Fill Your Child’s Mind with the Good & the Beautiful!
Are you concerned about disrespect, inappropriate language and material, and low educational and literary value in the books your children are reading? Jenny Phillips and her team have spent thousands of hours scouring and reviewing all genres of literature to bring you Jenny’s top-recommended books for children and teens. Jenny has found these books to be free from unclean language, taking God’s name in vain, and disrespectful or inappropriate behavior made to look funny or acceptable.
About the List
– 117-page PDF document
– Includes reviews of and information on 546 recommended books
– Books are reading levels 2-10 that Jenny Phillips found to have clean language and content and be of the highest literary and moral value
NOTE: The next version of the book list will be released on May 1st, 2018.
Do I Have the Current List?
If you have purchased the list once for $5, you may purchase an updated book list at any time for $1. This is an honor system. We appreciate your honesty. Use the information below to determine if you have the latest list.
September 2017 (released September 4th, 2017: 117 pages, 546 books, levels 2-12)
-130 books added
-new formatting reduces the number of pages in the document
-new section added: top-recommend read-aloud picture books (at the end of the document)
November 2015 (released Nov. 2015: 98 pages, 341 books, levels 2-12)
Summer 2015 (released May 2015: 95 pages, 270 books, levels 3-12)
Summer 2014 (released May 2014: 16 pages; 32 books, levels 3-10)
Family Book Standard Guide (Use this document as a reference if you want to hold a family meeting in which you discuss book standards and establish family standards to follow. This shows the standards the book list uses.)
Button Book Bingo: An incentive program idea for personal reading.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you offer a printed version of the list?
A: No, but we are planning on offering a printed version with the new list on May 1st, 2018.
Q: How often is an updated list released?
A: Once a year on May 1st.
Q: When will the next update to the list be released?
A: May 1st, 2018.
Q: Do you have a copy of the list with just the titles and authors (without the images and reviews)?
A: Yes. You can purchase the download here for $1. The download is a zip file that includes an Excel file and a PDF document. This is a 10-page document. We highly recommend that you use this in conjunction with the full list. You will want to read through the reviews and notes for each book before choosing to read it. This list is for those who don’t want to print out the 100+ page full document when going to the library, etc.
Q: Why is there a charge for the list?
A: #1) Thousands of hours and thousands of dollars have gone into creating this 117-page document. A small charge helps cover some of the costs of purchasing and screening books. On average, we go through 7-8 books we cannot recommend for each book we can recommend, meaning we purchase and screen over 400 books each year, costing thousands of dollars. #2) We feel that if people have to buy the list, even for a very small fee, they will be more likely to value it and use it.
Q: Is there a list of books that did not make the list with an explanation of why?
A: Yes, but it is not an officially published list. Because Jenny does not include any books on her list that contain any profanity or any inappropriate behavior made to look acceptable, many people are offended by her personal standards as many commonly read and loved books are on the list. Jenny likes to keep things positive and focus on the “good” list. She also does not expect everyone to have the same standards as she does or claim that they are right or wrong–they are simply her own standards. You can make a special request for this “Books That Did Not Make the List” document by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and saying that you agree to these terms: Your intent of seeking the list is because you truly desire to use only books in your home that are completely wholesome. You are aware that this list cannot be shared with others in any way, including email or posting on the internet. You are aware that these are Jenny’s personal opinions and views, and it is not expected that you must agree with them or hold the same standards. You agree to choose not to be offended if you disagree with the views or find books on the list that you own or like. By accepting this document, you are agreeing not to participate in any Facebook or other social media posts or internet activities about Jenny’s view on this “Books That Did Not Make the List Document.”