Books About Home

When the weather turns chilly in the late autumn, we start to spend more time in our homes engaged in cozy activities with family and close friends. These books celebrate the importance of home and what homes can represent, making them perfect reading for a quiet day at home!

 

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

A man builds a little house in the country to be his family home for generations, but as the years go by a city gets built up around the house and no one wants to live there anymore. All ends happily, however, when a descendant of the man who built the house moves the little house back to the country--putting both her and the house back at home. This classic picture book won the Caldecott Medal in 1943. Recommended for ages 4-8.

 

 

 
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes

The Moffats--Sylvie, Joey, Janey, Rufus, and their mother--live in the yellow house on New Dollar Street in the small town of Cranberry. Janey thinks that the yellow house is the best house in the world, and is quite upset when their landlord decides to sell the house to new people. Still, the Moffats enjoy the rest of their time in the little house, and move on to a new house and new adventures in subsequent books. Recommended for ages 8-11.

 

 

 

Laughter on the Stairs by Beverley Nichols

Beverley Nichols wrote about renovating his three homes and gardens over the course of eight books, incorporating humorous fictional characters and plots into accounts of the actual progression of work. Laughter on the Stairs, the second book in his second trilogy Merry Hall, may just be my favorite installment in one of my favorite series. It focuses on the renovation of Nichols' eighteenth-century manor, and sees the return of Our Rose, Miss Emily, and Marius from the previous book. They join Nichols for ghost stories, flower shows, and more small adventures that will be equally compelling to old and new readers. Recommended for ages 14+.