then reading from the book list.

      The writing assignment with reading is also my ‘variation’ from RC. I chose a ‘topic of the month’ such as plant science, geography, or Bible, instead of letting them always choose their own topic. They read about it for 30 min. each day and then write an essay about what they’ve read. We use books from the library, internet, or our collection of used books we pick up at library book sales and garage sales. Fridays are ‘chose your own topic’ days.

      Then they read from the RC book list for 1 1/2 hours. We have A LOT of other books, so when school is done they can chose anything else to read. We did Sonlight one year and have a collection of their books so they have a lot of variety to chose from in their ‘free time’.

      The tests are spelling tests that are on the CD’s. Some of the books also have tests you can give after the child is done reading it. Not every book has a test though.

      Let me know if I can answer anything else! :)

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