Thursday, August 28, 2014

Books, Books, Books!


I was asked recently to make a list of books that would be good for a family library. The kind of books that are kid-loved and mom-approved. My brain got to work remembering all the books my kids have read and liked over the last 16 years. I added in some books that I loved growing up. And even a very few that I haven't read but are certainly on my wish list.



I thought about dividing the list up by age range but honestly what one child will read or enjoy at one age is totally different from what another child will. So the list is not really divided or organized. There are a few books (marked with an asterisk) that are most definitely for older kids (what “older” means will vary from family to family, but common sense will tell you when it is for your kids).
I came up with a list of 150 books, although really it's more because several of them are series of books that I only gave one slot on the list.

This is by NO MEANS an exhaustive list, a must-have list, a you-must-agree-with-every-one list, or anything like that. Just a starting place for anyone who would like to check it out. Enjoy!


Harry Potter series (7 books) by J.K. Rowling


The Hobbit and **The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (4 books, The Hobbit is OK for youngers) by JRR Tolkien


Percy Jackson series (5 books) by Rick Riordan


The Spiderwick Chronicles series (5 books) by Tony DiTerlizzi


The Chronicles of Narnia series (7 books) by CS Lewis


Anne of Green Gables series (8 books) by Lucy Maud Montgomery


Little House series (9 books) by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Grimm's Fairy Tales (get the real version, not the modern one!)


Bambi by Felix Salten


Peter Pan by JM Barrie


The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle


King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle


Black Beauty by Anna Sewell


My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara


Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry


The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett


A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt


Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell


Old Yeller by Fred Gipson


Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne


The OZ Collection by L. Frank Baum (not just the Wizard of Oz – there are TWELVE books!)


Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


Stuart Little by E.B. White


The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White


Charlotte's Web by E.B. White


The Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary (there are several, boys love them!)


The Mrs Piggle Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald (again, several, get as many as you can!)


Gulliver's Travels by Jonathon Swift


The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss


A collection of Washington Irving stories (there are several, make sure you get one with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip van Winkle)


Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens **


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde


The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas **


The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas **


Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson


Heidi by Johanna Spyri


Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers


Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth


The Story of the Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp


Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson


The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling


Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin


The Call of the Wild by Jack London


White Fang by Jack London


Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter


Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lindgren (again, lots of them, get as many as you like!)


The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster


Willy Wonka books (Chocolate Factory and Great Glass Elevator) by Roald Dahl


The Borrowers by Mary Norton


Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo


Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson


Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb


D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire


D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths by Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire


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


The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick


The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo


Mr Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater


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


Princess Academy by Shannon Hale


The Doll People Series by Ann M. Martin (3 books)


A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein


Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


The Babysitter's Club series by Ann M. Martin (close to 100 books, start at #1 and work your way up!)


The Neverending Story by Michael Ende


The Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle (5 books)


The Princess Bride by William Goldman


A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson


The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare


The Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith


Favorite Poems Old and New (compilation)


The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene (lots of them!)


The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon (lots of them, too!)


Books of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau (4 books)


The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins ** (3 books)


The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner


Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling


Poetry for Young People books (several in the series, definitely get Robert Frost and Lewis Carroll)


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken


Inkheart by Cornelia Funke


The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart (4 books)


Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle ** (lots of versions, from individual stories to “complete” collections)


The Shannara series by Terry Brooks ** (lots of books and side stories)


The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo


Best Loved Poems of the American People (compilation)


The Looking Glass Wars trilogy ** by Frank Beddor (3 books)


Raggedy Ann in Cookie Land by Johnny Gruelle


Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi


1001 Arabian Nights by ??? (many versions, most say anonymous....)


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming


The Magic Bedknob/Bonfires and Broomsticks by Mary Norton (these are the books the Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks is based on)


Dr Dolittle books by Hugh Lofting (lots of them!)


Dumbo by Helen Aberson


Eragon series by Christopher Paolini (3 books)


Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key


The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford


Mother Carey's Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin (the movie Summer Magic is based on this book)


The Rescuers by Margery Sharp


Darby O'Gill by Herminie Templeton


Irish Fairy and Folk Tales by William Butler Yeats


Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry (5 books)


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ** by Jules Verne


The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain


Stardust by Neil Gaiman


Aesop's Fables


The Indian in the Cupboard trilogy by Lynne Reid Banks


Hans Christian Andersons' Fairy Tales




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