I’m glad I can read. So many books published over the years have made an impact on me, both as a child and as an adult, it would be impossible to list them all. I recommend starting a library, however small, of books that you love and add to it at least once a year (more if possible). If you have small children, start a library for them with Dr. Suess and Curious George and Little Golden Books. If you have grade school kids, grab some Harry Potter or Percy Jackson books. For high schoolers…well, good luck. I’m blessed with children who love to read, but I know others really struggle getting teens to sit down with a book.
Take a look at the list below. Some of these suggestions are for younger readers, while others are intended for more mature minds. What is missing from your library? What books would you add to the list?
- The Ralph S. Mouse Complete Set: The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Runaway Ralph, and Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
- A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
- Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- The Baseball Card Adventures by Dan Gutman
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Box Set by Alvin Schwartz with illustrations by Stephen Gammell
- The League of Seven by Alan Gratz
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
- The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft edited by Leslie S. Klinger
- Night Gallery and Night Gallery 2 by Rod Serling
I don’t put a religious emphasis on Christmas. So many elements of what is accepted as the “Christmas story” are misinterpreted, taken out of context, and flat-out wrong. I have tried to teach my children the truth of what the Bible says as opposed to what the world at large believes.
However, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is one of the cutest holiday novels-turned-movies of my generation. Written by Barbara Robinson in 1971, it follows the exploits of the Herdman children, the rottenest kids in town who bully the other kids into letting them be the “stars” of the church’s Christmas pageant.
I would highly recommend reading the book first. We read it a few nights ago, and it took a little over an hour with each of us taking turns reading a chapter out loud. Tonight, I fired up the trusty old YouTube and found the movie. If you don’t have time to read the book, or just prefer to watch instead, here you go…
Purchase The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson before next Christmas and start a tradition of reading it with your family.
Are there stories or movies that your family enjoys together each year?