NOTE: The age guidelines are only a recommendation based upon our family’s standards, and should not be viewed as an absolute for every family. Parents, we recommend pre-reading the books yourselves to determine whether a book is suitable for your kids.

Very Young Readers

Our favorite books when we were little.

  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Lentil by Robert McCloskey
  • The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey


Younger Elementary and Older

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • The American Girl Series by Valerie Tripp
  • The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • If You Lived Books by Ann McGovern
  • The Magic Treehouse Books by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Rush Revere series by Rush Limbaugh
  • The Scout Series by Piet Prins
  • Stories from Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson


Upper Elementary and Older


Middle School and Older

This list may include some books that will be difficult for younger middle school and may be better saved for high school.  Our family does feel, however, that the content in these is appropriate. Again, parents, read it for yourselves to determine if it’s right for your kids.


High School and Older

These are not recommended for most middle school students due to either difficult reading level, frightening content, or other questionable content. Questionable content is noted in detail in any reviewed books.


Non-Fiction for Middle School and Older

  • A History of England by Jane Austen
  • William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity by Kevin Belmonte
  • Christian Heroes: Then and Now series by Janet and Geoff Benge
  • Heroes of History series by Janet and Geoff Benge
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  • 7 Men Who Rule the World From the Grave by Dave Breese
  • The Christian World of the Hobbit by Devin Brown
  • Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  • The History of the English-Speaking Peoples by Sir Winston Churchill
  • In God We Trust by Timothy Crater and Ranelda Hunsicker
  • The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History by A. Kenneth Curtis, Randy Peterson, and J. Stephen Lang
  • Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  • Will Our Generation Speak? by Grace Mally
  • Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
  • 7 Men by Eric Metaxas
  • 7 Women by Eric Metaxas
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  • War Games by Suzannah Rowntree
  • A Patriot’s History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
  • The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler by William L. Shirer
  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
  • The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel
  • “On Fairy-Stories” by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson
  • Kings and Queens of England by David Williamson
  • Sergeant York and the Great War by Alvin York


List of Books — 3 Comments

  1. I’m at that awkward stage where kid books are too easy and adult books are inapropriate. Thanks for the list! Also, is—Olivia—using Olivia or her real name on this blog? I don’t want to use her first name if she isn’t. 😀

    • Hello! I also have a lot of trouble finding good books, so I’m glad you liked our list! I usually stick to reading books written in the 1800s, (and Tolkien and C.S. Lewis books, of course) and that usually helps me find good books. Olivia is my middle-name, not my first-name, but I usually like to use it on the internet. 🙂

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