Tuesday 3 September 2013

Children's Books

Since my children are both at university now, they have outgrown the children's book phase. That doesn't mean I don't remember the wonderful books we have read together or they have read on their own and the lovely times we had with children's literature.
I've been asking my friends with children and I have added our own favourites and put together a list of great books for children of different reading ages. Wherever I have written a review, I added the link.
I hope many of my friends and their children can find some interesting stories on this list.

Alcott, Louisa May "Little Women"
Awdry, Rev. W. "Thomas the Tank Engine

Babbitt, Natalie "Tuck Everlasting"

Balliett, Blue "Chasing Vermeer"
Barrett, Judith "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"
Barrie, J.M. "Peter Pan"
Baum, L. Frank "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"
Baumgart, Klaus "Laura's Star" (GE: Lauras Stern)
Bemelmans, Ludwig "Madeline"
Berenstain, Stan and Jan "The Berenstain Bears"
Blume, Judy "Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret?"
Bond, Michael "A Bear Called Paddington"
Bourgeois, Paulette "Big Sarah's Little Boots
Bridwell, Norman "Clifford" (series)
Briggs, Ward, Barbara "The Raindeer Keeper", "The Snowman Maker"
Brown, Marc "Arthur"

Brumbeau, Jeff/de Marcken, Gail "The Quiltmaker’s Gift"
Busch, Wilhelm "Max and Moritz" (Max und Moriz)

Cabot, Meg "The Princess Diaries"

Cannon, Janell "Stellaluna"
Carle, Eric "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
Campbell, Rod "Dear Zoo"
Carroll, Lewis "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland"
Carson Levine, Gail "Ella Enchanted"
Chandler Warner, Gertrude "The Boxcar Children" (series)
Civardi, Anne; Cartwright, Stephen "Things People Do"
Cleary, Beverly "The Mouse and the Motorcycle"
Coerr, Eleanor "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes"
Colfer, Eoin "Artemis Fowl"
Cooper, Susan "The Dark is Rising" (series)
Cottrell Boyce, Frank "Millions"
Craighead Goerge, Jean "My Side of the Mountain"
Creech, Sharon "Walk Two Moons"
Cronin, Doreen "Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type"
Curtis, Christopher Paul "Bud Not Buddy"

Dahl, Roald "The BFG", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "James and the Giant Peach", "Matilda"

Deary, Terry "Horrible Histories", "Top Ten Shakespeare Stories
De Brunhoff, Jean "The Story of Babar" (FR: Histoire de Babar le petit éléphant)
Defoe, Daniel "Robinson Crusoe"
Degen, Bruce "Jamberry"
De Paola, Tomie "Strega Nona"
DiCamillo, Kate "Because of Winn-Dixie"
Dodd, Lynley "Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy"
Donaldson, Julia "The Gruffalo"

Elwell Hunt, Angela "The Tale of Three Trees"

Ende, Michael "The Neverending Story" (Die unendliche Geschichte)
Estes, Eleanor "The Hundred Dresses"

Fitzhugh, Louise "Harriet the Spy"

Forbes, Esther "Johnny Tremain"
Freeman, Don "Corduroy"
Funke, Cornelia "Inkheart" (series) (Tintenherz)

Gilbreth, Frank + Gilbreth Carey, Elizabeth "Cheaper by the Dozen"

Goldman, William "The Princess Bride"
Grahame, Kenneth "The Wind in the Willows"
Grimm, Jakob and Wilhelm "Grimm’s Fairy Tales" [Jorinda and Joringel] (GE: Jorinde und Joringel. Acht Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm)

Handford, Martin "Where's Wally?" (series)

Herriot, James "James Herriot’s Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small"
Hesse, Karen "Letters from Rifka", "Out of the Dust"
Hislop, Victoria "Maria's Island"
Hodgson Burnett, Frances "A Little Princess",  "The Secret Garden"

Hoffmann, Heinrich "Struwwelpeter" (or Shockheaded/Slovenly Peter) (GE)
Hoffman, Mary "Amazing Grace"

Ingalls Wilder, Laura "Little House Books" (series)

Jacques, Brian "Redwall" (series)

Jansson, Tove "The Moomins"; "Moominsummer Madness"
Johnson, Crockett "The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon"
Juster, Norton "The Phantom Tollbooth"

Kästner, Erich "Das doppelte Lottchen" (Lisa and Lottie aka The Parent Trap) (GE)

Keene, Carolyn "Nancy Drew"
King-Smith, Dick "The Hodgeheg", "King Max the Last"
Kinney, Jeff "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (series)
Kipling, Rudyard "The Jungle Book"

Leaf, Munro "The Story of Ferdinand" - 1936

L'Engle, Madeleine "A Wrinkle in Time"
Lewis, C.S. "The Chronicles of Narnia" (series), "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
Lindgren, Astrid "Emil of Lönneberga", "Pippi Longstocking", "Seacrow Island", "The Six Bullerby Children"
Lionni, Leo "Swimmy"
Lobel, Arnold "Owl at Home"
Lofting, Hugh "The Story of Doctor Dolittle"
Long, Melinda "How I Became a Pirate"
Lowry, Lois "Number the Stars"

MacDonald, Megan "Judy Moody"

MacLachlan, Patricia "Sarah, Plain & Tall" (Series)
Marshall, James "George and Martha"
McBratney, Sam "Guess How Much I Love You"
Moers, Walter "The 13-1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear" (Zamonia #1) (GE: Die 13½ Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär (Zamonien #1))
Montgomery, L.M. (Lucy Maud) "Anne of Green Gables"
Milne, A. A. "Winnie the Pooh"
Munsch, Robert "Love You Forever"
Murphy, Jill "Five Minutes Peace"

Nesbit, Edith "The Railway Children"

Norton, Mary "The Borrowers"
Numeroff, Laura "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"

O'Dell, Scott "Island of the Blue Dolphins", "Zia"

Oxenbury, Helen & Michael "We're Going On a Bear Hunt"

Parish, Peggy "Amelia Bedilia"

Park, Barbara "Junie B. Jones"
Parnell, Peter; Richardson, Justin "And Tango Makes Three"
Paterson, Katherine "Bridge to Terabithia"
Paulsen, Gary "Hatchet"
Peet, Bill "The Whingdingdilly"
Peterson, John "The Littles"
Pfister, Marcus "The Rainbow Fish"
Piper, Watty "The Little Engine That Could"
Pope Osborne, Mary "Magic Tree House" Series
Porter, Eleanor H. "Pollyanna"
Potter, Beatrix "The Tale of Peter Rabbit"

Rathman, Peggy "Good Night Gorilla"

Rawls, Wilson "Where the Red Fern Grows"
Reid Banks, Lynne "The Indian in the Cupboard"
Rey, H.A. "Curious George" (series)
Robinson, Barbara "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Roop, Peter & Connie "Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie" - 1985
Rowling, J.K. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (series)

Rylant, Cynthia "Old Town in the Green Groves"
Ryrie Brink, Carol "Caddie Woodlawn"

Sachar, Louis "Holes", "Sideways Stories from Wayside School", "Small Steps", "Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake", "There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom"

Sage, Angie "Magyk" (series)
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine "The Little Prince"
Scarry, Richard "What Do People Do All Day
Scieszka, Jon "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales", "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs"
Sendak, Maurice "Where the Wild Things Are"
Sewell, Anna "Black Beauty"
Seuss, Dr. (=LeSieg, Theo) "The Cat in The Hat", "Green Eggs and Ham", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish", "Wacky Wednesday"
Silverstein, Shel "The Giving Tree", "Where the Sidewalk Ends"
Smucker, Barbara "Underground to Canada"
Snicket, Lemony "A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket"
Sobol, Donald "Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective"
Spinelli, Jerry "Maniac Magee"
Spyri, Johanna "Heidi" (GE: Heidi)
Stevenson, Robert Louis "Treasure Island"
Streatfeild, Noel "Ballet Shoes"
Swamp, Viola "Miss Nelson is Missing"

Taylor, Mildred D. "Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry"

Tolkien, J.R.R. "The Hobbit"
Travers, Dr. P. L. "Mary Poppins"
Trivizas, Eugene "The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig"
Twain, Mark "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

Webster, Jean "Daddy Longlegs"

White, E.B. "Charlotte's Web"
Williams, Margery "The Velveteen Rabbit"
Winthrop, Elizabeth "The Castle in the Attic"
Wilding, Valerie "Top Ten Classic Stories", "Top Ten Dickens Stories"
Wise Brown, Margaret "Goodnight Moon"
Wood, Don + Audrey "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear"
Woodruff, Elvira "Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad
Wyss, Johann David "The Swiss Family Robinson"

Yarrow, Peter "Puff, the Magic Dragon"

Yates, Elizabeth "Amos Fortune, Free Man"


  1. Great list, Marianne! Cheers

  2. Great list. Brings back a lot of memories. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren was always high on my list.

  3. I'm glad you both like it. And I hope I can add more to the list. Pippi Longstocking was never my favourite by Astrid Lindgren but I know a lot of children love it, so I will add it right now. Thanks, Annette.