For young readers…

Please note that I ONLY listed books that I read and re-read as a kid/pre-teen/teen/adult and loved every time. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite to read to your kids here too. I might add I just found out I have a young person lurking here too, so feel free to grab a title and read away! – Oh and this is not a complete list. By the way.

Madeleine L’Engle – Time Series (A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in the Door; Many Waters; A Swiftly Tilting Planet) and others…
Walter Farley – Black Stallion series
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter series
S.E. Hinton – The Outsiders; Tex
Wilson Rawls – Where the Red Fern Grows
Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden
Katherine Paterson – Bridge to Terabithia
C. S. Lewis – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Roald Dahl – The BFG; The Witches; James and the Giant Peach
Beverly Cleary – The Mouse and the Motorcycle; Ramona and Her Mother
Judy Blume – Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; Super Fudge; The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo; Freckle Juice; Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great


  1. Oh man! I love love LOVE The BFG! I had just finished reading it when my grandparents got me a kitty for Christmas. The pet shop told them it was a girl, so I named it Sophie! Just like in the book. 🙂 Anyway, when we took “Sophie” to the vet for a check up they said “um…why is this cat’s name Sophie?”. I thought they just didn’t like the name, but turns out? Not a girl! Whoops!

  2. I’d have to say The Secret Garden was my favorite growing up. And I loved the movie too. We had to read Bridge to Terabithia in middle school, it made me cry, but I still loved it. Good suggestions!

  3. I think I read the entire Black Stallion series and most of the Nancy Drew series when I was a kid. I remember loving The Outsiders, bawling over Where the Red Fern Grows (and then re-reading it), and The Secret Garden was a favorite, too. The My Side of the Mountain books are some I missed as a kid but loved as an adult (reading to my kids) as is Summer of the Monkeys (Rawls). Another book I loved as a kid was Where the Lilies Bloom.

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