So, the question of what to get your kids to read, especially Christian literature is upon me once again by a blog reader who wants to start a book group for kids [how neat is that!], and I must say I am not as well versed in this area of Christian books for kids. As I noted in a different post, my middle school kids have honestly told me that they see Christian lit as boring, and that may be my fault as I have not exposed them to much of it [so, starting earlier as one mom wants to do is a great idea and one I should maybe do for our 6 year old].
Maybe, due to the past quality, there is reason for the “boring” label reputation that Christian lit has. Sometimes, now I am speaking in general terms, Christian books for kids [and for adults in the past] have the reputation for being too simplistic. They too quickly spell out the moral of the story – again, just a reputation that I have heard without honestly giving them much chance.
But, to me, a good book should have the lesson, the moral, within the context of the story and its characters and not spelled out so easily.
Some have said to me, okay, Cornelia, you write the books you want your kids to read and maybe someday…
But for now, I offer a few suggestions for ages 8-10 for now… based upon asking some Christian friends who have their kids read Christian books as well as my own research. If you have any other ideas, by all means, write to me. I link to some websites as well for additional follow up.
Of course, lists depend on the style of books you like, mystery, biography, fantasy, etc. so this list has a combination of ideas.
I must add that I have books here that are not “Christian” per se, but have Christian values and are classics in the sense of the literary word. To me, those are every bit as important.
First of all is CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia- everyone has to read this series- read it to your younger ones then have them read it.
Then, The Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle-
She is a believer and has written non-fiction for adults as well as poetry.
Priest with Dirty Clothes by RC Sproul [a wonderful Christian author for adults as well]
Abel’s Island by William Steig
Christian Heroes: Then & Now by G Benge and Janet Benge
OTHER BOOKS –classics –
Tale of Three Trees by Angela Hunt
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Lyman Frank Baum
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Story of Babar by Jean De Brunhoff
|13 clocks by James Thurber Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J. R. R. TolkeinAnd Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean FritzJust So Stories by Rudyard Kipling RA
Kindle of Kittens by Rumer Godden
Least of All by Carol Purdy
Leave Horatio Alone by Eleanor ClymerSome more kitchy, and for younger readers:Books by Beverly Lewis published by Bethany House such as the Cul-de-sac Kids series. .. And the Tale from Redwall series [which will become a classic] by Brian Jacques And, for fun, perhaps, light reading:Brio Girls series [focus on the family]
Elijah Creek Series –
Dragons in our Midst series –
and http://www.focusonthefamily.com/ is always a good family reference guide – has books, etc.