Book Recommendations

75 CHAPTER BOOKS our kids recommend!

I have had many requests to share a list of books our kids have enjoyed. What our kids read shapes who they become. Some of the series I read as a young person gave me an unhealthy desire for the world and caused me a detour in the path that God planned for me. I don’t want that for my children. The challenge, though, is that some of my kids are fast readers who love books and I just don’t have the time to pre-read every book before them. My solution has been to do research and then order books for them, rather than allow my kids to wander the library or bookstore shelves and choose books without any guidance. It’s not a perfect system, but it has worked for us. I have spent hours searching through online lists others have made, reading book reviews, and seeking suggestions from others.

This list is a collection of books that my kids (ages 7-14) have recommended.

I continue adding to our “favorites list” as we find more book treasures… make sure you’re subscribed to so you don’t miss future lists! All the books are linked with an Amazon affiliate links so you can go read the book summary and find out more!


The Secret Garden

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Milly Molly Mandy Series

The Boxcar Children Series

A Bear Called Paddington

The Chronicles of Narnia Series

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

The Indian in the Cupboard

Island of the Blue Dolphins

The Borrowers Series

The Little House Series

Stuart Little

Henry Huggins

Homer Price

Caddie Woodlawn

All of a Kind Family

Ballet Shoes


My Side of the Mountain

The Cricket in Times Square

The Chocolate Touch

Runaway Ralph

The Trumpet of the Swan

Stone Fox

The Littles

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Sign of the Beaver

Henry Reed

The Moffats

My Father’s Dragon

Anne of Green Gables Series

Pippi Longstocking

The Trumpet of the Swan

Little Women

Sarah Plain and Tall

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Black Beauty

The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot Escapes

The Golden Goblet

Misty of Chincoteague Series

The Good Master

The Singing Tree

The Call of the Wild

The Five Little Peppers Series

Ginger Pye

Eight Cousins

Paddington Bear




The Bronze Bow

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Five Children and It

The Happy Hollisters Series

The Swiss Family Robinson

Twenty and Ten

Carry On, Mr Bowditch

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The One and Only Ivan

The Castle in the Attic

The Year of Miss Agnes

Princess Academy

Owls in the Family

Esperanza Rising

Cabin on Trouble Creek

The Whipping Boy

Jo’s Boys

Smoky the Cowhorse

The Trumpeter of Krakow

Where the Red Fern Grows

Emily of the New Moon

Little Men

The House of Sixty Fathers

The Lighthouse Family Series

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