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Sarah's Favorite Children's Books
Great books that I have read and re-read. This list includes easy picture books, easy readers, and chapter books!   Print this list Print this list

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Frindle /
Clements, Andrew, 1949-
Grade 3 and up. Frindle is a unique chapter book about a young and intellectually rebellious boy who will not take "no" for an answer! Join Nick on his adventure from detention to fame when he invents a new word.
Children's Fiction CLEMENT
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Esio Trot /
Dahl, Roald
Grade 3 and up. An uncommon love story, made possible by a turtle and a white-lie. Shy Mr. Hoppy devises a plan to win the heart of his true love with his turtle-growing spell.
Children's Fiction DAHL
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The Twits /
Dahl, Roald
Grade 2 and up. Laugh-out-loud at The Twits! The Twits are a disgusting, mean-spirited, and unhygienic couple who enjoy playing awful tricks until they are outsmarted by a family of monkeys.
Children's Fiction DAHL
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The BFG /
Dahl, Roald
Grade 3 and up. A children's classic chapter book about a Big Friendly Giant who doesn't quite fit in with the other nasty giants. He kidsnatches lonely orphan Sophie and they team-up to protect the world from unfriendly giants.
Children's Fiction DAHL
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The Minpins /
Dahl, Roald
Grades 3 and up, great for reading to younger children. Roald Dahl's famous ability to create silly yet terrifying monsters is on display in this fantastical fantasy adventure. When Billy disobeys his mother and decides to explore the forest of sins, he soon finds her terrifying tales of monsters and magic weren't all make-believe.
Children's Fiction DAHL
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My side of the mountain,
George, Jean Craighead, 1919-2012
Grade 3 and up. A young boy decides to live off the land in this tale of adventure and self-discovery. This is an exciting book that will awake the explorer in you!
Children's Fiction GEORGE
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Cleopatra VII, daughter of the Nile /
Gregory, Kristiana.
Grade 5 and up. Learn about the famous Egyptian ruler Cleopatra, in her own words! Written like a diary, this book invites you back in time to explore what life was like for the 12-year-old Egyptian princess.
Children's Fiction GREGORY
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Running out of time /
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Grade 4 and up. This historical time-warped adventure follows a young girl desperately seeking the medicine her family needs to survive an epidemic affecting her 1860's village. It is argued that the concept of this book was stolen for the 2004 block-buster movie "The Village" by Director M. Night Shyamalan.
Children's Fiction HADDIX
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Ella enchanted /
Levine, Gail Carson.
Grade 5 and up. An empowering twist on the traditional Cinderella story. Young Ella was given the "gift" of obedience at her birth by a well-meaning and ignorant fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is more of a curse, and she must save herself if she wants to live a fairy-tale life.
Children's Fiction LEVINE
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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle /
MacDonald, Betty Bard.
Grade 2 and up. Great for reading aloud to younger children. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a cure for everything! In her upside-down house she helps well-meaning parents cure problems ranging from Won't-Put-Away-Toys-itis to Answerbackism.
Children's Fiction MACDONA
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Every little thing /
Marley, Cedella
An all ages picture book. Has a great message for young children about letting go of stress and enjoying the small pleasures in life. Adapted from Bob Marley's famous reggae song "Three Little Birds" by his daughter, Cedella.
Easy Fiction 782.42 M 2012
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Amelia's notebook /
Moss, Marissa.
Grade 3 and up. Nine-year-old Amelia is dealing with moving away from her best friend, making new friends at a new school, and conflicts with her big sister. Written like a journal, Amelia will feel like a close friend when you finish reading her entries and admiring her drawings.
Children's Fiction MOSS
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Island of the Blue Dolphins /
O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989
Grade 5 and up. Karana, a young Native American girl, is accidentally left behind by her tribe when they flee after an attack by Aleutian hunters. Karana lives alone for 18 years on the tribe's former territory, an Island off the coast of California.
Children's Fiction ODELL
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Standing in the light : the captive diary of Catherine Carey Logan, Delaware Val
Osborne, Mary Pope
Grade 4 and up. Caty Logan is a young Quaker girl living in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania in 1763. Caty and her brother Thomas are captured by a Lenape Native American tribe on their way to school. Caty fears for her and her brother's lives until she realizes the Lenape do not want to harm them. A great piece of historical fiction, the book sheds light on Quaker life and Lenape culture.
Children's Fiction OSBORNE
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Amelia Bedelia /
Parish, Peggy.
Kindergarten and up. Every book in the Amelia Bedelia series is great, especially for beginner readers. Amelia Bedelia easy reader books are a great first step toward chapter books. You will fall in love with this goofy, very literal maid who just can't do anything quite right!
Easy Fiction PARISH
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How to eat fried worms /
Rockwell, Thomas, 1933-
Grade 4 and up. This gross-out chapter book will keep you wanting more, and might even make you wonder how worms would taste if cooked just right. Billy loses a bet with his friends and is forced to eat 15 worms in 15 days. Can he do it?
Children's Fiction ROCKWEL
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Holes /
Sachar, Louis, 1954-
Grade 6 and up. Middle school student Stanley Yelnats is the latest in a long history of Yelnats to have horrible luck. Stanley's inherited misfortune leaves him wrongly accused and serving a sentence in a juvinile detention center. Comical, heart-warming, and realistic this story will have you asking for more.
Children's Fiction SACHAR
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Dinosaur vs. the library /
Shea, Bob
An all ages picture book. Roar with Dinosaur as he takes his adventurous series to the library. Will Dinosaur be able to use his "inside Roar" and be quiet for storytime?
Easy Picture BookSHEA
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Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein.
Silverstein, Shel
An all ages book of poetry, great for reading aloud. Shel Silverstein's classic book of nonsense poems and drawings that you don't have to read cover-to-cover, but will want to.
Children's Nonfiction Book811.54 Si39
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The monster at the end of this book /
Stone, Jon.
An all ages picture book. Don't read to the end of this book! Grover says that, if you do, you will find a horrible, terrible, scary monster!!
Easy Picture BookSTONE
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Charlotte's web /
White, E. B. 1899-1985.
Grade 4 and up. Charlotte's web is a heart-warming story about young farm-girl Fern, her beloved pig Wilbur, and Wilbur's friend Charlotte. Charlotte is a beautiful and unique grey spider living in Wilbur's barn.
Children's Fiction WHITE
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The devil's arithmetic /
Yolen, Jane
Grade 6 and up. A mesmerizing historical story that depicts the horrors of the holocaust. An educational and compelling story that will stick with readers for life.
Teen Fiction YOLEN
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