A love of reading is one of the best gifts we can give our children. Any subject they want to learn is open, once they have that gift. Finding books that will be interesting as well as educational can be problematic.
Children’s Story Bible: Young children have some difficulties when it comes to reading the adult Bible, but they need to learn about their faith. A Children’s Story Bible can be a good way to start this process.
Enchanted Forest Series: Patricia Wrede has a great story telling ability and several interesting characters. The characters live in a world where magic is normal, and dragons or giants abound. These stories are as fun for adults as they are for the kids.
Little House Series: These books have been enjoyed by generations of children. Laura Ingalls Wilder writes about the early days of settling in the Midwest .
Madeleine L’Engle:A Swiftly Tilting Planet and other books in that series make wonderful reading. This book is part of her “Time” series and follows the adventures of the Murry children as they travel through space and time.
Narnian Chronicles: With the successful movie series, you probably are well aware of these books. My favorite of the bunch is The Horse and His Boy, which follows two children and two talking horses as they head for the country of Narnia from Calormene.
Pilgrim’s Progress: There is at least one children’s version of this book, though it would be a good idea to encourage them to read the adult version when they are old enough. The man who wrote this did so in jail. He was sent there because of the views he put forward in this book.
Prydian Chronicles: Lloyd Alexander has a wonderful series of stories about a young man called Taran. One movie was made from this series, entitled the Black Cauldron. These are best for children ten and older, as some of the stories are a bit graphic for younger kids.
Swiss Family Robinson: The adventures of a family from Switzerland after they are marooned on a tropical island. The author’s name is Johann Wyss.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: This is a delightful book. It is written from the perspective of a young girl as she watches a family of “Oh, it’s THEM” kids try to understand the glory of Christmas.
The Little Duke: Richard the Fearless became Duke of Normandy at the age of eight. Charlotte M. Yonge tells his story and brings out some of the history of the Middle Ages. This is another book to read to older children, as young ones may not be able to understand it.