3 Greatest Books for Family Reading

Do you remember these dazzling stories you were reading with the flashlight under the blanket when it was the high time for a night sleep? We are here to share the best pieces of children’s fiction and help you convey this fascinating feeling to your kids. 

8455045_lGood books have always been the most important parts of nurturing the kids’ nature. Since we are totally fed up with tons of information, we find it difficult to choose the proper books for our precious kids today. We’d like to hint at the most engaging books that will enchant, entertain and maybe even enlighten your children.

The most important books for reading aloud with your kids:

Cute_Number_One_PNG_Clipart_Image The first position is proudly occupied by “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) by C.S.Lewis. According to the polls, it’s one of the most exciting fiction novels ever written for children.

“They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed,’ whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it’s the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins…”

The_Lion_the_Witch_and_the_WardrobeIt’s the first story from the sequence of the Narnia Chronicles. Unforgettable characters and amazing plot, perfect English and description scenes. No empty dialogues and dead space, the story flows smoothly and carries into the wonderful world of transcendent fantasy.

This is one of the greatest options for reading aloud. The only thing that may seem controversial and repelling to someone is the Christian symbolism. Anyway it’s not so obvious and distracting. Just keep in mind this book that was written over 60 years ago and cut it a little slack.

111I remember my special feeling when I was reading this first story as a kid. I identified myself with Lucy, her brothers and sister. I tried to imagine transporting myself to another place just hiding in the old wardrobe and appearing in some magic world filled with enigmatic and friendly creatures like Mr.Tumnus, the faun. The further chapters reveal more mysterious Narnia inhabitants and unfolds totally amazing string of events.

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is rather symbolic and at the same time easy for understanding. The four kids are carrying out the special mission. They need to conquer the evil witch who made the whole country suffer from the eternal winter. But what is more important, kids need to win their fears and weaknesses and become worthy owners of the royal crown of Narnia.

Cute_Number_Two_PNG_Clipart_Image “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien is another great family bedtime story. The author has written it in 1937 for his own children. In The Hobbit he tried to express the most lovely, scary and surprising fantasies. And very soon it got the timeless classic in children’s literature.

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

hobbitThe book will bring you into the world of terrific characters like hobbit Bilbo Baggins, Gollum, the wizard Gandalf, the magic ring, the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent and their Middle-earth adventures. Compared with The Lord of the Rings, this story tells offers more concentrated events, and Bilbo is a more appealing character than Frodo.

The Hobbit” is just an enchanting and joyful adventure with deep undertones. This simple story fascinates and reveals the hidden allusions pointing at something greater, it teaches wisdom in a subtle way.

On one of ‘The Hobbit’ pages Tolkien states that a story about the good time is told too quickly told, while the story of bad times needs much more pages and requires a great many words and images to illustrate them brightly. And that makes the story live and truthful.

“The Hobbit” kindles the child’s imagination and results in love to fiction novels. Read this book to your chidren, and you’ll see their eyes sparkling with excitement.

Cute_Number_Three_PNG_Clipart_Image“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling is recognized as one of the most important novels in the modern history. The first book of the series about Harry Potter is the great introduction to the mysterious Hogwarts’s world.

3e14e43ab1c1cc9506bcfa195be28b41“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

The main alluring idea in “Harry Potter” is that any ordinary child can be special without even knowing it. Another gorgeous thing is visiting a weird fairy world where the things could have fantastic power. This worls is full of ridiculous, bold and appealing characters which make you fall in love at first sight. Among the funny heros are the singing hats, the talking chess pieces, goblins and trolls, unicorns and centaurs, a cheerful giant and a big dog wearing three heads, and finally the mad master wizard.


Harry Potter is convinced he is just an ordinary boy. He suffers from the unfairly bad attitude of his aunt and uncle who let him sleep in the closet. While Dudley posesses two bedrooms: one for sleeping and another one for playing. One day when Harry starts to get mysterious letters, his life changes forever. He is kidnapped by a beetle-eyed giant and brought to the special school for magicians. It’s the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter is recognized to have superabilities and develop them in the school for real wizards. And after all, to his own surprise, Harry ends getting a true hero.

Harry is a dignified and generous character. He is brave and charmingly smart in critical moments. Among the other crucial characters of this story are the young student Hermione, Harry’s friend, the other boy Ron who lacks money but compensates it with his large family and friends circle. The secondary characters won’t also leave you indifferent. The chapter is overfilled with their exciting adventures you’ll totally love. The unpredictable twists in the plotline and the smart humor makes it spectacular and funny. This story will create a magical and breathtaking impression at the whole reading family.

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Caucasian parents and toddler son reading book in bed.
Caucasian parents and toddler son reading book in bed.

We also want to share some awesome facts about the greatest titles for your home bookshelves or for download to your portable reading device like smartphone or tablet. Among the favorites for family reading are these familiar titles:

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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Here’s the brilliant interactive selection of books for kids and family reading provided by Scholastic.com:

Let’s also remember the previously published infographics about what kids want in books:

What Kids Want in Books
What Kids Want in Books

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And finally, enjoy the following infographics presenting the most brilliant books for family reading: