Best books… for kids!

Even though my stage of life prevents me from reading as much as I would like to, I truly love books. And I truly, truly love children’s books.  I want my kids to love books and love reading.  So we read a lot.

Today I thought I would share with you some of our favorite books, but I had a hard time knowing where to start.  Should I share our favorite picture books?  Or our favorite chapter books?  Or maybe our favorite spiritual books?  I could even share some of Elijah’s favorite series to read on his own.

Maybe I will come back and share all of these lists but today I want to start with my favorites… chapter books.  I got hooked on juvenile literature when I had to read Charlotte’s Web for my children’s literature class in college.  I read the entire book in two sittings.  Elijah was about 4 when we completed his first chapter book, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Graham joined in not long after that and we have completed many books since then.  And then somewhere along the line, my husband joined in.  Often we will both have a book we are reading to the boys although we do not read to them every single day.

So enough of all that!  Here are some of the books we have enjoyed.

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary.  The boys and I have read almost all of the Ramona books.  I think I love Ramona because she is the middle child of 3 girls. But Ramona the Pest is my favorite because it is about her first year of school.




Holes by Louis Sachaar.  This book is in my top 5 books of all the books I have ever read.  I have not actually read it to my boys yet.  I am waiting until they are old enough to really enjoy it.  Oh Stanely Yelnats, the boy whose name is spelled the same way forwards and backwards.




Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.  This is a sweet story about the daughter of a preacher in a new town and a very special stray dog who helps her make new friends.




The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.  I read this book for the first time aloud to my fifth grade class and got choked up while reading.  Then I read it to Elijah when he was 4.  This summer, my husband read it to the boys.  Elijah did not remember that I had read it to him (Ha!) and they all loved it.




Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.  Currently my husband is reading this book to our boys.  I love to hear him read it because he reads the whole book in a deep south grandpa accent.  It is a story about a boy and his two coon hunting dogs.