A Big (Kindle Heavy) List of Books for (Traveling & Homeschooling) Boys!



School will be starting next month over here at The Best School Ever, but we are starting to get our ducks in a row for the roadschooling we’ll be engaged in, come October when we hit the road again.

The Best School Ever will be working with us on a homeschool curriculum for the kids (- Micah and Moxie, both) – I’m working on uploading books to kindle, getting apps in order, figuring out how to integrate the sweet businesses of travel and education.

One of the biggest things on my mind has been books.

Micah is 6, he will be entering first grade. But as an advanced reader, he’s stuck in this quagmire of being able to read at a higher level, but the content in higher level books isn’t always appropriate. Also, he likes pictures – don’t we all! – so there’s that. He loves good stories with lots of visual detail.
I went and asked the Facebook hive mind for suggestions and the results were so good, so rich, so worthwhile, that I feel like I”d be a crappy friend if I didn’t post the whole list here for you too – so here it is, with special thanks to Megan for really going above and beyond with the suggestions.
* THIS IS A KINDLE-HEAVY LIST * – We simply have to have kindles and books need to be on kindle right now for us. It’s a must. More on Kindles at the end of the list…

Magic Tree House Series

This was recommended by more than one person, and the funny thing was, I went over to Amazon, checked it out and purchased books 1-4 on kindle. Then I showed it to Micah as a surprise. He said, “oh, you bought me a Magic Tree House book? YAY! I LOVE THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE!” – it turns out that he read the newer books at school but not the beginning of the series.
Good job. He’s psyched.

The Boxcar Children Books 1-4

This series goes through 12 books? I’m not totally sure, but I do know it’s a classic, it’s very well loved, full of magic and adventure and it’s on kindle. That means it’s part of our library now, ready to be read on the road!

How to Train Your Dragon

I just ordered it as it’s on kindle and I know it’s going to be a hit with him. It looks like it’s a 4-book series, full of pictures and great adventure. Yay and yay!

Adventures of Tintin

This is a call-back from both Mikey and my own childhoods – we both read Tintin in the comic form as kids and LOVED THEM. I want to say – if you do order these off of Amazon, be careful because there are some “Amazing Adventures of Tintin”, etc that are about the series; they are not the actual comic books. There are some movie tie-in books too – those aren’t the real deal! Make sure whatever you buy is written by “Herge”

The Golden Compass

Confession: Chris recommended it and I went and bought it for myself, not Micah… it looks really great and I’m tired of everyone getting killed in Game of Thrones. If it’s suitable, I’ll share with Micah..!

Encyclopedia Brown

Super awesome! Another mystery series. What is it about that age and mysteries?!

Roald Dahl

this link is the page where there are a lot of Roald Dahl books: James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and the big Phiz-Wizzing box collection (- all his kids books, together). I’m not going to be introducing Roald Dahl to Micah/the kids for a while because I think there is some pretty mean stuff in there that I don’t want to get into or have them reading like it’s fun

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)

YES!! My goal this year for Micah definitely includes this guy from Hogwarts! Oh yeah. I think book one will be perfect for him, and I may very well get it on Audible too (see below)

Little House on the Prairie

I want to introduce these books to the kids but I don’t think the timing is right (- they are not on kindle and I couldn’t find them on Audible either). I think next summer in real-print-book form is what we’ll need to do. But for sure: the adventures of Laura and her family will dovetail pretty nicely with our own

A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet Book 1)

This is my all-time favorite book series. I re-read these as an adult (- A Wind in the Door still blows my mind). I’ve got these on the short list for this year. I think Micah will be able to *get* it so long as we read it together and work through some of the concepts (- night time talks about tesseracts on the beaches of Mexico!)

Pippi Longstocking


Who Was Helen Keller? (Who Was…?)

This is a whole series – “Who Was” – Dr. Seuss, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, etc. It looks pretty cool

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse Book 1)

Micah started this last year and LOVED it. We just got the paper book, but I see it’s on kindle – yay!

The Borrowers

I read this when I was a kid – and there is a Japanese anime movie based on this book (The Secret World of Arietty). It’s an awesome series – little tiny people who live in the houses of big people and “borrow” everything. Kind of like our mice. But a lot nicer. Oh, and the series is very British.

The Littles

Sort of like the American cousins of the Borrowers! Another great series that I’ve got on his list

Stuart Little

Mysteries and small creatures for this age, huh? But yeah. This is a great one. Same goes for Charlotte’s Web

Audible/Kindle Classics

We downloaded these on Audible for Micah:

We subscribed to Audible when we were on the road. The kindle book automatically downloads too if you get the Audible version. So Micah would listen to the stories while driving, then he’d be so into them that he would continue when we arrived somewhere, and usually would pull out his ipad with kindle app and read along while listening. THIS IS GOLD> an absolutely excellent way to help your kid with the big words, to read for hours and thoroughly enjoy stories, inside out. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

When we hit the road in October, I’ve got these ready for him:

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

Even though this is also an Audible/Kindle purchase, I’m putting this by itself. The Chronicles of Narnia are simply a *must* as I see it – I think the Audible/Kindle option will be perfect for Micah and the road, but if we were able to sit down and read it with him via a paper book, I’d do that. He’s at a good age for this stuff and this series is simply the best, isn’t it?

 Mrs Piggle Wiggle

I adored Mrs Piggle Wiggle when I was a kid – this quirky lady who lives in an upside down house and has these amazing “cures” for kids who have issues. FUN STUFF! – Not available on kindle though

and books by:

Bill Peet

My buddy Megan recommended this and I want to check them out but they are not on kindle, so I’m going to wait until school starts and then head for the school library. They look really cute – great pictures
 Red Sings from Treetops: My buddy Laura recommended this and it looks lovely (- plus, she said it makes her cry when she reads it to her daughter – I love that kind of book!). It’s almost $10 on kindle though, so I’m going to check it out at the library first

 The Truth of Me: A “poignant story celebrates how our unique “small truths” make each of us magical and brave in our own ways”. Short and full – I haven’t read it, my friend Sue recommended it, so it’s going to be read!


Scholastic Book Wizard: search for books by level, books similar to, etc.
Best Sellers in FREE Amazon Children’s eBooks – a collection that is updated daily based on what is going hot on Amazon. All FREE!

International Children’s Digital Library – you read the books on the site, but very cool stuff here

Children’s Story Books Online – more free books to read on the site. Focused a little more on beginning readers

Public Library/Overdrive – Overdrive is the free e-book system that works with the public library. I got really excited about this before but, WHOAH, long waits for many, many books! I’m talking, six months, “long waits”, it’s kind of ridiculous. Check it out though and see if the wait times with your local library are shorter because if they are, it’s an awesome resource

Aquila Magazine – my friend Yolanda’s daughter reads this and it looks really awesome. I am not sure if it is possible to get it in e-zine form, it looks like it’s just print. But WOW, looks like a lot of fun for a kid to read.

A Mighty Girl: Books for Smart, Confident and Courageous Girls: I don’t know about you, but I want my sons growing up to be feminists and I think having them read books for smart, confident and courageous girls is one way to go. These book lists are massive and well organized and categorized – definitely worth a book mark and long look-see.

Newbery Medal Winners for Grades 3-5

The link is to books set for Grades 3-5 but if you look around the site, it’s a chock-filled with good books.
It seemed to me that a lot of those classics are really sad (- anyone remember ‘Where the Red Fern Grows‘?!!!!), but at the same time, boy, they sure do stick with you. Rich stories.

Oyate Catalogue: fantastic catalogue for finding Native American stories for children (and adults)

Chinaberry Catalogue: beautiful books (and other stuff too) for the whole family. Real-book focused, I didn’t see any e-books there

A Read-Aloud Book Share: This is a link to a blog in which teachers linked to their favorite read-aloud books. There is not a huge selection represented, but I haven’t heard of some of the books, so I’m looking forward to checking them out

Summer Reading List for Children: developed by the American Library Association, these lists are divided into grade levels


…Now Tell Me, Please:

– what should be added to this list?


Another note on Kindles:

Like I said, this is a kindle heavy list. It needs to be since we will be traveling and there is no way we can bring all those paper books.

We also like the versatility of kindle: anytime, anywhere, even in the dark. We bought this one:
Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers – it is a fire, which means full colour (- perfect for kids’ books). Let’s see. What else. Oh right – we also got these Moxie-Proof Cases for the kindles and also the screen protector

Groupon often has Kindles on sale. I bought ours with a Groupon from Kansas, I think (- just google “groupon kindle fire” – it doesn’t have to be with your local area). Amazon also has frequent sales – and Zulily also has them for sale from time to time. Check it out.

Kindle Unlimited: this is a fantastic-looking program of $9.99 a month for all the books you want. It’s like the netflix of books, basically. We haven’t done it yet because for a lot of these great books we’ve purchased, I want to own them; not just rent. But we will do be doing this when we hit the road and Mikey and I get back into Dean Kootz or whatever.

It’s all-in-all a good deal if you are committed to e-books and if you travel a lot. Another thing I like about the kindle? It downloads FAST with an option to download the book to the computer and to transfer from the computer to the device. This was very handy while we were in Mexico – or even here, on the Lost Coast, with super slow internet connection.



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