10 Favorite Books for Family Reading Time



Rick tried to read to our kids most nights as they were growing up. These books I’m sharing with you today were all-time favorites. I know some of my kids have done the same with their kids, too. 

What better Christmas gift could you give than books you can read together as a family?

1. The Little House Books- The Early Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder- Ok, I guess this first favorite isn’t just 1 book. It’s a whole series of 9 books! We have spent many pleasant hours as a family reading through the “Laura books” and reading them over again. The stories are wonderful classics of years-gone- by and the strong bond of a loving family through the good and bad times- perfect to read aloud as a family.


 2.  James Herriot Treasury for Children– Another family favorite has been the James Herriot books. Rick has read selected stories from these books to the family. We were glad to see a children’s version come available. Sweet, heart-warming stories based on the vet’s experience in the Yorkshire hills.  Some are hilariously funny and others sweet.



3. Johnny Tremain

4. Rifles for Watie
5. Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution

6. When Washington Crossed the Delaware – We have this one in hard cover. We read it every Christmas night to appreciate the sacrifice others’ made for our freedoms one cold, harsh Christmas night, long ago.


7. Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox by Kate Shelley Palmer- I love this book. Well researched and beautifully illustrated. It’s a book you’ll want to read again and again.


8. Our Flag was Still There- The Story of the Star Spangled Banner– I think this book may be out of print. There are still some available, so act quickly on this one. It’s a beautifully illustrated book.  It’s one you’ll want to read again and again. It is the story of Francis Scott Key and how he came to write the Star Spangled Banner.

9. The Best Loved Poems of the American People– Rick often would pull out this next book and read poetry to the kids. There are some of the poems that they still can quote. It made for lots of fun family times. (We’ve since found others that are strictly history- related about events in American history that we plan to record for you soon. So be watching!)


10. Redcoats and Petticoats– Love, love, love this book. It tells the story of part of Washington’s spy ring around Long Island and one lady in particular who sent signals by the petticoats she hung on her clothesline.


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Marilyn is wife to Rick, Mom to 14 children, Nana to 22 grandchildren (and counting!) and homeschooler for 37 years. She and her husband own Character Concepts which they started for the purpose of helping others raise children with a strong, godly character and Biblical worldview.They have developed character curriculum from preschool through high school, based on what they found worked when teaching their own 14 children over the years. Her passion is to help young moms raise kids of character and enjoy the journey!

3 Replies to “10 Favorite Books for Family Reading Time”

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  2. I thank you so, so much for sharing this list! I am a also very thankful for the resources at Character Concepts store. Thanks!!

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