Favorite Books

It’s hard to pick just a few favorites. Here are some that I love to read again and I’ve read many of these to my children.


  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Ranger’s Apprentice series (and companion series)
  • Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Les Misérables
  • A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck
  • A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
  • Holes, by Louis Sachar
  • Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli
  • Wonder, by JR Palacio
  • Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
  • Beauty, by Robin McKinley


  • The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom
  • Little Britches series, by Ralph Moody
  • Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by National Geographic Learning
  • Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen by Luba Tryszynska-Frederick
  • The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz
  • Shipwrecked at the Bottom of the World, by Jennifer Armstrong
  • Thunder Below, by Eugene B. Fluckey
  • Hitler’s Canary: A Daring Tale of Wartime Adventure, by Sandi Toksvig
  • Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank B. Gilbreth
  • Carry On Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham
  • Kon-Tiki expedition, by Thor Heyerdahl


  • John Flanagan
  • CS Lewis
  • JRR Tolkien
  • Lloyd Alexander
  • Jane Austen
  • James Herriot

Picture Books (finding these gems is one of the blessings of being a mom)

  • The Serpent Slayer, by Katrin Tchana
  • The Ravenous Gown, by Steffani Raff
  • A Caravan from Hindustan (Birbal Tales), by James Moseley
  • Mightier Than the Sword: World Folktales for Strong Boys, by Jane Yolen
  • The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart
  • Black and White, by David Macaulay
  • Free Fall, by David Wiesner
  • Monster at the End of This Book, by Jon Stone
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