Posted by: mamaamy | September 3, 2009

Question 9: Some book recommendations for children

Do you have any books you’d recommend for young boys? I mean longer books than the usual board books and what-not. I’d like to use at least 1 nursing time during the day to read a book and have them sit quietly but it’s hard to think of something they’d follow.

We love to go to the library and pick up a pile of books.  I have a cabinet where we keep the library books so that they don’t get mixed in to all the other books that we have.  The children like to go and pick out their own books, so I have shown them where their favorites can be found and then they just go there when we get to the library. They also know how to ask for assistance from the library aids.

Here are some great authors and illustrators and the titles of some of their books:

William Joyce:  Leaf men and the Brave Good Bugs, A day with Wilber Robinson, Rolie Polie Olie, George Shrinks…some of his books have been made into cartoons and movies.  The boys especially like these.

Jan Brett:  anything illustrated by her especially Three Billy Goats Gruff, Berlioz Bear, and The Mitten.

Tomie de Paola:  there is a wide variety that is written and illustrated by him—some stories are more superstitious but others are really beautiful and interesting and often have a “old world” look and history. The Clown of God is especially good.

Virginia Lee Burton:  Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel (all my boys love this one.) It’s a classic.

David Kirk:  He does the Miss Spider’s Tea Party and others.

Max Grover: Accidental Zucchini and others

Ian Whybrow:  Quacky Quack Quack

Eileen Christelow: The Five Dog Night and others

Thomas The Train books are great with some simple lessons

As our children got a bit older than yours are now, we started reading from chapter books in the evening before they went to bed.  We continue to do this. It gives us time to have them on our laps and also train them to sit still for a while and listen.  We read one chapter and then talk about what we read, the choices the characters made, the things that they found important, etc.  Some of the books that I highly recommend for this are:

The Little Britches series by Ralph Moody are excellent!  It is for older children—maybe 6+.  The father of this young man passes away at the end of the first book, but the story is how the boy becomes the man of the family and how he matures and handles life. It is along the lines of the Little House series, but from a boys perspective.

The Redwall books by Brian Jaques are also a great adventure series for boys ages 8+.  They are about woodland creatures that are like knights that battle vermin with swords.  Boys especially love these. (Girls like them as well, I think that with all the sword fights and vermin, the girls weren’t as interested.)

All of our kids have loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” series.  Farmer Boy is especially geared for boys but all of them are great.  Our family reads The Long Winter every year near Christmas-time and we discuss how grateful we are for all that we have.  (Age 5+)

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn by Mark Twain are hilarious (although not very PC.)  We have these on tape with a really good narrator and all of my kids and Mitch and I absolutely love them.  (Age 7+)

C.S. Lewis wrote the fabulous Chronicles of Narnia.  Some are a bit deep for the little ones, but The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a good one to begin with.  (Age 5+)

I hope this helps you get started!

Mama Amy



  1. Good post…good recomended

  2. Amy,
    I am so enjoying reading your “Training God’s Heirs” blog. What books do your precious girls like to read?

  3. I have been reading your blog posts and find them so helpful and inspiring. God has put on my heart so many of the things you are able to verbalize. Thank you so much for your honesty and willingness to share.
    We have 3 young boys and love many of the books you have suggested. Another series of chapter books that we love so much are the Box Car Children Mysteries.

  4. Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post!
    It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

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