Time Travel Books

Luckily, I have raised three readers. My entire immediate family loves to read. This started early with my boys, reading to each of them at bedtime. Now, they have been known to devour books when the spirit moves them. And, it moves them quite often. Even with busy schedules, heavy course loads, sports, and/or music commitments they each find time to read physical books, hard copy magazines, and articles online. For the most part, I really think this comes from a demonstrated loved of reading and having books and other media to read available in our home.  Today, I’ll share a certain type of book that has always intrigued me. Time Travel Books. Below you will find a variety of both children’s literature for the upper elementary grades and a couple of favorite adult books. Just because you are an adult,  doesn’t mean the children’s books aren’t for you. Try them, you’ll see. Each of these books have been read, and each, are highly recommend. Each have been read more than once, which is a sure sign of a beloved story.

Books for Both Children and Adults:

A Wrinkle in Time (1963)  Madeleine L’Engle. Guided Reading Level W

Castle in the Attic (1986) /Battle for the CastleB (1994) both by Elizabeth Winthrop, Guided Reading Level R/P respectively.

Indian in the Cupboard (1980) Lynn Reid Banks, Guided Reading level R.

Back to the Day Lincoln Was Shot (1996) Beatrice Gormley, Guided Reading level S.

George Washington’s Socks (1991) Elvira Woodruff, Guided Reading level T.

Adult Time Travel Books:

Timeline by Michael Crichton (1999).

The Time Traveler’s Wife (2010). Audrey Niffenegger.

Although there are movies of quite a few of these books, I would highly suggest the reading the book before you or your students see the movie. One of the greatest gifts of time travel books is the ability to be able to imagine where the story has taken you. Don’t give that gift up by viewing the movie first, or even worse, in place, of the book!

5 thoughts

  1. Great list. Thanks for sharing. I also couldn’t agree more about the disservice you’d do to yourself if you watched the movie BEFORE reading the book or worse… DON’T read the book. There’s nothing better then experiencing the story the way it was truly meant to be told, and to see it through our own eyes. Not to mention the book is ALWAYS, Always, Better! 🙂

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  2. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a fantastic book, and I remember reading and re-reading The Wrinkle in Time (and L’Engle’s other books) over and over in about 5th grade. I would also recommend 4 of Connie Willis’ books which fall into the Time Travel category: The Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout and All-Clear (the sequel).

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