6 Books Your Entire Family Can Enjoy


If you're planning to celebrate National Family Literacy Month by reading books with your children, check out this blog post for six recommendations. They'll be fun for your entire family!

Reading with Family

Here's a fun fact: November is National Family Literacy Month! If you aren't already in the habit of reading with your child or children, this month is the perfect time to give it a try. The following list has suggestions for six books that your entire family can enjoy reading, even if everybody is of a different age. So dust off your library card and let's get reading!

A father reading with his child

The Harry Potter Series

There's a reason why the Harry Potter books are beloved by people from every generation. They're accessible to all ages, but become more mature in terms of the theme, plot, and use of language as the series progresses, making them perfect to read over time.

The books give readers the chance to enter an exciting, magical, absorbing world and explore themes of family, friendship, courage, and good vs. evil. You can even supplement your reading with the eight films that were made based off of the books. No matter how old your child is, we're sure he or she will get excited about spells, Hogwarts, and wands. We sure do.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

All of Roald Dahl's books are another great choice for reading with your family, with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory making for a fantastic first choice. It draws readers of all ages in with a universally interesting topic: chocolate. It then follows up the initial intrigue associated with the premise with moral lessons about being greedy and spoiled or selfless, making it a good jumping-off point for discussions with your children. Maybe over hot chocolate.

A child enjoys reading a book

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends is one of Shel Silverstein's beloved poetry collections. It's a great choice for introducing your children to poetry as it's full of light-hearted poems that address many common childhood issues like dreaming, messiness, and baby brothers. These poems will be sure to delight your child. Those who are a little older and more mature will be able to appreciate the true depth of the themes covered, as well as Silverstein's masterful use of literary devices.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

The first of Louis Sachar's series of books about the Wayside School is full of absurd, silly short stories about the antics of the students and teachers of Sachar's fictional elementary school. The stories are undeniably hysterical, whether you're an adult or an elementary school student. For older children, you can use the book as an introduction to the concepts of satire and parody, which can be frequently found in the collection.

Children of different ages read a book together

Pippi Longstocking

The iconic character of Pippi Longstocking originated from Astrid Lundgren's 1945 Swedish book. Pippi is a role model for people of all ages, being generous, cunning, strong, unconventional, and adventurous. She represents the best of a child's natural qualities, and the book's telling of her wild adventures will capture your children's imaginations.

The Little Prince

Though The Little Prince is technically a children's book, it's as popular - or perhaps even more popular - among adults. It's one of the best-selling and most-translated books ever published. Although the book is written in plain, accessible language and features a child protagonist, it makes some moral observations about life and the human condition that have struck a chord with adult audiences. Its evocative illustrations and deep themes make it a lovely choice for readers of any age.

Looking for more information on these books? Check out's literature guides.

By Daisy Rogozinsky
November 2018
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