The Importance of Reading Great Books

Reading Aloud to Your Children

Children's Literature Resources for Parents

Great Read-Alouds

Favorite Books for All Ages

Favorite Books for Preschool and Early Elementary

Favorite Books for
Late Elementary

Favorite Books for Middle School

Favorite Books for Upper Middle and High School

Caldecott Award Winners

Award Winners

College Bound Reading List

Valerie Bendt on Reading Great Literature to Children

Valerie Bendt's Book Recommendations, Preschool/Early Elementary

Valerie Bendt's Book Recommendations
, Elementary/Middle School

Valerie Bendt's Book Recommendations, High School

<<To go to our lists of recommended books for each age level, use the links in the left-hand column.

Valerie Bendt's Favorite Books for Upper Elementary/Middle School

Seesaw Girl and The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Parks

Little House Boxed Set by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Road from Roxbury, The Far Side of the Loch, On Tide Mill Lane, The Little House in the Highlands, Little House by Boston Bay, and Down to the Bonny Glen, all by Melissa Wiley

On Top of Concord Hill, Little Town at the Crossroads, Brookfield Days, Little House in Brookfield, Little Clearing in the Woods and Caroline and Her Sister, all by Maria D. Wilkes

Anne of Green GablesSeries and The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

My Side of the Mountain Books and Julie of the Wolves Books by Jean Craighead George

Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark, and Caleb's Story by Patricia MacLachlan

The Bronze Bow, The Sign of the Beaver, and Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set (Paperback)
The Chronicles of Narnia (Hardcover), The Complete Chronicles of Narnia is a beautifully illustrated, oversized hardback that contains all seven of the Narnia books in one volume.

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, by Margaret Sidney

The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Treasure Island and A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island, From Earth to the Moon, and Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Little Women, Little Men,Jo's Boys, An Old Fashioned Girl, and Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The Happy Orpheline, A Grandmother for the Orphelines and others in the Orpheline series, The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

Strawberry Girl, San Francisco Boy, Peanuts for Billy Ben, Shoo Fly Girl and others in the Regional United States series, Indian Captive by Lois Lensky

Lumber Camp Library by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Dangerous Journey by Oliver Hunkin. (An adaptation of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.)

Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen L. Taylor. (An adaptation of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.)

The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English by John Bunyan

Hatchet and The River by Gary Paulsen

Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day, The Black Pearl, Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell

Childhood of Famous American Series:

Wilbur and Orville Wright
Thomas Edison
Tom Jefferson
Abraham Lincoln
Albert Einstein
Abigail Adams
Henry Ford
Clara Barton
Elizabeth Blackwell
Helen Keller
George Washington
Walt Disney
Babe Ruth
Benjamin Franklin
Daniel Boone
Meriwether Lewis
Neil Armstrong
Harriet Tubman
Amelia Earhart
Martha Washington
Davy Crockett
Louisa May Alcott
Molly Pitcher
Roberto Clemente
Dr. Seuss
John Muir
Paul Revere
Annie Oakley
Rosa Parks
Crispus Attucks
Wilma Rudolph
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Susan B. Anthony
Robert E. Lee
Joe DiMaggio
Lou Gehrig
Althea Gibson
Jackie Robinson
Buffalo Bill
Eleanor Roosevelt
Sitting Bull
Mark Twain
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Langston Hughes
Ronald Reagan
Dale Earnhardt
Ray Charles
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jim Thorpe
Teddy Roosevelt
John Adams
John Glenn
Crazy Horse

Betsy-Tacy, Betsy-Tacy and Tib, Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, Betsy and the Great World, Betsy in Spite of Herself, Heaven to Betsy, and Betsy's Wedding, all by Maud Hart Lovelace

How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head, The Ant and the Elephant, Buford the Little Bighorn, Cowardly Clyde, The Caboose Who Got Loose, and many others by Bill Peet

Bill Peet an Autobiography, by Bill Peet

Books by Marguerite Henry
Marguerite Henry's Horseshoe Library
Misty of Chincoteague
Sea Star Orphan of Chincoteague
Stormy, Misty’s Foal
Misty's Twilight
King of the Wind
Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West
San Domingo
Born to Trot
Album of Horses
Five O'clock Charlie
Justin Morgan Had a Horse
Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

E. B. White Boxed Set contains these three beloved classics: Charlotte’s Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Princess and the Goblin, The Princess and Curdie, and The Light Princess
by George MacDonald

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

(For other great books for this age group see the Newbery Medal Winners.)

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