kid lit

A friend of mine asked for reading suggestions for his daughter, as she grows from ages 8 to 18. I started a list and then solicited suggestions from friends. In case you’re looking for smart reads for your young child/teenager, I’m going to post the list here, and update it as new suggestions emerge. Feel free to add yours in the comments.

  • 1984: George Orwell
    A Heartbreaking Work…/Zeitoun: Dave Eggers
    A Prayer for Owen Meany/Garp/The Cider House Rules: John Irving
    A Separate Peace: John Knowles
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Betty Smith
    A Wrinkle in Time: Madeline L’Engle
    Animal Farm: George Orwell
    Anne of Green Gables: Lucy Maud Montgomery
    Beloved: Toni Morrison
    Catcher in the Rye: J D Salinger
    Daddy long legs: Jean Webster
    Dandelion Wine: Ray Bradbury
    Dave at Night: Gail Carson Levine
    Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank
    E. B. White
    Emily Dickenson
    From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: E. L. Konigsburg
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Hamlet: Shakespeare
    Harriet the Spy: Louise Fitzhugh
    Heidi: Johanna Spyri
    Huck Finn: Mark Twain
    I capture the castle: Dodie Smith
    Into the Wild: John Krakauer
    Invisible Man: Ralph Ellison
    Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte
    Judy Blume
    Katherine Patterson
    Lemony SnicketLittle Women: Louisa May Alcott
    Middlesex: Jeffrey Eugenides
    My family and other animals: Gerald Durrell
    Nancy Mitford
    Night: Elie Wiesel
    Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck
    Persuasion: Jane Austen
    Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
    Ramona (series): Beverly Cleary
    Roald Dahl
    Siddhartha: Herman Hesse
    Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens
    Testimony: Anita Shreve
    The Beat Reader: ed. Ann Charters
    The Bell Jar: Sylvia Plath
    The Borrowers: Mary Norton
    The Bridge to Teribithia: Katherine Patterson
    The Chosen/The Promise/In the Beginning: Chaim Potok
    The Chronicles of Narnia: C S Lewis
    The Entire Original Maupassant Short Stories
    The Grapes of Wrath: John Steinbeck
    The Great Brain: J. D. Fitzgerald
    The Great Gatsby: F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Harry Potter series
    The Human Comedy & My Name is Aram: William Saroyan
    The Little House on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder
    The Miss Marples Mysteries: Agatha Christie
    The Mysterious Benedict Society: Trenton Lee Stewart
    the nancy drew mysteries
    The Phantom Tollbooth: Norton Juster
    The River: Rumer Godden
    The Secret Garden: Frances Hodgson Burnett
    The Source: James Mitchener
    The Stories of Eva Luna: Isabel Allende
    The Westing Game: Ellen Raskin
    To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
    To the Lighthouse: Virginia Woolf
    Who was that masked man anyway: Avi
    Wuthering Heights: Emily Bronte


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7 responses to “kid lit

  1. Jenn Lena

    Two suggestions come over the wire: From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson and Nobody’s Family Is Going To Change by Louise Fitzhugh.

  2. Jenn Lena

    More suggestions:
    John Steinbeck: East of Eden; Wallace Stegner: Crossing to Safety
    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (K. DiCamillo), Out of My Mind (S. Draper)

  3. Ann Mische

    Just remembered Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. I must have read that one a hundred time. And Kate DiCamillo has other great ones as well — The Tale of Despereaux is wonderful.

  4. Jeez, seriously, 50 comments on facebook and three here. No wonder the socio-blogosphere died. I would love to add a couple/few:

    – Anna Hibiscus series is on the young side (maybe 5-9), but they have been a WILD success with kids we’ve sent them to (girls). I’m doing them for Benji for certain. So cute. The author is Atinuke.

    – Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is good, but for that age range, I adore the Tiffany Aching books: The Wee Free Men, A Hatful of Sky, I Shall Wear Midnight, Wintersmith. Year by year, Tiffany is great. Added bonus for the Scottish-accented, drunken Nac Mac Feegles.

    – The Dark is Rising series, by Susan Cooper.

    – The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo. Agree with Ann that she is lovely. The book is a little maudlin, and for a girl who’s losing her mother maybe tough. But very very touching sweet book.

  5. Jenn Lena

    WONDERFUL. Thanks, all.

  6. Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man and P.G. Wodehouse’s The Inimitable Jeeves.

  7. Jenn Lena

    That’s great, Eric–thanks!

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