We LOVE books over here! Finding wholesome books for children can be hard, but I do my best to choose high-quality literature to read to my children and for my children to read.
It is important to me that my children read books that uphold our moral beliefs, especially when I know they will be read over and over again. Check out the best places I have found for buying wholesome books for children. Then scroll down for a pre-k through 8th-grade book list with our favorite read-aloud book recommendations!
Best Places to Buy Wholesome Books For Children
- Salem Ridge Press – I am not sure whether their website offers up-to-date information since I first discovered them in 2013, but you can see their mission statement there. I order their books republished by Salem Ridge Press from Amazon. We own several now.
- Lamplighter – They have very old classics and unique books republished for Christian readers… we own just one of them so far. It is written in an Old English style.
- Bethlehem Books – A new discovery for me, but they are all about restoring wholesome & classic books for children.
- YWAM Publishing – We add about 10 of their books to our collection each year that we attend our local homeschool conference since they have amazing conference specials!
- Beautiful Feet Books – Living history books. We own several of their books and love them!
- Costco – Yes, Costco often carries classic literature for children! Especially during back-to-school and the Christmas season. Since they change what they have quite often, you won’t always find great books there, but it’s worth checking out!
- Amazon – If you know what you are looking for, then search Amazon for it. You can find used books for super cheap, which is nice when searching for a hard-to-find or out-of-print classic!
Our Favorite Read Aloud Books For Children
These are books that uphold traditional roles and biblical values. My seven children range in age from Pre-K through 8th-grade, so these books reflect that and are also books I enjoy reading to them all.
As a large family, I think it is important that we find books that children of all ages AND their parents can appreciate. Even though comprehension levels will vary based on age.
Choosing to enjoy short stories, novels, and books from a variety of genres should be encouraged. This starts with us as ‘mom’ and then we can teach this to our kids by example.
Note: I do not necessarily recommend every book by each author.
Little Golden Books – Our favorite of these include: Little Mommy, Daddies, and My Little Golden Book About God.
Virginia Lee Burton – Our favorites are: The Little House, Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel.
Holling C. Holling Books – Delightful drawings and stories based on history.
Thornton W. Burgess – These are nature-based and NOT Christian based, but are generally fine. With a little self-editing and/or discussion, I find them okay. My kids love them. We own several of the “The Adventures Of …” series about animals.
The Little House Books -I got my first set when I was 9-years-old. We have a new set and I read through them about once a year to my kids. I like to read Farmer Boy first, as a stand-alone book, and then read the rest as a series.
E.B. White Books – Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan are all books I’ve owned since childhood and have now put them on the bookshelf for my kids. Charlotte’s Web was always my favorite.
Imagination Station Series – These are books I discovered a few years ago. We like them a lot. I think they are comparable to The Magic Treehouse series but are imagination-based instead of magic. These are from Adventures in Odyssey/Focus on the Family. We have books 1-15 so far.
The Chronicles of Narnia – I was introduced to this series by C.S. Lewis by my second-grade teacher in public school and have loved them ever since. I had NO idea that they were meant to be a Christian analogy until a few years ago … and to be honest, I don’t consider them to be so.
Mandie Books – Another series I have had since I was young. I only have books 1-6 and hope to get more since there are a lot of books in the series. They are full of mystery and adventure.
Emma Leslie – Historical fiction for upper elementary and older. We really like them.
G.A. Henty Books – These are amazingly in-depth, long novels set in various time periods throughout history. They really are incredible, but might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Best Read Aloud Books For All Ages!
Little Mommy (Little Golden Book)The Little HousePaddle-to-the-Sea (Sandpiper Books)The Adventures of Peter Cottontail (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics)The Little House (9 Volumes Set)E. B. White Box Set: Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the SwanBooks 1-6 (AIO Imagination Station Books)The Complete Chronicles of Narnia ( Boxed Set 7 Books )(Mandie 1-5)For Merrie England: A Tale of The Weavers of NorfolkIn Freedom’s Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce (Dover Children’s Classics)
I hope you add some of these treasures to your library! Where have you found high-quality, wholesome books for children?