If you are looking for a great chapter book to read with your children or to listen to on a long drive I’ve got a few you might want to check out.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever written by Barbara Robinson.  
The Herdman kids are bad, really the worst kids you could imagine. They have personalities and idiosyncrasies that make everyone laugh out loud. The story goes that the Herdman kids have decidedly become interested in the school Christmas pageant. So they begin to bully their way into filling in the lead roles of Mary, Joseph, the Angel and the Wise men. Their mission is madness but, at the end of the day there is a warm fuzzy feeling that reminds us of how special Christmas can be. I’ve recommended this to many adults with no children at home and they loved it too.
This book is available in print, CD, also in downloadable electronic audio.
Aliens on Vacation written by Clete Barrett Smith 
David, more commonly referred to as Scrub is a little disenchanted with his summer vacation plans. He’s staying with his grandma who runs The Intergalactic
Bed & Breakfast. This vacation gets a little more interesting with every minute. Scrub really earns his strips after picking up the slack in unique needs of the Bed & Breakfast customers. Unlike the Herdman’s, Scrub is a stand up guy though he does face some interesting dilemmas. ( to continue click read more below) 
Alvin is part of a long standing history of Chinese-farmer warriors. Despite his rich ancestry he has a little trouble overcoming the petrifying fear he has of, well, most things he encounters. Alvin’s perspective is perfect for seeing life through the lens of a kid. This series has four books in it so far the first of which was selected as a Texas Bluebonnet book from 2009-2010.
Feel free to tell us about your favorite whole family reads.