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Summer Reading: Awesome Books for the Whole Family!

by Katrina Cheshire

Summer is almost here, and what better time is there to read? Three cheers for summer reading! Especially in this quarantined season where it may not be possible to do as many outdoor activities as usual, it is essential to be giving your children quality books.

Stories have the power to change a life and to form a character. They can communicate truth in ways that nothing else can, but they can also poison a child’s mind with filth if we aren’t careful. It is so important to choose the best books for your children and to encourage them to read!

Reading engages the brain in a way that screen time cannot. Forming a habit of reading as a child can stay with a person throughout their entire life.

Check out some of these awesome titles to get your kids (and yourself!) reading good stories.

Some fun ideas to get your kids into summer reading

Have them choose a new book each week and race each other to finish!

Discuss their favorite stories (and why they love them) each night at the dinner table.

Give them a goal of a certain number of books to read, and give them a special prize when they complete it!

Have them read a chapter each day before having any screen time.

7 and under

The True Princess by Angela Hunt

Miss Fannie’s Hat and Jeremy, the Tale of an Honest Bunny by Jan Karon

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The Parable Series by Liz Curtis Higgs

Blueberries for Sal and Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Mooki the Berry Bandit by Kari Smalley Gibson

The Treasure Tree by John Trent

Stories to Grow By Series by Kathryn Wheeler

The Most Wonderful Doll in the World by Phyllis McGinley

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

The Song of the King and The Children of the King by Max Lucado

You Are Mine and You Are Special by Max Lucado

The Princess and the Kiss and The Squire and the Scroll by Jennie Bishop

God Gave Us Book Series by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Jesse Bear Series by Nancy White Carlstrom


Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery

The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis

The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Petersen

The Kingdom Series by Chuck Black

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Tales of the Kingdom Series by David R. Mains

Hind’s Feet on High Places by Diane Layton and Hannah Hurnard

Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

The Rachel Yoder Series by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Grandma’s Attic Series by Arleta Richardson

Little Pilgrim’s Progress: From John Bunyan’s Classic by Helen Taylor

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Lamplighter by Maria Susanna Cummins

Star of Light by Patrica St. John

The House at Pooh Corner and Now We are Six by A.A. Milne

The Dream Traveler’s Quest Series by Ted Dekker


The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Knights of Arrethtrae Series by Chuck Black

The Emily Series and Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery

Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge

Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot

The Cat of Bubastes and For the Temple by G.A. Henty

Pearl Maiden by H. Rider Haggard

Emma by Jane Austen

The Bronze Bow and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A Basket of Flowers by Christoph von Schmid

Vinegar Boy by Alberta Hawse

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Christian Heroes: Then and Now by Janet and Geoff Benge

Young Adults

The Wars of the Realm Series by Chuck Black

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The Castle on the Hill by Elizabeth Goudge

Quest for Love and Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

The Left Behind Series by Tim Lahaye


The Awakening of Miss Prim  by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

The Bird in the Tree, Pilgrim’s Inn, and The Heart of the Family by Elizabeth Goudge

Living Water by Chuck Smith

Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

The Jerusalem Assassin by Joel Rosenberg

Please comment and add your suggestions for summer reading!


Katrina Cheshire is a home school and Bible college graduate and the author of Seller of Dreams

She is passionate about good stories and the power they can have in shaping a life. With seven siblings, her life is full of adventure and excitement. She loves to design and sew clothing, write endless stories and read even more of them, make music with her brothers and sisters, and dance for the glory of God.

  • Neil Andrews
    Posted at 13:59h, 14 June Reply

    Homelanders series by Andrew Klavan is pretty good for teens.
    Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer I remember reading back in elementary school and enjoyed them very much. So maybe pre-teens and up?
    I also remember reading and enjoying Sherlock Holmes when I was a child.
    My daughter loved The Box-Car Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner when she was in grade school.
    My son’s favorite series as a child was the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, also in grade school.
    Two other books I remember reading as a young child were Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey and The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald, by Clifford B. Hicks. To remember them still after almost 60 years, I obviously enjoyed them.

  • Rebecca Wadsworth
    Posted at 10:34h, 30 June Reply

    Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is a historical novel that inspires learning. It would be a good book for parents to read to their kids if they are a little younger, and teens to read alone. It has a lot of big words in it that are great for buildimg vocabulary.

  • Marcia Hornok
    Posted at 14:05h, 01 February Reply

    Eric Metaxas is a creative Christian author. For Teens and Adults: “7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness” / “7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness.” His 3 children’s picture books (with Tim Raglin) are hysterical: “Donald Drains the Swamp” / “Donald Build the Wall” / “Donald and the Fake News.” Those are political, but they show what President Trump’s brave accomplishments were.
    One picture book by Chris Van Allsburg is instructive on the dangers of too much screen time: “The Wretched Stone,” (The reader must figure out what the stone is.). And I love, love “The Girl and the Bicycle” by Mark Pett for the values it teaches. This book has no words, so the child gets to tell the story by observing the pictures.

    • CCM Team
      Posted at 19:41h, 01 February Reply

      Thank you for the added recommendations!

    • Tina Marie Griffin
      Posted at 22:50h, 03 February Reply

      Thank you for your info! I actually know Eric very well. I was on his show about two years ago and had the best time! I’m actually going to hear him speak this weekend here in Nashville Tennessee. I love his info! If you want to hear our interview I think you’ll really like it. Check it out right here:

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