OUT OF THE BEST BOOKS

Christlike Attributes

This booklist correlates to our Christlike Attributes Family Study.

We have separated books into the “character trait” that they teach, but the truth is: no book worth reading has only one message. Books like The Kitchen Knight or Thee, Hannah! could have easily been put into every single category.

These are all books that we love, and which will help you draw closer to the Savior Jesus Christ- even if He is never mentioned in their pages.

Please be advised, although we love all of these books, they are not all appropriate for everyone. Some books, such as The Hiding Place or The Great Gilly Hopkins may be right for your teenagers, but not your kindergartener. Use your own best judgement when choosing books for your family.

Picture books and novels are both listed. Novels are indicatd with a +

FAITH

St. George and the Dragon

Girls who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women from the Bible

This is a wonderful series which includes heroines from the Bible, Book of Mormon and LDS Church History.

 

+ The Bronze Bow

 

+ The Pilgrim’s Progress: Dangerous Journey

HOPE

Noah’s Ark

The Carrot Seed

 

+ The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking trilogy)

 

+ Mary of the Mayflower

JOY & GRATITUDE

Pelle’s New Suit

Elsa Beskow is one of our favorite children's authors and illustrators. Nearly all of her books are wonderful.

The Rich Man and the Shoemaker

Bernadette Watts is another favorite author and illustrator. She does wonderful renditions of many classic fairy tales. 

 

The Quiltmaker's Gift

 

Mrs. Biddlebox

+ Heidi

+ The Secret Garden

CHARITY

The Star Child

Thy Friend, Obediah

Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty

Boxes for Katje

+ Sir Gibby

The original version of this is called Sir Gibby and is extremely long and written in Scottish. Try to find an abridged translation for children. Our favorite is Wee Sir Gibby of the Highlands, but it's hard to purchase. If your library doesn't carry it, you can read a different version for children and it will still be wonderful. 

+ Mama's Bank Account

VIRTUE

King Arthur: The Sword in the Stone

Ernestine’s Milky Way

The Boy Who Held Back the Sea

+ Stories from the Life of Joseph Smith

 

+ A Little Princess

HONESTY

Honesty is included with VIRTUE in Christlike Attributes, but it's a valuable enough characteristic in it's own right that we have included a separate booklist for the topic.

O’Sullivan Stew

The Golden Plate

The Empty Pot

+ The Great Gilly Hopkins

 

+ The Railway Children

HUMILITY & REPENTANCE

Chanticleer and the Fox

Once a Mouse

The Little Gardener

The Tower: A Story of Humility

 

+ The Hundred Dresses

+ ​Sarah, Plain and Tall

+ The King's Equal

PATIENCE & FORGIVENESS

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

The Kitchen Knight

 

+ The Hiding Place

 

+ The One and Only Ivan

OBEDIENCE

Strega Nona

Library Lion

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

+ Thee, Hannah

+ The Princess and the Goblin

KNOWLEDGE

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

My Great-Aunt Arizona

+ Understood Betsy

+ The Wednesday Wars

REVERENCE

The Angel and the Donkey

Last Stop on Market Street

My Home Can Be a Holy Place

+ Tuck Everlasting

+ Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

DILIGENCE & WORK

The King's Highway

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

The Ox-Cart Man

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

+ Little Britches

+ The Door in the Wall

PRAYERFUL

A Child's Prayer

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

+ Because of Winn-Dixie

+ The Tanglewoods' Secret

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