We’ve just finished up our reading obligations for the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find books that will delight their young minds and feed their little souls. So, I thought I would share a few kid-tested, mother-approved treasures that we have discovered.
(Disclaimer: I have not personally read many of these books. I usually find books for my kids on Christianbook.com by reading reviews and descriptions. If you are very particular about what your child reads, please preview them yourself.)
The Mice of the Westing Wind Series by Tim Davis. We stumbled onto these books when an excerpt of the first book was included in our reading curriculum a few years back (3rd grade, I think). My oldest son read the excerpt and then was disappointed that we couldn’t read the rest of the story. So, I was delighted to find out that not only could we buy the whole book, but there are four others in the series as well. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
And speaking of mice, I’ve already mentioned how much our family loves the Redwall books by Brian Jacques. If you haven’t read those yet, definitely check them out. There are dozens of books in the series. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson. I gave these books to my 10-year-old for Christmas this year and he and his older brother devoured them. They both claim they are “the best books ever!” They have raved about them so much, that I now have a shopping cart full of other Wayne Thomas Batson books. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
The Kingdom Series by Chuck Black. Another allegorical action series that is fantastic for boys. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
And a couple classics:
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was so surprised to discover that my boys love these books. There is just enough action to keep them interested. We read the whole series last year and we’ve been watching the show via Netflix for a while. It is so nice that my children are enjoying these stories as much as I did when I was their age.
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. If I was surprised that my boys liked Little House on the Prairie, I was absolutely floored that they liked this one. I didn’t even know we had it. My oldest found it in a pile of old books and told me how great it was. I had to admit to him that I had actually never read it. This Christmas, I found that old, yellowed copy of Anne of Green Gables wrapped under the tree as a gift for me from my sweet son. I read it and am now dying to know what happens to that unpredictable Anne-girl! Don’t tell me. I’m ordering the rest of the series soon 🙂
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So, what are some of your kids’ favorite books? We’re always on the lookout for new ones!
~written by Kendra