All Time Classic Books

A Bibliography by Grade Level

Suggested Reading from the National Endowment for the Humanities in Cooperation with the American Library Association

"This list of classic children's books published before 1986 was updated in part by members of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Young Adult Library Services Associations, which are divisions of the American Library Association. Maria Salvadore, a children's literature specialist, also provided advice and assistance." ALA --2004

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Call Number Author Title Synopsis
F ALE Alexander, Lloyd The Chronicles of Prydain TITLES: The Book of Three; The Black Cauldron; The Castle of Llyr; Taran Wanderer; The High King. The Prydain Chronicles recount the many adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-keeper and his four heroic friends in their quest to save the legendary land of Prydain from darkest evil.
F AND Andersen, Hans C Fairy Tales SOME TITLES: The Emperor and the Nightingale; The Emperor's New Clothes; The Little Match Girl; The Snow Queen; The Tinderbox; Thumbelina; The Ugly Duckling; The Wild Swans
F BAB Babbitt, Natalie Tuck Everlasting 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.
F BAU Baum, L. Frank The Wonderful Wizard of Oz After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas. 
. Boston, L. M. The Children of Greene Knowe Tolly comes to live with his great-grandmother at the ancient house of Green Knowe and becomes friends with three children who lived there in the seventeenth century.
F BRI Brink, Carol Ryrie Caddie Woodlawn Chronicles the adventures of eleven-year-old Caddie growing up with her six brothers and sisters on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century. Awards: Newbery Medal Winner, 1936.
  Brooks, Gwendolyn Bronzeville Boys and Girls Out of Print
F BUR Burnett, Frances Hodgson The Secret Garden 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.
F BYA Byars, Betsy The Summer of the Swans A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost. Awards: Newbery Medal Winner, 1971
F  COO Cooper, Susan The Dark is Rising Sequence TITLES: Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark is Rising; Greenwitch;  The Grey King; Silver on the Tree; Arthurian legend brought to the modern day.
  Dodge, Mary Mapes Hans Brinker, Or The Silver Skates Hans and Gretel's dream of competing for the silver skates seems as remote as a cure for their invalid father, until a new friend comes into their lives.
F EAG Eager, Edward Half Magic Four children looking forward to an ordinary summer enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double-wishing on an ancient coin.
F  EDM Edmonds, Walter D. The Matchlock Gun In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy. Newbery Medal 1942.
  Enright, Elizabeth Thimble Summer A few hours after Garnet Linden found a silver thimble in the dried-up river bed, the rains came to end the long drought on her family's Wisconsin farm.
F  EST Estes, Eleanor The Moffats Portrays the adventure-studded existence of the poor, but resourceful, Moffat family, whose members live in a yellow house on New Dollar Street.
F  FAR Farley, Walter The Black Stallion Pulled to a desert island by a wild black stallion he has freed during a shipwreck at sea, then rescued by a southbound freighter, a seventeen year old boy befriends the horse, trains him by night and rides him to victory in a match race.
F  WEL Field, Rachel Rachel Field's Hitty, Her First Hundred Years / a new edition by Rosemary Wells , illustrated by Susan Jeffers. A doll named Hitty recounts her adventures as she moves through a continually changing string of owners.
  Fitzhugh, Louise Harriet the Spy Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge.
F GEO George, Jean Craighead My Side of the Mountain 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.
F  GRA Grahame, Kenneth The Wind in the Willows The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
398.2 Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales SOME TITLES: Hansel and Gretel; Snow White and Rose Red; Rumpelstiltskin; The Bremen Town Musicians; Seven at One Blow; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; The Shoemaker and the Elves; Rapuzel; Iron John; The Water of Life; The Fisherman and His Wife
F HAM Hamilton, Virginia The House of Dies Drear A black family of five moves into an enormous house once used as a hiding place for runaway slaves. Mysterious sounds and events as well as the discovery of secret passageways make the family believe they are in grave danger.
F HEN Henry, Marguerite Misty of Chincoteague The determination of two youngsters to win a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction.
F HOW Howe, Deborah and James Bunnicula Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
  Hughes, Langston The Dream Keeper and Other Poems A collection of sixty-six poems, selected by the author for young readers, including lyrical poems, songs, and blues, many exploring the black experience.
  Irving, Washington Rip Van Winkle Presents a retelling of the story of a man in the Catskill Mountains who falls asleep for twenty years and awakens to a much-changed world.
F JUS Juster, Norton The Phantom Tollbooth A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
F KIP Kipling, Rudyard The Jungle Book Out of print
  Knight, Eric Lassie Come Home Sold in financial desperation to a wealthy duke in the far north of Scotland, a collie undertakes a 1000-mile journey in order to be reunited with her former master in Yorkshire.
F  KON Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.Newbery Medal, 1968.
  Lamb, Charles and Mary Tales from Shakespeare Retells twenty of Shakespeare's timeless plays in prose.
F LAW Lawson, Robert Ben and Me Benjamin Franklin's companion, Amos the mouse, recounts how he was responsible for Franklin's inventions and discoveries.
Lenski, Lois Strawberry Girl Birdie Boyer and her hard working family raise strawberries in Florida, but have to face the dislike of their neighbors.
326 LES Lester, Julius To Be A Slave A compilation, selected from various sources and arranged chronologically, of the reminiscences of slaves and ex-slaves about their experiences from the leaving of Africa through the Civil War and into the early twentieth century.
F  LEW Lewis, C. S. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia Titles: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Magician's Nephew; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Horse and His Boy; The Silver Chair; The Last Battle
F LIN Lindgren, Astrid Pippi Longstocking Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.
OP Lofting, Hugh Doctor Dolittle Out of Print
F  LOV Lovelace, Maud Hart Betsy Tacy After Betsy Ray moves into the house across the street from Tacy Kelly, the five-year-olds become inseparable friends.
728.8  MAC Macaulay, David Castle Text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a "typical" castle and adjoining town in thirteenth-century Wales.
F  MAC MacLachlan, Patricia Sarah Plain and Tall When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. Newbery Award 1986.
F  MCC McCloskey, Robert Homer Price Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.
  Merrill, Jean The Pushcart War A satire on modern city life depicting an outbreak of war between truck drivers and pushcart peddlers.
F  MON Montgomery, L. M. Anne of Green Gables 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.
  Nesbit, E. The Railway Children When their father is sent away to prison, three London children move to the country where they keep busy preventing accidents on the nearby railway, making many new friends, and generally learning a good deal about themselves.
599 NOR North, Sterling Rascal The author recalls his carefree life in a small Midwestern town at the close of World War I, and his adventures with his pet raccoon, Rascal.
F NOR Norton, Mary The Borrowers Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.
F  O'BR O'Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived. Newbery Award, 1972.
F PAT Paterson, Katherine Bridge to Terabithia The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm. Newbery Award, 1978.
  Pearce, Philippa Tom's Midnight Garden While staying with his aunt and uncle, Tom discovers a magical garden and meets a girl from the Victorian era with whom he travels back in time.
  Perrault, Charles The Complete Fairy Tales SOME TITLES: Puss-in-Boots; Cinderella; Sleeping Beauty; Diamonds and Toads; Little Red Riding Hood
  Sawyer, Ruth Roller Skates The discoveries and adventures of ten-year-old Lucinda, who spends a wonderful year exploring the New York City of the 1890's.
F SEW Sewell, Anna Black Beauty A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters. Illustrated notes throughout the text explain the historical background of the story.
OP Sharp, Margery The Rescuers Out of Print
F SPY Spyri, Johanna Heidi A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for an invalid girl in the city.
F TRA Travers, P. L. Mary Poppins The wind brings two English children a new nanny who slides up the banister and introduces them to some delightful people and experiences.
F WIL Wilder, Laura Ingalls The Little House on the Prairie Pa's homestead thrives, Laura gets her first job in town, blackbirds eat the corn and oats crops, Mary goes to college, and Laura gets into trouble at school, but becomes a certified school teacher.
F WYS Wyss, Johann David Swiss Family Robinson When a Swiss couple and their four sons are shipwrecked on an isolated island, they adapt to their "New Switzerland" using many imaginative methods of farming and animal taming.

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