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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