Recommended Books

Whether you are donating or requesting, these are the best books with which to fill those young minds! 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…

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

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