Our Favorite Read Alouds

Give your children books and read them yourself. Flood your home with their presence so that every soul in your sphere of influence has no choice but to drink in the truth, goodness, and beauty of life.” Sarah Clarkson, Read for the Heart

I love books.  I love to read aloud to our kiddos and for all of us to be excited to read a story together.  Here is a list of our best beloved books.  The kids helped me make the list {although Hannah wants to do an entire post on just girl books…so that will be coming soon!} and it was difficult to narrow it down!

 These are books have captivated everyone in our family, oldest to youngest, in no particular order:

1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle- This book is not for the faint of heart! Meg and the Murry’s take you on a fantastical journey to fight evil and find that love is stronger than they thought. If you have very young children, I would save this one until they are a little older.

2. Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White- This is my all-time favorite read aloud book and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  Louis, the Trumpeter Swan is an unlikely hero, but one that is so easy to love.  With a great cast of characters surrounding him, this book is about family, standing for what is right, and love.

3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame- Take a fun and crazy ride with these characters {that also happen to resemble some personality types you may know}. Wonderful, vivid language and a heart-felt tale about true friendship.

4. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis- Full of allegory, lessons for life, and lots of adventure, these are a family favorite and staple, ones we return to again and again! Dave has faithfully read all of these aloud to us!

5. The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder- Cozy, well-loved, and timeless.  We all love snuggling in and listening to these wonderful tales of pioneer  and farm life.  Be forewarned, don’t read Farmer Boy on an empty stomach! Another series that Dave has blessed us with reading aloud.

6. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink- Caddie is a lovable girl from the pioneer days, and she, along with her brothers, get into quite a few scrapes.  Even the boys loved this book and it’s sequel, Caddie Woodlawn’s Family.

7. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls- A beautiful story about a boy and two sweet dogs.  Adventure, love, and lots of tears are included in this one!

8. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald- Laugh along together at the outlandish remedies Mrs. Piggle Wiggle comes up with for children’s bad behavior. 

9. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater- Mr. Popper and his band of performing penguins are sure to delight everyone in your family! {by the way, it is totally different than the movie that just came out!}

10. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren- Pippi is a wild and fun character.  We especially love that she talks about going deep into the heart of Borneo…because that’s where we live!

Honorable mentions: Gone Away Lake, Dr. Doolittle, Jungle Book, and Pilgrim’s Progress.

Now, you must tell us, what are your favorite read alouds in your home?

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  • Thehomespunheart

    Oh, what a lovely list Joy! A number of these take me right back to Elementary school and I can just smell the school library thinking about it! :) So far, we’re still in the midst of the Little House Series, but have also enjoyed The Five Little Peppers and read alouds from Rod and Staff. I was just thinking the other day about a book I loved as a child called The Finch’s Fabulous Furnace – very fun read!

  • Alexis

    What age would you start reading these book at? We have a house of littles right now.

    • Ronda

      Never too early!! AND they’re never too old for it. I began reading the Beginner’s Bible and Dr. Seuss to our children when they were far too little to do anything more than gaze at the pretty pictures and jabber. I still read to them in the evenings when we are all at home (not often anymore) and my youngest is now fifteen! We’ve read all of the books on Joy’s list aloud in our home, and all but 3 ( I think) of the ones mentioned in the comments! Needless to say, I think reading good books is the best and brightest thing you can possibly do for your children. :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/cheryl.a.long Cheryl Long

    All of the books written by Patricia St. John, especially Treasures of the Snow and Twice Freed! They capture all of our children’s attention, from preschool to high school age!

    • Anonymous

      Oh yes – I’d forgotten how much I loved them as a child, must get those too…thanks Cheryl!

      • SuubiMom

        Also, Tanglewood Secret by Patricia St. John. Such a wonderful book!

  • Gconard

    We love to read out loud too! Several from your list were on ours… Narnia, the Little House Series, and others. Here are some we love…
    We love to read the Sisters in Time series out loud, we are working our way through American History with them right now.
    We also love the Jungle Doctor series by Paul White.
    We love Blueberries for Sal and many other books by Robert McClosky.
    Caps for Sale is another favorite.
    Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, The Little House and Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton are worn out at our place:)
    We have book baskets all over the house, our 7 year old is reading through the Rachel Miller series right now and loving it too…
    Our list could go on and on. Fun to stop and think about what we love reading.
    Thanks,
    Gayly

  • Erin Robinson

    All of the ones you’ve listed are on my list! Another favorite is “The Wheel on the School” by Meindert DeJong, and any of the books by Marguerite Henry!

    • Jameswifer

      Totally agree with Wheel!! We love it to this day and my children are grown and about to make families of their own!!

  • http://impressyourkids.com ohamanda {impress your kids}

    Little House & Narnia are definitely faves here. My daughter also loves All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor and the Shoes books by Noel Streatfield. I also just picked up an old copy of one of Carolyn’s Haywoods books. Can’t wait to read that to both my kids!

  • Dayna Guenther

    Thanks for the ideas!

    The Christmas Duck by Ken Gire is one my family cried over. It’s an old book, but I found it on Amazon. It’s about the wonderful impact on people’s lives that a retarded boy can have. You can order and see reviews here:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Christmas-Duck/dp/0880621125

    Also one of the (old) series that most impacted my life personally and my desire to serve God as a child/teen was the Danny Orlis series by Bernard Palmer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Orlis_series
    Ordering: http://www.cheaperchapters.com/danny_orlis.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553412069 Kristi Eric D

    All these listed & anything by Kate DiCamillo. My personal favorite of her’s is “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.”

    • Jen-nordstrom

      Best book I’ve read in a long time! I cried my eyes out… :0)

  • http://www.JoythroughReading.com/ Christi@JoythroughReading

    I love children’s books!!!! In fact, I love them so much that I blog about them. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Number the Stars, and The Red Rock Mystery series would also make my list of favorites in addition to the ones you mentioned. :)

  • Nicole

    Caddie Woodlawan was/is one of my favorites! I read it over and over and over! I’m a children’s librarian and love to see these time tested classics on a list!!!! YAY! My son who is 7 also loves to listen to the Narnia series on CD while he is building legos. Thank you!

  • http://www.joyfilleddays.com/ Sarah Beals

    We loved many of the same books, Joy!

  • Kellymccashen

    Little Britches (and the rest of his series), Cheaper By the Dozen (has no similarity to the movie) and The Great Turkey Walk are a few I would add to the list. I could add about 100 more, but I’ll spare you. We use Sonlight Curriculum in our homeschool. Even if you don’t use it or home school at all, I encourage you to look at their lists of Read-Alouds. They give you suggested ages for listeners as well.

  • Betsy

    We are reading the Narnia books right now and the boys love them! Must recommend The Little Pilgrim’s Progress too– we just finished and it was enjoyed so much by our whole family. It’s a version for children based on Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Absolutely excellent!

  • Anonymous

    so fun!
    we just finished reading about Ira Sankey to the kids, and now we are on to Hudson Taylor. :)

  • http://www.dayebydaye.com/ Becky Daye

    Great list, Joy! Narnia is our #1!!! We also love The Jesus Storybook Bible and Gibs loves anything from Sandra Boynton. L found my “In Grandma’s Attic” series by Arleta Richardson and whipped her way through them. E loves nonfiction- especially books about animals.
    Love their personalities and the way they love books- just like their mommy and daddy!

  • http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com/2012/04/reading-break.html Marissa

    Love this list! I’m always thrilled when I come across another book lover. My guys are still young so we usually read Curious George and Dr. Seuss. I can’t wait for The Stinky Cheese Man to enter our list.

    My personal list includes all of your list as well as the Anne of Green Gables series.

  • Christina Vickers

    We have begun read alouds, but my son is 5 and loses interest pretty quickly. So far we’ve tried The Borrowers and The Secret Garden. We only have one chapter left of The Secret Garden! That’s pretty good for us! I can’t wait to get into the Narnia series eventually (although our local library doesn’t even carry them!), and Where the Red Fern Grows was one of my favorites as a child!

  • Ashley Cating

    Joy, I absolutely love reading your blog and am so encouraged by it. My husband and I also read the “Forney Flyer” as he has a love for flying and is just itching to see what MAF is all about. I’ve never commented before (because I usually have my 6 month old sitting in my lap as I quickly fly through blog posts in the morning while she attempts to grab whatever is within her reach!) But, we too are a book loving family. After teaching 2nd and 3rd grade I can look back and say that my favorite part of the school day was “read aloud time” and that has carried on into my family. I have three girls so we have found 2 “girl” series that I want to share with you – the “All of a Kind Family” series and the “Betsy Tacy” series…both WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing your favorites and for being such an encouragement to me through your words…so simple and truthful, full of wisdom, and realistic!

  • http://mommymarginalia.blogspot.com/ Victoria @ Mommy Marginalia

    What a trip down memory lane! My 2yo is too young for most of these now, but some of my favorites from childhood are Little Women and the Rats of Nimh books. In the picture book category, we loved the Brambley Hedge books and the Church Mouse books (Graham Oakley) as a child – both are, sadly, out of print in the US.

  • http://www.oneordinaryday.com/ Ashley

    We’ve read many from your list and love them as well. I also see a few new ones that I’d love to try.
    Some of our favorites are the Betsy-Tacy series and the Grandma’s Attic series.
    Also, Strawberry Girl by Lois Lensky
    Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
    Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
    The Sarah Plain & Tall series by Patricia MacLachlan

    We have a house full of girls so obviously our interests tend to lean that direction. :) But I really think that all of these would hold the interest of boys as well. My husband’s listened in on many of these and really enjoyed them!

  • Davidandlauried1

    Thank you for these recommendations! We have read them all except Caddie Woodlawn, A Wrinkle in Time and Where the Red Fern Grows. I would also recommend “James and the Giant Peach”, “Old Yeller”, “The Yearling”, “Sarah Plain and Tall”/Shadowlark”, “Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer”, “Robinson Crusoe” (that one was hard! but riveting), and “My Side of the Mountain”. My (at the time 9-10) son really enjoyed reading “The Great Brain” books as well. Those have some “situations” (simiar to the scrapes Mark Twain’s characters get into:) that some kids might be confused by.

  • Davidandlauried1

    Also, a couple of my 10 year old’s (now 11 -was 10 when e read them) favorites could be GREAT read alouds. He just happened to devour them on his own: ‘The 21 Ballons”, “The Enormous Egg”, and “The Phantom Toll Booth”.

  • Sher Wood

    Charlotte’s Web and The Penderwicks

  • Vickie

    We are reading aloud a childrens’ Bible with our grandkids . . . well, they read aloud to us most of the time. They also love Rachel Yoder books.

  • http://dayuntoday.wordpress.com/ Ronda

    You didn’t mention the Saturdays series by Elizabeth Enright (same author as Gone Away Lake) and they are wonderful. A little hard to find, but worth it. We have read everything on your list and so many more… Reading aloud is one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever done with my family. I just glanced at my bookshelf, and I would add Detectives in Togas, A Murder for Her Majesty, The Golden Goblet, The Westing Game, Zamba, Modoc, (those two are marvelous true animal stories, lion and elephant, so be aware that they may need a little editing on the fly when it comes to the mating part!) and there are just SO many! I really should make a list myself, because I’ve barely scratched the surface! A Closer Look at the Evidence is a marvelous Creation devotional–the only devotional we’ve ever done as a family that we all loved.

  • http://aboundantlyblessed.wordpress.com/ Becky

    I love this it is so fun to read everyones favorite. Some I have never heard of before can’t wait to try them out. We loved Little Britches by Ralp Moody and Carry on MR. Bowditch,

  • Shelly

    Thank you SO much for compiling a list of books!! This is exactly what I need and would love for you to keep doing this?! Can’t wait for you and your daughter’s post:) I want Christian character building books, not just the “typical” books kids read in school these days, but wholesome books that wet their appetite for reading…my girls are only 5 and little boys 3,2. But I don’t think its too young to start on chapter books, and we are about to read Charlottes Web. I have already requested many of your books from our library, so thank you again for suggesting them!!!!

  • Teresa

    SuperFudge

  • http://www.kitschykidsbooks.com/ Kaysha Johnston

    I love this list. Read all of these with my father when I was a kid. Such a great memory, can’t wait to gett o this next stage! I have my own list of funky illustrations and stories at http://www.kitschykidsbooks.com, but these really made me gasp and kind of tear up!

  • Erin

    Our first real family read-aloud (other than the thousands of board books we read when our children were toddlers) was The Tales of Peter Rabbit, followed by Winnie the Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner. Another great one is Stone Fox – we all cried at the end of that one!

  • http://hisgracehisglory.blogspot.com/ Jen

    All really great books! I would add “Understood Betsy” to the list!

    • amy

      LOVED that book. I was drawn to that book as a pre-adolescent and read it over and over again. It was wonderful reading it aloud to my daughter this year. She loved it as well.

  • Brandy Gainor

    Love this list and all the books in the comments. I don’t have too many to add at this point. My daughter and I are looking forward to the girls’ list by Hannah soon!

  • Shannon Wallace

    Hands down, Little House on the Prairie series!!! We are currently reading through the series. We are so captivated by her stories, that we are taking a family vacation to visit a couple of the LHOTP homesteads! :) Thanks for sharing your faves!

  • Dawn Paoletta

    Oh we so enjoyed reading The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe out loud as a family! Also we read Lauren St. John’s series aloud as well! That was my personal Fave: The White Giraffe and the rest.

  • Monique Stam

    My children love the audio books of Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry
    and A Door In the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
    We also love the Grandma’s Attic Books by Arleta Richardson
    And Mildred Martin’s Missionary Stories and The Millers as well as Story Time with the Millers.

  • Christianbookmom

    Great book suggestions to read aloud!

  • http://twitter.com/LeadingGodsGen Michelle Eichner

    The Witch of Blackbird Pond
    Carry on, Mr. Bowditch
    Johnny Tremain
    Moccasin Trail
    We love reading aloud, and it’s part of our home school curriculum!

    • Branham1997

      Sounds like you use Sonlight or My Father’s World! The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Moccasin Trail were great books.

      • http://gracefullmama.com Joy

        I love witch of blackbird pond and moccasin trail! How fun!

  • http://milkandhoneyliving.com/ Becca Voeltner

    Love this list AND the comments! definitely pinning this to have on hand for when my littles are a little bigger.

  • Bunnymiller2000

    There are so many books that we love, but I think our all time favorite read aloud book is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester. Fantastic book that sparks the imagination and inspires a love for words! We very highly recommend it!

  • http://prairie-living.blogspot.ca/ Penny (Prairie Living)

    So many favorites listed here and in the comments.
    I would have to also include:
    Frog and Toad are Friends (and the other Frog and Toad books)
    Pog (maybe my all time favorite)
    Yuck, A Love Story
    The Tawny Scrawny Lion
    The Velveteen Rabbit

  • Ann

    Love book lists! My daughter was aksed once when she feels most loved by her mother and she replied “When she reads to me.” Shes 18 and we still enjoy me reading to her.

  • Anonymous

    Ahh – wonderful list, and lots to add to ours…I often find it a challenge reading aloud to my sons and daughters at the same time but I will certainly be picking of this list in the next few months…(off she goes to Amazon.co.uk ha ha)

  • Guest

    Hank the Cowdog series (John K. Erickson)…http://hankthecowdog.com (Interest Level: 3-5. Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5.) Boys love this one!
    Sounder by William H. Armstrong
    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
    How the Elephant Got Its Trunk: A Retelling fo the Rudyard Kipling tale
    The Cay by Theodore Taylor
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

  • http://www.alwayscomehome.blogspot.com/ Kiley

    So many of the books you mentioned are favorites of ours, but I would add “Rabbit Hill” and “Homer Price” to the list. Both are excellent on audio cd as well!

  • Lauren Clark

    Alice in Wonderland! I have a beautiful hardcover from when I was a kid with large print and full-page color illustrations. I haven’t read it to my son yet (he doesn’t have much of an attention span at 2), but everyone I’ve babysat loved it.

    And I do hope that you mean the original jungle book – so much better than disney’s!

  • CrystalJ

    Wow, thank you for this list! My boys are 3 and 5 and we love to read! We’re just now getting into reading longer chapter books! Mr. Popper’s Penguins is the only one I’ve ordered from your list for next school year, so I’ll have to try and find the others too!

  • http://dancingbythelight.com/ Danielle

    So many! “The Yearling” was a favorite, as was “Anne of Green Gables.”

  • http://www.ps67.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    So many of these were my favorites as a child, as well. I loved having my parents read aloud to us. Our children are still very little, so we haven’t read these yet, but we do read short books and Bible stories to them (we love the Big Picture Story Bible and the Jesus Storybook Bible). We also recently started reading the Winnie the Pooh series to our oldest (4 years old). I can’t wait to read all of these books with them. I’ll also be reading The Secret Garden, Heidi and Anne of Green Gables with our daughter when she is older.

  • Johnandolyn

    The Penderwicks

  • snsnowden

    Okay this is a book itself, but there are some great classics out there. Some will go along with history lessons. My lad is 23 now, but we loved alot of these.
    Your boys might like Sugar Creek Gang Series. Well, I loved them when I was a girl, but there we are… if it had words in it, it was enough for me!
    Someone mentioned Anne of Green Gables Series. There is also What Katy Did series by Susan Coolidge, and Rebekka of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin. also books by Thyra Ferre Bjorn – starts with Papa’s Daughter – a series about a Swedish pastor and family who move to America.
    A few British classics – The Railway Children by E Nesbit. and some of her other more imaginary stories where the children have adventures, like 5 Children and It, and The Psammead, and The Story of the Treasure Seekers. Enid Blyton books like the Famous Five series and the Secret Seven – children detectives. and a great messing about in boats series by Arthur Ransome which starts with Swallows and Amazons.
    Also The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat…about children growing up during the English Civil War. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and anything else she wrote.
    When your oldest lad gets a bit older – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
    Better stop now!! but I thought there are alot of people out there also looking for classics and who have children who are getting a bit older and you want books you can trust but which give a perspective of literature from other parts of the world. I collect these sorts of books to loan to young people I meet who love to read. :-)
    Sandy in the UK

  • http://twitter.com/donnamunchow Donna Munchow

    I couldn’t agree more; reading aloud to children, no matter what their age builds a very strong bond. Not just between parent and child but between the child and books. When my sons were 10 and 12 years old I read the entire Chronicles of Narnia aloud to them. It was a very meaningful experience for all of us. Keep up the posts.

  • Deb A

    I MUST add the Melendy Family quartet by Elizabeth Enright. This series of books begins with The Saturdays. When we read these older books, I am struck by the vivid writing and the vocabulary. We ALL enjoyed these books and I think you have inspired me to read these again to the children this summer!

  • http://www.astoryofgrace.com/ Janelle

    The action Bible.

    Janelle

  • http://ourniftynotebook.blogspot.com/ Jenny

    My favorite book of all time is the original Boxcar Children.

    • Branham1997

      When I read this to my oldest daughter at age 6, we had to go on a “treasure hunt.” My middle daughter read it to herself and wanted to read the series but found that none were as good as the first book!

  • Deeapaulitan

    We love all of these, but I have to say one of our All time favorites is nowhere listed. The Girl of the Limberlost. Incredible!
    We still talk about The Great Brain series, the Little Britches series, and several of the ones mentioned already. We loved the Borrowers, Betsy Tacy Tib, Elsie Dinsmore, An Old Fashioned Girl, Eight Cousins, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Pearl, Nicolas Nocholby, and Little Lord Fauntleroy. My Oldest and I read Phantom Tollbooth together so she could see the play on words, but it was still Mama reading. The Bronze Bow, The Courage of Sarah Noble, Carry on Mr. Bowditch, Huck Finn, Cricket in Time Square, Cheaper by the Dozen (oh! the laughs over that book!), The Golden Key (intrigue and mystery at its best), Gone Away Lake, Beezus and Ramona, The Princess and the Goblins followed by The Princess and Curdie, Hinds Feet for High Places, Sarah Plain and Tall, Papa Married a Mormon, The Tales of Uncle Remus, Tanglewood secrets, Turn Homeward Hannalee, A Little Maid of… series (old Conneticut, Provincetown, Massechusett’s Colony…), Shadrack (oh sweet shadrack), a dog for Davie’s hill, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Hiding Place, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Scarlett Pimpernel, Silas Marner, The Story of Silent Night, The Paddington Bear series, We adored (adore) the Redwal series but tended to listen to it on cd from the library because of the languages of the various creatures, Eragon, The Treasure Seekers, The Mouse and His Child, The Velveteen Rabbit, A Christmas Carol, … So So So many…

    • Branham1997

      Sarah Plain and Tall and that series is great. Cheaper By the Dozen…my girls liked this so much I bought them the original movie and its sequel, Bells on Their Toes. My oldest has read many of Alcott’s books and enjoyed.

  • Amy Wirsig

    Oh my! Every SINGLE one of these books was a staple in my childhood. (My life has lots of staples!) Thanks for reminding me of all of these great books!

    I’m living in Laos right now (we’re practically neighbors!) and there’s not much here in the way of quality children’s literature.

  • Sarah Jones

    Such a fun list and some books that I don’t know. The series that I haven’t seen mentioned is Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lancester Brisley. These are about a little girl living in an English village in the 1920s in a “little white cottage with a thatched roof”. Slightly different, and very funny, are the stories about the family at “One End Street” by Eve Garnett.

  • Caryn

    I only have a 3 week old right now, but I’ve been reading Winnie-the-Pooh to her for our before bed feeding and I can’t wait to read more to her as she grows!

  • Elaine Pack

    Thanks for these suggestions. I take care of a little girl and plan to get a few of these for the summer!!

  • http://www.astoryofgrace.com/ Janelle@AStoryofGrace

    I needed more books to read. Going to bookmark this post. Great work as always, Joy!

    Janelle

  • Heyalethia

    I cannot speak highly enough of Treasures of the Snow, Star of Light, and The Tanglewood Secret by Patricia St. John. Even my very small children LOVED them!

  • guest

    Love this list! I keep coming back to it when we need more ideas for read alouds. Favorites of our family are The Door in the Wall and the children’s Pilgrim’ s Progress, and the Trailblazer books.

  • susieloulou

    I know I’m late, I was just procrastinating enjoying old posts! Caddie Woodlawn! My mom was in her author’s girl scout troop, I mean Carol Ryrie Brink was her leader! I conned my son into reading it – obviously a girl book – “just read one chapter, then you can quit if you don’t like it.” He was hooked! :-)

  • Branham1997

    The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson and The Great Turkey Walk by Kayleen Karr are two of our favorites, along with Sign of the Beaver.

  • Cwhruss

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books were my favorite growing up. It was magical when my mom read this series to my sister & I. My children love them too!

  • Lois Bos

    One of my favourite children’s books is The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. Even though it is 60 years old, it shows how love and kindness can overcome prejudice and snobbery. A Newberry Award winner, this is one great book for girls, or even boys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1056500915 Reagan Brooks Collum

    Just another one to add to the list…my family loves Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes!

  • http://twitter.com/Nikt3 Nikki Tibbetts

    Some of the first ones to come to mind (other than many of the ones you mentioned) include “Homer Price,” “Henry and Ribsy,” and any of the “Boxcar Children”

  • Emerald_tsa

    I’ll start collecting these books now, :).

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Emerald_tsa

    Patricia St. John’s books are really good!!!

    Thumbs-up!

  • Samantha H

    There are so many wonderful books to explore with your children that it is hard to name my favorites, but if you ask my children they will tell you mine are, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Koningsburg and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester. I read these to my children every couple of years. The Anne of Green Gables series is still my favorite but a close second would be the Chronicles of Narnia series which I have read to my children twice.

  • http://twitter.com/flanders_family Jennifer Flanders

    We’ve enjoyed everything by Lloyd Alexander, especially THE IRON RING, THE FIRST TWO LIVES OF LUCAS KASHA, and THE CHRONICLES OF PRYDAIN. We also love the entire LITTLE BRITCHES series.

  • mreeanne

    We love books! Some of our favorites have been Charlotte’s Web, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and The Littles (series).

  • Bri

    Sarah Plain and Tall, Anne of Green Gables, Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy by David & Karen Mains…

  • Maggie

    The BFG by Roald Dahl…it is simply fabulous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/anna.ralls.7 Anna Ralls

    The Hobbit, The Secret Garden, Carry On Mr. Bowditch, any Howard Pyle.

  • debbie

    The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. And the audiobook version of it is great to play on car trips!

  • Love to learn

    The Ralph Moody series. Starting with Little Britches. Written by the author about his life. Great read alouds!