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Best Books for the Family

I was SO disturbed by a news article from Reuters that says a new study shows American kids are reading, but not well and not often. What a sad thing.

First of all, readers are leaders. Learning to read well opens doors for our young people in so many ways. Secondly, what a loss for the kiddo who never grasps the love of a story…the chance to lose him or herself in a good book is a rite of childhood and a pleasure to be enjoyed throughout one’s life, in my humble opinion. So, it’s time for us to get excited about reading again! The WCIC listening family sure did their part this morning by calling in to share their family’s favorite book(s) to read together.

We heard about so many great options that we just had to pass them on. Here’s the list. Be sure to add yours!


The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail – Richard Peck

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss

White Fang – Jack London

Paddington Bear series – Michael Bond

The Boxcar Children series – Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Borrowers series – Mary Norton

Indian in the Cupboard series – Lynne Reid Banks

Hotel for Dogs – Lois Duncan

Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo

Little House on the Prairie series – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Mrs Piggle-Wiggle series – Betty MacDonald

Is there a book your family loves to read together? You know, the kind that has everyone begging for “just one more chapter?” Add your fave in the comments below.

And, whether you have kids or not, pick up a good book and read to one soon! (Apparently our country really needs you to.)

Happy Reading!