Children at these age levels like books about kids slightly older than themselves. They like characters who can solve problems. They prefer a direct writing style, strong imagery, clearly defined characters and a happy ending. They are bored by long passages, too much dialogue, long descriptions and slow beginnings. Popular subjects include animals, pets, adventure, school life, quests, and triumphs of good over evil.
James Herriot’s Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children. Now, for the first time, all of the country vet’s stories for children have been collected in one hardback volume and each story is presented in its original, oversized format accompanied by gorgeous illustrations.
Books by Marguerite De Angeli
The Door in the Wall. Robin was to be trained as a knight before his crippling illness. With the help of a caring monk, he learns that whenever God erects a wall, He leaves open a door.
Thee Hannah. Hannah wants terribly to wear pretty ribbons on her bonnet. Hannah does not realize how important her “plain” bonnet is she helps a runaway slave.
Henner’s Lydia. A young Amish girl must finish a hooked mat before she can go to market with her father. But Lydia is much more interested in the goings on around the farm.
Yonie Wondernose. Seven-year-old Yonie can’t keep his nose out of trouble, but winds up saving the day when his parents leave him in charge of the farm.
Copper Toed Boots and a dog of his own are what Shad wants more than anything in the world. Skippack School. It is 1750, and young Eli, recently arrived in Pennsylvania from Germany, adjusts to his new life and new school.
Books by E. B. White
Charlotte’s Web. One of the most dearly loved books of childhood, this tells of the friendship between Wilbur the pig and a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur’s life is endangered, Charlotte writes a message in her web that saves him.
E. B. White Boxed Set contains these three beloved classics: Charlotte’s Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little.
Books by Martha Findley
Set in the South in the mid- to-late 1800s, the books tell the story of the life and spiritual commitment of Elsie Dinsmore, a charming young heroine whose Christian faith and hope guide her as she grows from childhood to adulthood. This series was written in the late 1800s and the original books go in and out of print. Here are the first 8 books in the series:Elsie Dinsmore, Elsie’s Holidays at Roselands, Elsie’s Girlhood, Elsie’s Womanhood, Elsie’s Motherhood, Elsie’s Children, Elsie’s Widowhood, Grandmother Elsie
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. A cricket with a penchant for opera causes a stir in a New York City subway station.
Miracles on Maple Hill by Alice Sorensen. Dad has returned home from the War withdrawn, touchy, and unable to work. The family moves to a farm and in the course of caring for the land and maple trees, Dad gradually is restored.
Stories of the Pilgrims (Classic Reprint) by Margaret Pumphrey. These stories will touch your heart as you and your children follow the Pilgrims in their long, costly search for religious freedom. A slightly edited reprint of the 1900 edition, this book contains many stories of men and women ready to sacrifice everything for what they believed.
The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh is an oversized hardback book containing all of the Pooh books with the adventures of Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and friends in the hundred acre wood. Original color illustrations by Ernest Shepard.
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. Two children experience the apprehension and joy of the possibility of a new mother when their father advertises for a mail-order bride. Very special.
The Favorite Uncle Remus contains 60 of the original Uncle Remus stories by Joel Chandler Harris, written in Southern vernacular. These stories are wonderful read-alouds! All ages.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater. The Poppers lives are forever changed when Mr. Popper receives a penguin as a gift from a famous Admiral. How the Poppers cope with raising a family of penguins has kept children in stitches for generations.
Books by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire
Since 1932, the D’Aulaires’ beautiful picture books have delighted countless children. This husband and wife team meticulously researched the lives and times of the people they wrote about and captured the essence of their character and achievements in simple prose enhanced with vivid full-color illustrations. For up to sixth grade.
Abraham Lincoln (Bicentennial Edition)
Leif the Lucky
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths
The Star Spangled Banner
Books by Marguerite Henry
Horse-lovers, these books are for you! Henry’s books are fictionalized true stories that have made these horses and their human companions familiar to generations of children. Several are about Misty, a Chincoteague pony who became world famous. Marguerite Henry’s Horseshoe Library is a boxed set containing the three books about Misty (Misty of Chincoteague, Sea Star Orphan of Chincoteague, and Stormy, Misty’s Foal).
Misty’s Twilight is Henry’s latest novel about descendants of the famous wild pony Misty.
King of the Wind. Sham, the golden red stallion, and his friend the stableboy Agba travel from the sands of the Sahara to the stately homes of England.
Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West. The true story of “Mustang Annie,” who suffered from polio and found courage to go on by watching wild mustangs. Her efforts resulted in federal protection for mustangs.
San Domingo. Peter Lundy has two joys in life: the rugged western plains where he has grown up and San Domingo, a Medicine Hat Stallion. The Indians believe such a horse is sacred – that neither bullet nor arrow can harm its rider.
Born to Trot is an in-depth look into the world of trotter racing.
Album of Horses. Both a visual and a factual delight, this oversized book covers each horse breed by telling stories of famous horses.
Five O’clock Charlie.Charlie’s not old! So what if he’s 28 and most people consider that a little old for a horse. When his rheumatism isn’t acting up, he’s as frisky as any young colt.
Justin Morgan Had a Horse is a superb story of the first known Morgan horse.
Brighty of the Grand Canyon is based on actual incidents in the life of a Grand Canyon burro.
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin isn’t a horse story, but a great children’s book about the famous New England painter Benjamin West.
Rascal by Sterling North. Boys love this true story of a boy growing up in a small town during World War I and his many adventures with his pet raccoon Rascal.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Best…) by Barbara Robinson. The Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, bully their way into getting all the main parts in the annual Christmas pageant and they give a whole new meaning to the old, old story.
Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House on the Prairie Boxed Set. These books have been beloved by children for generations and tell of Laura’s pioneer life from the time she was a small girl to the first year of her marriage. There are nine books in the set. Everyone, young and old, should read these books!
The Chronicles of Narnia
C.S. Lewis believed that any book worth reading at age 10 should be worth reading at 50, and he wrote the Narnia books as Christian allegories for children that are ageless in their appeal. The boxed set includes all seven of the Narnia books.
The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set (Paperback)
The Chronicles of Narnia (Hardcover)
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia is a beautifully illustrated, oversized hardback that contains all seven of the Narnia books in one volume.
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. Caddie is a red-headed tomboy in pioneer Wisconsin during the 1860s.
Books by Walter Farley
As a horse-crazy kid, I devoured everything written by Walter Farley. He wrote The Black Stallion when he was 17 years old and it immediately became one of the most famous horse stories of all time. It also propelled Farley into fame as one of the most beloved of all authors of children’s books. Farley wrote many books about horses, but be sure to read these:
The Black Stallion is about a boy and a wild Arabian stallion shipwrecked together on a deserted island.
The Island Stallion is my personal favorite of Farley’s books and is about a boy on an archeological search who discovers a hidden valley of horses left over from Conquistadore days.
Books by Holling C. Holling
Holling’s books are delightful to read because not only do they tell interesting stories, but they have wonderful illustrations, maps, charts, and other drawings to help explain the stories.
Tree in the Trail tells the history of the Sante Fe Trail through following the changes of a tree in the trail.
Paddle to the Sea follows the travels of a hand-carved boat through the Great Lakes.
Minn of the Mississippi traces the route of the Mississippi River through the travels of a turtle.
Seabird is an ivory carving that passes through several generations as modes of travel change.
Pagoo tells the story of life in a tidal pool through the adventures of the crab Pagoo.
Books by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Lord Fauntleroy. A bitter English Lord searches for the grandson he has never met. When he finds Cedric, the little boy’s kindness transforms the cruel and impatient old man.
The Secret Garden. When her parents die suddenly, sullen Mary is sent to live with an uncle she never knew. But she discovers a secret garden that causes her to laugh again.
The Little Princess. The classic story of young rich girl Sara Crewe, who finds herself impoverished and at the mercy of a cruel headmistress when her father dies.
Books by Kate Seredy
The Good Master. Jancsi is overjoyed to hear that his cousin from Budapest is coming to spend the summer. When headstrong Kate arrives they share horseback races, country festivals, and a dangerous run-in with gypsies.
The Singing Tree. Sequel to The Good Master.
Books by Meindert deJong
The House of Sixty Fathers. Tien Pao is all alone in enemy territory. His parents have escaped from the Japanese army, but Tien Pao became separated from them. With only his pig for company, Tien Pao searches for his family and is befriended by American airmen.
The Wheel on the School. Six children and the teacher of their small Dutch school have a dream—to bring storks back to their village.
Newbery Medal Boxed Sets. The Newbery Award is a medal presented annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States in the preceding year. Many of the Newbery winners have become children’s classics. Here are three boxed sets of Newbery Medal winners:
Newbery Medal Box Set 1: A Gathering of Days; Caddie Woodlawn; King of the Wind (Paperback)
Newbery Medal Box Set 2: M.C Higgins, the Great;Mrs.Frisby and the Rats of NIMH; and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Paperback)
Newbery Medal Box Set 3 : Sounder;Onion John;Julie of the Wolves;It’s Like this Cat (Paperback)