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Children’s Literature Resources

February 12, 2012

Here is the hand-out from last Wednesday’s Mid-Week Activity.


The Read-Aloud Handbook Jim Trelease

100 Best Books for Children Anita Silvey

500 Great Books for Teens Anita Silvey  Anita Silvey’s daily recommendations the social media of book sharing

Link to the Caldecott list:

Link to the Newbery list:

Link to the Great Stone Face Awards:

The Horn Book, a publication about books for children and young adults

The March Madness of Children’s Books


Early Readers:

Anna Hibiscus series, Atinuke

Mercy Watson series, Kate DiCamillo

Bink and Gollie, Kate DiCamillo

Ting and Ling, Grace Lin

Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel

My Father’s Dragon series, Ruth Gannett Stiles

Elephant and Piggie, Mo Willems

Minnie and Moo, Denys Cazet

Little Bear, Else Holmelund Minarik

Henry and Mudge, Cynthia Rylant

The BOB books


The Hundred Dresses, Eleanor Estes

The Littles series, John Peterson


For younger boys:

Nate the Great

Encyclopedia Brown

Hugo Cabret

Shannon Hale’s graphic novels

Dick King-Smith

Roald Dahl




Middle Grade:


Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert O’Brien

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

101 Dalmatians, Dodie Smith

The Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte’s Web E.B. White

The Underneath, Kathi Appelt

Rabbit Hill, Robert Lawson

A Cricket in Times Square, George Selden

The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford


One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams Garcia

A Year Down Yonder, Richard Peck

The Whipping Boy, Sid Fleischman

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Gary Schmidt

The Invention of Hugo Cabret/ Wonderstruck, Brian Selznick

Lassie Come Home, Eric Knight

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Twenty-one Balloons, William Pene du Bois

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi

Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery



More Middle Grade:


From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg

The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall

Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh

The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin

Rules, Cynthia Lord

Framed/ Millions Frank Cottrell Boyce

Room One, Andrew Clements

Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo

Shiloh, Phyllis Naylor


Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken

The Borrowers, Mary Norton

Savvy, Ingrid Law

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

The Giver, Lois Lowry

The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (beware of some initial violence, can be a bit intense for younger readers)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin

Peter Pan, JM Barrie

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Ian Fleming

Tom’s Midnight Garden, Philippa Pearce


The Amaranth Enchantment/Secondhand Charm, Julie Berry

Keturah and Lord Death, Martine Leavitt

Airborn, Kenneth Oppel

Octavian Nothing, MT Anderson

The Wednesday Wars, Gary Schmidt

Holes, Louis Sachar

Life as We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer

Mary Stewart

Terry Pratchett

J.R.R. Tolkien

Georgette Heyer


Contains some mature elements

I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson

Unwind, Neal Shusterman

A Northern Light, Jennifer Donnelly

The Braid, Helen Frost (verse novel)

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

The White Darkness, Geraldine McCaughrean



Favorite authors:   Especially for boys:
Dick King-Smith Katherine Paterson Frank Cottell Boyce
David Macauley Madeleine L’Engle Rick Riordan
Brian Selznick Shannon Hale Kenneth Oppel
C.S. Lewis Grace Lin Gordon Korman
Hilary McKay Beverley Cleary Andrew Clements
Edward Eager Kate DiCamillo Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan series)
Russell Hoban Geraldine McCaughrean Clete Barrett Smith (Aliens on Vacation)
JK Rowling LM Montgomery 39 Clues series
Susan Cooper Linda Sue Park Gary Paulsen
Lloyd Alexander Joan Aiken Robert McCloskey (Homer Price)
Laura Ingalls Wilder Natalie Babbitt  




Friday Favorites: Prezi

February 10, 2012 is a presentation software, similar to powerpoint, but with more action and more capabilities. If you’d like to see the prezi that I did for our last mid-week activity, go to, and search “children’s books” and my full name. That will bring you to the presentation. Push the play button on the bottom, and sample a prezi.


Tuesday Tips: Libraries and Children’s Books

April 12, 2011

In the past, we had a rule that when we went to the library each child could borrow seven books. We always knew how many books we had, and how many we needed to return. That rule has been long gone for awhile now, since seven books just isn’t enough anymore. I think we’re up to ten each now.

Here is a website that is full of good information regarding children’s literature: It’s written by Anita Silvey, who is an authority on children’s books.  She has archives that you can search by age group, book type, subject, etc.