My Favorite Childhood Books


This list is by no means authoritative or definitive. In fact, a lot of the books that I like aren't on this list due to my semi-fabulous memory (where did I put my glasses again?), so this list will, in all probability, expand as I keep on reading. Note that the level of reading varies widely in this list, but I think that all are appropriate for almost all ages.

Sounder. William Armstrong
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Avi
Rule of the Bone. Russell Banks
The House with a Clock on its Walls. John Bellairs
Madeline. Bemelmans
Little Big Man. Thomas Berger
Dear Mr. Henshaw. Beverly Cleary
Hart's Hope. Orson Scott Card
The Chocolate War. Robert Cormier
Spacecraft: 2000 to 2100 AD. Stewart Cowley, ed.
Ironman. Chris Crutcher
Stotan!. Chris Crutcher
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl
Danny, the Champion of the World. Roald Dahl
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Philip K. Dick
Vision Quest. Terry Davis
Harriet the Spy. Louise Fitzhugh
Beowulf. Constance B. Hieatt, tr.
The Trumpeter of Krakow. Eric P. Kelly
The Eyes of the Dragon. Stephen King
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. E.L. Konigsberg
This Can't Be Happening At Macdonald Hall. Gordon Korman
...And Now Miguel. Joseph Krumgold
Onion John. Joseph Krumgold
To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee
my brother Sam is dead. James Lincoln and Christopher Collier
Frog and Toad Together. Arnold Lobel
Cathedral. David Macaulay
Castle. David Macaulay
City. David Macaulay
Unbuilding. David Macaulay
Underground. David Macaulay
Arrow to the Sun. Gerald McDermott
The Pushcart War. Jean Merrill
When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne
Winnie-the-Pooh. A.A. Milne
Amelia Bedelia. Peggy Parish
The Westing Game. Ellen Raskin
Henry Reed. Keith Robertson
The Little Prince. Antoine de Saint-Euxpery
A Cricket in Times Square. George Selden
Where the Wild Things Are. Maurice Sendak
The 101 Dalmations. Dodie Smith
The Egypt Game. Zilphia Keatley Snyder
Call it Courage. Armstrong Sperry
Tortilla Flat. John Steinbeck
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Mildred Taylor
The Cay. Theodore Taylor
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Chris Van Allsburg
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Judith Viorst
Charlotte's Web. E.B. White
The Trumpet of the Swan. E.B. White
The Once and Future King. T.H. White


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