Karen Arnesen’s Books on Character

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When I knew I was talking about character at BYU’s Education Week, I turned to my clutch player. Karen Arenesen has homeschooled her children, written curriculum for a religious charter school and teaches an English AP class for her homeschool community. She knows her stuff and she delivered!

After looking at her list, I  “read” Johnny Tremaine, by Ester Forbes on the app “Libby”. Which means I listened to an audible book for free. I posted about Overdrive and Libby here. I LOVED it. But that is food for another post.

I also posted about Hoopla here,  which doesn’t have the waiting time that Libby does. I haven’t used it yet but I am going to try it. I love reading audible books because it turns mindless tasks like driving, gardening, and housework into an enthralling adventure that you get lost in. Every time you get in a car, you can have one of these books going for your children.


Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Two on an Island, Blaine Bradbury

The Lost Prince, Frances Hodges Burnett

The Little Princess, Frances Hodges Burnett

The Wheel on the School, Meinert DeJong

Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, Mary Mapes Dodge

Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes

Follow My Leader, James B. Garfield

Blue Willow, Doris Gates

North to Freedom, Ann Holm

Up a Road Slowly, Irene Hunt
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Jean Lee Latham
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze, Elizabeth Forman Lewis
A Girl of the Limberlost, Gene Stratton Porter
The Light in the Forest, Conrad Richter
Bambi, Felix Salten
The God Master, Kate Seredy
The Singing Tree, Kate Seredy
The Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Speare
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare

Heidi, Johanna Spyri (need a good translation)

All-of-a-Kind-Family, Sydney Taylor

Amos Fortune: Free Man, Elizabeth Yates

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor

The Hawk that Dare Not Hunt by Day, Scott O’Dell

On to Oregon, Honore Morrow

The Endless Steppe, Esther Hautzig

Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt

Little Britches series, Ralph Moody

Little House on the Prairie series, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Johnny Tremaine was dripping with examples of character. I found myself thinking a lot about his choices and how the obstacle is the way, for all of us to grow, over and over again. This is what really good books do for our children. There is this feeling of fulfillment, of empathy, new mental models of how things were and a desire to be better.

I can’t wait to hear which ones are  your favorites!

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