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Children's Book Lists

Our kids read a lot of books -- sometimes, they even read a book several times in a row simply because they enjoy it so much! The following list is a relatively short list that currently has the kids staying up late at night or that includes some of their favorites. (All books available via

We also present two additional lists of children's things that our kids enjoy.

bulletThe Seattle Children's Theatre presents a recommended reading list for every one of their productions.
bulletClassical music through the stories and music presented through the Classical Kids series.


Title & Description
coverThe Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Both boys are in the middle of the whole series, including the movie. Our youngest has just finished The Fellowship of the Ring and our oldest is deep into The Hobbit. The kids may not get all the words but they get excited by the imagery and are fascinated by the imagination. When I was growing up, this was one of my favorite series - I remember the weekend Tolkien binges, once every year, when I would curl up on the the sofa with all four of the books for a weekend read-through.
coverHershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel
One of our boys' favorite stories about how a wise man can save Hanukkah from the goblins through clever use of Hanukkah games and traditions. Or read Kimmel's newest book called The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories from Chelm.
coverThe BFG by Roald Dahl
Our oldest boy loves this story and all of the inventive details. (Can anyone say what a snozzcumber is!) Catch the story on video too.
Star Wars: A New Hope by George Lucas and others includes the book versions of the 'first' three movies: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back (with Donald F. Glut) and Return of the Jedi (with James Kahn).
coverGeorge's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
Like all of Roald Dahl's books, this book combines a sense of the absurd with comical results. In this case, who wouldn't want to make up a special medicine to give to that 'special' someone?
coverThe Hardy Boys Starter Set by Franklin W. Dixon
This is the goodnight reading book for our youngest. It's written at just the right level for him to really enjoy the details.


Seattle Children's Theatre Booklist

For every production that is performed through out the year, the Seattle Children's Theatre develops a booklist with the assistance of the King County Library system. In addition to providing some additional entertaining reading for children who are captivated by the play, this book list of between 10-15 titles is designed to help children get additional background on the issues presented in the play at the appropriate level. Moreover, there are also several books recommended for parents or teachers that are at a different level. To find the recommended books for each production, just click on the title below.

2003/2004 Season
bulletThe True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
bulletThe Gingerbread Man
bulletThe Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
bulletTibet Through the Red Box
bulletThe Shape of a Girl
bulletMrs. Piggle-Wiggle

2002/2003 Season

bulletMy Only May Amelia
bulletThe Big Friendly Giant
bulletThe Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
bulletThe Outsiders
bulletGo, Dog. Go!
bulletNicky Somewhere Else
bulletThe Shakespeare Stealer

2001/2002 Season

bulletJohnny Tremain
bulletThe Hoboken Chicken Emergency
bulletThe Wrestling Season
bulletCharlotte's Web
bulletInto The West

2000/2001 Season

bulletAnimal Farm
bulletThe Red Balloon
bulletPrince Brat and the Whipping Boy
bulletThe Mask of the Unicorn Warrior
bulletWinnie The Pooh
bulletSideways Stories From Wayside School

1999/2000 Season

I only have the book lists for two of the performances:

bullet The Midwife's Apprentice
bulletWhen I Grow Up I'm Gonna Get Some Big Words


Children's Music

In addition to books, our boys have truly enjoyed learning about classical music through a series of CDs produced by an organization called Classical Kids. We've had the CDs in this set for over a year now. At first, the kids loved the stories which provide a sense of history and place and, ultimately, keep the kids interested in the entire CD. As they listened (time and time again), they started to pay more attention to the musical portions. Recently, we've been able to tell that they've picked up a sense of the music as we've listed to classical music on the car radio. Time and again, they perk up when listening to a piece of music and surprise us by saying "That's Beethoven". Sure enough - they've picked up something about the style of music that's characteristic of Beethoven. Sometimes it's the snippet of music from the CD and other times it's just the rhythms that are characteristic of that piece. As a family, we all recommend these.

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Classical Kids: Collection (Save by getting 4 CDs:  Bach, Beethoven, Mozart's Magic Fantasy, Vivaldi.)  Or, get them separately:

bullet Mr. Bach Comes To Call
bullet Beethoven Lives Upstairs
bullet Mozart's Magic Fantasy: A Journey Through The Magic Flute
bullet Vivaldi's Ring Of Mystery

The Classical Kids Collection Vol 2 (Save by getting 4 CDs: Tchaikovsky, Handel, Mozart's Magnificent Voyage, Song of the Unicorn.)  Or, get them separately:

bullet Hallelujah Handel!
bullet Mozart's Magnificent Voyage: Tales Of The Dream Children
bullet Song of the Unicorn (based on Greensleeves)
bullet Tchaikovsky Discovers America

Other Classical Kids CDs not yet in a boxed set:

bullet Daydreams And Lullabies


For other books on our lists of recommended books, follow the links below.
bulletOur Current Book List. The list of books on our current reading list.
bulletMountain Climbing and Outdoor Adventures with the cover graphics.
bulletHistory Books that relate to our family history or that we have enjoyed.
bulletOther Books that we are waiting to categorize.
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