Wednesday, April 19, 2006

How Well Read Are You in Kid's Fiction?

Here is a compiled list of favorite and fiction books (Recommended Books) from The Children's Literature Web Guide:

Alcott, Louise May: Little Women
Alexander, Lloyd: Chronicles of Prydain
Alexander, Lloyd: The Jedera Adventure
Andersen, Hans Christian: The Snow Queen
Andrews, Julie: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
Babbitt, Natalie: Tuck Everlasting
Banks, Lynne: The Indian In The Cupboard (and others)
Baum, L. Frank: The Wizard of Oz (and sequels)
Barth, Edna: I'm Nobody; Who are You?
Benary-Isbert, Margot Wicked Enchantment
Brand, Christianna Brand: Nurse Matilda
Brand, Christianna Brand: Nurse Matilda Goes to Town
Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A Little Princess
Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden
Burnett, Frances Hodgson: Rackety Packety House
Cameron, Eleanor: Court of the Stone Children
Carroll, Lewis: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Carroll, Lewis: Through the Looking Glass
Charles, N. N.: What Am I?, 1994 (Ages 2-5)
Christopher, John: The City of Gold & Lead
Christopher, John: The Pool of Fire
Christopher, John: The White Mountains
Cooper, Susan: The Dark is Rising
Dahl, Roald: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dahl, Roald: James and the Giant Peach
Dahl, Roald: The BFG
Danziger, Paula: Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, 1994 (Ages 6-10)
de Sainte-Exupery, Antoine: The Little Prince
Dickinson, Peter: Time and the Clockmice Etcetera, 1994 (Ages 7-10)
Dr. Seuss: Yertle the Turtle
Dr. Seuss: And to Think That I Saw It On Mullberry Street
duBois, William Pene: The Twenty-One Balloons
Eager, Edward: Half Magic and several sequels
Ende, Michael: Momo
Ende, Michael: The Never Ending Story
Enright, Elizabeth: Tatsinda
Enright, Elizabeth: The Four Story Mistake
Enright, Elizabeth: The Saturdays
Enright, Elizabeth: Spiderweb for Two
Farmer, Nancy: The Ear, The Eye and the Arm, 1994 (Ages 14-up)
Fitzhugh, Louise: Harriet the Spy
George, Jean Craighead: My Side of the Mountain
Glassman, Peter: My Working Mom, 1994 (Ages 3-7)
Goldman, William: The Princess Bride
Goudge, Elizabeth: Valley of Song
Goudge, Elizabeth: The Little White Horse
Graham, Kenneth: Wind in the Willows
Harris, Rosemary The Moon in the Cloud (and sequels)
Hoban, Russell: How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen
Isaacs, Anne: Swamp Angel, 1994 (Ages 3-7)
Jansson, Tove: Finn Family Moomintroll
Jansson, Tove: Moominland Midwinter
Jones, Terry: Erik the Viking
Jones, Terry: Fairy Tales
Jones, Terry: Nicobobinus
Juster, Norton: The Phantom Tollbooth
Keats, Ezra Jack: Peter's Chair
Kingsley, Charles: The Water Babies
Kipling, Rudyard: Captains Courageous
Kipling, Rudyard: Jungle Book
Kipling, Rudyard: Just So Stories
Kipling, Rudyard: Kim
Konigsburg, E.L: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Lawson, Robert: Rabbit Hill
Le Guin, Ursula K.: A Wizard of Earthsea
Lester, Julius: John Henry by Julius Lester, 1994 (Ages 4-9)
Lewis, C.S: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (and sequels)
Lewis, Patrick J.: The Frog Princess, 1994 (Ages 4-9)
Linklater, Eric: The Wind on the Moon
Lofting, Hugh: The Dr. Dolittle series
Martin, Ann M.: Sea City Here We Come!
Martin, Bill Jr.: The Maestro Plays, 1994 (Ages 2-7)
Mayer, Marianna: Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, 1994 (Ages 4-up)
Masefield, John: The Midnight Folk
Masefield, John: The Box of Delights
McCaffrey, Anne: Dragon Song
McGuire, Richard: Night Becomes Day, 1994 (Ages 2-8)
McKinley, Robin: Beauty
Milne, A.A.: The House at Pooh Corner
Milne, A.A.: Winnie the Pooh
Montgomery, L.M.: Anne of Green Gables (and sequels)
Montgomery, L.M.: Emily of New Moon
Montgomery, L.M.: Jane of Lantern Hill
Montgomery, L.M.: The Story Girl
Norton, Mary: Are All The Giants Dead?
Nelson, Theresa: Earthshine, 1994 (Ages 10-14)
Nesbit, E.: Harding's Luck
O'Brien, Richard: Mrs. Frisby & Rats of NIMH
Ormondroyd, Edward: David and the Phoenix
Paterson, Katherine: Bridge to Terabithia
Paterson, Katherine: Great GillyHopkins
Paterson, Katherine: Jacob Have I Loved
Paterson, Katherine: Lyddie
Paterson, Katherine: The Master Puppeteer
Pinkwater, Daniel: Snarkout Boys & Baconburg Horror
Pinkwater, Daniel: Snarkout Boys & The Avocado of Death
Pinkwater, Daniel: Alan Mendohlsson, the Boy From Mars
Polacco, Patricia: Pink and Say, 1994 (Ages 4-9)
Pope, Elizabeth: Perilous Gard
Raskin, Ellen: The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I mean Noel)
Raskin, Ellen: The Westing Game
Ransome, Arthur: Swallows and Amazons series
Rathmann, Peggy: Good Night, Gorilla, 1994 (Ages 3-7)
Richler, Mordechi: Jacob Two-Two meets the Hooded Fang
Sendak, Maurice: Where The Wild Things Are
Salinger, J.D: Catcher In the Rye
Say, Allan: The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice
Scieszka, Jon: The Stinky Cheese Man
Sharp, Margery: Rescuers
Silverstein, Shel: The Giving Tree
Sis, Peter: The Three Golden Keys, 1994 (Ages 4-9)
Smith, Dodie: The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Smith, Dodie: I Capture the Castle
Smith, Lane: Glasses, Who Needs 'em
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley: The Egypt Game
Spence, Eleanor: The Summer in Between
Steig, William: Sylvester And The Magic Pebble
Stolz, Mary: Cezanne Pinto, A Memoir, 1994 (Ages 9-up)
Streatfeild, Noel: White Boots
Streatfeild, Noel: Apple Bough
Streatfeild, Noel: Ballet Shoes
Sutcliff, Rosemary: Warrior Scarlet
Teague, Mark: Pigsty, 1994 (Ages 3-7)
Taylor, Theodore: The Cay
Thurber, James: The Great Quillow
Thurber, James: Many Moons
Thurber, James: The Thirteen Clocks
Thurber, James: The White Deer
Thurber, James: The Wonderful O
Tolkien, J.R.R: Lord Of The Rings
Tolkien, J.R.R: The Hobbit
Van Allsburh, Chris: Jumanji
Van Allsburh, Chris: The Polar Express
Watterson, Bill: The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
Waugh, Sylvia: The Mennyms, 1994 (Ages 9-up)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: Little House Books
Willians, Feoffrey: How to be Topp
White, E.B.: Charlotte's Web
White, E.B.: The Trumpet of the Swan
White, T.H.: Mistress Masham's Repose
Young, Ella: Unicorn with Silver Shoes
Yolen, Jane: Owl Moon
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Folk tales

The Emporer's New Clothes
Peter And The Wolf
Seven Chinese Brothers
Stone Soup
------------------------------------------------------------------------Recommended Series/Collections

Baum, L. Frank: The Oz books
Brooks, Walter R.: The Freddy the Pig series
Burman, Ben Lucien: The Catfish Bend books
Cameron, Eleanor: Mushroom Planet books
Enright, Elizabeth: The Melendy books
Harris, Rosemary: The Moon in the X book
Farley, Walter: The Black Stallion books
Herge: The Tintin books
Hoban, Russell: The Francis books
Jansson, Tove: The Moomim books
Kelly, Walt: The Pogo series
Konigsburg, E.L.: other books
Le Guin, Ursula: The Earthsea tetralogy
Henry, Marguerite: Misty of Chincoteague and sequels
Lewis, C.S: Narnia books
Lovelace, Maud: Betsy/Tacy
Montgomery, L.M.: Anne Books
Nesbit, E.: The Psammead trilogy
Taylor, Sydney: All of a Kind family series
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Which of these stories, folktales, and series have you read? And what greats are missing? Right off the bat, I didn't see a couple of Mark Twain classics, and then there are some contemporary books I'd add. I'll list those that I've read in the comments. You do the same.

7 comments:

Rich said...

Here are the ones I've read in total:

Alexander, Lloyd: Chronicles of Prydain
Banks, Lynne: The Indian In The Cupboard (and others)
Cooper, Susan: The Dark is Rising
Dahl, Roald: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dahl, Roald: James and the Giant Peach
Dr. Seuss: Yertle the Turtle
Dr. Seuss: And to Think That I Saw It On Mullberry Street
Fitzhugh, Louise: Harriet the Spy
George, Jean Craighead: My Side of the Mountain
Graham, Kenneth: Wind in the Willows
Lewis, C.S: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (and sequels)
Lewis, Patrick J.: The Frog Princess, 1994 (Ages 4-9)
Rathmann, Peggy: Good Night, Gorilla, 1994 (Ages 3-7)
Sendak, Maurice: Where The Wild Things Are
Scieszka, Jon: The Stinky Cheese Man
Silverstein, Shel: The Giving Tree
Tolkien, J.R.R: Lord Of The Rings
Tolkien, J.R.R: The Hobbit
Van Allsburh, Chris: The Polar Express
White, E.B.: Charlotte's Web
The Emporer's New Clothes
Peter And The Wolf
Lewis, C.S: Narnia books


Here are the one I've read in part:

Baum, L. Frank: The Wizard of Oz (and sequels)
Carroll, Lewis: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Goldman, William: The Princess Bride
Kipling, Rudyard: Captains Courageous
Kipling, Rudyard: Jungle Book
Milne, A.A.: The House at Pooh Corner
Watterson, Bill: The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: Little House Books
Baum, L. Frank: The Oz books
Farley, Walter: The Black Stallion books
Le Guin, Ursula: The Earthsea tetralogy

As you can see, for a kid's fiction (YA) writer, I've got a lot of reading to catch up on.

I'd add a few, too, though.

Anderson, M.T.: Feed
Spinelli, Jerry: 1) Maniac Magee 2) Wringer 3) Stargirl 4) Crash (Loser and Milkweed are also very, very good)
Rockwell, Thomas: How to Eat Fried Worms
O'Dell, Scott: 1) The Black Pearl 2) Island of the Blue Dolphins
Other series worth looking at:
The Box Car Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (although these may be a bit dated)
Park, Barbara: Junie B. Jones series
Sobol, Donald: Encylcopedia Brown books

There are so many more I've read and would like to list, but I'll stop here.

Maeghan said...

Hi! Got to your blog through Doug's. I like your post - my 8yo is just starting to read on his own. He loves stories and I have been reading to him since he was a baby. Thanks for your list. He is almost completing the whole range of Roald Dahl books (minus the adult ones). I am trying to figure out what next :)

The way I get him to read is to get him to read the first chapter, then he decides.

codepoke said...

Wow that's a huge list.

I'm scared before I even start.

DugALug said...

Dang Rich!

I hope you didn't type all that!

A really nice list... I have read quite a few, but I am overwhelmed with how many you have here.

-Doug

Rich said...

Hey, Maeghan! It's great to have you. What have been your son's favorites so far? The list I put up is long but hardly all-inclusive. Serves as a good reminder for a lot of the stories I've forgotten about.

My 7 year old (1st grader) and especially my 5 year old (who basically lives in his own fantasy worlds half the time) have really just gotten into having stories read to them (by my wife and me). Probably started just after Christmas. She started them on The Spiderwick Chronicles, and they LOVED them. Couldn't wait each night to keep reading. Since I'm a huge Chronicles of Prydain buff, I followed up with The Book of Three, which we've finished. Now, every night before bedtime (and many nights even after bedtime), my five year old is bringing me The Black Cauldron and having me read to him. We're trying to get my older son to read for himself more and more, and he's doing some of that, but he'd still rather listen.

Once again, great to have you. Stick around.

Rich said...

codepoke,

It can't be that daunting. They're just children's books.

Maeghan said...

We do not have many selection of children books over here in the stores. Haven't really seen these books you've mentioned - The Spiderwick Chronicles and the Chronicles of Prydain. I must, must check them out, online.