Once children start reading chapter books, providing sufficient suitable books can be problematic. This is a list of some of our favourites. There are 45 on the list but many of these are series so in reality there are far more. I haven't necessarily read every book in a series! Feel free to add your own recommendations.
- Milad-the voyage to Ophir Nazan Anhar
- Eagle of the Ninth series Rosemary Sutcliffe. Set of three books set over the course of the Roman occupation of England.
- Tiger, tiger. Lynne Reid Banks Set in Roman times.
- Facing Lions JR Williamson and RM Freedman
- Lord of the Forest BB
- Mantlemass Chronicles Barbara Willard. Set in Sussex between the 15th and 17th century. I read some years ago and The Sprig of Broom more recently. There are some fairly adult themes: illegitimacy, witch hunts and class issues but, in my opinion, worth reading for older children.
- Piet Prin's Struggle for Freedom series about the Eighty years war in the Netherlands.
- Crown and Covenant Bond Douglas Bond
- Little house on the Prairie series Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Children on the Oregon trail Van Der Loeff
- Silver Sword Ian Serrailler
- The endless Steppe Esther Hautzig. Again, non-fiction, the story of a Jewish family taken to Siberia by the Russians in 1941 and their battle to survive.
- Piet Prin's Shadow series about the Second World War in the Netherlands
- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boon. Older children.
- GA Henty historical books-there are loads of these for the avid reader.
- Michael Morpurgo books: some of these are great but look at them first. There are some complex themes; for example, Private Peaceful deals with desertion in war and the treatment of deserters.
- Double Take series by Scholastic present both sides of historical events such as the Battle of Hastings and the race to the South Pole. Great for children who prefer non-fiction.
- My story series published by Scholastic. Some have an element of romance usually obvious if you check the last few pages!
- Deborah Alcock's books including By far Euphrates, The Czar and The Spanish brothers. Victorian Christian historical fiction, well researched and written. Again, for older readers.
- Trailblazers series published by Christian Focus. This is a series of biographies for children. There are one or two that I wouldn't have chosen to have written about but generally a helpful series with many titles for voracious readers.
- Jungle Doctor series by Paul White. I was brought up on this series about a missionary doctor in Tanzania. The medicine is dated, and fascinating but more important, it deals with unchanging realities.
- Stepping heavenward E. Prentiss for older girls.
- Patricia St John's books. Of these, Rainbow Garden was one of my favourite childhood books and Tanglewood secrets is a tear jerker.
- Mr Pipes Douglas Bond-I get a bit irritated by some failures to depict UK culture correctly but otherwise they are a worthwhile read and a relaxed introduction to some hymn writers.
- Mystery at Witchend series Malcolm Saville
- Thirty nine steps by John Buchan
- Moonfleet Meade Falkner-definitely for the older contingent and not for the faint hearted!
- Railway children, Treasure Seekers, Five children and it. E Nesbit
- Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
- Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- Snow Fox John Reynolds Gardiner another tear jerker although a very quick read.
Childhood and growing up
- Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery
- Little women series Lousia Alcott
- Dimsie series by Dorita Fairlie Bruce are stories of a girl at boarding school between the Wars and the latter stories are set in Scotland during the Second World War.
- Billabong series set in Australia
- Seven little Australians by Ethel Turner. I cried through the TV adaptation of this, as a child.
- What Katie did series Susan Coolridge
- Miss Read stories are really adult books but are gentle tales of life as a school mistress in an English village.
- Around the world in eighty days by Jules Verne. One of my sons tells me that Twenty thousand leagues under the sea is better but I haven't read it myself.
- Abbey books by Elsie Oxenham. This is a long school series of 38 books so useful for children who read fast!
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