Read Me a Story – Reading List for Family Reading Times


Read Me a Story

By Susan Ekhoff


When I look back on 23 years of “married with kids,” one thing that strikes me as priceless is the time we invested in reading out loud as a family.  On most school days, after lunch is cleared away, the children and I settle into a restful and unifying hour. I will never be sorry I wasted perfectly good math time – the memories are too sweet, the opportunities to teach into real life and fiction narratives too valuable.

Below is a list of our favorites. Every book has passed the “Mommy Test.” If I didn’t enjoy reading it as much as the children enjoyed hearing it, the book does not appear on the list. Enjoy!


Family Read Aloud Book Ideas

Young Children 4 to 6 years

A New Coat for Anna

The Story of Ferdinand

Make way for Ducklings

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Follow the Drinking Gourd

When I was Young in the Mountains

The Story about Ping

Cranberry Thanksgiving

Clown of God

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel



How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World


Elementary Jr. High

Wisdom and the Millers

Storytime with the Millers

Prudence and the Millers

School Days with the Millers

Missionary Stories with the Millers

The Treasure Tree

George Washington, DAulaires

Leif the Lucky, DAulaires

Laura Ingalls Wilders Books, The Little House Series

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Hero Tales, I, II, III, IV

Stories of the Pilgrims

Boys and Girls of the Colonies

Number the Stars

Everyday Graces

Christian Heritage Series by Nancy Rue

Whispering Brook Series by Carrie Bender

Gladys Aylward, Christian Heroes: Then & Now Series

My Side of the Mountain

Charlottes Web

The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

All of a Kind Family series

Little Pilgrims Progress

The Secret Garden

The Little Princess

The Penderwicks

The Mysterious Benedict Society series

The Underland Chronicles series

Patty Fairfield

So Dear to My Heart

Laddie, a True Blue Story

The Girl of the Limberlost


Little Women

A Daughter of the Rich

The Five Little Peppers and How they Grew

Concord Cunningham series

The Pineapple Story

The Bronze Bow

Anne of Green Gables

Cheaper by the Dozen

Where the Red Fern Grows

The Book Thief



Peter and the Star Catchers series

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Johnny Tremain

The Story Girl

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Strawberry Girl

Twenty and Ten

Tree in the Trail

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends

Island of the Blue Dolphins


Our Familys All Time Favorites – often read more than once

 Many of these books have descriptions persecution and suffering. Several contain accounts of torture endured by the church in other lands. I read ahead and reword or delete some sections when younger children are listening.



Evidence Not Seen

Appointment in Jerusalem

The Heavenly Man

The Hiding Place

Imprisoned in Iran

Hinds Feet on High Places

The Chronicles of Narnia

Within Heavens Gates

The Cross and the Switchblade

God Knows My Size

Visions Beyond the Veil, H. A. Baker

Always Enough, Roland and Heidi Baker

A Thousand Shall Fall, Susi Hasel Mundy

I Dared to Call Him Father, Bilquis Sheikh

Out of the Far Corners, Peter Iliyn


NOTE:  Please check out the 3-part series, Reading Aloud, for more information about how to make this part of your family.

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