Some Favorite Children’s Books

My friend Mrs. Darling from Dishpan Dribble recently posted a recommended reading list for children at her site. Inspired by her effort, I went back through the records of some of the books the children read when they were little. This is a greatly abridged list of the most cherished books, and doesn’t include much of the nonfiction that they read. Were some of these books your children’s favorites as well?:

Adler, David

The Cam Jansen series

Alcott, Louisa May

Little Women (and other books)

Alexander, Lloyd

Time Cat (and other books)

Arnosky, Jim

Crinkleroot’s Book of Animal Tracking

Barrett, Judi

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Bemelmans, Ludwig

The Madeline books

Boston, L.M.

The Stones of Green Knowe

Brink, Carol Ryrie

Caddie Woodlawn

Brink, Carol Ryrie

Winter Cottage

Brink, Carol Ryrie

Two are Better Than One

Burstein, Chaya M.

The Mystery of the Coins


Parsifal Rides the Time Wave

Chute, Marchette

The Wonderful Winter

Coatsworth, Elizabeth

Five Bushel Farm

Coatsworth, Elizabeth

The Wanderers

Cohen, Barbara

Molly’s Pilgrim

Cole, Joanna

Magic Schoolbus series

Colver, Anne

Bread-and-Butter Indian

Cooney, Barbara

Island Boy

Day, Alexandra

Good Dog, Carl

de Angeli, Marguerite

Petite Suzanne

de Angeli, Marguerite

Henner’s Lydia

de Angeli, Marguerite

Skippack School

de Angeli, Marguerite

Black Fox of Lorne

de Angeli, Marguerite

Copper-toed Boots

de Angeli, Marguerite

Bright April

de Brunhoff, Laurent

The Babar books

DeJong, Meindert

Puppy Summer

Dicks, Terrance

The Case of the Cop Catchers

Dicks, Terrance

The Case of the Blackmail Boys

Dicks, Terrance

The Case of the Ghost Grabbers

Dicks, Terrance

The Case of the Crooked Kids

Dicks, Terrance

The Case of the Cinema Swindle

Dixon, Franklin W.

The Hardy Boys series

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Farley, Walter

The Black Stallion Challenged

Field, Elsie Kimmell

Prairie Winter

Fitzgerald, John

The Great Brain series of books

Foreman, Michael

War Boy: A Country Childhood

Freeman, Don


Friedman, Ina

How My Parents Learned to Eat

Fritz, Jean

What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

Fritz, Jean

Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold

Fritz, Jean

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

Fritz, Jean

Who’s That Standing on Plymouth Rock?

Fritz, Jean

Make Way for Sam Houston

Fritz, Jean

What’s Next, Paul Revere?

Fritz, Jean

Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?

Fritz, Jean

Early Thunder

Fritz, Jean

The Cabin Faced West

George, Jean Craighead

My Side of the Mountain

Grahame, Kenneth

The Wind in the Willows

Gray, Elizabeth Janet

Adam of the Road

Gurney, James

The Dinotopia books

Haywood, Carolyn

B is for Betsey

Henry, Marguerite

King of the Wind

Henry, Marguerite

The White Stallion

Henry, Marguerite

Misty of Chincoteague

Henry, Marguerite

Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West

Henry, Marguerite

Five O’Clock Charlie


The Adventures of Tintin series

Herriot, James

Only One Woof (and many other stories)

Holling, Holling Clancy


Holling, Holling Clancy

The Book of Indians

Irving, Washington

Rip Van Winkle

Kipling, Rudyard

The Jungle Book

Kipling, Rudyard

The Cat That Walked by Himself

Krementz, Jill

A Very Young Rider

Krensky, Stephen

Who Really Discovered America?

Kurelek, William

They Sought a New World

Kurelek, William

A Prairie Boy’s Winter

Kurelek, William

A Prairie Boy’s Summer

Lawson, Robert

Mr. Revere and I

Lawson, Robert

They Were Strong and Good

Lawson, Robert

I Discover Columbus

Lawson, Robert

Capt. Kidd’s Cat

Lenski, Lois

Houseboat Girl

Lenski, Lois

To Be a Logger

Lenski, Lois

Boom Town Boy

Lenski, Lois

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison

Lenski, Lois

Little Sioux Girl

Lenski, Lois

Prairie School

Lenski, Lois

Texas Tomboy

Lenski, Lois

Blueberry Corners

Lenski, Lois

Ocean-Born Mary

Lenski, Lois

Blue Ridge Billy

Lenski, Lois

Bayou Suzette

Lenski, Lois

Berries in the Scoop (and many other books)

Lewis, C.S.

The Chronicles of Narnia

Lippincott, Joseph Wharton

The Wahoo Bobcat (and other books)

Lovelace, Maud Hart

The Betsy-Tacy books

MacDonald, Fiona

A Medieval Castle

Mahy, Margaret

The Seven Chinese Brothers

Marryat, Frederick

The Children of the New Forest

Martel, Suzanne

The City Underground

Mason, Miriam E.

Becky and Her Brave Cat, Bluegrass

McManus, Patrick F.

Never Sniff a Gift Fish (and other books)

Meadowcroft, Enid LaMonte

Holding the Fort with Daniel Boone

Meddaugh, Susan

Martha Speaks (and other books)

Meltzer, Milton

Rescue: The Story of How Gentiles Saved Jews in the Holocaust

Moody, Ralph

Come On, Sea Biscuit!

Moody, Ralph

Little Britches

Moody, Ralph

Man of the Family

Moody, Ralph

The Home Ranch

Moody, Ralph

Mary Emma and Company

Moody, Ralph

Shaking the Nickel Bush

Moody, Ralph

The Dry Divide

Moody, Ralph

Horse of a Different Color

Morey, Walt

Kavik the Wolf Dog

Nesbit, Edith

Five Children and It (and other books)

Nixon, Joan Lowery

If You Say So, Claude

Oakley, Graham

The Church Mice in Action

O’Brien, Jack

Silver Chief, Dog of the North

Orton, Helen Fuller

Mystery in the Apple Orchard

Parin D’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar

Children of the Northern Lights (and other books)

Paterson, Katherine

Jacob Have I Loved

Peet, Bill

No Such Things (and many other books)

Potter, Beatrix

The Tale of Two Bad Mice (and many other stories)

Pyle, Howard

Otto of the Silver Hand

Rawls, Wilson

Where the Red Fern Grows

Roop, Peter and Connie

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

Sewell, Anna

Black Beauty

Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman

Nate the Great series

Sobol, Donald

Encyclopedia Brown series

Spier, Peter

The Erie Canal

Stanley, Diane

Peter the Great

Stevenson, Robert Louis

The Black Arrow

Streatfeild, Noel

The Family at Caldicott Place

Sutcliff, Rosemary

Knight’s Fee

Sypher, Lucy Johnston

The Spell of the Northern Lights (and other books)

Taylor, Sydney

All of a Kind Family

Taylor, Sydney

All of a Kind Family Uptown

Travers, P.L.

Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane series

Warner, Gertrude Chandler

The Boxcar Children series

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

The Little House books

Williams, Jay

Danny Dunn series

Williams, Margery

The Velveteen Rabbit

9 Responses to “Some Favorite Children’s Books”

  1. kerri says:

    What a great list! You must have worked a bit on that one!

    I see lots of familiar friends there, but also some we haven’t tried. I’ll have to print it off. I love book lists.

  2. mrs darling says:

    I thought of the Madeline books too. Anothe rone I loved on a little bit more of a reading level was Hans Brinker and The Silver Skates.

  3. mrs darling says:

    Wait a minute! Did I see Skippack School? Was the little boy in there Eli? I have never met anyone who has read that book! My sisters and I use to pour over it!

  4. Joyce says:

    Thank you, Kerri and Mrs. Darling, for your comments. 🙂

    I don’t remember the details about Skippack School, but that’s neat that the book was one of your childhood favorites, Mrs. Darling.

    I should have my children make up lists of some of the books they have read as they have gotten older, too. Most of the fiction books I have read in recent years have been recommended to me by my children.

  5. Laura says:

    Remember the Carl books, by Alexandra Day? I checked out one called Carl Makes a Scrapbook today. It has pictures of the real Carl with Madeleine (the baby)! There are also a bunch of new books, well new since we were kids anyhow. I bet you’d enjoy looking at them 🙂

  6. Joyce says:

    Thanks, Laura! I love the Carl books; I’ll be sure to check them out at the library. 🙂

  7. Linda says:

    The ones that I like are The Magic Schoolbus, I had the whole collection, Black Beauty and at one stage I liked the Velveteen Rabbit.