For parents looking for wholesome, interesting books for their kids, or for those who just want to relax with a good read during this uncertain time, I have listed my top three book recommendations for housebound children, organized by age group.
The overarching criteria for the books on this list are goodness, beauty, and truth, specifically, as well as respect for faith, marriage and family, and human dignity. The same goes for the illustrations. Children’s books with unaddressed lying or rudeness are not on this list. Many of the books are not “great” literature, but neither are they trash. They are simply well-written, well-illustrated, and interesting. Enjoy!
Ages 2 to 7:
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
Ages 8 to 12:
Five Go to Smuggler’s Top (in the Famous Five series) by Enid Blyton
Little Britches series* by Ralph Moody
Winged Watchman by Hilda van Stockum
The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) by Daniel James Brown
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew
For additional recommendations of books that delight, inform, and inspire, my 57-paged booklet, A Mother's List of Books, lists suggested titles, alphabetically by author, for a variety of age groups from babies to adults.