Learn + Live Letter Level 2 Book List

We’re so excited to have you join us for our Level 2 unit studies for the 2021/2022 school year! This year, we are trying to give you as much advance notice as we can to get books for your lessons. Throughout the year, we’ll be updating this blog post with the books you’ll need, aiming to update you at least a month before you need them.

Your other supplies needed will come in you bi-weekly emails, but we highly recommend having these supplies on hand to cut down on what you’ll need to order for each week.

We have linked each book below so you can order it on Amazon (we love their used books to cut costs), but we encourage you to check your local libraries and secondhand book stores to save even more. We will also include links if the book is available online to read, or you can search on YouTube for read alouds (we even have a few of our own here!).

Happy reading!

Foundations Unit
Apples Unit
Fall Harvest Unit
Leaves Unit
Modern-Day Egypt Unit

Optional additional resource:

Dinosaurs Unit

Optional additional reading:

  • Brick by Brick Dinosaurs by Warren Elsmore (If you have a child who loves dinosaurs and LEGO, this book is a dream come true!)
Clouds + Weather Unit
Neighborhood Unit
Native People of Mesoamerica Unit

Optional additional reading:

Five Senses Unit
Big Feelings Unit

Optional additional reading:

  • Thanku: Poems of Gratitude by Miranda Paul – Want to build out your collection of poetry? This lovely book is full of poems that inspire gratitude and thankfulness.
China Unit
India Unit
Outer Space Unit
Snow Unit

Optional extra reading:

Arctic Unit
Greece Unit
Tools + Construction Unit
Quilts Unit
Light, Shadows + Rainbows Unit

Optional additional reading:

Rocks Unit
Rivers, Lakes + Ponds Unit

Optional additional reading:

  • The Treasure Hunter’s Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh – If your family spends a lot of time outdoors exploring streams and ponds, this is an excellent resource you will use for years. For this lesson, pages 24-34 will be most helpful. (You can also find it on OpenLibrary here!)
Insects + Spiders Unit
Spring Unit

Optional additional reading:

Flowers Unit

Optional additional reading:

  • The Treasure Hunter’s Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh – If your family spends a lot of time outdoors exploring streams and ponds, this is an excellent resource you will use for years. For this lesson, pages 24-34 will be most helpful. (You can also find it on OpenLibrary here!)
  • Sing a Song of Seasons edited by Fiona Waters – We reference this book of poetry often throughout our units because it provides one song for every day of the year. It’s a great staple to have in your homeschool library, especially if you’re a family that enjoys Tea + Poetry!
Birds Unit

Optional additional reading:

  • Superlative Birds by Leslie Bulion – This fascinating book of poetry shares fun facts about a variety of amazing birds. If your child is a bird lover, this would make a great option for Tea + Poetry this week.

Optional chapter books:

Castles Unit

Note: There are SO many castle book options for this age! We’ve listed a few examples below, but use whatever you already own or can find at your local library if you don’t want to make a purchase. As long as your book shows a bit about how castles were built, their parts, and the people who lived in them, they should work fine for this unit. Here are some we enjoy:

Other books for this unit:

France Unit
Butterflies + Migration Unit
Savanna + Safari Unit

Optional additional reading:

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kwamkwamba and Bryan Mealer – This is the chapter book version of the picture book we’ll read for our lessons. If your child is interested in learning more about William Kwamkwamba’s story, this would make a great read aloud book for the next few weeks.
Animal Care Unit

Optional chapter books:

Up in the Air Unit
Forest Unit

Optional chapter books:

Japan Unit

Optional additional reading:

Optional chapter book:

Ocean Unit

Optional additional reading:

Dance (Party!) Unit

I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood (or listen to this read aloud)
Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps by Srividhya Venkat (or listen to this read aloud by professional Bharatanatyam dancer Chintan Patel)
Knockin’ on Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates by Lynn Barasch (or read it here on OpenLibrary)
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margartina Engle (or listen to this read aloud)
Feel the Beat by Marilyn Singer (This book comes with a CD that makes it really come to life! Listen to this read aloud for a taste of how this book could be read.)

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The Learn + Live Letter is a play- and project-based homeschool curriculum for children ages 3-11.

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