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You guys are awesome!! Look, here's a big list of all the great titles and series that you guys came up with. I tried to divide it loosely into genre but forgive me - some books really fall into more than one category, or defy category completely. There are just SO many great books out there - it's great to get tried and true recommendations. (I'll keep adding your suggestions to this list - could you, if you leave a comment with one or two, give me the author as well?)

Happy Reading!

Classics (or otherwise great)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series, by Betty Macdonald

Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers

Ginger Pye, by Eleanor Estes
The Moffats

Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling

The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame

The House on Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series, by L. Frank Baum

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lingren

Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
Stuart Little
Trumpet of the Swan

Henry and Ribsy, by Beverly Cleary
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Ramona series

The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodson Burnett
A Little Princess

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Little House in the Big Woods and series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank B. Gilbreth, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Mandy, by Julie Andrews

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, by Ian Fleming

Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atkins

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden

Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
Summer of the Monkeys

Five Little Peppers and How they Grew, by Margaret Sidney

Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

Poppy, by Avi

The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber

Betsy-Tacy, by Maud Hart Lovelace

Shoes series, by Noel Streatfield

Shel Silverstein (poetry)

Lost Queen of Egypt, by Lucile Morrison

Recently Written

Roxie and the Hooligans, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jaqueline Kelly

Gone-Away Lake and Return to Gone-Away, by Elizabeth Enright

My Father's Dragon series, by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Clarice Bean series, by Lauren Child

Anything Louis Sachar

Anything Judith Viorst


From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg

The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Nancy Drew series, by Carolyn Keene

The Hardy Boys series, by Franklin W. Dixon

The American Girls Series


The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM, by Robert C. O'Brien

The Book of Three and series, by Lloyd Alexander

The Giver, and series, by Lois Lowry

The Return of the Twelves, by Pauline Clarke

Five Children, by E. Nesbit
It, by E. Nesbit

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach
The Twits
The Witches
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Danny, Champion of the World

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norman Jester

The Spiderwick Chronicles, by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

The Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale
The Goose Girl (and series)

The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
The Mysterious Journey of Edward Tulane

The Mysterious Benedict Society series, by Trenton Lee Stuart

Dragon Slipper Series, by Jessica Day George
Princess of the Midnight Ball


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume

Goosebumps Series, R.L. Stine

The Willoughbys, by Lois Lowry
Anastasia Krupnik series
Goonie Bird Greene

Historical Fiction

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin

A Long Way from Chicago, Richard Peck

The Great Brain series, by John Dennis Fitzgerald

Magic Treehouse Books, by Mary Pope Osborne

Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

The Wheel on the School, by Meindert deJong

Red Sails to Capri, by Ann Weil

Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

For Older Kids

Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

Artemis Fowl series, by Eoin Colfer

The View From Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg

The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli

Frindle, by Andrew Clements

Nation, by Terry Pratchett

A Wrinkle in Time and series, by Madeline L'Engle

Anne of Green Gables series, by L.M. Montgomery
Emily of New Moon series

Dark is Rising series, by Susan Cooper

Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan

Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett
Wright 3
The Calder Game

Great References

Honey for a Child's Heart, by Gladys Hunt (book of book lists for children 0 - 18)

Birds & Trees Love of Books List

Sarah Jane's list


Lia said...

Oh my word. I'm so sorry I left you that long list of books with no authors. That wasn't very nice of me. I do apologize. The list you've compiled is awesome, however. Thanks for putting it together!

katherine h said...

Not sure if your kids are too old for these, but have they read the Clarice Bean novels by Lauren Child (not the same as the Clarice Bean picture books). Great to read aloud. Utterly Me, Clarice Bean. Clarice Bean Spells Trouble. Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now.

Chris said...

Thanks Lynne, for taking the time to post the list...perfect for spring break and then summer holiday.

kim said...

Thanks for the compilation!

lynne said...

Lia - no worries! Thank you for taking the time to think of suggestions!!

melissa said...

What a list! Have you read them all Lynne?

lynne said...

m - no, there are a lot on here that are new to me. can't wait.

Lasso the Moon said...

Oh! Thank you so much for doing this! I will refer back often. There are so many in here that I love but have forgotten about. Another good place to find stories is vintage school readers from the thrift store. I just found an armload at mine!

Emily said...

So many good books listed! I want to now make sure we have all of them so as my daughter gets older we can read them. I'd also like to add "There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom" by Louis Sachar. He also wrote "Holes" and the "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" books, but "There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom" is my favorite.

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Also The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White, and the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel.

Jennifer said...

This looks like a great list...I'm sure I'll come back to it often!

just a quick correction...the Betsy-Tacy books (a *great* set!) were written by Maud Hart Lovelace [She's from Minnesota, I'm from Minnesota... these books are near and dear to my heart :)]. The original couple were _illustrated_ by Lois Lenski.

Graham said...

This is a great list! For fans of Honey for a Child's Heart [like me], she has a blog by the same name. :)

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I love Sideways Stories from Wayside School. I was surprised no one recommended any of Shel Silverstein's books. A Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree, Falling Up. I know they're mostly poems, but we love reading 5-6 at night and giggling.

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I love le Petit Prince,d'Antoine de Saint-Exupery! There is a lot of books that i discover from your list, and i will have a look at them :)

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Joy said...

Lynne, I'm so glad you did this post. We have been looking for new books to read together.. this should keep us busy for a while. I have a must read, "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane." We LOVED it!

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I'll echo my love for "Frog and Toad" and "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane." A great author for young kids is Judith Viorst. She has a knack for writing stories that are absolutely meant to be read aloud.

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As a grade schooler, I had a minor obsession with Lucile Morrison's Lost Queen of Egypt. It's a great read about a child growing up to be queen, full of detail about daily life in Egypt. For years all I could remember of this book was the cover and the illustrations (they're lovely) and how much I adored this book. Now I find that thousands like me were in the same boat. It's out of print but copies are still available, I highly recommend it.

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Thank you so much! I was trying to do this on my own, and was totally defeated. My 6 year old is ecstatic, and has started a library list!

Sarah Jane said...

Oh this is so funny! We were blogging about the same thing at the same time! I just checked your blog for the first time in a few weeks (I don't get to read blogs much right now!) and I was making the same list too! Great minds think alike! Compare lists if you want...it was so great to read yours too:) Great post!

Lauren said...

Great list. I am currently reading 'Alice in Wonderland myself'.

Thanks for putting it together:)

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We love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, especially on CD read by Eric Idle. The way he reads it is so funny! We are listening to the sequel--Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator--right now in the car as we go to school and lessons. We are loving it so far too!

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (sp?). Heidi (I can't recall the author just now) and Peter Pan by Sir James M. Barrie. All lovely.

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