Summer is a great time for reading, for kids as well as parents! In addition to some recommendations below, consider reading some of your kids’ required reading for their upcoming school year, which could lead to a deeper discussion at the dinner table. Please note many of these titles are available in an audiobook format, which is great for a road trip or daily commute to the office!
- Moloka'i by Alan Brenner is the story of a 7-year-old Hawaiian girl who is banished to a leprosy colony.
- Small Caucasian Woman by Elaine Fowler Palencia is a collection of stories from a small, isolated Appalachian town.
- Secret History by Donna Tartt is about a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college who discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries.
- Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson is an epic fantasy series.
- The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson is a complete collection of some of the most beloved comic strips of all time.
- The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan is the story of the building of Biltmore House and Estate in Asheville. Combine this with a visit to the estate this summer!
- The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson is an exciting tale about Winston Churchill during the earliest days of World War II.
- A Severe Mercy by Sheldon VanAuken is an autobiography of Sheldon’s marriage and search for faith.
- A Prayer for Orion by Katherine James details her son’s struggle with heroin addiction and how their family helped him.
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion is a collection of stories about prominent figures in the 1960s, primarily in California, such as John Wayne and Howard Hughes. Didion is known as one of the “most distinctive prose stylists of our era,” but this is her first non-fiction work.
- Seven Brief Lessons in Magic is a book about theology/philosophy by Paul Tyson. It “defines magic as the real qualities and mysteries of the world that science just can’t grasp.”
- Cultural Liturgies Series is a set of theology books by James K. A. Smith which includes Desiring the Kingdom, Imagining the Kingdom, and Awaiting the King. These books look at different aspects of worship.
- Virtuous Minds: Intellectual Character Development by Philip E. Dow presents a case for the recovery of intellectual character.
- The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money by Ron Lieber provides a framework for talking to our kids about money and presenting good financial advice.
- How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims is a very short read on how to parent children toward adulthood.
- Feeding the Mouth that Bites You by Kenneth Wilgus is a “complete guide to parenting adolescents and launching them into the world.”
- The EQ Intervention by Adam Saenz aims to “shape a self-aware generation through social and emotional learning.” While the audience for this book is teachers in a classroom, much of it applies to parents in the home.