15 Books to Read Aloud (and listen to) with Your Kids This Summer

By Jessica Wolstenholm


One of our family’s favorite things to do is read aloud together. As a matter of fact, reading aloud is a tradition that was passed down to me from both of my grandmothers and my mom. I have so many nostalgic memories of being read to as a child and am so grateful to have these memories with my own children.

Our family has also fallen in love with listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks are perfect for long trips in the car or on a plane. They are also great for children who may struggle to fall asleep at night or those who simply love the art of storytelling. 

Now that summer is upon us, what better time to make memories reading aloud and listening to audiobooks as a family? There are so many wonderful books full of Christ-focused life lessons that help us train our children in the way they should go. Let’s take a look at some great book choices as you look to engage as a family this summer.

15 Books to Read Aloud (and listen to) with Your Kids This Summer

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God Made Me – This book is the perfect way to teach your children they are special because God made them.

God Made the AnimalsBrothers Clive & Ian take us on a fun visit to the zoo to see that God created all the amazing animals on earth!

On the Night You Were Born – This book is a wonderful way to communicate your unconditional love for your children, opening up lots of great conversations along the way.

Just in Case You Ever Wonder – This classic book by Max Lucado is a wonderful story to illustrate that we will love and be there for our children in every season of life. 

Michah’s Super Vlog: Micah’s Got Talent – A wonderful story about learning to trust God in the journey to discovering who you are.

Michah’s Super Vlog: The Big Fail – This book talks about the importance of telling the truth and what it will cost you not to.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch – A wonderful story to encourage discussions with your children about using their God-given gifts for God’s glory.

The Chronicles of Narnia – This 7-book classic literature set is full of biblical truths and character training. There is no shortage of adventure as your family explores the depths of good vs. evil. 

Pilgrim’s Progress – This story is a beautiful illustration of how to godly build character in a world full of sin.

Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God – Devotions are a wonderful way to strengthen your family’s faith in God as well as grow closer together. This devotional has helped shape our family over the last 8 years and we highly recommend it!

Audio Books

Charlie’s Choice Audiobook – This audiobook has accompanied us on numerous family road trips and as a comforting story for our sons to fall asleep to. It is a wonderful audio drama teaching the age-old lesson of focusing on God and not earthly riches.

Candle in the Window – This special Christmas story shares how a candle in the window can bring hope and cultivate a special relationship with the Light of the world!

Anne of Green Gables – There are so many amazing lessons to be learned through this classic book to include: loving yourself for who you are, always being a good friend, making the most of every opportunity, and so much more.

The Truth Chronicles – Through 11 fun stories, this audiobook series from Adventures in Oddysey will help your children understand how to live with a Christian worldview.

Charlotte’s Web – This classic audiobook teaches life lessons about friendship, loyalty, love, and death. It is a wonderful way to introduce our children to the importance of embracing life and living it to the fullest.

Spending time reading aloud is a wonderful way to grow closer as a family.  As you make time this summer to enjoy these stories, you will create memories to cherish for years to come. 

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