Summer is my favorite season of the year for reading.  With no schoolwork and fewer extra-curricular activities, it’s the perfect time for me to do what I like best: sit in a nice cozy place with a good book and read.  I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite books as suggestions for what you might read in the months ahead.  For more book ideas, try The Book Tree: A Christian Reference for Children’s Literature by Elizabeth McCallum and Jane Scott or volumes 1 and 2 of Who Should We Then Read? by Jan Bloom.



Amelia Bedelia / Peggy Parish (illustrated by Fritz Siebel)

Amelia Bedelia

Babar’s Anniversary Album

Babar's Anniversary Album

Big Red Barn / Margaret Wise Brown (illustrated by Felicia Bond)

Big Red Barn

McDuff Moves In / Rosemary Wells (illustrated by Susan Jeffers)

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel / Virginia Lee Burton

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My Very First Mother Goose / edited by Iona Opie (illustrated by Rosemary Wells)

My Very First Mother Goose

On Market Street / Arnold Lobel (illustrated by Anita Lobel)

On Market Street

The Fire Cat / Esther Averill

The Fire Cat

The Indoor Noisy Book / Margaret Wise Brown

The Indoor Noisy Book

The Very Little Boy / Phyllis Krasilovsky

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Anne of Green Gables / L. M. Montgomery

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Bluffton / Matt Phelan


Mirette on the High Wire / Emily Arnold McCully

Mirette on the High Wire

Moccasin Trail / Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Moccasin Trail

Secrets at Sea / Richard Peck

Secrets at Sea

The Chronicles of Narnia / C. S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Hobbit / J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

The Middle of Somewhere / J. B. Cheaney

The Middle of Somewhere

The Mysterious Benedict Society series / Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Whalesong / Robert Siegel



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39 Steps series / John Buchan

The 39 Steps

Ivanhoe / Walter Scott


Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre

Little Women / Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Okay for Now / Gary D. Schmidt

Okay for Now

Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

The Eagle of the Ninth (Roman-Britain Trilogy) / Rosemary Sutcliff

The Eagle of the Ninth

The 100 Cupboards series / N. D. Wilson100 Cupboards


The Ashtown Burials series / N. D. Wilson

The Dragon's Tooth

The Hiding Place / Corrie ten Boom

The Hiding Place

The Lord of the Rings / J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings

The Screwtape Letters / C. S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters

The Wednesday Wars / Gary D. Schmidt (companion to Okay for Now)

The Wednesday Wars

The White Company / Arthur Conan Doyle

The White Company

To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

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