The ABC’s of Finding God in your Summer Reading

This is a list of some of my favorite reading suggestions categorized in perhaps a unique way. The * at the end of some titles means that the book may be enjoyed more by younger readers.

Have fun reading,

Diane St. Laurent
Director, Christian Education, St. Davids

A is for Adventurous
     Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
           by J.K.Rowling
     Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne *

B is for Bold
     Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    John Henry by Julius Lester*

C is for Caring
     The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield*
     Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans*
     Koko’s Kitten by Francine Patterson

D is for Different
     Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’ Engle
     The BFG by Roald Dahl

E is for Envy
     Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes*
     MOO! By David LaRouchelle*

F is for Funny
     I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell*
     Press Here by Herve Tullet*
     Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester*

G is for Good.
     Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina*
     Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

H is for Happy
     We are in a Book by Mo Willems*
     Pete the Cat Loves his White Shoes
          by Eric Litwin*

I is for Intrepid.
     Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
     Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

J is for Joy
     The Snowman by Raymond Briggs*
     Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

K is for Kindness
     The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf*
     More than Anything Else by Marie Bradby

L is for Love
     Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia Machlachlan
     The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick

M is for Mindful
     The Invisible String by Patricia Karst*
     Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena

N is for Noisy
     Noisy Trucks by Tiger Tales*
     Noisy Dinosaurs by Jonathan Litton*

O is for Outstanding
     The Help by Kathryn Stockett
     Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
     Witch of Blackbird Pond
           By Elizabeth George Spear

P is for Pretty
     Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Martin
     Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle*

Q is for Quality
     Booked by Kwame Alexander
     Mike Mulligan and the Steamshovel
          by V.L. Burton*

R is for Reflection
     Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
     The Teddy Bear by David McPhail*

S is for Sadness
     Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
     Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson

T is for Trying
     Sahara Special by E.R. Codell
     Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

U is for Understanding
     Wonder by Patricia Polacio
     The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

V is for Valiant
     I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
     The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco*

W is for Wild
     Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak*
     The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

X is for X-tra reading
     Chica Chica Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.*
     Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni*

Y is for Yes
     Yes Day! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal*
     Yes! Yes! By Leslie Patricelli*

Z is for Moose
     Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham*


Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
— Psalm 37:4