Children's Books that Shaped the Century


Alexander, Lloyd. (1986). The high king. New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston. INTR-FIC A376H

In this fifth and final chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil meet in ultimate confrontation.

Avi. (1990). The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle. New York : Orchard Books. INTR-FIC A957TR

As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

Babbitt, Natalie. (1975). Tuck everlasting. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux. INTR-FIC B1124TU

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-yeaR old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

Bemelmans, Ludwig. (1939). Madeline. New York : Simon and Schuster. PRIM-FIC B4555MAD

Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.

Blume, Judy. (1970). Are you there God? : It's me, Margaret. New York : Dell. INTR-FIC B658AR

Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.

Brown, Margaret Wise. (1947). Goodnight moon. New York : Harper. PRIM FIC B879GO

Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. (1949). The secret garden. Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Co. INTR-FIC B964SB

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

Burton, Virginia Lee. (1939). Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC B974mi

When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Ann, lose their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, they go to a little country town where they find that one new job leads to another.

Cleary, Beverly. (1968). Ramona the pest. New York : W. Morrow. INTR-FIC C623RAM

Ramona Quimby begins her memorable adventures in kindergarten.

Cole, Brock. (1987). The goats. New York : Farrar/Straus/Giroux. INTR-FIC C623RAM

Stripped and marooned on a small island by their fellow campers, a boy and a girl form an uneasy bond that grows into a deep friendship when they decide to run away and disappear without a trace.

Cole, Joanna. (1986). The magic school bus at the waterworks. New York : Scholastic Inc. 628.162 C689MA

When Ms. Frizzle, the strangest teacher in school, takes her class on a field trip to the waterworks, everyone ends up experiencing the water purification system from the inside.

Cooper, Susan. (1973). The dark is rising. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC C7785da

On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.

Crews, Donald. (1978). Freight train. New York : Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC C9278FR

Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.

Dahl, Roald. (1964). Charlie and the chocolate factory. New York : Knopf. INTR-FIC D131CH

Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

Fitzhugh, Louise. (1964). Harriet, the spy. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC F555HAR

The story about eleven-year old Harriet, who is a spy, plans to be a writer, and keeps a secret notebook filled with thoughts and notes on her school mates and people she observes on her after-school "spy route." However, when her classmates find and read her notebook, their anger and retaliation, and Harriet's unexpected responses, explode in a hilarious and often touching manner.

Fleischman, Paul. (1988). Joyful noise : poems for two voices. New York : Harper & Row. 811.54 F596J

Fourteen poems, using two voices (alternating or together) offer listeners a look at what insects might think of themselves and their world.

Fox, Paula. (1984). One-eyed cat : a novel. Scarsdale, N.Y. : Bradbury Press. INTR-FIC F793ON

An eleven-year-old shoots a stray cat with his new air rifle, subsequently suffers from guilt, and eventually assumes responsibility for it.

Frank, Anne. (1967). The diary of a young girl. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday. D810 .J4 F715 1967

Traces the life of a young Jewish girl who kept a diary during the two years she and her family hid from the Germans in an Amsterdam attic.

Freedman, Russell. (1987). Lincoln : a photobiography. New York, N.Y. : Clarion Books. 921 L736f

Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.

Fritz, Jean. (1973). And then what happened, Paul Revere? New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 973.3 F919A

Describes some of the well-known as well as the lesser-known details of Paul Revere's life and exciting ride.

Gág, Wanda. (1928). Millions of cats. New York : Coward-McCann, Inc. RIM FIC G132M

How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions?

George, Jean Craighead. (1972). Julie of the wolves. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC G3485JU

While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

Grahame, Kenneth. (1980). The wind in the willows. New York : Ariel Books : Holt, Rinehart and Winston. INTR-FIC G7428WIN

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

Hamilton, Virginia. (1974). M. C. Higgins, the great. New York : Macmillan. INTR-FIC H2218M

As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-yeaR old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.

Hamilton, Virginia. (1985). The people could fly : American Black folktales. New York : Knopf. 398.2 H2215pe

Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in hope.

Hesse, Karen. (1997). Out of the dust. New York : Scholastic Press. INTR-FIC H587o

In a series of poems, fifteen-year old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Hinton, S. E. (1967). The outsiders. New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC H666O

Tells the story of the struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.

Holling, Holling Clancy. (1941). Paddle-to-the-Sea. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 917 H741P

A small canoe carved by an Indian boy makes a journey from Lake Superior all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Keats, Ezra Jack. (1962). The snowy day. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC K25SN

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

Kipling, Rudyard. (1912). Just so stories. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday. INTR-FIC K57J

Twelve stories about animals and insects including How the Camel Got His Hump; How the First Letter was Written, and How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin.

Konigsburg, E. L. (1986, 1967). From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC K82FRO

Claudia and her brother Jamie run away from home and find a place to live in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, then find that they still have a couple of problems to deal with.

Lawson, Robert. (1944). Rabbit hill. New York : The Viking Press. INTR-FIC L425RA

New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.

Le Guin, Ursula K. (1968). A wizard of earthsea. Berkeley, Calif. : Parnassus Press. INTR-FIC L521WI

A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1962). A wrinkle in time. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC L566W

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Lewis, C. S. (1950). The lion, the witch and the wardrobe : a story for children. New York : : Macmillan. INTR-FIC L6734LB

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Lindgren, Astrid. (1950). Pippi Longstocking. New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC L7455PI

Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.

Lobel, Arnold. (1970). Frog and toad are friends. New York : Harper & Row. PRIM-FIC L7975FR

Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.

Lowry, Lois. (1979). Anastasia Krupnik. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR FIC L921ANK

Anastasia's 10th year has some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother.

Macaulay, David. (1988). The way things work. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 600 M117ca

Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines including a lawn sprinkler, pneumatic drill, electric guitar, an a smoke detector.

MacLachlan, Patricia. (1985). Sarah, plain and tall. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC M1615SA

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

Marshall, James. (1972). George and Martha. Boston, Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC M3684GE

Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.

McCloskey, Robert. (1941). Make way for ducklings. New York : The Viking Press. PRIM-FIC M1655MA

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

McKinley, Robin. (1985). The hero and the crown. New York : Greenwillow Books. INTR-FIC M1585HE

Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

McKissack, Pat. (1988). Mirandy and Brother Wind. New York : Knopf. PRIM-FIC M1584MIR

To win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk, Mirandy tries to capture the wind for her partner.

Milne, A. A. (1961, c1926). Winnie-the-Pooh. New York : Dutton. PRIM FIC M658WI

The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday.

Campbell, Norman. (1972, c1970). Anne of Green Gables. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. INTR-FIC M7879ANN

Anne , an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

O'Dell, Scott. (1960). Island of the Blue Dolphins. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC O236IS

When a girl is left behind on an island when her family and people are relocated, she must find ways to survive.

Paterson, Katherine. (1977). Bridge to Terabithia. New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC P296B

The life of a ten-year old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

Paulsen, Gary. (1987). Hatchet : a novel. New York : Bradbury Press. INTR-FIC P3324HA

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

Piper, Watty. (1961). The little engine that could. New York : Platt & Munk. PRIM-FIC P6658Li

When the little red engine broke down, it needed help to get its cargo for boys and girls over the mountain. Only the Little Blue Engine offered its service, doubtful at first, but finally with determined and confident effort pulled the cargo over the mountain.

Raschka, Christopher. (1993). Yo! Yes? New York : Orchard Books. PRIM-FIC R223Y

Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.

Raskin, Ellen. (1978). The Westing game. New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC R225WE

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Rey, H. A. (1969). Curious George. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC R456CU

The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.

Rowling, J. K. (1999, c1997). Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC R8844HAR

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Scieszka, Jon. (1992). The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking. PRIM-FIC S4163st

Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

Sendak, Maurice. (1963). Where the wild things are. New York : Harper & Row. PRIM-FIC S4746WH

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

Seuss, Dr. (1985, c1957). The cat in the hat. New York : Random House. PRIM-FIC S496CAT

Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are invited by the cat in the hat who shows them some tricks and games.

Silverstein, Shel. (1974). Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings. New York : Harper and Row. 811 S587W

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis. (1966). Zlateh the goat , and other stories. New York : Harper & Row. 398.2 S617Z

Presents stories from Middle-European Jewish folklore and legends, where the cruelties of life can be offset by visits from angels and demons.

Slobodkina, Esphyr. (1947). Caps for sale; a tale of a peddler, some monkeys & their monkey business. New York : W. R. Scott. PRIM-FIC S6343cap

A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.

Steig, William. (1969). Sylvester and the magic pebble. New York : Windmill Books. PRIM-FIC S8187sy

In a moment of fright Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.

Steptoe, John. (1969). Stevie. New York : Harper & Row. PRIM-FIC S8379ST

Robert wishes Stevie, a house guest, would go away but when he does Robert realizes how much fun they had together.

Taylor, Mildred D. (1976). Roll of thunder, hear my cry. New York : Dial Press. INTR-FIC T2445RO

A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.

Tolkien, J. R. R. (1960). The hobbit , or, There and back again. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. INTR-FIC T6497HOB

The adventures of the well-to-do hobbit , Bilbo Baggins, who lived happily in his comfortable home until a wandering wizard granted his wish.

Travers, P. L. (1962). Mary Poppins. New York : Harcourt, Brace & World. INTR-FIC T781MB

Two English children's new nanny arrives on the East Wind, slides up the bannister, carries an empty carpet bag with all kinds of things in it, and introduces Jane and Michael to some delightful people and experiences.

Van Allsburg, Chris. (1985). The Polar Express. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC V217PO

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

Voigt, Cynthia. (1981). Homecoming. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC V891HO

Abandoned by their mother, four children begin a search for a home and an identity.

White, E. B. (1952). Charlotte's web. New York : Harper. INTR-FIC W583C

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (1953). Little house in the big woods. New York : Harper. INTR-FIC W673LIR

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.

Young, Ed. (1992). Seven blind mice. New York : Philomel Books. 398.2 Y71SE

Retells in verse the Indian fable of the blind men discovering different parts of an elephant and arguing about its appearance. The illustrations depict the blind arguers as mice.

Zelinsky, Paul O. (1986). Rumpelstiltskin. New York : E.P. Dutton. 398.2 G864rk

A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child.



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