Need a New Book?

I love books. I love to hold books. I love to look at books. I love to read books. I don’t love to smell books, I’ll leave that for Daddy to do.

When my kids were younger, but old enough to start going to the library, I realized that I didn’t know enough about children’s books and authors. It had been a few years since I’d been in the classroom and I felt ignorant of recent authors. I began to ask around and search the internet for book lists. I never really did find anything to suit me, so I am now attempting to pull together a list as we pull books from the library.

Also, every now and then I have a request from someone who is searching for something that is “good” to read. So I have included my personal favorites as well. Considering I have a stack of 9 books beside my bed, I’ll be adding as I finish reading!! Feel free to comment below with your favorites!!

All time, forever my favorite: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Children’s Books:

Holy Bible: International Children’s Bible
Kids Favorite Bible Stories by Stephen Elkins
The Help Me Be Good Series by Joy Berry
The Survival Series for Kids by Joy Berry
Great Illustrated Classics edited by Joshua E. Hanft (the whole series!!)
The Little Critter series by Mercer Meyer
Hero Tales by Dave and Neta Jackson
Listen to the Animals, Devotionals for Families with Young Children by William L. Coleman
Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science series
MathStart series by Stuart J. Murphy
The Berenstein Bears series by Stan and Jan Berestein
The Froggy series by Jonathan London (although, I replace Froggy’s WWHHHAATTTT??? with MMMAAA’AAAMMM??)
Angelina series by Katherine Holabird
Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish
Tacky the Penguin series by Helen Lester
Any book by Cynthia Rylant
Any book by Mem Fox
Any book by Ezra Jack Keats
Any of the Fairy Tales by Paul Galdone
The ValueTale series by Spencer Johnson (Not only do these books teach character traits, but they are biographies as well!)
Nate the Great Series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo


Anything by Jane Austen
The Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Bobbsey Twins series by Laura Lee Hope
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Fun Reading:

Anything by Ellen Gunderson Traylor, (She writes fantastic Biblical-Historical fiction! I especially enjoyed Jerusalem.)
1776 by David McCullough
John Adams by David McCullough
Just Jane by Nancy Moser
Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman
The Jesus Chronicles by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
The Sons of Encouragement series by Francine Rivers
The Chronicles of the Kings series by Lynn Austin
Broken on the Back Row by Sandi Patty
First Mothers the Women Who Shaped the Presidents by Bonnie Angelo
Glastonbury by Donna Fletcher Crow (a novel about Christian England)

Parenting Books:

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman
Watch Me…Grow! by Stuart Campbell, M.D.
Teaching Your Child to Talk to God by Todd Temple and Roberta Hromas

Bible Studies:

Anything by Beth Moore, specifically Jesus the One and Only and Beloved Disciple
The Becoming a Woman of…series by Cynthia Heald
The Lord series by Kay Arthur
Raising Responsive Children by Judy Rossi

Children’s Ministry Resources:

Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week by Sue Miller

Home School:

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt
Saxon Math
A Reason for Spelling/A Reason for Handwriting
Abeka Reading series
The Core Knowledge series by E.D. Hirsch
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann
Books to Build On by E.D. Hirsch

Podcasts: is THE place the find any Christian podcast you are looking for. Most of them are FREE!! I listen to John MacArthur, Chip Ingrim, Skip Heitzig, Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, Kay Arthur, and R.C. Sproul.

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26 comments on “Need a New Book?

  1. Love the book lists! How, oh how could I have forgotten about Cynthia Rylant? I love Cynthia Rylant’s books. We have a few her books on our shelves. I’m off to search for more. Thanks!

  2. Have you ever tried the Bob Books with your kids? We have found them to be fun and effective, and we now have a busy little reader on our hands!

    • I did check them out from the library. I mainly used Teach Your Child to Read. It was fantastic. RB sat down and read a book to me the other day. I was blown away. YEA for reading kids!!

  3. A great devotional for small children is “The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes”. It is written by Ken Taylor, father of 10. It is from Moody Press. It has short lessons, Bible verses, and questions that develop a child’s listening and comprehension skills.

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  6. I am like you in that I LOVE LOVE LOVE BOOOOOOOOKSSSS! Simply l o v e πŸ™‚ them. I get free Christian books for Kindle and some for Nooks from and The books given away by inspired reads are both Christian fiction for children, adults, and some nonfiction too.
    Anyhow, just wanted to share that with a fellow book lover πŸ™‚ You may even already know about both, but I discovered them just in the past month. πŸ™‚

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  8. What a great list you’ve compiled here. I noticed one by Nancy Moser, Just Jane, and wanted to also suggest How Do I Love Thee? It’s the only one I’ve read by her so far and with Elizabeth Barrett Browning my absolute favorite poet ever, I thought it very well done.
    I am going to look again at your list and even book mark it! Thanks.

  9. Best classic read aloud book series for families is LITTLE BRITCHES by Ralph Moody. It is Little House on steroids! Great for boys and girls and parents. 7 books in series. Most libraries have or you can order on loan. Amazon has for sale. Getting ready to start it again for the 3rd time as I have lots of kids and the little ones are getting bigger and haven’t heard it.

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