We used to travel a lot as a family. We lived all over the place, a whole lot of states and several countries. During that time, I home schooled my kids. It was necessary for continuity. One of the things we did during that time was to read together as a family most nights. We all looked forward to it. It was a great way for us to come together and wind down at the end of a day. We read some really great books during that time. Today I am sharing 20 Books for Family Reading. They cover different reading levels and attention spans, but all but three of them were submitted by one of my kids. I hope you will find something here that you will love. However, even if you don’t, please read with your kids. It is the basis for everything they learn in school. If they can’t read, they will struggle.
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When I was a kid and all the way until I was a senior in high school, I struggles so bad with reading. I’m dyslexic and I didn’t really know how to deal with it. That was back before there was so much information and help with learning disabilities. It was tough. When I was a senior, I took a class called Reading Improvement from a lovely teacher named Teddy Kerney. She quite literally changed my life. She worked with me and opened the world of books to me. Now, all these years later, I love to read and always have a stack of books and a whole lot of others on my tablet. I could do nothing else for a whole year and still have books to read. This is why reading is so important to me. This is why we read to our kids and why they had to be reading something when they were growing up. It opens so many doors.
The first book on my list is the one I received to read from the publisher. I was happy to read this because my oldest grandson is close to the reading level for this book and I thought it would be fun if we both read it. Also, Obert Skye was one of my daughter’s favorite authors when she was growing up.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun book to read and kept me interested the whole way through. If it kept me, an adult, interested, it will keep a child interested as well. “Within the walls of Witherwood you will receive the education you’ve always deserved. No parents, no outside distractions. You will eat delicious food, meet fantastic animals and sleep soundly behind the majestic walls of Witherwood-all while being taught things more curious than you can imagine.” Doesn’t that sound intriguing? I’m so happy I got to read this book and I can’t wait to hear what my grandson has to say about it.
Lost & Found is the second book in the Witherwood Reform School books and it was just released, so I haven’t read it yet. It promises to be as exciting and fun as the first book and it is one that I’m adding to my list and sharing with my grandson.
The Gateway A Leven Thumps Book is one I haven’t read, but my daughter has and she loved it and the books that came after it. If you like series, this is a good pick for you and your family.
This next set is another favorite series of my daughter’s. The Complete Wreck: A Series of Unfortunate Events are 13 stories about guess what? Unfortunate events. Yes, my daughter reads a lot. When she was a kid, that was the only thing we could ground her from that hurt. Seriously.
The Twits by Roald Dahl is a family favorite for sure. We read this and laughed so much all the way through it. “Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything—except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don’t just want out, they want revenge.” Seriously, read this book. So funny.
Another Roald Dahl book that we loved was James and the Giant Peach. There has been a movie made from the book, but the book is better, as is usually the case. I love it when the kids and adults can use their imagination while they are reading. It’s a really fun book.
In our family, no book list would be complete without mentioning the Harry Potter series. The second time we lived in Estonia, we took the first 5 of these with us, because that is all that was out at that point. We read them and just loved them. We couldn’t wait for the next books to come out.
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are some of my husband’s favorite books, but my kids love them too. Well, not Samantha, but the other two. They aren’t really her thing. These are for older readers or more mature readers if you are reading to them.
I have not read Lord of the Flies, but my kids and husband say I should. They all really like this book, so it’s included in this list.
Number the Skies is my friend Candice’s addition to our list. It is her favorite book from her teen years. This book is about a girl and a family during World War 2 and the ‘relocation’ of the Jews in Denmark. It sounds like a book I would like, so I think I will add it to my list. I think this would be a great book to teach compassion, which the world needs a lot more of these days.
“The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.”
Where the Red Fern Grows is a tear jerker of a book, but so fantastic. Our whole family enjoyed this book. Again, there is a movie based on this book, but as good as the movie is, the book is better. Billy is the main character and the book is about the bond and love between a boy and his dogs. The book takes place in the Ozarks and follows them as he trains his dogs to become the best hunting dogs in the area. A great book for sure.
“When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere–to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, has money and thus can help her with the serious cash flow problem she invites him along. ” This is one of my friend Cheri’s favorite books. She wanted me to recommend it to you.
My kids and a lot of their friends loved the Magic Tree House series. Did you know there are 28 books?! That’s a lot and will keep you busy for awhile. “When Jack and Annie discover a mysterious tree house filled with books, they never dream that it will take them on exciting adventures around the world and throughout history! The story begins with Dinosaurs Before Dark, when Jack and Annie are whisked back to the prehistoric past.”
The Chronicles of Narnia was loved by everyone in my family. “C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years, enchanting them with a magical realm where worlds come and go at the toss of a ring, where boys and girls become kings and queens, where there are more talking creatures than people. “
If you’re kids love mysteries, then The Complete Sherlock Holmes Set is for you. “The legendary Sherlock Holmes employed his mastery of deductive reasoning and expert sleuthing to solve an arraying of complex and harrowing cases. From his home – 221B Baker Street in London – the legendary Sherlock Holmes (accompanied by his loyal companion and chronicler, Dr. Watson) baffled policemen and became famous worldwide for his remarkable observations and even more eccentric habits.”
For younger readers, my kids mentioned some of their favorites that we read when they were young and that we are now reading to our grandkids. It’s fun tradition to carry on.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is one of Kassye’s favorites from her childhood. “Sylvester can’t believe his luck when he finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion jumps out at him on his way home, Sylvester is shocked into making a wish that has unexpected consequences. After overcoming a series of obstacles, Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family.”
Where the Wild Things Are is my husband’s very favorite book from his childhood, but he never had his own copy. It is actually the very first gift I bought him was his own copy of Where the Wild Things Are. My kids have probably had this book read to the 1000 times in their lives. Love it!
I absolutely love Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I read it the first time when I was in college in a children’s literature class. There was a movie made based on the book, but I haven’t seen it. We all really love this book. Poor Alexander has such a tough day.
We love, love, love the Little Critter books. I first discovered them when I was in college. I read them to my kids and now I’m reading them to my grand kids as well. They are really fun books and cover a huge array of topics. If you haven’t read them, you should get some.
That is my list. Are any of your family’s favorites on the list? What do you love to read together? Let me know in the comments because I love gifting books.