Valerie Bendt’s Favorite Books for Children

Valerie Bendt’s Favorite Books for Preschool/Early Elementary Ages

Tom and Pippo” books by Helen Oxenbury: (Many of these are out of print.)
Tom and Pippo
Tom and Pippo See the Moon
Pippo Gets Lost
Tom and Pippo on the Beach
Tom and Pippo go Shopping
Tom and Pippo in the Garden 

Tom and Pippo Read a Story
Tom and Pippo and the Dog
Tom and Pippo in the Snow
Tom and Pippo go for a Walk

Tom and Pippo’s Day
Tom and Pippo and the Bicycle
Tom and Pippo and the Washing Machine

“Jesse Bear” books by Nancy Carlstrom: (Many of these are out of print.)
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
Guess Who’s Coming, Jesse Bear
Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear
Happy Birthday, Jesse Bear
How Do You Say It Today, Jesse Bear?
It’s About Time, Jesse Bear
I Love You Mama, Any Time of Year
I Love You, Papa, in All Kinds of Weather

Where Is Christmas, Jesse Bear?
Jessie Bear’s Yum, Yum Crumble
Jessie Bear’s Tra-La Tub
Buzz Buzz, Chug-a-Chug
Jessie Bear’s Tum Tum Tickle
Jessie Bear’s Wiggle-Jiggle Jump-Up
Let’s Count It Out, Jessie Bear

Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear!

“Froggy” books by Jonathan London:
Froggy Gets Dressed
Froggy Eats Out
Froggy Goes to School
Froggy’s First Kiss
Let’s Go, Froggy!
Froggy Goes to Bed
Froggy Learns to Swim
Froggy Plays Soccer
Froggy’s Best Christmas
Froggy Bakes a Cake
Froggy Rides a Bike
Froggy’s Sleepover
Froggy’s Day with Dad
Froggy Goes to the Doctor

“Frances” books by Russell Hoban
Bedtime for Frances
A Baby Sister for Frances
Bread and Jam for Frances
A Birthday for Frances
Best Friends for Frances
A Bargain for Frances

“Poinsettia” books by Felicia Bond
Poinsettia and the Firefighters
Poinsettia and Her Family

“Harry” books by Gene Zion 
Harry the Dirty Dog
Harry by the Sea
Harry and the Lady Next Door
No Roses for Harry!

“Henry” books by Mark Taylor (These books are all out of print.)
Henry the Explorer
Henry Explores the Jungle
Henry Explores the Mountains
Henry and the Castaways
The Case of the Missing Kittens
The Case of the Purloined Compass

“If You …” books by Laura Numeroff 
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
If You Give a Pig a Party

Beatrix Potter Tales (Just a few mentioned here.)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit 
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies 
The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck
The Tale of Two Bad Mice

“Very …” books by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Busy Spider
The Very Quiet Cricket Board Book
The Very Lonely Firefly
The Grouchy Ladybug
Eric Carle’s Very Little Library 

“Harold” books by Crockett Johnson
Harold and the Purple Crayon
A Picture for Harold’s Room
Harold at the North Pole
Harold’s Fairy Tale
Harold’s Circus
Harold’s Trip to the Sky

The Popcorn Dragon, by Jane Thayer

The Toolbox , by Ann and Harlow Rockwell

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, by Don and Audrey Wood

No Dragons for Tea, by Jean Pendziwol

Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Here Are My Hands by John Archambault

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr

The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash
Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight by Ogden Nash

Inch by Inch by David Mallet

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Ollie Forgot by Tedd Arnold (out of print)

The Biggest Bed in the World by Lindsay Camp (out of print)

Books by Verla Kay
Homespun Sarah 
Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails 
Orphan Train 
Tattered Sails 
Iron Horses 
Gold Fever 
Broken Feather

The Progress of the Pilgrim Mouse by Linda and Alan Parry (An adaptation of John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress for young children.)

Dog FoodGus and ButtonFood For ThoughtOne Lonely Sea HorseHow Are You Peeling?, Play With Your FoodBaby FoodFast Food and other must-see- books by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers.

George and Matilda Mouse and the Dolls’ House, Matilda Mouse’s First Adventure, George Mouse Learns to Fly, George and Matilda Mouse and the Floating School, George and Matilda Mouse and the Moon Rocket, and others in the series by Heather Buchanan (These titles are out of print.)

Brambly Hedge BooksThe Complete Brambly Hedge SeriesSummer StoryAutumn StoryWinter StorySpring Story, by Jill Barklem

Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne

The Complete Adventures of Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey.

Books by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Paint
Mouse Count
Mouse Magic (out of print)
Hop Jump
Dot and Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery
Dot and Jabber and The Mystery of the Missing Stream
Dot and Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery

Jam and Jelly by Holly and Nellie by Gloria Whelan

E. B. White Boxed Set contains these three beloved classics: Charlotte’s WebThe Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little.

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

(For other great books for this age group see the Caldecott Medal Winners.)

Valerie Bendt’s Favorite Books for Upper Elementary/Middle School

Seesaw Girl and The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Parks

Little House Boxed Set by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Road from RoxburyThe Far Side of the LochOn Tide Mill LaneThe Little House in the HighlandsLittle House by Boston Bay, and Down to the Bonny Glen, all by Melissa Wiley

On Top of Concord HillLittle Town at the CrossroadsBrookfield DaysLittle House in Brookfield, Little Clearing in the Woods and Caroline and Her Sister, all by Maria D. Wilkes

Anne of Green GablesSeries and The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

My Side of the Mountain Books and Julie of the Wolves Books by Jean Craighead George

Sarah, Plain and TallSkylark, and Caleb’s Story by Patricia MacLachlan

The Bronze BowThe Sign of the Beaver, and Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. 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.

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, by Margaret Sidney

The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Treasure Island and A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

20,000 Leagues Under the SeaThe Mysterious IslandFrom Earth to the Moon, and Around the World in Eighty Daysby Jules Verne

Little Women, Little Men,Jo’s Boys, An Old Fashioned Girl, and Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The Happy Orpheline, A Grandmother for the Orphelines and others in the Orpheline series, The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

Strawberry GirlSan Francisco BoyPeanuts for Billy BenShoo Fly Girl and others in the Regional United States series,Indian Captive by Lois Lensky

Lumber Camp Library by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Dangerous Journey by Oliver Hunkin. (An adaptation of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.)

Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor. (An adaptation of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.)

The Pilgrim’s Progress in Modern English by John Bunyan

Hatchet and The River by Gary Paulsen

Island of the Blue DolphinsThe Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By DayThe Black Pearl, Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell

Childhood of Famous American Series:

Wilbur and Orville Wright
Thomas Edison
Tom Jefferson
Abraham Lincoln
Albert Einstein
Abigail Adams
Henry Ford
Clara Barton
Elizabeth Blackwell
Helen Keller
George Washington
Walt Disney
Babe Ruth
Benjamin Franklin
Daniel Boone
Meriwether Lewis
Neil Armstrong
Harriet Tubman
Amelia Earhart
Martha Washington
Davy Crockett
Louisa May Alcott
Molly Pitcher
Roberto Clemente
Dr. Seuss
John Muir
Paul Revere
Annie Oakley
Rosa Parks
Crispus Attucks
Wilma Rudolph
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Susan B. Anthony
Robert E. Lee
Joe DiMaggio
Lou Gehrig
Althea Gibson
Jackie Robinson
Buffalo Bill
Eleanor Roosevelt
Sitting Bull
Mark Twain
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Langston Hughes 
Ronald Reagan
Dale Earnhardt
Ray Charles
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jim Thorpe
Teddy Roosevelt
John Adams
John Glenn
Crazy Horse


Betsy-TacyBetsy-Tacy and TibBetsy and Tacy Go DowntownBetsy and Tacy Go Over the Big HillBetsy and the Great WorldBetsy in Spite of HerselfHeaven to Betsy, and Betsy’s Wedding, all by Maud Hart Lovelace

How Droofus the Dragon Lost His HeadThe Ant and the ElephantBuford the Little BighornCowardly ClydeThe Caboose Who Got Loose, and many others by Bill Peet

Bill Peet an Autobiography, by Bill Peet

Books by Marguerite Henry 
Marguerite Henry’s Horseshoe Library
Misty of Chincoteague
Sea Star Orphan of Chincoteague
Stormy, Misty’s Foal
Misty’s Twilight
King of the Wind
Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West
San Domingo
Born to Trot
Album of Horses
Five O’clock Charlie
Justin Morgan Had a Horse
Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

E. B. White Boxed Set contains these three beloved classics: Charlotte’s WebThe Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Littleby E.B. White

The Princess and the GoblinThe Princess and Curdie, and The Light Princess
by George MacDonald

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

(For other great books for this age group see the Newbery Medal Winners.)

Valerie Bendt’s Favorite Books for High Schoolers

Books by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set contains the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Triliogy.

A Tale of Two CitiesGreat ExpectationsA Christmas Carol , Hard TimesNicholas Nickleby, The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Jane Austen’s Complete Novels by Jane Austen

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Leatherstocking Tales IThe PioneersThe Last of the MohicansThe Prairie by James Fenimore Cooper

Fighting the Flying Circus: The Greatest True Air Adventure to Come out of World War I by Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker

The Pilgrim’s Progress in Modern English by John Bunyan

Books by C. S. Lewis 
Mere Christianity
A Grief Observed
The Problem of Pain
The Great Divorce
The Screwtape Letters
CS Lewis Signature Classics

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Sir Gibbie, by George MacDonald

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The King’s Swift Rider: A Novel on Robert the Bruce by Mollie Hunter

Books by G.A. Henty
In Freedom’s Cause
With Lee in Virginia
A Tale of the Western Plains
For the Temple
Beric The Briton
The Young Carthaginian
Winning His Spurs
The Cat of Bubastes
St. George for England
The Dragon and The Raven
A Knight of the White Cross
With Frederick the Great
The Dragon And The Raven
St. Bartholomew’s Eve, A Tale of the Huguenot Wars
Among Malay Pirates
Won By The Sword
In the Heart of the Rockies
The Lion of The North
The Tiger of Mysore
By Right of Conquest
The Lion of St. Mark

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Frank by Anne Frank

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

William Shakespeare: The Complete Works by Shakespeare

The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

A Wrinkle in TimeA Wind in the DoorA Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

Love Comes SoftlyLove’s Enduring Promise, and Love’s Long Journey by Janette Oak.

Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy

The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Gifted Hands: The Story of Ben Carson by Ben Carson with Cecil Murphey

(For other great books for this age group see the College Bound Reading List.)

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