Rickshaw Unschooling: Booklists

A big part of our family's learning is books. This page is a collection of our favourite books, some loosely categorized, but all supporting feelings and values that are important to us, and each is what we think of as "a good read". I'll start with just children's stories, but someday may add non-fiction, reference and/or adults' books.
--Emily van Lidth de Jeude

Cycles: the seasons, the sun, the moon, the earth, and/or the 4 directions, 4 elements, etc.

  • The Book with No Name (The Bee on the Comb), by Kit Williams
  • Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, by Eric Carle
  • The Rainbabies, by Laura Krauss Melmed
  • The Root Children (Mother Earth and her Children), by Sibylle Von Olfers
  • When the Root Children Wake Up, retold by Audrey Wood
  • Yetsa's Sweater, by Sylvia Olsen
  • Brambley Hedge series: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn stories, by Jill Barklem
  • Spider Woman, by Anne Cameron
  • The Finding Princess, by Sue Ann Alderson
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
  • Something From Nothing, by Phoebe Gilman
  • Willie's Garden, by Myra McGee
  • Raven, by Gerald McDermott
  • The Star Maiden, by Barbara Juster Esbensen

Books without words: wonderful for open-ended discussion and inspiration.

  • The Boat, by Barbara Remington
  • Dag Hoed, by Rotraud Susanne Berner
  • Le Livre et L'Automne, by Rotraud Susanne Berner
  • Where is the Cake?, by Thééu00E9 Tjong-Khing

Birth and Death

  • Badger's Parting Gifts, by Susan Varley
  • The Fish Princess, by Irene N. Watts
  • A Baby Sister for Frances, by Russel Hoban
  • Katje the Windmill Cat, by Gretchen Woelfle


  • Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf
  • Frog Girl, by Paul Owen Lewis

Love, Friendship, Compassion

  • I Forgot to Say I Love You, by Miriam Moss
  • Crow Boy, by Taro Yashima
  • Happy Easter, Davy!, by Brigitte Weninger
  • Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
  • Little Bear's Friend, by Else Holmlund Minarik
  • Duck Duck, by Edna Miller
  • Squirrel's Song, by Diane Wolkstein
  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Animals, Earth, Plants, Wilderness

  • Play With Me, by Marie Hall Ets
  • The Last Free Bird, by A. Harris Stone
  • The Mitten, by Jan Brett
  • Hidden By the Pond, by Gerda Muller

Place: books local for us, about British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, Howe Sound, Island or rural living, etc.

  • Timmy the Tug series, by Jeremy Moray
  • Blossom and Friends, by Pamela Adams

Links Back to Our Sites:

Tales from the Phantom Rickshaw
Rickshaw Unschooling