One Hundred 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.
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
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
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.
Ramona Quimby begins her memorable adventures in kindergarten.
Cole, Brock. (1987). The goats. New York : Farrar/Straus/Giroux.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 :
& 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.
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
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
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.
Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and
Raskin, Ellen. (1978). The Westing game. New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC
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.
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.
Presents a <>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
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
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
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
Abandoned by their mother, four children begin a search for a home and
White, E. B. (1952). Charlotte's web. New York : Harper.
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.
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.
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.