Summer Reading List for Inspiring Your Children

JM Cremp’s summer reading list is meant to inspire your children with stories of heroism, bravery, encouragement, and lessons in faith.  Here are a few of our favorites:

This summer's reading list is full of heroes and adventure.
This summer’s reading list is full of heroes and adventure.

War Stories: True Stories of WWI & WWII
The 20th century was ravaged by two of the most devastating conflicts in history: the First and Second World Wars. The slaughter and destruction was on such a massive scale it still haunts us today. From zeppelin raids, trench warfare, spies and secret plots, to epic encounters between colossal warships, War Stories, contains a collection of dramatic and unforgettable, true tales.  Recommended ages 8+.

Chief Joseph: The Voice for Peace
Chief Joseph was a peace chief, a great leader who truly believed his nation, the Nez Perce, could live in harmony with white people. Tragically, it was not to be. This fascinating biography separates fact from myth, and tells the compelling story of a man who tried to fight injustice with words, not weapons.  Recommended ages 10+.

Faith & Freedom Trilogy
The Faith & Freedom Trilogy is a sequel series to the Crown & Covenant series, and chronicles new generations of the M’Kethe family who find freedom in 18th century America. Adventure is afoot as Old World tyrannies clash with New World freedoms. Douglas Bond weaves together fictional characters with historical figures from Scottish and American history.  This series (and the one preceding it) are loaded with heroes, adventure, and lessons of perseverance through faith.  Recommended ages 10+.

10 Passions of a Man’s Soul
Mark Elfstrand is the morning show host of Moody Radio Network’s flagship station in Chicago. Elfstrand uses interviews with ten dynamic, powerfully gifted leaders to explore the driving passions that motivate authentic men of God. Exploring topics such as power, adventure, purpose, pleasure, and wealth, this transparent disclosure of men’s innermost feelings brings up thought-provoking questions and surprising revelations about contemporary leaders and historical figures. Readers will discover the hidden leader waiting to emerge from within themselves.

Bear Grylls – A Survival Guide for Life
Filled with exclusive, never-before-told tales from Bear’s globe-trekking expeditions, A Survival Guide for Life teaches every reader–no matter your age or experience–that we’re all capable of living life more boldly, of achieving our most daring dreams, and of having fun along the way. Here’s to your own great adventure!

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Encourage Your Boys With a Little Help from Raising Boys By Design

As a parent of boys, you know that they are unique, different, and special.  Raising Boys by Design, by Gregory L Jantz, PhD, and Michael Gurian, is a helpful resource that we as parents can turn to that will help us guide our boys through the unique challenges they face.   You know that your son was created for great things, but he needs your help to appreciate his unique male design and to grow into the strong loving man God created him to be.

Raising Boys by Design
Boys are unique and we can encourage them in their uniqueness with a little help from one of our favorite books.

Packed with doable strategies and eye-opening examples of what’s really going on inside a boy’s brain, Raising Boys by Design offers a practical blueprint to help you build a HERO–one who values Honor, Enterprise, Responsibility, and Originality. Among other things, you’ll learn how to help your son:

• strengthen his character, resilience, and self-discipline
• nurture genuine compassion and empathy
• process words and emotions in ways that fit his brain chemistry
• succeed in school and hone crucial life skills
• develop a healthy perspective of sexuality
• avoid the pitfalls of media and technology
• embark on a lifelong adventure of faith

Raising Boys by Design is one of our go-to resource books for raising boys, but don’t take our word for it.  Here are some reviews we’ve found to be insightful:

Raising Boys by Design is a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable read. It’s marvelously inspiring, well thought out, and academically supported, but it’s also an intuitive guide to raising boys. Every parent, teacher, and grandparent could benefit from this work.”
—Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting

“Blending biblical truth with brain science, Raising Boys by Design is truly a ground-breaking resource that offers much-needed insights for guiding boys toward health and success in every area of life.”
—Tim Clinton, PhD, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors and executive director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University

“Raising boys in today’s world is no easy task. We need to understand how boys process their emotions and deal with bullying, peer pressure, technology and other important issues—all of which are covered here. This must-read resource helps equip families to raise sons who will be well adjusted and heroes for life.”
—Linda Mintle, PhD, author of Raising Healthy Kids in an Unhealthy World

“We live in a society where it’s dangerous to be a normal, rambunctious, healthy boy. High energy is labeled hyperactive, competitiveness to excel is deemed selfish, and single-mindedness in completion of a task is considered insensitive. Society’s constant attack on normal maleness instills a destructive insecurity and sense of inferiority into countless thousands of otherwise normal healthy men. Raising Boys by Designbrilliantly exposes this destructive trend while providing meaningful insights and applicable solutions. If you want to protect your sons from the corrosive effects of today’s world and empower them to become men after God’s own heart, then this book is for you.”
—Timothy R. Jennings, MD, author of The God-Shaped Brain, president-elect of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association, and chairman, board of regents, of the Southern Psychiatric Association

Raising Boys by Design is a clearly written and helpful book that integrates biblical truth and findings from brain science to enable sons to thrive as they grow up into adulthood.”
—Siang-Yang Tan, PhD, professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective

Besides, Raising Boys by Design, JM Cremp’s has several excellent books on raising boys.

Boys Should Be Boys by Meg Meeder, M.D.

The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

Raising Real Men:  Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys by Hal and Melanie Young 

Book Reviews for Kids – Sterling Biographies Great Lives Series Books

Sterling Biographies Great Lives Series - Good Books for Boys
The Sterling Biographies are a JM Cremps “Good Books for Boys” Award winner!

Sterling Biographies Great Lives Series books are loved by parents for their educational value, but did you also know that kids all over the world love these books for their captivating stories?  That’s why there are millions of these books in print in many languages.  It’s also why we are happy to give the Sterling Biographies Great Lives Series our Good Books for Boys Award.

With characters like Abraham Lincoln, Pocahontas, George Washington, Cleopatra, and The Wright Brothers; you will be sure to be swept up within these great pages.  You can step onto the moon with Neil Armstrong; conquer Europe with Alexander the Great; explore the great shipwrecks of the oceans with Jacques Cousteau; tramp across the Rocky Mountains and see the Pacific Ocean through the eyes of Lewis & Clark, and even lead the Great Sioux Nation alongside Sitting Bull.  The possibilities for adventure are nearly endless.  And the best part?  These stories are all TRUE!

Note to parents:

If you are a homeschooling family like many of us here at JM Cremps, we encourage you to add these books to your curriculum for homeschooling.  Although the details within the pages may be different from book to book, there is a common thread of hard work, perseverance, integrity, and honor that as parents, we want to expose our children to.  In a world full of mediocrity and selfishness, these stories bring to life the struggles and values that turn boys into men and girls into strong women.  Even if you add one or two of these books to your child’s reading list, they are a perfect addition to anyone’s curriculum for homeschooling.

Book Reviews for Kids – The Sugar Creek Gang Books

A JM Cremps Good Books for Boys Award Winner!

Sugar Creek Gang Books - A JM Cremps Good Books for Boys award winner!
The Sugar Creek Gang Books are a JM Cremps Good Books for Boys Award winner.

Believe it or not, there is an amazing adventure waiting to be found during the next rainy day.   How?  Within the pages of the Sugar Creek Gang Books, of course!  Instead of exercising your fingers on the controls of a computer, xbox™, or PS3™  game, exercise your imagination alongside Bill, Poetry, Dragonfly, Little Jim, Circus, Big Jim, and Tom, as they wrestle with boyhood, faith,  fun, adventure, and a little trouble thrown in just to keep things interesting.

Read by millions of kids for over 70 years, the Sugar Creek Gang Books, by Paul Hutchens, will leave a lasting impression on anyone lucky enough to come across them.   In reference to books 1 through 6, a fan writes, “We learn lessons with them (the Sugar Creek Gang boys), become friends with them, grow up with them, and significantly, discover faith in God with them. It’s been 30 years and I still have a sweet spot in my heart for each of these boys. I encourage you to check ’em out.”

Mom and Dad, in your quest to find good books for boys, you will be comforted knowing that the Sugar Creek Gang Books will keep your boys entertained while they are learning some valuable life lessons.   Each book in the series presents a new challenge for boys that requires them to lean on their friends, their faith, and their keen witt.   The narrative story line makes these books ideal to read aloud to your children or grandchildren.  These books are recommended for kids ages 9-12, but have a timeless quality that spans ages and generations.

JM Cremps recognizes the value in providing good books for boys, and that’s why we are thrilled to be able to give the Sugar Creek Gang Books our official Good Books for Boys award.

Sugar Creek Gang Books - The Mystery Cave
The Mystery Cave, written by Paul Hutchens, is included in Set 2, books 7 – 12.

JM Cremps carries these books in convenient sets.

Sugar Creek Gang Books 1 – 6:  The Swamp Robber • The Killer Bear • Winter Rescue • Lost Campers • The Chicago Adventure • Secret Hideout

Sugar Creek Gang Books 7 – 12:  •The Mystery Cave • Palm Tree Manhunt • One Stormy Day • The Mystery Thief • Teacher Trouble • Screams in the Night

Sugar Creek Gang Books 13 – 18:  • Indian Cemetery • The Treasure Hunt • Thousand Dollar Fish • The Haunted House • Lost in the Blizzard • On the Mexican Border

Sugar Creek Gang Books 19 – 24:  • The Green Tent Mystery • The Bull Fighter • The Timberwolf • Western Adventure • The Killer Cat • The Colorado Kidnapping

Sugar Creek Gang Books 25 – 30:  • The Ghost Dog • The White Boat Rescue • The Brown Box Mystery • The Watermelon Mystery • The Trapline Thief • The Blue Cow

Sugar Creek Gang Books 31 – 36:  • Tree House Mystery • The Cemetery Vandals • The Battle of the Bees • Locked in the Attic • Runaway Rescue • The Case of the Missing Calf

The entire family can enjoy these stories together when you listen to them.  Each one is available as an entertaining audiobook.

Sugar Creek Gang Books Audiobook Volume 1 (Books 1 – 6):  The Swamp Robber • The Killer Bear • Winter Rescue • Lost Campers • The Chicago Adventure • Secret Hideout

Sugar Creek Gang Books Audiobook Volume 2 (Books 7 – 12):  The Mystery Cave • Palm Tree Manhunt • One Stormy Day • The Mystery Thief • Teacher Trouble • Screams in the Night

Sugar Creek Gang Books Audiobook Volume 3 (Books 13 – 18):  • Indian Cemetery • The Treasure Hunt • Thousand Dollar Fish • The Haunted House • Lost in the Blizzard • On the Mexican Border

Sugar Creek Gang Books Audiobook Volume 4 (Books 19 – 24):  • The Green Tent Mystery • The Bull Fighter • The Timberwolf • Western Adventure • The Killer Cat • The Colorado Kidnapping

Sugar Creek Gang Books Audiobook Volume 5 (Books 25 – 30):  • The Ghost Dog • The White Boat Rescue • The Brown Box Mystery • The Watermelon Mystery • The Trapline Thief • The Blue Cow

Sugar Creek Gang Books Audiobook Volume 6 (Books 31 – 36):   • Tree House Mystery • The Cemetery Vandals • The Battle of the Bees • Locked in the Attic • Runaway Rescue • The Case of the Missing Calf