Grasshopper is a non-fiction junkie. He loves picture books filled with facts about anything science related. It’s wonderful, I know. However, I really wanted him to become engaged in fiction books as well. I wanted him to experience getting lost in a story, and crave just one more chapter. We recently started to read the Kingdom Series by Chuck Black and we both love them!
We had read other popular read aloud books together. More often than not, it was a struggle to get him engaged in the story. I knew I needed to find books that would capture his interest and were action packed. These books fit the bill!
Why We Love the Kingdom Series
This books series is really unique. The story line is set in the medieval times. Unlike other medieval time period stories however, this series is free from mystical/wizardry elements. They are filled with heroic sword fights of good vs. evil. These scenes are written in a way that are appropriate for a child 8 plus. They’re also really engaging for me as an adult.
Probably my favorite aspect of this six book series is that they are a complete allegory of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation! I did mention this to Grasshopper, but as I mentioned above I’m really working on establishing a love of reading. I’m being careful not to turn this series into assignments and pointing out these details to him. The last thing I want is for this to turn into work for him. Enjoying the story is all I want from him at this point, so we are not getting into discussions or doing reports on these books.
If you have readers that already love reading and you’re not worried about incorporating assignments with the books, there are discussion questions at the back of the book for each chapter. Plus, just in case you don’t pick up on something yourself there are answers to the discussion questions!
The Kingdom Series is made up of six books: Kingdom’s Dawn, Kingdom’s Hope, Kingdom’s Edge, Kingdom’s Call, Kingdom’s Quest, and Kingdom’s Reign. Each book is around 140 pages, which means they’re not too intimidating for kids.
We’re currently reading the third book, and Grasshopper is really enjoying them. He’s asking for one more chapter, and there have been a couple times he’s picked up on elements of the allegory. All in all I would say mission accomplished!