|Thank You, Mr. Faulker
by Patricia Polacco
I cry every time at the end of this book about a teacher who helps a little girl who has dyslexia.
by Sarah Perry
Open the world of imagination with this creative, unique book! Your kids will love this!
by Peter Reynolds
If you have a little perfectionist in your home, this is a good book to read together!
by Peter Spier
Profusely illustrated book about cultural geography. So much to look at and discuss!
by R.J Palacio
My kids loved this book about a boy with a facial disfigurement who decides to go to middle school. Helps build sensitivity to those who are “different.”
|The Napping House
by Audrey Wood
Great book for babies and toddlers!
|The Aesop for Children
Be sure to get a version illustrated by Milo Winter! This book is on every Classical and Charlotte Mason book list. Not to be missed!
|A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home
by Henry Cole
I have such great memories of reading this aloud to my kids. They colored in the Dover Audubon coloring book while I read. We all remember it fondly.
|Eloise Wilkin Stories
by Golden Books
Cute Vintage golden books illustrated by Eloise Wilkin!
|The Empty Pot
Great lesson about living with integrity.
|The Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Treasury
by Betty MacDonald
My teens bring Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books with them when they babysit. It calms kids right down – they are so enthralled with the stories. Warning: don’t read the chapter “The Selfishness Cure” aloud. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
by Gail Carson Levine
Every girl I know has loved this book! Excellently done on audio by a child narrator!
|How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World
by Faith McNulty
A picture book about the layers of the earth. Kids always love this one!
|Twenty and Ten
by Claire Hutchet Bishop
Introduces elementary aged kids to the idea of Jewish children having to hide from German soldiers. May be too scary for sensitive kids. Great book.
|A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World
by Shirley Climo
This book was pulled off the shelf often! A great multicultural book for your little princesses!
|The Llama Who Had No Pajama
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Cute poems that kids love.
by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
This book is a hidden gem. It takes a bit to get into it, but push through and you will be SO glad you did! This is the perfect book for fearful/shy children or overly controlling parents. (We’ve got both here!) Beautiful story.
|National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry
by J. Patrick Lewis
STUNNING photography paired with excellent poetry. This is one to keep on your shelf and read often!
|The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
Classics that you don’t want to miss. Start with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. End with The Last Battle. Perfect for a wide range of ages. Some parts may be scary for sensitive children.
|A Long Walk to Water
by Linda Sue Park
This book impacted my middle daughter so much that she wrote a letter to the author and sent money to an organization that helps provide water for people in impoverished areas of Africa.
|Elephant and Piggie: The Complete Collection
by Mo Willems
These books are worth your shelf space. Toddlers love listening to them. Early readers love practicing with them. Older kids love reading them to younger kids. We even did some literary analysis on one of them during middle school. Clever. Cute. Not your average kids’ books.
|Thomas Edison, Young Inventor
by Sue Guthridge
Thomas Edison’s mother must have been a saint! All the scrapes he got into were hilarious. We all remember this book fondly.Get all the books in this series! Kids eat them up! There are even more in the vintage set.
|The Princess and the Goblin
by George Macdonald
This book was so captivating that even our neighbor kids listened in! Ages 8+. Look for other fairy tales by this author.
by A.A. Milne
YOU NEED THESE BOOKS! Tippy top #1 read alouds in my opinion for any age! Milne was a genius. These books speak truth.
|Boynton’s Greatest Hits
by Sandra Boynton
This author and these books are great for babies and toddlers! So funny!
|The Wednesday Wars
by Gary D. Schmidt
This is a great middle school author! We used this book for literary analysis during school, and it went great!
|Kisses from Katie
by Katie Davis
Excellent biography of a young woman who gave up her comfortable life to work with orphans in Africa. Not written specifically for children but mine loved it.
|Letters from Father Christmas
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Really cute book. Even my 14 year old enjoyed hearing it. I’m so impressed at the effort Tolkien put into these letters and drawings/paintings. What a great dad!
by Francesco D’Adamo,
Ann Leonori (Translator)
This one really made an impression on my children. It made them aware of the issue of child slavery in an age appropriate way. Good book for middle schoolers.
|The Green Ember
by S.D. Smith
Great adventure series!
|A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Difficult language (it’s Dickens!), but we all enjoyed this book. I think it helped that the kids had watched the old Disney cartoon already, so they knew the story line going into it!
|Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
by Barbara Cohen,
Bahija Fattuhi Lovejoy
I read this aloud to my 13, 11, and 9 year old daughters. It is a captivating story set in a faraway place and time, and we all loved it. I did skip several parts that I felt were too mature/inappropriate for them. Not sure I’d hand it to them to read, but it was a wonderful read aloud!
by Susan Fletcher
Spellbinding. The kids reread this many times after I read it to them aloud.
|D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths
by Ingri d’Aulaire,
Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
Years later, my children still smile when this book is mentioned. Great illustrations! Try other books by these authors, too!
|Music of the Hemispheres
by Michael Clay Thompson
Excellent introduction to a deeper study of poetry for late elementary or middle school (or beginners of any age).
|The 13 Clocks
by James Thurber
Beautiful language. Odd book. Memorable!
|The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
13, 11, 9 year old and I laughed our way through this. One scary scene (for young kids) in the graveyard. Well done on audio!
|William Shakespeare’s: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Retellings, #2)
by Bruce Coville
This series of picture book retellings of Shakespeare plays is a wonderful way to introduce children, or even older beginners, to Shakespeare!
|Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton, Herman Viola
My children begged for more every time I read to them from this book. Definitely one of the most memorable (especially the circumcision chapter! Yikes!).
|A Child’s History of the World
by V.M. Hillyer
My kids were so-so about this book at first, but after we had been reading it for a while they decided they loved it! (Ages 6+)
|Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths
by Bernard Evslin
Excellently done on audio! My 10 and 12 year olds listen to this over and over again.
|The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)
by Maryrose Wood
Cute. Clever. Filled with great vocabulary. My Classical/Charlotte Mason educated kids loved all the references to Latin, literature and poetry! And they were captivated by the story, too! Excellent read aloud for the whole family. The audio is fantastic!
by Louisa May Alcott
One of our favorite read alouds ever! (Ages 14, 12, 10) What a delightful bunch of characters and stories! This is one of those books (like Winnie-the-Pooh) that makes you nod and think, “Yes, this is exactly the way life is. This is truth.” It doesn’t matter that the setting is over a hundred years ago. Children are the same. Like when we read Anne of Green Gables, there were so many points where we laughed together and found favorite lines to quote. Wonderful author. Wonderful book.
|The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson
The kids love this one so much! Cute Christmas read for the whole family.
2nd read (2018): This book is just as delightful as the first time – maybe even more so because we now go to a traditional (Presbyterian) church, so it is more relevant to my kids lives.
|A Taste of Chaucer: Selections from the Canterbury Tales
by Anne Malcolmson
Great for middle or high school students. Gives a feel for the time period.
|The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths
by Padraic Colum
My 10 year old and I enjoyed this book together. Great stories. Strong vocabulary. Great for building cultural literacy.