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 +


The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

The Book of a Thousand Poems: Classic Collection for Children

Norton Anthology of Poetry

Expensive online, but can often be found at thrift stores

Talking Like the Rain: A Read-to-Me Book of Poems

Poems to Learn by Heart


Cool Melons - Turn to Frogs! : The Life and Poems of Issa


Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave 

A River of Words : The Story of William Carlos Williams

Phyllis Wheatley Sings Out Freedom

Papa Is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost

Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings

16 Words: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow”


One-Two-Three Mother Goose

A Board book for babies

Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever

an excellent comprehensive Mother Goose, although any MG is fine

Utter Nonsense: Collected Poems of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear

A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein has many fun poetry books. Poetry does not need to be serious to be valuable .

When We Were Very Young and Now We are Six 

Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers


Poetry for Kids: Carl Sandburg

This entire collection is beautifully illustrated and has great selections for kids of "adult" poets.

Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson

Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost

Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman

Poetry for Kids: William Shakespeare


Poetry For Young People: Edgar Allan Poe

This entire collection is beautifully illustrated and has great selections for kids of "adult" poets.

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes 

Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou


When I heard the learn'd astronomer

The Negro Speaks of Rivers



Paul Revere’s Ride

That Is My Dream! 


I, Too, Am America

Life Doesn't Frighten Me At All


I Carry Your Heart with Me

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