I have a quote from C. S. Lewis up in my office that says, “Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”
Don’t you just love it? And summer is the perfect time to introduce our kids to new brave and heroic knights!
But which books and movies, legends and tales, are worth reading to and watching with your kids? My list of favourite heroic tales is below, but we would LOVE to hear about your favourites in the comments. Help out your fellow parents in their battle against boredom beast this summer!
Keep in mind, most of these are favourites from when I was a kid, they are relevant but not recent. Also keep in mind that most of these are for written at a teen level.
A few of Thom’s favourite tales:
- “The Archives of Anthropos” series by John White. This one would be good for teens to read, but could be read to younger kids, as my mom did for me. (On Amazon here)
- Wings of Dawn, by Sigmund Brouwer. It’s also sometimes called Magnus for some reason. (On Amazon here)
- “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C. S. Lewis. I’ll admit I didn’t love the books as a kid and haven’t read them all through, but I LOVE the movies! (On Amazon here)
- Holes by Louis Sachar. The book and movie are both great! It’s a super tale of redemption with a kid-hero in the centre of it all. (On Amazon here)
- Maniac Macgee by Jerry Spinelli. I got this book as a parting gift from my grade 6 teacher and I still love it! (On Amazon here)
- Gordon Korman books. They’ve been around for a long time and they are still hilarious. The Netflix adaptation isn’t great. (On Amazon here) My favourite title is No Coins Please.
- And of course, if you are looking to fill some road-trip hours with audio stories, try “The Animal Underground” which was written and recorded by a group of volunteers at Southland. You can find all the episodes here.
Now it’s time to share some of your favourite books and movies for parents and kids!
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Associate Pastor – Southland Church
Thom has worked with children and youth for 17 years. He and his wife, Tara, have 6 kids; 4 boys, and a daughter and a SON-IN-LAW(!). The kids are spread across 20 years too, so that gives him plenty of experimental material to write about! They have also welcomed 30 foster children into their home over the past number of years.