We often teach reading, but does our reading teach us? Of course it does – whether we want it to or not! (Which is why I want my kids to read inspirational stories!)
As a Christian mom, I’m very sensitive to this fact. I want my children to be dwelling on things that are beautiful, wholesome, lovely, and right, just as Philippians 4:8 instructs us. This means we need to be careful with what we are reading, not just that it’s free of wicked or evil things, but also that it is teaching righteous things.
Books absolutely develop who we are. They resonate deeply in our souls. We find ourselves becoming more like beloved characters without even knowing we had the desire to do so. Which means we must be diligent in our choosing. Not just any book will do–only those which are excellent and worthy of praise.
Inspirational Stories that Teach Moral Lessons for Kids
The tales and travels of the Sugar Creek Gang have passed the test of time, delighting young readers for more than fifty years. Great mysteries for kids with a message, The Sugar Creek Gang series chronicles the faith-building adventures of a group of fun-loving, courageous Christian boys. Your kids will be thrilled, chilled, and inspired to grow as they follow the legendary escapades of Bill Collins, Dragonfly, and the rest of the gang as they struggle with the application of their Christian faith to the adventure of life. And of course, my boys think they are the best books ever!
I think they are up to 8 in this series now. It all starts with Summer with The Moodys, a wonderfully wholesome story about a homeschool family’s everyday life. When my daughter first read these books, she adored knowing that other families homeschooled and had some things in common with her. (I guess real-life friends don’t seal the deal like those in books?)
We bought these a few years ago at a homeschool convention and they are used in our home all the time. The stories are short, but mighty, packing in great lessons that will tug at your child’s heart. The issues are ones that all kids face, making the books a wonderful asset to your home.
From the publisher, “Each of these delightful volumes is full of Biblical truth, presented in the most winsome possible stories, sure to warm the heart and teach the mind of every family member.”
Take a journey through history with this 5-book set that features virtuous daughters, spanning decades and continents. Your children will be blessed by their faithfulness to God, kindness toward others, and willingness to help.
My kids love these books. There is a set available for girls or boys, including kids who changed the world, didn’t give in, made a difference, made history, and used their talents. As a bonus, you’ll learn history as you explore the incredible character of these men and women.
A young girl delights in her grandmother’s stories of days gone by, sparked by keepsakes and simple questions, Grandma shares marvelous stories of mischief, discovery, and laughter, such as the time she accidentally lost the family buggy. Again, my daughter cannot get enough of these books. A true treasure. There are 4 in the series. You’re going to want to grab them all.
James, the king’s gardener, teaches his 15-year-old daughter Mary all the principles of godliness through his flowers. She is falsely accused of stealing, and the penalty is death. Mary remembers what her father had taught her: it is better to die for the truth than to live for a lie, and the worst pillow to sleep on is the pillow of a guilty conscience! This story will change your life forever!
Teddy’s Button is a must-read for all children. It’s a story that will open a child’s understanding of the spiritual battle within as Teddy learns that he is his own worst enemy! As a stubborn boy and girl refuse to back down from their selfish pride, one of the many lessons they learn is that they cannot win battles by force and hate, but by carrying the banner of love. Through this charming story, Amy LeFeuvre helps children understand the spiritual battle that rages in their souls, and that parents and children are on the same side!
If you’d like to use inspirational stories like these to make your own homeschool reading curriculum, click here to find out how!
What other inspirational stories do you encourage your kids to read?