25 Engaging Books to Read Aloud with Your Family

Finding books that captivate the whole family can be a challenging task, especially when you have children of different ages.

Whether it’s bedtime reading, a cozy afternoon indoors, or a shared family tradition, discovering stories that everyone enjoys can create wonderful memories and encourage a love of reading in children.

That’s why I’ve compiled a list of books to read as a family that are engaging for a wide range of readers.

This family reading list is packed with timeless classics and modern favorites, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Dive into these stories together and enjoy the magical world of books as a family!

25 Books to Read as a Family

Family reading a book together

1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

This timeless tale of friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte is heartwarming and poignant.

It’s a perfect read-aloud book for the whole family.

2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Step into the magical land of Narnia, where adventure awaits around every corner. This fantasy series is filled with mythical creatures and profound life lessons.

3. The Enchanted Forrest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

This is a delightful fantasy series that follows Princess Cimorene, who defies traditional princess roles by running away to live with dragons. Filled with humor, adventure, and charming characters, this series turns fairy tale conventions on their head and is perfect for readers of all ages.

This has been one of my son’s favorite series for a while now. It’s a fun, lighthearted read with no dark themes.

4. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Follow the charming adventures of the Penderwick sisters as they explore, make friends, and navigate growing up. This series is full of heart and humor.

5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Join Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This magical series is sure to captivate readers young and old with its enchanting storylines and beloved characters.

6. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a brilliant girl with a love for books and extraordinary powers. This funny, touching story will inspire and entertain the whole family.

7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Embark on thrilling quests with Percy Jackson, involving Greek gods and mythical creatures. This action-packed series is also educational, making it a win-win.

8. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The imaginative and spirited Anne Shirley’s adventures are delightful and full of heart, making this series a timeless family favorite.

9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Discover the enchanting story of a hidden garden and its transformative power. This magical and moving tale is perfect for a family read-aloud.

10. Half Magic by Edward Eager

Join Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha as they stumble upon a magical coin that grants half of whatever they wish, leading to a series of unexpected and whimsical adventures. This enchanting story combines humor and fantasy, capturing the imaginations of readers young and old.

11. Wayside School Series by Louis Sachar

Experience the wacky and whimsical adventures at a school built 30 stories high, where each floor hosts its own unique and hilarious mishaps. Filled with quirky characters and unpredictable events, this series offers endless laughs and surprises that are perfect for young readers.

This is one of our favorite books to read as a family because it always gets us laughing.

12. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

This beautiful story of a brave mouse, a princess, and a journey of love and forgiveness is wonderfully written and engaging for all ages.

13. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Dive into a gripping mystery where sixteen heirs compete to solve the puzzle of a millionaire’s bizarre will, uncovering secrets and surprises at every turn. This cleverly crafted whodunit keeps readers on their toes with its twists, intricate plot, and unforgettable characters.

14. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

This touching story about a girl and her dog explores themes of friendship, acceptance, and community. It’s a heartwarming read for the whole family.

15. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Follow Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III on his journey from a young Viking to a dragon trainer. This humorous and adventurous series is great for shared laughs and excitement.

16. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

This fantastical story of James and his adventures inside a giant peach with oversized insect friends is imaginative and fun, perfect for a summer read.

17. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The delightful adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger along the riverbank are timeless and full of whimsy, making it a great read-aloud choice.

18. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Embark on an enchanting journey with siblings Kendra and Seth as they discover their grandparents’ hidden preserve for magical creatures. This captivating series blends adventure, mystery, and fantasy, offering thrilling escapades and unforgettable characters for readers of all ages.

19. Stuart Little by E.B. White

The charming tale of a small mouse with big adventures is engaging and filled with warmth, making it a perfect read for families.

20. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The fantastical journey of Alice in a whimsical world full of peculiar creatures and curious adventures is endlessly entertaining for readers of all ages.

21. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This touching story of a gorilla named Ivan who lives in a shopping mall enclosure is both moving and beautifully written. It’s based on a true story and teaches valuable lessons about friendship, compassion, and freedom.

22. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Embark on an epic adventure with Bilbo Baggins as he journeys through Middle-earth. This classic tale of bravery, friendship, and fantasy is perfect for older children and adults alike.

23. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Follow the adventures of the four Alden siblings as they make a home in an abandoned boxcar. This series is filled with mystery and excitement, making it a great choice for family reading.

24. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The enchanting story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, and his adventures in Neverland with Wendy, John, Michael, and the Lost Boys is a timeless classic that captures the imagination of readers young and old.

25. The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Discover the tiny world of the Clock family, who live beneath the floorboards and “borrow” everyday items from the humans above to survive.

This charming and imaginative tale follows their adventures and struggles, offering a delightful perspective on resourcefulness and ingenuity.

Final Thoughts

These books offer a mix of humor, adventure, fantasy, and heartfelt moments that will keep the whole family engaged and entertained.

Make reading a fun and shared activity by diving into these fantastic stories together.

Happy reading!

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