5 Great “Faith-Building” Chapter Book Series for Boys

Here are 5 series that will inspire your kids in their Christian faith, books that they'll want to read again and again.

Books make such wonderful gifts.  But for active boys, the element of adventure is paramount. These books are certainly not for boys only, but for any child that loves adventure! Finding good books that inspire our children is high on my priority list.  I can remember the countless hours I spent reading adventure books as a girl and especially loving the one’s that encouraged me to live radically and yet practically for the Lord.  My desire is to encourage the budding faith in each of my children and inspire them to pursue God whole-heartedly.  It’s easy to get a hold of books at the library, but for my home library I prefer to buy a few classics and then plenty of out-of-print living books in addition to books from a Christian worldview.  These kinds of books are becoming increasingly harder to come by at the local library and these are the books that I want my children to reach for again and again.  So here are 5 wonderful series that might bless your family as much as they’ve blessed ours!

  1. Imagination Station Series - (aimed at 6-12 year olds) I mentioned them in my general post on books that inspire faith last week. There are 14 fun books in this series that follows two cousins as they travel back in time via the Imagination Station to witness various events in history.  They are exciting, full of adventure, and have seamlessly woven in faith lessons.  We read the first book for a boys book club and were hooked.  We’ve gradually been building up our collection and currently own the first 9 books.  You can buy them individually or in sets of 3 (books 1-3, 4-6, 7-9) or buy the whole set at once.
  2. Sugar Creek Gang Series – (aimed at 9-14 year olds) Amazing lessons of courage, faith, & friendship are tucked into each of these adventures.  We own the first 16 books and my 10 year old has read them all at least twice.  Now my 8 year old is working his way through them.  I love how they weave everyday Christian thoughts and messages into it from a young boy’s perspective. You can buy them in groups of 6 books, or just start with the first one and see if your kids like it.
  3. LightKeepers Set: 10 Boys Who…  (aimed at 9-14 year olds) I want to raise world-changers, children who are inspired to do whatever it is that God has in store for them.  Stories have an ability to inspire our kids to do just that and this series is no exception.  (I love the girl set too!)  Our children need real-life heroes and these books showcase several of them.  Each book features a biographical sketch about several amazing boys/men and how their faith influenced what they did.  They are not only interesting to read just for fun, they are wonderful to have on hand to go along with our homeschool studies.  The set includes:
    Ten Boys who Changed the World, Ten Boys who Made a Difference, Ten Boys who Made History, Ten Boys who Used Their Talents, and Ten Boys who Didn’t Give In 
  4. Chronicles of Narnia – (aimed at 8+) Do you own this classic series?  If not, I think it deserves a place on everyone’s bookshelf.  My parents owned a paperback set and we wore them out reading and re-reading them.  She ended up upgrading to a hardcover set.  While the kids won’t grasp the allegory without discussion, once they do the depth tucked into this delightful series will continue to grow and deepen the more they read them.
  5. Cooper Kid Adventures – (aimed at 10-18) Don’t be fooled by the word “kid” in the title.  This is an action packed series that is probably too intense for younger kids. I love how this reviewer summed them up:  “Combine the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew with Indiana Jones, make them Christians in search of Biblical artifacts, and you’ll get the gist of these novels.”  The series follows Dr. Cooper a biblical archaeologist (and widower) and his two kids as they head out into the field.  They are full of action, adventure and showcase faith and a loving family in action.  My mom read these aloud to us as girls and we had many lively discussions about the Bible, archaeology, good vs. evil, and the spiritual realm.  I then went on to read them multiple times by myself. You can purchase them individually, buy the first four books in the series or you can buy all 8 at once.  Once you’ve read the first book to set the stage and establish the characters, each of the remaining books can really be read in any order.

This is post 30 in the series. To check out the rest series31 days of gift ideas that will spark and foster your children's love of learning and feed the imagination!

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6 Beautiful Picture Books that I’d Love to Own!

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As Greta is getting older, we’ve enjoyed reading more and more picture books.  As I wrap up this series on 31 Days that Inspire Learning (only 2 more to go!), I thought I’d share 6 books that we’ve read several times to the boys that I found at either the library or someone else’s home, that I’d love to add to our collection.  As I wrote about this summer, kids benefit from reading the same book over and over again.  The trick is finding books that you as the parent don’t mind reading for the upteenth time.  Here are a few beautiful and engaging options:

1.  The Snail and the WhaleThis is another favorite that we check out every year and read over and over again.  The story is mesmerizing and the words slip off the tip of my tongue in an effortless beautiful kind of way. Even now, I practically have it memorized and I don’t mind one bit reading it over and over again.  Someday, I’ll be reading this one to my grandchildren!

2. The Velveteen Rabbit - I loved this book as a girl and cried the first time I read it to Xander.  Oh yes, I blogged about the experience back in the vintage 2006 days of this blog.

3. Each Peach, Pear, Plum – This delightful book is sort of an “I Spy” book for fairy tale characters.  Beautifully illustrated, it lends itself to precious memory making moments as you study the illustrations together.  I enjoyed reading this to Xander and ‘gasp’ totally forgot about it until now. It is high time that I caught the next three kids up on this beautiful book.

4. The Giraffe that Walked to Paris – I discovered this book when we were learning about world geography almost 4 years ago.  At the time it was out of print and in such great demand that one had to pay over $50 to buy a used copy.  I had to request it through inter-library loan.  I noticed that it is back in print and I’d love to add this engaging true story about the giraffe that walked to Paris!

5. Roxaboxen – I fell in love with this book from the moment I first read it.  I love books that inspire kids to get out in nature.  Most children’s books however center around life in the forest and next to bubbling brooks.  Well, here in the Arizona desert our nature play doesn’t quite look like that.  Roxaboxen takes place in Yuma, Arizona which is in the south western part of our state.  It beautifully illustrates the power of children’s imaginations no matter the surroundings.  For the number of times we’ve checked this out of the library, I think it deserves a permanent place in our home.  If you love imaginative play and the outdoors, this book is a MUST READ!

6. Children of the Forest - Elsa Beskow is considered the Beatrix Potter of Sweden. Her nature-infused illustrations are simply magical.  My sister first introduced me to this whimsical book about a tiny forest family, specifically a family with four children.  I hope Greta becomes enchanted with these little forest children and their imaginative romps through the forest.  You can get the mini-book version (7×5) on Amazon, but to get the big 9×11 books, you have to go to Ebay or a specialty store like A Toy Garden.

 

To check out the whole series: 31 days of gift ideas that will spark and foster your children's love of learning and feed the imagination!

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