I have two beautiful daughters. One is a princess and one loves mystery and adventure. Fortunately, we have found wonderful books to share during our read-aloud time that everyone enjoys.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. We read all seven books during our read-aloud time last summer. If you’re looking for adventure wrapped in a fantasy with some mystery and allegory thrown in, this is a great series for your family!
- Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene. I read these mysteries while growing up, and my girls enjoy them as much as I did. I appreciate the “old-fashioned” family friendly values in them and love trying to solve the mystery before we reach the end of the book. (Unfortunately, I can’t remember them from when I was a kid!)
- Hardy Boys Mysteries by Franklin Dixon. I didn’t “click” with these books when I was a kid. Now that I’m reading them to my children, though, I realize how much I missed! There’s more action in these books than in the Nancy Drew books. The girls and I always get tickled when school conveniently lets out every time the Hardy boys need to solve a mystery!
- The Lily Series by Nancy Rue. These books cover a lot of issues girls deal with while growing up, and it’s faith-based! Reading these with my daughters has opened the door to wonderful conversations and discussions about critical issues. We found these in our church library and are working our way through the series now.
- The Bible. We have read through large chunks of the Bible as a family since last summer. My girls have been surprised and pleased to realize how much mystery, adventure, and (yes!) romance is there!
- Mandie Mysteries by Lois Gladys Leppard. We started reading these after watching the movies of the first two books on Netflix. Our church library has many of them, and we’ve been reading them ever since. These are set in the late 1800s or early 1900s, so they have also been a great (although unplanned) complement to our social studies curriculum.
- Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses by Carolyn Larsen. I received this as a review copy, but both of my girls love these re-tellings of the women of the Bible, both the well-known and not-so-well-known, and beg me to read from it again and again.
- Arthur Books by Marc Brown. We have enjoyed these books for years. Arthur, his sister D.W., and his friends are always good for some laughter and a discussion of the issues brought up in the books, which range from watching too much TV to trusting yourself and your writing.
- Berenstain Bears Books by Stan and Jan Berenstain. The Bear family’s antics are also entertaining, but they also give me a way to teach my children about character and values. The Berenstains cover subjects like telling the truth, the value of keeping a clean room, even proper etiquette and slumber parties!
- Christopher Churchmouse Books by Barbara Davoll. This series is another one that I discovered in our church library. Christopher Churchmouse deals with issues like greed and the destructiveness of rumors. I especially like the discussion questions at the end of each book!
Bonus! How to Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Cowell. We saw the movie last summer and loved it, but we only recently discovered the books. They’re fast becoming favorites, and we enjoy the sketches on almost every page too. The first one reads almost like a journal rather than a novel. It’s delightful!
I’m also linking up with Amy at Hope is the Word for Read Aloud Thursday!
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