Top Book Picks for Children

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster.  A wonderful book, filled with lovable characters and witty wordplay, and it’s spangled with excellent illustrations.

A Whole Nother Story, by Doctor Cuthbert Soup (That’s what the cover says…).  Absolutely hilarious.  I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.  There are two more books in the series, Another Whole Nother Story, and No Other Story.  Even kids who don’t like to read may like these.  (I know one who loves these.)

The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner.  The books from one through nineteen were really written by Warner, but the rest are obviously mass-produced.  The first nineteen are quite good, however the ones after talk down to children.

The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis.  The well-known classics, there are seven books in the series.  The stories are very inventive, and really show the influence of Christianity on Lewis.  Be sure not to buy one of those compilation volumes, as those have smaller print, and cut out some of the illustrations.

And then there are of course children’s editions of The Arabian Nights (make sure it’s a children’s edition), and the usual fairy-tales.

I hope this list is helpful; feel free to comment on it, and offer your suggestions. Thank you!

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2 responses to “Top Book Picks for Children

  1. Hi, I have a 13 year old granddaughter who has been somewhat sheltered. What I mean by that is that she has not been allowed to watch serial killer TV or see movies with ratings beyond PG. Can you recommend a good book as a holiday gift? Also, of the movies currently showing or coming out at Christmas are there any you could recommend that I could take her to see, along with her 10 year old sister and 8 year old brother. They have also been closely supervised as to their input from various media. I read Life of Pi and thoroughly enjoyed every word but I heard there are some rather brutal scenes when the hyena kills the orangoutang. I enjoy your blog very much. Keep up the good work.

    • As for a good book, The Mysterious Benedict Society is very good; slightly scary, but as far as I can recall, not really violent. Also, A Whole Nother Story is extremely funny.
      I’m afraid that I don’t really watch movies; and I’ve not heard of any good movies for the younger set that are coming out around Christmas.
      Merry Christmas!

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