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Classic Books: Children's Classics

A suggested reading guide to immerse oneself in the classics

Middle Grade Classics

A Wrinkle in Time

First published: 1962

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

Patina

Contemporary classic.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team--a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

The Wind in the Willows

Call Number: GRAHAME (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0312136242

American Born Chinese

First published: 2006

Tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny's life with his yearly visits. Their lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Call Number: CARROLL (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0688110878

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Call Number: BAUM (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0060293233

The First Rule of Punk

Contemporary classic.

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school--you can't fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School's queen bee, violates the school's dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself. The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She'll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

First published: 1977

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, it is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And, too, it is Cassie's story--Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.

Anne of Green Gables

Call Number: MONTGOM (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 055321313X

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

First published: 2009

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.

Peter Pan

Call Number: BARRIE (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0689830785

The Boxcar Children

Call Number: WARNER (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0807508489

Charlotte's Web

Call Number: WHITE (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0060263857
Publication Date: 2012-04-10

Where the Red Fern Grows

Call Number: RAWLS (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level )
ISBN: 0440412676

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Call Number: SOBOL (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0553157248

Across Five Aprils

Call Number: HUNT (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0425182789

Hatchet

Call Number: PAULSEN (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0027701301

The Velveteen Rabbit

Call Number: WILLIAM (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0380002558

Ronia, the Robber's Daughter

First published: 1981

On the night Ronia was born, a thunderstorm raged over the mountain, but in Matt's castle and among his band of robbers there was only joy - for Matt now had a spirited little black-haired daughter. Soon Ronia learns to dance and yell with the robbers, but it is alone in the forest that she feels truly at home. Then one day Ronia meets Birk, the son of Matt's arch-enemy. Soon after Ronia and Birk become friends the worst quarrel ever between the rival bands erupts, and Ronia and Berk are right in the middle.

Picture Book Classics

The Paper Bag Princess

When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth's castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble?

Corduroy

Call Number: FREEMAN (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0140501738

The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit

Call Number: PZ10.3.P47 Co 1987 (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)

 

The Story of Babar

Call Number: BRUNHOFF (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0394805755

Winnie-the-Pooh

Call Number: MILNE (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0140361219

Millions of Cats

Call Number: GAG (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0399233156

The Little Engine That Could

Call Number: PIPER (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0399244670

Mary Poppins

Call Number: TRAVERS (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0152017178

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Call Number: BURTON (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0395169615

Madeline

Call Number: BEMELMA (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0670445800

Goodnight Moon

Call Number: BROWN (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0060207051

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

A young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa's return. Papa Rabbit left two years ago to travel far away north to find work in the great carrot and lettuce fields to earn money for his family. When Papa does not return home on the designated day, Pancho sets out to find him. He packs Papa's favorite meal--mole, rice and beans, a heap of still-warm tortillas, and a jug full of fresh aguamiel--and heads north. He soon meets a coyote, who offers to help Pancho in exchange for some of Papa's favorite foods. They travel together until the food is gone and the coyote decides he is still hungry . . . for Pancho!

The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

Call Number: LINDGRE (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0670876127

The Poky Little Puppy

Call Number: LOWREY (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0307021343

The Borrowers

Call Number: NORTON (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0152049282

A Bear Called Paddington

Call Number: BOND (ERC Juvenile Fiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0395066360

Amelia Bedelia

Call Number: PARISH (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0694012963

Niño Wrestles the World

Señoras y señores, put your hands together for the fantastic, spectacular, one of a kind . . . Niño! Fwap! Slish! Bloop! Krunch! He takes down his competition in a single move! No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Niño--popsicle eater, toy lover, somersault expert, and world champion lucha libre competitor!

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Call Number: BRIDWEL (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0590407430

Where the Wild Things Are

Call Number: SENDAK (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0060254920

Leo the Late Bloomer

Call Number: KRAUS (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 006443348X

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Call Number: CARLE (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0399208534

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Call Number: VIORST (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0689300727

Strega Nona

Call Number: DE PAOL (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 067166283X

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Call Number: NUMEROF (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0060245867

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Call Number: PZ8.S585 Mu 1987 (ERC Juvenile Nonfiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0688040462

The Mud Pony

Call Number: E99.P3 C64 1988 (ERC Juvenile Nonfiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 0590415255

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Call Number: MARTIN (ERC Juvenile Easy Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 068983568X

The Mitten

Call Number: PZ8.1.B755 Mi 1989 (ERC Juvenile Nonfiction Books--Lower Level)
ISBN: 039921920X

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