Though not as extensive as last year’s list, here are some favorites we feel are worth purchasing. To learn more about these books, click on the titles.

Ages 2-7

The Biggest Bear, Lynd Ward

How Much Is That Doggy in the Window, Iza Trapani

Jenny’s Hat, Ezra Jack Keats

Mike Mulligan and More, Virginia Burton

Song of the Camels, Elizabeth Coatsworth

That’s What I’d Do, Jewel

Truckery Rhymes, Jon Scieszka


Ages 7-10

Anna Maria’s Gift, Janice Shefelman

The Cat’s Pajamas, Wallace Edwards

Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White

Jennie Maizels’ Things To Do Book, Jennie Maizels

Sadie and Ratz, Sonya Hartnett

Word After Word After Word, Patricia MacLachlan


Ages 9-12

Breaking Stalin’s Nose, Eugene Yelchin

Crispin, Avi

Gone Away Lake, Elizabeth Enright

Horton’s Miraculous Mechanisms, Lissa Evans

The Icarus Project, Laura Quimby  

The Unforgotten Coat, Frank Cottrell Boyce. 

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin


Ages 11-14

Adam of the Road, Elizabeth Janet Gray

The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien

Nick of Time, Ted Bell

The 100 Cupboards Trilogy, N. D. Wilson

Palace of Stone, Shannon Hale

Summer of the Monkeys, Wilson Rawls


Ages 13-16

The Airborn Series, Kenneth Oppel

Animal Farm, George Orwell

City Boy, Herman Wouk

A Rose for the ANZAC Boys, Jackie French

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare

The Yearling, Marjorie Rawlings


Ages 17+

Amusing Ourselves To Death, Neil Postman

Birthmarked, Caragh M. O’Brien

Drums Along the Mohawk, Walter D. Edmonds

Lorna Doone, Richard Blackmore

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization, Anthony Esolen

The Shadow of His Wings, Gereon Goldmann, OFM


Read Aloud Favorites

Every Thing On It, Shel Silverstein

Five Children and It, E. Nesbit

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

The Thirteen Clocks, James Thurber

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

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