As you might guess, I love sharing books with my children. It’s a fun and special time that often comes with the request of one more book or one more chapter. We are still discovering books together though I suppose a time will soon come where I will have to wait for grandchildren so I can start the process over.
Here are some of our favorite children’s books:
- You Are Special by Max Lucado Wooden people learn that the marks bestowed upon them by others should be disregarded because the only marks we should seek are from our loving Creator.
- Just the Way You Are by Max Lucado While five orphans await the visit of the king, they start working on ways to impress him only to learn that the king only wanted to love them and be loved by them.
- Twice Yours by Nan Gurley After a little boy purchases a boat he created but lost, he learns about how Jesus did the same.
- Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai This is a sweet story of a little girl’s love for a balloon. Great illustrations.
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn When a little raccoon has to leave home to go to school, he discovers a way to carry his mother’s love with him.
- Love You Forever by Robert Munsch This story starts with the birth of a baby and follows him to when he has a baby of his own. It captures the love a parent has for a child and how it comes round full circle.
- Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie dePaola This is a fun book with great illustrations. A shepherd makes his own cloak with the help—or maybe it is hindrance—of his sheep. Kids also enjoy finding the items a mouse steals in all the pictures.
- The Black and White Rainbow by John Trent A mouse has to bring color back into the world after it is stolen by a mole. He does this by blessing others through saying kind things, serving others, sharing, and forgiving.
- I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse A mother takes her sons fishing and while they try to be mom’s favorite, she shows them how she loves them each for the special person he is not because he is better than the other.
- Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado A boy gifted in woodworking makes a special feed trough for the Christ child.
- The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood We loved the illustrations in this fun story about a mouse who doesn’t want to share a strawberry with a bear.
- The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski A widow and her son seek the services of a sad and lonely woodcarver wanting him to carve them a nativity set. By accepting the job, the woodcarver learns to live again.
- The Julian Series by Ann Cameron These are hilarious books about two little boys who innocently get themselves into all sorts of mischief and what they learn about friends and family. These are great chapter books to hook your young readers with.
Here are some of our favorite Middle Grade books, some of which are award winning classics.
- The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare When a boy is left in the wilderness to guard his family’s claim, he becomes friends with an Indian boy.
- Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare A teen girl is forced to grow up quickly when she and her sister’s family are kidnapped by Indians and sold to the French in Quebec. She discovers her talent as a seamstress and who she truly is, a brave woman who knows what is really important in life. This is based on a true story.
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare This is a great story about an orphan who travels across the world to live with her only family in a Puritan colony in America. Because she has beautiful clothes, knows how to swim, and befriends an ostracized Quaker widow, whom some maliciously call a witch, a spiteful woman accuses her of being a witch. Those she least expect come to her rescue.
- The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare A Jewish boy vows to avenge the death of his parents and the crippling of his sister, but when he comes to know Jesus, he discovers a better life and finds real love and purpose.
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White A spider saves the life of a pig.
- Secrets of Rebel Cave by Philip Dale Smith and Lisa Kay Hauser Cousins discover treasure in a cave once occupied by the Confederates.
- The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald This is the story of the transformation of a greedy boy.
For more favorites and recommendations, please check out my other book blogs. What are some of your favorite books to share with your children or grandchildren? It is always fun to discover another favorite! Happy Reading!