Kids: Classic Books

Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper's Penguins.The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions. (JFIC)

Baum, L. Frank. The Wizard Of Oz . After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas. (JFIC)

Brink, Carol Ryrie. Caddie Woodlawn. The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century. (JFIC)

Brown, Marcia. Stone Soup, An Old Tale. When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town enjoys a feast. (EASY)

Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon. Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air. (EASY)

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. 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. (JFIC)

Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel. 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. (EASY)

Dahl, Roald. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. WillyWonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. (JFIC)

De Angeli, Marguerite. The Door In The Wall. In the Middle Ages a young boy crippled by the plague has an adventurous journey from London to the castle where he becomes a page. (JFIC)

Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet The Spy.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." (JFIC)

Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain, A Novel For Old & Young.After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution. (JFIC)

Freeman, Don. Corduroy. A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all. (EASY)

Gag, Wanda. Millions Of Cats. How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions? (EASY)

George, Jean Craighead. My Side Of The Mountain. A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needshuman companionship.(JFIC)

Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind In The Willows. The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger. (JFIC)

Hamilton, Virginia. M. C. Higgins, The Great. 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. (JFIC)

Holling, Holling Clancy. Paddle-To-The-Sea. A small canoe carved by an Indian boy makes a journey from Lake Superior all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. (JFIC)

Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories. Twelve stories about animals, insects, and other subjects include "How the Alphabet Was Made," "How the Camel Got His Hump," and "The Elephant's Child." (JFIC)

Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking. 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. (JFIC)

London, Jack. The Call Of The Wild. The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack. (JFIC)

McCloskey, Robert. Homer Price. Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage. (JFIC)

Montgomery, L. M. Anne Of Green Gables. 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. (JFIC)

Norton, Mary. The Borrowers. Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock. (JFIC)

Sendak, Maurice. Where The Wild Things Are. A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king. (EASY)

Sperry, Armstrong. Call It Courage.Relates how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people. (JFIC)

Steig, William. Sylvester And The Magic Pebble. 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. (EASY)

Taylor, Mildred D. Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry. A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand. (JFIC)

Travers, P. L. Mary Poppins.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. (JFIC)

Wilde, Oscar. The Selfish Giant . A once selfish giant welcomes the children to his previously forbidden garden to play and is eventually rewarded by an unusual tiny child. (EASY)

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House On The Prairie. A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire. (JFIC)