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

– 140-page PDF document
– Includes reviews of and information on 650 recommended books
– Books are reading levels 2-12 that Jenny Phillips found to have clean language and content and be of high literary and moral value

NOTE: The next version of the book list will be released on May 1st, 2020 (In 2019, Jenny Phillips will be focusing on selecting and republishing books for The Good and the Beautiful Library product line).

Buy PDF List for the First Time: $5 Update to Current List: $1 (Must Have Purchased Book List Previously)

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.

Current List
May 2018 (released May 1st, 2018, 140 pages, 650 books)
-140 books added
-new books added since the last list are highlighted with yellow
-new section added: top-recommend read-aloud picture books (at the end of the document)

Past Lists
September 2017: 117 pages, 546 books, Levels 2-12)
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.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you offer a printed version of the list?
A: No

Q: How often is an updated list released?
A: Once a year on May 1st, however the next version of the book list will be released on May 1st, 2020 (In 2019, Jenny Phillips will be focusing on selecting and republishing books for The Good and the Beautiful Library product line).

Q: When will the next update to the list be released?
A: May 1st, 2020.

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 commonly read books did not make the book 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 her standards are right or wrong–they are simply her own standards. You can download this list for free by clicking on this link and then checking out, agreeing to the terms of use. This list cannot be shared with others in any way, including through email or posting the entire list of part or the list on the internet or social media posts. Please be aware that this list is unedited and not fully organized–expect typos. Please do not email mistakes to customer support. This list is mainly for Jenny to keep track of the books, but we are willing to share it with those who feel it would be a helpful resource. The next update of this list will be on May 1st, 2020.