Recommended Books

This list is compiled of Kailey’s personal favorite books. These are organized by author’s last name. What is your favorite book? You can leave a comment, adding your book to the list…

* = Particularly Good Book/ Must Read!
These books may include:

  • Mild Violence/ Slightly Scary Situations (Example: A punch in the face. Locked in a basement)
  • Innocent Magic/Fantasy (No witchcraft or spells. Example: Super powers, Magical objects, beasts, or places.)
  • Nice ghosts (Think Casper.)

Conservative Children’s Recommendations

  1. Under the Lilacs – Louisa May Alcott *
  2. Jack and Jill – Louisa May Alcott **
  3. Little Men- Lousia May Alcott *
  4. Jo’s Boys- Louisa May Alcott *
  5. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken *
  6. Black Hearts in Battersea- Joan Aiken *
  7. Night Birds on Nantucket- Joan Aiken *
  8. Sidekicked – John David Anderson
  9. Popper’s Penguins – Richard and Florence Atwater
  10. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Avi  *
  11. Spiderwick Chronicles – Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  12. The Coral Island- R. M. Ballantyne *
  13. Chasing Vermeer- Blue Balliet *
  14. The Wright 3- Blue Balliet
  15. The Calder Game- Blue Balliet
  16. Adventures of King Midas- Lynne Reid Banks
  17. Indian in the Cupboard- Lynne Reid Banks
  18. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens- J. M. Barrie *
  19. Dreamtreaders – Wayne Thomas Batson
  20. The Door Within Trilogy – Wayne Thomas Batson
  21. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- L. Frank Baum *
  22. The Peppermint Pig- Nina Bawden
  23. The Penderwicks- Jeanne Birdsall **
  24. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street- Jeanne Birdsall
  25. The Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton
  26. Twenty-One Balloons – William Pene de Bois *
  27. A Bear called Paddington- Michael Bond
  28. The Children of Green Knowe- L.M. Boston *
  29. The River at Green Knowe- L.M. Boston *
  30. Nurse Matilda – Christianna Brand
  31. The Pink Motel – Carol Ryrie Brink
  32. Caddie Woodlawn – Carol Ryrie Brink **
  33. Freddy goes to Florida- Walter R. Brooks
  34. Granny’s Wonderful Chair – Frances Browne **
  35. The Gideon Trilogy: Time Travelers – Linda Buckley Archer
  36. The Gideon Trilogy: Time Thief – Linda Buckley Archer
  37. The Gideon Trilogy: Time Quake- Linda Buckley Archer
  38. The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad- Thornton W. Burgess
  39. The Lost Prince – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  40. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett **
  41. Little Lord Faunterloy – Frances Hodgson Burnett *
  42. The Little Princess- Burnett **
  43. Edith’s Burglar- Frances Hodgson Burnett
  44. The Dark Hills Divide- Patrick Carman
  45. Beyond the Valley of Thorns- Patrick Carman
  46. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll  *
  47. Through the Looking Glass- Lewis Carroll
  48. Sylvie and Bruno- Lewis Carroll
  49. Sylvie and Bruno Return- Lewis Carroll
  50. The Thief and the Beanstalk- P.W. Catanese  *
  51. The Trouble with Magic – Ruth Chew
  52. Mostly Magic – Ruth Chew
  53. Second-Hand Magic- Ruth Chew
  54. Secret of the Andes- Ann Nolan Clark
  55. The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary
  56. Ralph S. Mouse – Beverly Cleary
  57. Ribsy- Beverly Cleary
  58. Gregor the Overlander- Suzanne Collins  **
  59. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane- Suzanne Collins  *
  60. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods- Suzanne Collins  *
  61. Half-Moon Investigations – Eoin Colfer  *
  62. Airman- Eoin Colfer  **
  63. What Katy Did – Susan Coolidge **
  64. What Katy Did Next – Susan Coolidge **
  65. What Katy Did at School – Susan Coolidge **
  66. Clover- Susan Coolidge
  67. Over Sea, Under Stone – Susan Cooper  **
  68. Dark is Rising – Susan Cooper  *
  69. Greenwich – Susan Cooper  *
  70. The Grey King – Susan Cooper
  71. Silver on the Tree – Susan Cooper
  72. The Boggart – Susan Cooper  *
  73. The Boggart and the Monster- Susan Cooper
  74. The Lionboy Trilogy- Zizou Corder
  75. Into the Land of the Unicorns- Bruce Coville
  76. Song of the Wanderer- Bruce Coville
  77. The Wanderer – Sharon Creech
  78. The Courage of Sarah Noble- Alice Dalgliesh
  79. Danny the Champion of the World – Roald Dahl **
  80. The BFG – Roald Dahl  *
  81. George’s Marvelous Medicine – Roald Dahl
  82. Matilda – Roald Dahl ***
  83. James and the Giant Peach- Roald Dahl
  84. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar- Roald Dahl
  85. Esio Trot- Roald Dahl
  86. Fantastic Mr. Fox- Roald Dahl
  87. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl  *
  88. Finn the Wolfhound – A. J. Dawson
  89. The Riddle of the Wren- Charles DeLint
  90. The Magician’s Elephant- Kate DiCamillo
  91. The Tale of Desperaux- Kate DiCamillo *
  92. Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates- Mary Mapes Dodge **
  93. Brill of Exitorn – Peggy Downing
  94. The Finches Fabulous Furnace – Roger Wolcott Drury
  95. City of Ember- Jeanne DuPrau **
  96. Half Magic – Edward Eager *
  97. Seven Day Magic- Edward Eager
  98. Knight’s Castle- Edward Eager  **
  99. Magic or Not?- Edward Eager
  100. Magic by the Lake – Edward Eager
  101. The Time Garden – Edward Eager
  102. The Well-wishers – Edward Eager
  103. Mandy- Julie Andrews Edwards
  104. The Great Brain- John D. Fitzgerald *
  105. The Great Brain Does it Again- John D. Fitzgerald
  106. The Great Brain at the Academy- John D. Fitzgerald
  107. More Adventures of the Great Brain- John D. Fitzgerald
  108. Harriet the Spy- Louise Fitzhugh
  109. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- Ian Fleming *
  110. Johnny Tremain- Esther Forbes  *
  111. Pipkin- S. Forst
  112. The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed – Heather Vogel Frederick
  113. Homesick: My Own Story – Jean Fritz
  114. Igraine the Brave- Cornelia Funke
  115. Dragon Rider- Cornelia Funke  *
  116. The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke
  117. I, Coriander- Sally Gardener  *
  118. Elidor- Alan Garner
  119. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen- Alan Garner *
  120. My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
  121. Castle Glower Series – Jessica Day George
  122. Cheaper by the Dozen – Frank B. Gilbreth
  123. Belles on their Toes- Frank B. Gilbreth
  124. Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame **
  125. The Golden Age- Kenneth Grahame
  126. The Adventures of Toad- Kenneth Grahame
  127. The Reluctant Dragon – Kenneth Grahame
  128. The Princess Academy Trilogy – Shannon Hale *
  129. The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern Series) – Shannon Hale  *
  130. Book of a Thousand Days- Shannon Hale
  131. Peter Potts – Clifford B. Hicks
  132. Goodbye Mr. Chips – James Hilton *
  133. Bobbsey Twins Series- Laura Lee Hope
  134. The Willows in Winter – William Horwood
  135. The Willows at Christmas – William Horwood
  136. The Willows and Beyond – William Horwood
  137. Captive Treasure – Milly Howard
  138. The Runaway Princess – Milly Howard
  139. The Secret of Platform 13 – Eva Ibbotson *
  140. Island of the Aunts- Eva Ibbotson *
  141. Journey to the River Sea- Eva Ibbotson *
  142. The Star of Kazan- Eva Ibbotson *
  143. The Beasts of Clawstone Castle- Eva Ibbotson *
  144. Dial-A-Ghost- Eva Ibbotson
  145. Redwall- Brian Jacques  *
  146. The Door to the Lost – Jaleigh Johnson
  147. The Little Colonel- Annie Fellows Johnston
  148. The Little Colonel at Boarding School- Annie Fellows Johnston
  149. A Tale of Time City- Diana Wynne Jones  *
  150. The Phantom Tollbooth- Norton Juster  *
  151. The Water Babies- Charles Kingsley  *
  152. The Invisible Dog- Dick King-Smith
  153. A Mouse Called Wolf- Dick King-Smith
  154. The Water Horse- Dick King-Smith
  155. Spider Sparrow- Dick King-Smith  *
  156. Just So Stories- Rudyard Kipling
  157. Jungle Books 1 &2- Rudyard Kipling  *
  158. Captains Courageous- Rudyard Kipling  *
  159. Puck of Pook’s Hill- Rudyard Kipling
  160. Rewards and Fairies- Rudyard Kipling
  161. The Clockwork Tree – Matthew J. Kirby
  162. Nacky Patcher and the Curse of the Dry-Land Boats- Jeffrey Kluger
  163. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E. L. Konigsburg
  164. Meg’s Mysterious Island – Elizabeth Ladd
  165. The Blue Fairy Book – Edited by Andrew Lang  *
  166. Diamond in the Window- Jane Langton
  167. Swing in the Summerhouse- Jane Langton
  168. Guardians of Ga’Hoole Series- Kathryn Lasky
  169. Nooks and Crannies – Jessica Lawson
  170. The Great Rescue Operation- Jean Van Leeuwen
  171. A Wrinkle in Time- Madeline L’Engle  *
  172. Meet the Austins- Madeline L’Engle
  173. Dragons in the Waters- Madeline L’Engle  *
  174. The Mandie series- Lois Gladys Leppard
  175. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine  *
  176. The Two Princesses of Bamarre – Gail Carson Levine  *
  177. Cinderellis and the Glass Hill- Gail Carson Levine
  178. Dave at Night- Gail Carson Levine
  179. Fairest- Gail Carson Levine  *
  180. The Fairy’s Mistake – Gail Carson Levine
  181. The Princess Test- Gail Carson Levine
  182. Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand- Gail Carson Levine
  183. The Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis  ***
  184. Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
  185. Pippi Goes On Board- Astrid Lindgren
  186. Pippi in the South Seas- Astrid Lindgren
  187. Pippi goes to School – Astrid Lindgren
  188. The Magic Pudding – Norman Lindsay
  189. Fell Farm Holiday – Marjorie Lloyd
  190. Fell Farm for Christmas – Marjorie Lloyd
  191. Fell Farm Campers – Marjorie Lloyd
  192. Voyages of Doctor Dolittle – Hugh Lofting *
  193. Doctor Dolittle’s Circus- Hugh Lofting *
  194. The Story of Doctor Dolittle- Hugh Lofting *
  195. Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone – Dene Low
  196. Piggle Wiggle Treasury – Betty MacDonald **
  197. The Light Princess – George MacDonald  **
  198. The Princess and the Goblin – George MacDonald  *
  199. The Princess and Curdie – George MacDonald  *
  200. At the Back of North Wind- George MacDonald
  201. The Box of Delights – John Masefield
  202. The Bracken Trilogy – Jeri Massi
  203. Derwood, Inc. – Jeri Massi
  204. Urchin of the Riding Stars- M. I. McAllister  *
  205. Heir of Mistmantle- M. I. McAllister  *
  206. Urchin and the Heartstone- M.I. McAllister *
  207. Urchin and the Raven War- MI McAllister  *
  208. Homer Price – Robert McCloskey
  209. The Moorchild – Eloise McGraw
  210. The Seventeenth Swap- Eloise McGraw
  211. The Blue Sword- Robin McKinley  *
  212. The Hero and the Crown- Robin McKinley *
  213. Chalice- Robin McKinley *
  214. Wildwood Trilogy – Colin Meloy
  215. The Superlative Horse – Jean Merrill
  216. Winnie-the-Pooh series- A.A. Milne
  217. Christmas with Anne- L.M. Montgomery
  218. Magic for Marigold- Montgomery **
  219. Pat of Silver Bush- Montgomery *
  220. Emily of New Moon- Montgomery **
  221. The Story Girl- Montgomery **
  222. The Golden Road- Montgomery **
  223. Jane of Lantern Hill- Montgomery
  224. Coverlet’s Magicians – Mary Nash
  225. The Bodies in the Bessledorf Hotel – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  226. The Magic City – E. Nesbit *
  227. The Magic World- Edith Nesbit *
  228. Harding’s Luck – E. Nesbit *
  229. The House of Arden – E. Nesbit *
  230. The Would-Be-Goods – E. Nesbit *
  231. Further Adventures of the Would-Be-Goods – E. Nesbit
  232. Story of the Treasure Seekers – E. Nesbit *
  233. New Treasure Seekers – E. Nesbit
  234. The Enchanted Castle – E. Nesbit  *
  235. The Railway Children – E. Nesbit *
  236. Four Children and It – E. Nesbit *
  237. The Phoenix and the Carpet – E. Nesbit *
  238. The Story of the Amulet- Nesbit
  239. The Dragon’s Child – Jenny Nimmo
  240. Midnight for Charlie Bone- Jenny Nimmo  *
  241. Charlie Bone and the Time Twister- Jenny Nimmo  *
  242. Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy- Jenny Nimmo  *
  243. Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors- Jenny Nimmo *
  244. Charlie Bone and the Hidden King- Jenny Nimmo  *
  245. Charlie Bone and the Beast- Jenny Nimmo  *
  246. Charlie Bone and the Shadow- Jenny Nimmo *
  247. The Borrowers – Mary Norton **
  248. The Borrowers Afield – Mary Norton
  249. The Borrowers Afloat – Mary Norton
  250. The Borrowers Aloft – Mary Norton
  251. The Borrowers Avenged – Mary Norton
  252. The Borrowers on Vacation- Mary Norton
  253. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien *
  254. Merry, Rose, and Christmas Tree June – Doris Orgel
  255. Hatchet- Gary Paulsen
  256. The Treasure of El Patron- Gary Paulsen
  257. Tom’s Midnight Garden – Phillipa Pearce
  258. Minnow on the Say – Phillipa Pearce
  259. The Voyage of Barracks – Stuart Petrie **
  260. Pollyanna- Eleanor H. Porter
  261. Freckles- Gene Stratton Porter
  262. Girl of the Limberlost- Gene Stratton Porter
  263. Swallows and Amazons Series – Arthur Ransome **
  264. Swallowdale- Arthur Ransome
  265. Winter Holiday- Arthur Ransome
  266. Peter Duck- Ransome ***
  267. Coot Club- Ransome
  268. Pigeon Post- Ransome
  269. We Didn’t Mean to Go To Sea- Ransome
  270. Secret Water- Ransome
  271. The Big Six- Ransome
  272. Missee Lee- Ransome
  273. The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin
  274. Kitty Hawk series – Iain Reading
  275. Secret of the Golden Cowrie – Gloria Repp
  276. In Grandma’s Attick series- Arletta Richardson
  277. Henry Reed Inc. – Keith Robertson
  278. The Dragon of Lonely Island – Rebecca Rupp
  279. The Taker’s Stone- Barbara Timberlake Russell
  280. Holes – Louis Sachar
  281. Cricket in Times Square – George Selden
  282. Chester Cricket’s New Home- George Selden
  283. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  284. The Rescuers – Margery Sharp ***
  285. The Turret – Margery Sharp *
  286. Bernard the Brave – Margery Sharp
  287. Miss Bianca – Margery Sharp **
  288. Miss Bianca and the Bridesmaid- Sharp
  289. Miss Biacna in the Orient- Sharp
  290. That Boy Johnny! – Evelyn Ray Sickels
  291. The Five Little Peppers – Margaret Sidney *
  292. Five Little Peppers Midway – Margaret Sidney
  293. Long Ago Elf- Mary and R.A. Smith
  294. The Egypt Game- Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  295. Encyclopedia Brown Series – Donald J. Sobol
  296. Enola Holmes Mystery: The Case of the Missing Marquess- Nancy Springer
  297. Enola Holmes Mystery: The Case of the Left-Handed Lady- Nancy Springer
  298. Heidi- Johanna Spyri
  299. The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart **
  300. Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey – Trenton Lee Stewart *
  301. Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma- Trenton Lee Stewart *
  302. Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages – Trenton Lee Stewart *
  303. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict – Trenton Lee Stewart *
  304. The Secret Keepers – Trenton Lee Stewart *
  305. Thursday’s Child- Noel Streatfeild
  306. The Magic Summer- Noel Streatfeild
  307. Skating Shoes- Streatfeild
  308. Tennis Shoes- Streatfeild
  309. Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild ***
  310. Theater Shoes – Noel Streatfeild *
  311. Dancing Shoes – Noal Streatfeild **
  312. Star of Light- Patricia St. John
  313. Treasures of the Snow- Patricia St. John
  314. Secret of Pheasant Cottage- Patricia St. John
  315. The Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkien  ***
  316. Roverandom- Tolkien
  317. New Policeman Trilogy- Kate Thompson
  318. The Great Good Thing- Roderick Townley  *
  319. The Blue Shoe- Roderick Townley *
  320. Mary Poppins Series – P.L. Travers
  321. American Girls: Samantha series- by Valerie Tripp*
  322. Explorer Academy Series – Trudi Trueit
  323. Keystone Kids- John R. Tunis
  324. Tom Sawyer Abroad – Mark Twain
  325. Tom Sawyer Detective – Mark Twain
  326. Aunt Jane’s Nieces series – Edith Van Dyne (Pseudonym for L. Frank Baum)
  327. The Great Cheese Conspiracy- Jean Van Leeuwen
  328. Five Weeks in a Ballooon- Jules Verne  *
  329. Around the World in 80 Days- Jules Verne  *
  330. Sparrow in the Scullery- Barbara Brooks Wallace
  331. Ghosts in the Gallery- Barbara Brooks Wallace
  332. Peppermints in the Parlor- Wallace *
  333. The Perils of Peppermints- Wallace
  334. Surprise Island- Gertrude Chandler Warner
  335. Boxchar Children Series- Gertrude Chandler Warner
  336. Knock Three Times – Marion St. John Webb ***
  337. Stuart Little – E. B. White  ***
  338. Charlotte’s Web- E.B.White
  339. The Trumpet of the Swan- EB White
  340. Mistress Masham’s Repose – T. H. White  **
  341. The Strictest School in the World- Howard Whitehouse
  342. The Faceless Fiend – Howard White house
  343. The Island of Mad Scientists – Howard Whitehouse
  344. Mother Carey’s Chickens – Kate Douglas Wiggin ***
  345. The Bird’s Christmas Carol – Kate Douglas Wiggin **
  346. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm- Kate Douglas Wiggin *
  347. Little House on the Prairie Series- Laura Ingalls Wilder  **
  348. Little Clearing in the Woods- Maria D. Wilkes
  349. The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams Bianco
  350. Herbert- Hazel Wilson
  351. More Fun with Herbert- Hazel Wilson
  352. Castaways from Lilliput – Henry Winterfield
  353. The Castle in the Attic- Elizabeth Winthrop  *
  354. The Battle for the Castle- Elizabeth Winthrop  *
  355. The Ravenmaster’s Secret- Elvira Woodruff  *
  356. Swiss Family Robinson- Johann R. Wyss  *
  357. Pippa Park Raises Her Game – Erin Yun
  358. The Thirteenth Princess – Diane Zahler
  359. The Outspoken Princess and the Gentle Knight – Jack Zipes

4 thoughts on “Recommended Books

    • Many of the books on this list are for Middle Grade, Junior High, or YA. I don’t have them grouped by age, but you can explore around and see what sparks some interest. Happy Reading!

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