Books to Try

For a more thorough collection of recommendations, I read the book list from either Honey for a Child’s Heart, or Honey for a Teen’s Heart, both by Gladys Hunt.

Asterisks mark books with sequels or which are part of a series.

Younger Elementary 


  • My Father’s Dragon* by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle* by Hugh Lofting

Historical Fiction-

  • Theras and His Town(Ancient Greece) by Caroline Dale Snedeker
  • The Year of Miss Agnes(Alaskan History) by Kirkpatrick Hill
  • Twenty and Ten(World War II) by Claire Huchet Bishop


  • Detectives in Togas* by Henry Winterfeld
  • Freddy the Detective* by Walter R. Brooks


  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  • Ginger Pye* by Eleanor Estes
  • The Wheel On the School by Meindert De Jong
  • 26 Fairmount Avenue* by Tomie DePaola
  • The Little House on the Prairie* by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Betsy-Tacy* by Maud Hart Lovelace

Older Elementary 


  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Dark is Rising* by Susan Cooper
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society* by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Redwall* by Brian Jacques
  • The Book of Three* by Lloyd Alexander
  • On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness* by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Historical Fiction-

  • The Golden Goblet(Ancient Egypt) by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • Angel on the Square(World War I/Russian Revolution) by Gloria Whelan
  • Duncan’s War*(Scottish Reformation) by Douglas Bond
  • Crispin:The Cross of Lead*(Medieval Times) by Avi
  •  The Shakespeare Stealer*(Medieval Times) by Gary Blackwood
  • The Cat of Bubastes(Ancient Egypt) by G. A. Henty


  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes* by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Mysterious Key and What it Opened by Louisa May Alcott


  • Anne of Green Gables* by L. M. Montgomery
  • Little Women* by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Cameras in Narnia(non-fiction, behind-the-scenes look on making The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe into a movie) by Ian Brodie

Young Adult/Adult


  • Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney
  • The Giver* by Lois Lowry
  • Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl

Historical Fiction

  • A Gathering of Days(Colonial America) by Joan W. Blos
  • The Trumpeter of Krakow(Poland during the 1400’s) by Eric P. Kelly
  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile(Ancient Egypt) by Eloise Jarvis McGraw


  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Our Mother Tongue(a little dry to read through cover-to-cover; more to be used as a grammar book with some history of English woven in) by Nancy Wilson
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

    Louisa May Alcott at a baseball field.
    Louisa May Alcott at a baseball field.

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