Children's Books

If you've read this blog for long, you know that I am passionate about reading to my children. If you've stumbled across it in a quest for a good list of books (thanks, Google!), then you've come to the right place!

Since my children were very small (starting about six months) I have read to them daily. We shoot for at least 15 minutes per day, but often end up logging a couple of hours (confession: I would much rather read stories than play Transformers!). I make sure that I read to all of the younger children who aren't yet reading on their own; if the older children are home while we're reading they will often end up drifting over and joining us on the couch.

At least once a week (we've actually scheduled this in!) we gather as a family in the living room and my husband reads aloud to the kids from a longer and more complex favorite (books like The Hobbit, Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, etc.). This is hands-down some of my very favorite time as a family. In the winter we light a fire and it's very Norman Rockwell-esque.

I generally have a chapter book that I am reading with the four-year-old during our alone time. Popular picks for this book in the past have been The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Charlotte's Web, Little House in the Big Woods, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and the various associated sequels.

If you're looking for an excellent book on building a culture of family literacy, Honey for a Child's Heart is outstanding.

And now, the lists! Please note that this is NOT a comprehensive list of all of the great books out there--or even all of the great books we own! (In fact, this is a very very small percentage of the books we own.) These are simply our favorites that we think you might like too.

Here is the first post I published in 2010 with a list of our then-favorites.
Our favorite fairy tales, myths, and legends.
Favorite books by season.
Books that are especially beloved by my sons.
Fabulous authors.
Chapter books for elementary-aged children (reading at higher levels, so about second through eighth grade reading levels).

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