Great Books
We believe in the power of story.
In our Great Books column, you’ll find suggested titles for preschool, elementary, and secondary students—along with a book synopsis, why you’ll want to read it, discussion questions, and related books.
“When you read a book, you are in a mind-to-mind encounter with its author, whether he lived 1000 years ago or lives today. This is the wonder of real books—all kinds of books, not only the serious and factual. Your mind grows through these encounters.”
—Dr. Ruth Beechick
Read Aloud
Lion the Witch and Wardrobe Cover
Not Safe… But Good
In each Great Books column, we’re now featuring a favorite read-aloud. If you prefer, you can use this title as a reader for your middle or high school student, but we hope you will enjoy it as a family!
Book Description:
The fear of the Nazis bombing cities in England leads the government to evacuate children during World War II. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Pevensie children—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy—are sent to live in the country with Professor Kirke. While playing hide and seek, Lucy, the youngest, discovers a wardrobe that leads to another world called Narnia. At first her siblings do not believe her, and Lucy’s brother Edmund spitefully teases her. But it isn’t long before all of them are caught up in the world of Narnia as they work to rescue a kind Faun who helped Lucy at the expense of his own safety. Their adventure in Narnia unveils an epic battle between good and evil with fantastical creatures, high adventure, and a sacrifice that will save it all.
Why You Will Want To Read This Book:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is a classic you won’t want to miss—and it’s a perfect read-aloud for the holiday and winter season. This book truly speaks to children of all ages, from the youngest ones to adults. You can enjoy it on so many different levels! Lewis said it best, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty… The only imaginative works we ought to grow out of are those which it would have been better not to have read at all.”
Discussion Questions:
In The Family Read-Aloud, we’re sharing a variety of questions at different levels so you’ll have choices for your unique family.

How would you feel if you had to leave your parents for a time to live somewhere else? What would make the time apart easier? Which of the Pevensie children are you most alike? Who was your favorite character and why? What lessons can you learn from the different characters in this book? How do you see the book reflecting the Biblical story of the gospel? How is it different? What is the theme of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? How did the setting help develop that theme?

More Books Like This:
There are seven books that are a part of The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. The chronological order of the books is listed below, but many think it’s best to start with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as an introduction to the series. It was actually published first!

• The Magician’s Nephew
• The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
• The Horse and His Boy
• Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
• The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
• The Silver Chair
• The Last Battle