Books Our Family Has Enjoyed

I love to read, have read to my children over the years, and have passed down the love of reading or listening to audio books to them. Quality books, in any format, grow perspectives, challenge values, and give knowledge.  We usually read a book that correlates to a study that we are doing in schooling. Plug In to Your Child shares book reviews for kids:

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris.  

We read this as a family and it challenged us to think deeper, to have higher expectations for ourselves.  It challenged us to take action instead of be on the sidelines of life, and is filled with real life examples of youth who have taken up the challenge.  The book is more geared towards youth, but we as parents were challenged to evaluate our own lives.  We highly recommend this book for any age, although tween and teens will probably benefit most. Great book!


  Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are  

Alex and Brett’s follow up book has equal impact s their first and is challenging.  It gives practical tips about how to start taking action now.


 Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm.  

Fearless is an excellent book of overcoming odds, having 
determination, and about real life struggles.  It is the life and journey, with it’s twists and turns, of Adam Brown, who ultimately gave his life while protecting others.  We listened to the audio book and there is a little bit of language.  It is probably most appropriate for 12 on up, depending on the child.


 Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis and Beth Clark.

  This is an absolutely inspiring book about a young woman’s drive, determination, and fearlessness.  Katie shows people by example that 1. Young people can make an incredible impact for Jesus, and 2. Obstacles are to be overcome.  Our family was inspired by her courage and resourcefulness, her character and sacrifice.  A huge recommendation for this book which is appropriate for all ages.  We read this book when we were doing a continent study on Africa.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

  Little Women is a fun and lively book about a family during Civil War Times.  The consequences of poor financial stewardship and war time tragedies cause the family to go from riches to rags.  The lessons they learn in humility, compassion, gratefulness, family bonds, loyalty, and more give the reader pause to evaluate their own life and circumstances.Little Women has a high vocabulary, but the subject matter is appropriate elementary school children and up.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith

This series is beautifully descriptive of the land and culture, and people of Botswana.  Although it is fiction, the author spent many years there and accurately portrayed daily life through the eyes of protagonist Precious Romatswe.  These books are humorous and filled with topics for learning and discovery.  We read 7 of the books together during a study on Africa, and I personally have read up to book 13.  We loved the series.  It is appropriate for any age, but junior high and up would probably appreciate it best.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Book 1)

Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 2)

Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Book 3)

The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Book 4)

The Full Cupboard of Life (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 5)

In The Company Of Cheerful Ladies  (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Book 6)

Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 7)

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Book 8)


The Miracle at Speedy Motors (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, Book 9)

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, Book 10) 

The Double Comfort Safari Club (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, Book 11)

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series 12)

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, Book 13)


The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, Book 14)

The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, Book 15)

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, Book 16)

Precious and Grace: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, Book 17)

I hope you and your family have a chance to develop the practice of reading together.  This practice has been one that has been a strength builder for ours.