Around this time of year as I think about Christmas shopping, I know I have to tackle the toy closet in order to make room for more stuff. However, one look at our toy storage, which is a dangerous undertaking, makes me want to revolt against plastic toys, toys that need batteries, toys with a million little pieces, and toys in general. The thought of having to buy even more toys makes me feel like this:
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Of course, I always end up getting the younger kids more toys. But I try to give them other gifts too, such as things to wear and read.
So every December, I’m on the hunt for good books to give my kids. It seems I’m not alone. My sister just asked for a list of books her children might enjoy. Here are some of our favorites:
EASY CHAPTER BOOKS:
Sweet and charming tales of family life.
Pippi is a teacher’s nightmare and a child’s delight. If you’re going on a road trip, consider getting the audio book.
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle helps stressed out parents by curing their children of their behavioural “ailments”. Her solutions are hilarious.
My older children really enjoyed these magical and fanciful tales.
CHAPTER BOOKS FOR KIDS AGES 9+
If your child hasn’t read The Green Ember, start with that before moving onto the sequel. Another big hit at our house.
When the Nazis attack Norway, children help to smuggle gold out of the country using their sleds. A suspenseful tale of courage.
During WWII, three Polish children go in search of their father who was taken by the Nazis. Another stirring WWII story. Big – Sis loved this one.
This classic will appeal to both boys and girls, as the hero of the story is a miner-boy who fights the goblins.
Highly imaginative and funny. I knew All-Star really enjoyed this one when he started imitating the author’s writing style in his own compositions.
A medieval tale of a young baron who is raised in a monastery and then returns home in the midst of a bitter feud. Wonderful character development.
An orphan girls goes to live at the mysterious and magical home of uncle.
CATHOLIC STORY BOOKS
Big Sis really enjoys these entertaining tales of an all-boys Jesuit boarding school.
During the Great Depression, twin sisters go in search of a family heirloom in hopes that it can save the family farm. A wonderful and suspenseful mystery.
Four exciting historic stories of Catholic Missionaries around the world. My older kids devoured this book.
Here’s a plug for my daughter’s book: A band of Irish boys, exciting adventures, daring exploits, a secret hideout; it’s all there with the themes of religious freedom, faith, and courage intertwined.
I’m generally not a big fan of comic books or graphic novels, but these ones are worth getting:
All three books in this series are a delight. They’re especially great for the younger kids.
All-Star has read and re-read this book over and over. He doesn’t seem to get tired of it.
All my boys love this series. Be sure to get the full-sized books so your kids can really enjoy the drawings.
For more chapter book recommendations, take a look at 12 Books my Boys Couldn’t Put Down and Girls with Grit: Ten Books about Strong, Courageous Girls.
Looking for pictures books for the little ones? Check out Our Favorite Books for Little Ones.
What books do your kids love? Share the joy and let us know. I’m still shopping and the clock is ticking!