• Madison Brown

Five Fall Favorites--Family

Welcome back to the Five Fall Favorites party! I’m so excited about the books I’m sharing today for our Family genre. Each book is wildly different, but they’re all ones I'd recommend for the entire family to enjoy.

Today I’ve made myself comfortable in the loft of Literary Lodge’s massive barn. The view from up here is incredible--I can see all the bike trails we explored yesterday and the benches around the campfire we'll check out tomorrow! Plus, this loft is the perfect spot to sit and read, so let’s dive into today’s top 5 picks!

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

This famous story of man's progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Along his journey to the Celestial City, Christian confronts such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, Talkative, Ignorance, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
An enormously influential 17th-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language, The Pilgrim's Progress remains one of the most widely read books in the English language.

You might remember this book from yesterday's list--but it's good enough to share twice! It's intriguing enough to keep children of all ages engaged while being a wonderful way to strengthen their Christian walk. If you’re looking for something a little shorter and simpler for young children, there is an abridged version of the novel, as well as a recently released animated film.

You can find the book on Goodreads here.

The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller

"Well, it was just your basic, ordinary day in the good old U. S. of A. States all over the country were waking up, having their first cups of coffee, reading the morning paper, and enjoying the beautiful sunrise.
All the states, that is, except for Kansas."
At the first annual "states party," Virginia and Idaho hatch a plan to swap spots so each can see another part of the country. Before the party is over, all the states decide to switch places. In the beginning, every state is happy in its new location. But soon things start to go wrong. Will the states ever unscramble themselves and return to their proper places?

This was my favorite picture book as a child, and it still holds a special place in my heart! It's absolutely hilarious and a great tool to help your children learn the names and locations of states.

Find it on Goodreads here.

The Truth Chronicles by Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook

What would you do if you could travel through time? When four unsuspecting teens from the world's top science academy attempt a trip to ancient Egypt, they dive into an adventure beyond their wildest imaginations. Jax and Isaiah expect pyramids and pharaohs, but come face-to-face with some of the deadliest creatures to ever walk the earth. Can JT and Micky get there before it's too late? And what will happen when they are confronted with the true history of the world?

These time-traveling adventure books are great for middle-grade readers. They’re fast-paced and contain a wealth of Christian apologetics to strengthen your children’s faith and prepare them to share it with the world.

Find it on Goodreads here.

Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle

Straight from the mind of New York Times bestselling author Nathan W. Pyle comes an adorable and profound universe in pink, blue, green, and purple. Based on the phenomenally popular Instagram of the same name, Strange Planet covers a full life cycle of the planet’s inhabitants.

This book is a compilation of comic strips from the Strange Planet comic series by Nathan Pyle. It's the perfect way to laugh with your family as you read about the alien "beings" experiencing different life milestones such as "The Family Attains a Beast," "The Formal Education of a Being," "The Extended Family of a Being," and "The Being Reflects on Life While Watching the Planet Rotate."

Find it on Goodreads here.

100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

Twelve-year-old Henry York is going to sleep one night when he hears a bump on the attic wall above his head. It's an unfamiliar house—Henry is staying with his aunt, uncle, and three cousins—so he tries to ignore it. But the next night he wakes up with bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall, and one of them is slowly turning...
Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers doors—ninety-nine cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room—with a man strolling back and forth! Henry and his cousin Henrietta soon understand that these are not just cupboards. They are, in fact, portals to other worlds.

I've loved the 100 Cupboards Series since I was eleven. With magical new worlds and creatures, it's the perfect read if your family is looking for something a little fantastical. Parts of the series can be a little frightening, though, so if you have a young child or one who is easily scared, you might want to read through the books first to make sure it's something they can handle.

Find the book on Goodreads here.

And there you have it--my top five picks for FFF's family genre! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. Don’t forget to click the image below to visit each of the other blogger’s posts for free books and to enter our grand prize giveaway!

I’ll see you tomorrow for our top 5 Go-To Favorites genre!


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