We love going to the library to check out what’s new instead of being confined to the same books over and over. Sometimes it’s nice to have a book list to jump start ideas.

Ok, I don’t want to have to read the same books over and over. Let’s be honest, it happens, and it’s not always pleasant. (Please note that I love reading to my kids, it’s the choice of book that I’m calling into question)

Some books are fun the first time around but quickly grow old, while others deserve a permanent spot on the bookshelf.

Whether it’s purely because of the creative factor or due to the lessons taught, here are some books I think are worth their weight.

Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince by Sidney Baldwin

This is a story about a selfish and demanding prince named Hughbert. The king is desperate for a change, knowing his son will one day take his place. At the suggestion of a trusted friend, a plan is put in place that will impact the young prince for life.

Well-written and engaging, the story draws both young and old in, with lessons that are never too late to learn.

Ten Girls Who Changed The World by Irene Howat

Inspiring and educational, this book covers heroines known for their integrity and faithfulness. Women like Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom, Mary Slessor, and Isobel Kuhn have their stories told in a heart-warming way.

Ten Boys Who Changed The World by Irene Howat

We can’t leave the boys out! Similar to the girl’s book, this one contains stories of men like William Carey, George Mueller, Adroniam Judson, and Eric Liddell.

Bruchko by Bruce Olson

We read this as a family many years ago and the kids still reference it. This is an autobiography of the author’s time as a missionary to the Motilone Bari Indians, an indigenous tribe in Colombia and Venezuela. This book gives great insight not only into the tribe’s lifestyle, but the struggles a missionary has in trying to accurately portray his message.

Turnip Soup by Christopher and Lynn Myers

This has always been a favorite in our house and has opened the door to many conversations about imagination and Komodo Dragons. It’s about a young boy who tries to convince his mother a dragon is on the loose. Of course, the busy mom does not believe him, and the story takes you through their discoveries.

Mo’s Mustache by Ben Clanton

This is a personal favorite of mine, but the kids like it, too. Maybe it’s the cute monsters, or the funny way it’s written, or just the idea that a monster is upset that his friends are copying him. Whatever it is, it made me laugh and I never get tired of it.

Backyard Ballistics by William Gurstelle

Instructions on how to build everything mildly dangerous for adventerous boys (and girls!). Fun and full of great ideas, no one will be bored with this book and the proper supplies….and a little oversight to keep things from getting too exciting. *The potato gun works really well. We weren’t prepared for it. No damage was done.*

Way of the Warrior Kid by Jocko Willink

A great read-aloud book for everyone, this series of three books by an ex-Navy Seal encourages kids to stand up to their fears and push through difficulties. Written to kids and for kids, but the emphasis on the importance of discipline and hard work is a message even adults can benefit from.

Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley

I love the historical detail that this book has, giving depth and greater understanding to each book of the bible. Easy to understand and interesting to read on its own (if you like history), this is a must for homeschooling.

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Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

I might spark some controversy with this one, but it’s my favorite, and I stand by it. Not recommended for young or immature kids because of the subject matter, but I appreciate the truths Lewis highlights. His method is striking and it’s hard to walk away from without learning a thing or two.

This is a book list we have appreciated as a family. Every family is different and has their own list. I’d love to hear about the books that have impacted you!

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