Books I Enjoy With My Children

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Our January Read-alouds:

The Westminster Shorter Catechism for Study Classes
by C.I. Williamson

Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear
by Lensy Namioka

Pegeen by Hilda van Stockum (anything by this author is wonderful)

Treasures in the Snow by Patricia St. John

Our February Read-alouds:

Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear
by Lensy Namioka

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes mid elementary and up

Strawberry Girl
by Lois Lenski mid elementary and up


Treasures of the Snow
by Patricia St. John mid elementary and up

Worms Eat My garbage by Mary Appelhof

Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman preschool level

A Treasury of Poetry
for Young People

If Jesus Came to My House by Joan Gale Thomas preschool

When I was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

April and May:

Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John (can’t seem to get it finished although it is a wonderful book)

The Cabin Faced West
by Jean Fritz (anything by Jean Fritz is wonderful. She digs up little known facts about some of the U.S. Founding Fathers and writes a great story).

Basket Moon by Mary Lyn Ray preschool level

The Dragon and the Garden
N.D.Wilson preschool

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

As with any recommended book, peruse it a bit before allowing your child to read it. My standards may be different than yours!

For young children;

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virgina Burton
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Books by Betty MacDonald
The Tale of Peter Rabbit and others by Beatrix Potter
Please and Thank you Books by Richard Scarry (as well as his many others)
Frog and Toad are Friends and others by Arnold Lobel

For Middle Readers (elementary)
Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonda
The Black Stallion Series by Walter Farley
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The Mouse and the Motorcycle and others by Beverly Cleary
The Door in the Wall and others by Marguerite de Angeli
Caddie Woodlawn and many others by Carol Ryrie Brink

Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
The Wheel on the School – Meindert DeJong
Anne of Green Gables (any “Anne” book) – L.M. Montgomery
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
Pat of Silverbush and Mistress Pat – L.M. Montgomery
My Friend Flicka and Thunderhead by Mary O’Hara.
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly
Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
Little House on the Prairie series – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Grace Livingston Hill romances
The Five Little Peppers and the Five Little Peppers Midway
Emily of New Moon series by L M Montgomery
Jane of Lantern Hill by L M Montgomery

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM – Robert C. O’ Brien’
King of the Wind – Marguerite Henry
Lord of the Rings trilogy – J R Tolkien

The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie – George MacDonald
The Black Stallion Books – Walter Farley
The Bobbsey Twins – Laura lee hope
Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter
Honey Bunch and Norman – Helen Louise Thorndyke
Little Britches series – Ralph Moody
Books by Eleanor Estes,
Books by Rumer Godden
Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom – L. M. Alcott
The Door In The Wall and other Marguerite de Angeli books
Freddy the Pig series – Walter Brooks
Strawberry Girl and other Lois Lenski books
Gone-Away Lake, The Melendy family series and others by Elizabeth Enright

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Half Magic and other books by Edward Eager,
The Railway Children and other books by Edith Nesbit
Swallows and Amazons series – Arthur Ransome
Billy and Blaze books – CW Anderson
The Tim books – Edward Ardizzone
The Phantom Toll Booth – Norton Juster
Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
Miracle on Maple Hill – Virginia Sorenson
The Country Child – Alison Uttley
The Beanie Malone series – Lenora Mattingly Weber
The Betsy-Tacy series – Maud Hart Lovelace
All of a Kind Family series – Sydney Taylor
The Big Wave – Pearl S Buck
Look Through My Window and other books by Jean Little
The Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke
The Star of Kazan – Eva Ibbotson
The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Little Princess, The Lost Prince – Frances H. Burnett
The Grandma’s Attic series – Arleta Richardson
Heidi – Joanna Spyri
Wind in the Willowws – Kenneth Grahame

Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost – Gene Stratton Porter
Recollection Creek by Fred Gibson

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – EL Konigsburg
Mrs. Pickerell books – Ellen MacGregor
Henry and Ribsy and all the Ramona books – Beverly Cleary
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
Understood Betsy – Dorothy Canfield
The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairy Tales
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin

Kidnapped – Robert L Stevenson
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key
Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engle
Ballet Shoes, etc., by Noel Streatfield

Baby Island – Carol Ryrie Brink
The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare
Calico Bush – Rachel Field
Adopted Jane – Helen F Daringer
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates – Mary Maples Dodge

The Good Master by Kate Seredy
The Borrowers series – Mary Norton
Call It Courage – Armstrong Sperry

Baby, Sarah Plain and Tall and other books by Patricia MacLachlan
Pippi Longstocking and other Astrid Lindgren books

4 thoughts on “Books I Enjoy With My Children”

  1. I stumbled on to your site and am always looking for good book suggestions to read to my kids. I checked out The Cottage at Bantry Bay by Hilda von Stockum and have been reading it to my boys. What a delightful book! We look forward to reading the others in this series. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • You’re welcome! Be sure to check out all of her books! I don’t know how old your kids are but I highly recommend books by Ralph Moody. He wrote Little Britches and Man of the Family (the books we loved the best) but there are more in the series and all are based on his life. They are excellent books for boys.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!


  2. Linda G said:

    This is a great list of children’s books! I homeschooled my three children over a period of 17 years and ended that phase of my life last year, but I read aloud so many on this list with them. Now I am waiting anxiously for grandchildren to come along so I can experience these books over again with them! I love recommending good books to families with young children as well.

    • I’m always interested in more recommendations, Linda! Thanks for commenting. Our happiest memories over 27 years of parenting have been of sharing good books with our children!


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