Don’t Leave Home Without Them…


charlottes-webAs a teacher and librarian, I am often asked for book suggestions. Recently, a parent of a 6th grade student asked me for a top 10 of sorts—a list of books that most kids should read at some point.

Of course, that is a nearly impossible task. Fortunately, there are lots of different books for lots of different readers. But I did not want her to leave empty handed, so if push comes to shove, here are 10 books no child should miss:

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Giver by Lois Lowry (this one is generally best appreciated by 12 and 13 year olds)

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Holes by Louis Sachar

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White


New York State of Mind

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KonigsburgI just returned from spending a wonderful weekend in New York City, and then this morning, when I turned my radio on, Billy Joel was singing “A New York State of Mind.”

That explains today’s post which will feature my very favorite children’s stories that take place in the Big Apple.  Some old and some new—but all delightful.   I should add that this a very personalized list; there are hundreds of books to choose from, but  if I were pressed to name my ten favorites, they would be:

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (hardly an original choice, but since I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday, this book comes immediately to mind)

This is New York by Miroslav Sasek

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber

Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift

Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley