The Big Red Series by Jim Kjelgaard (1945 – 1953)

If your children enjoy animal stories or adventure stories — or both! — they’ll love Jim Kjelgaard’s novels.  Between 1941 – 1969, Jim Kjelgaard wrote more than 40 children’s novels filled with heroic animals who know to tell their own courageous stories!  Check out Mr. Kjelgaard’s shelf at your local library — you can’t go wrong!

big.jpgBest loved of Jim Kjelgaard’s novels is Big Red, a beautiful Irish Setter.  Big Red and his young owner Danny, grown up together in the great outdoors.  Adventure and danger await them at nearly every turn!  Disney produced a movie version loosely based on the book in 1962 starring Walter Pidgeon.  Middle Grade Reading Level, 254 pages, Published in 1945.





irish.jpgIrish Red, Son of Big Red, Big Red’s puppy doesn’t appear to be living up to the reputation of his beloved father — but maybe Mike just needs the right circumstances to prove what kind of dog he really is!  Middle Grade Reading Level, 192 pages, published in 1951.





outlaw.jpgOutlaw Red, Son of Big Red.  Pampered and raised as a champion, Sean (Outlaw Red) longs to prove himself in the wilderness like his famous father.  Suddenly Sean finds himself on his own in the wilderness.  Does he really have what it takes to survive?  Middle Grade Reading Level, 192 pages, published in 1953.

About kidsbooksworthreading

Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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