Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Wholesome books for Children: The Boxcar children

One of the topics I have found myself discussing with other Mama's has been where to find wholesome reading materials for our children. Since I have one child that reads a great deal during her free time & assigned reading time this has become an important topic for me as a concerned Mama. As a family we use the Word to guide our decisions:
  • Galatians 5:19-21 "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." So basically if we would not encourage them to do the things that are found in the book we do not let them read about it! (Rev 21:8, 22:15) This eliminates popular book series such as Harry Potter, Magic School Bus & Magic Tree House series.
  • Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 
 Of course each family is different and your standards may be much different from ours, keep in mind by reviewing books we can make sure they are beneficial for our children.

  So I thought it might be helpful that as I run across wholesome reading material to share it :)

Last year I listened to several unabridged books from the Boxcar children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. During these books the children usually solve a mystery. The adults are portrayed as mature & competent adults not as bumbling buffoons. The children have permission to go on these mysteries and often receive advice from the adults. The family is large and loving. I encourage you Mama's to go to your local library and listen to several of these books and you too may find that they will provide hours of wholesome reading for your little ones.
I hope this encourages you to not grow weary in doing good (Gal 6:9) as you guard the hearts and minds of your precious little ones. Also please share some of the books you have found that your children enjoy reading!

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