Classic Children's Books
Patricia MacLachlan (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Frontier and Pioneer Life
In "Sarah, Plain and Tall", author Patricia MacLachlan tells a moving story about the creation of a family. In simple language, a little girl named Anna talks about how Sarah from Maine comes to the prairie to live with her, her brother, and her widowed father. This historic fiction has won many awards, including Newbery Award, Christopher Award, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Children, Golden Kite Award for Fiction and Notable Children's Book. "Sarah, Plain and Tall" is one of the best children's books. Kids in second grade through sixth grade will enjoy this classic chapter book.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, Tasha Tudor (Paperback)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a great classic book, and can be considered among the best in children's literature. Mary Lennox, an unattractive orphan girl, is sent to live at her uncle's manor on the Yorkshire moors of England. There, she discovers a secret garden that has been locked up for years. Along with Colin, her spoiled and sickly cousin, and Dickon, a country boy who loves nature and can talk to animals, Mary is drawn to the wonderful world of the secret garden. They work to rejuvenate the secret garden and, along the way, Mary and Colin find their lives are transformed for the better. With strong and memorable characters and a heartwarming story, The Secret Garden is a good book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Paperback)
Genres: Fiction - Fantasy Books, Humorous Stories
BFG, the Big Friendly Giant, is a kind and lovable character. His jumbled language will get laughs out of children. BFG and Sophie, a little orphan girl, go on an adventure that ends with the capture of nine horrible giants with the help of the Queen of England. "The BFG" is one of the best children's fantasy books. Kids in 4th grade through 7th grade will enjoy this imaginative humorous story and the magic world created by author Roald Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake.
Edward Eager (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books
"Half Magic" by Edward Eager is one of the best children's books of the 20th century. In this classic of children's literature, four siblings - Jane, Katharine, Mark, and Martha - embark on fascinating magical adventures after Jane finds a magic coin that grants half of each wish. Children come to learn they need to choose words carefully in order for magic to work as desired. "Half Magic" is a wonderful fantasy book with an engaging story, strong characters and well-thought-out plot.
Mary Norton, Beth Krush, Joe Krush (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books
"The Borrowers" by Mary Norton is one of the best children' books of the 20th century and an enduring classic chapter book that has delighted generations of children. Main characters of the story are the borrowers, tiny people who borrow from humans. One borrower family -- Pod, Homily, and daughter Arrietty -- lives under the floorboards of an old English country house. A boy spotted the borrowers' daughter and they become friends. Danger looms when Mrs. Driver, the housekeeper, discovers their secret home. This engaging fantasy book is good for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.
Sheila Burnford (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books; Book Theme: Animals
"The Incredible Journey" by Sheila Burnford is a classic animal adventure book. Three animals-- a Siamese cat, a bull terrier, and a Labrador retriever-- make an incredible journey through the Canadian wilderness in search of their family and their home. The pets face hardship, starvation and wild animals on their adventurous journey. The last chapter, in which they find their owners, is very moving. "The Incredible Journey" is a great chapter book for children in 4th grade through 9th grade. Cat and dog lovers will especially love this heartwarming animal story.
George Selden, Garth Williams (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden and Garth Williams is a charming animal fantasy book about Chester Cricket's adventure in New York City. At the start of this classic children' book, the country cricket arrives at the Times Square subway station by accident. Mario Bellini, whose parents own a newsstand, finds him and lets him stay in the newsstand. The cricket goes on to make friends with the boy, Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat. With interesting characters and an imaginative story, The Cricket in Times Square is a great chapter book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.
E. L. Konigsburg (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books; Book Theme: Family
"From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg is an adventure story that has delighted children for decades and is considered a modern classic. Two siblings, Claudia and her brother Jamie, run away from their family home and have an adventure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They uncover the mystery surrounding "Angel", a statue in the museum. Under E.L. Konigsburg's deft pen, the two main characters in the classic chapter book seem very real and likable. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" has won Newbery Medal and ALA Notable Children's Book award, and is often considered one of the best children's books.
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