Classic Children’s Literature

Alcott, Louisa May.  Little Women.   J Fic Alcott/JPB A     (Also in the Adult PB A )
Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.

Babbitt, Natalie.  Tuck Everlasting.  J Fic Babbitt / JPB B
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.

Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin. Miss Hickory. J FIC Bailey / J PB B
Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.

Banks, Lynne Reid. The Indian in the Cupboard.  J PB B
A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.

Baum, L. Frank.  The Wizard of Oz.  J FIC Baum // Q J FIC Baum
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson.  A Little Princess.  J FIC Burnett/ J PB B
Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin’s London school, is left in poverty when her father dies but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson.  The Secret Garden.  J FIC Burnett/J PB B
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.

Byars, Betsy Cromer. The Summer of the Swans. J FIC Byars / J PB B
A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.

Dahl, Roald.  James and the Giant Peach.  J FIC Dahl
Wonderful adventures abound after James escapes from his fearful aunts by rolling away inside a giant peach.

Dodge, Mary Mapes.  Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates.  JPB D
When a new friend gives Hans and his sister Gretel enough money for one pair of ice skates, Hans insists that Gretel enter the grand skating competition, while he approaches the great Doctor who consents to try to restore their father’s memory.

Farley, Walter.  The Black Stallion.  J PB F
Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Following their rescue their adventure continues in America.

Forbes, Esther.  Johnny Tremain.  J PB F/ J Fic Forbes
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.

Gates, Doris.  Blue Willow.  J Fic Gates
A little girl, who wants most of all to have a real home and to go to a regular school, hopes that the valley her family has come to, which so resembles the pattern on her treasured blue willow plate, will be their permanent home.

George, Jean Craighead.  My Side of the Mountain.  J FIC George / J PB G
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 needs human companionship.

Grahame, Kenneth.  The Wind in the Willows.  J FIC Grahame
The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside–Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

Juster, Norton.  The Phantom Tollbooth.  J FIC Juster/ J PB J
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

L’Engle, Madeleine.  A Wrinkle in Time.  J FIC L’Engle/ Y FIC L’Engle/ Y PB L
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.  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  J FIC Lewis/ J PB L
Four English school children 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.

Lofting, Hugh.  The Story of Doctor Dolittle.  J FIC Lofting
Presents the story of the good doctor who learned the language of animals and made adventurous voyages.

London, Jack.  The Call of the Wild.  J Fic London/ YPB London
This is the story of Buck, a dog abducted from his home and thrust into the merciless world of an Artic north consumed by a quest for gold.

Montgomery, Lucy Maud.  Anne of Green Gables.  J FIC Montgomery/ J PB M
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.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  Shiloh.  J FIC Naylor/ J PB N
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

Nesbit, E.   Five Children and It.  J FIC Nesbit
When four brothers and sisters discover a Psammead, or sand-fairy, in the gravel pit near the country house where they are staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures its wish-granting will bring them.

Porter, Eleanor H.  Pollyanna.  J FIC Porter / J PB P
When orphaned, eleven-year-old Pollyanna comes to live with austere and wealthy Aunt Polly, her philosophy of gladness brings happiness to her aunt and other unhappy members of the community.

Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square.  J PB S
The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

Sewell, Anna.  Black Beauty : The Autobiography of a Horse. J FIC Sewell
A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.

Speare, Elizabeth George.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  J FIC Speare
A young woman brought up in Barbados comes to live with her uncle in Connecticut, and finds their Puritan way of life difficult after her unconventional upbringing.

Sperry, Armstrong.  Call It Courage.  J FIC Sperry
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.

White, E. B.  Charlotte’s Web.  J FIC White
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.

Wyss, Johann David.  The Swiss Family Robinson.  J FIC Wyss / Y Fic Wyss
Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they imaginatively adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.

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