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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.

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson (1958)

My husband, son and I just returned from a trip to Paris, so The Family Under the Bridge seems like a natural book choice right now.  But you don’t have to have EVER visited Paris to love this story — … Continue reading

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Ellen Tebbits & Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary (1951 & 1953)

Ellen Tebbits and Austine Allen are best friends and love spending every possible moment together — despite the constant teasing from their dance teacher’s son, Otis Spofford.  Everything is right with their world until one day they decide to dress … Continue reading

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The Good Master by Kate Seredy (1935)

Kate is being sent by her father to live in the country with her Uncle Marton’s family.  They have been lead to believe that Kate is fragile and sickly.  In truth, she is spoiled and head-strong and her father hopes … Continue reading

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My Friend Flicka, Thunderhead, Son of Flicka & Green Grass of Wyoming by Mary O’Hara (1940 – 1946)

My Friend Flicka   Ken is a daydreamer.  When he should be helping with the horses, he’s staring at the clouds.  When homework is due, he’s dreaming of the colt he hopes his father will one day give him.  But his … Continue reading

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Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark (1953)

What happens to humanity when alien Overlords take over Earth and eliminate both war and poverty?  Sounds like Utopia, right?  But not everyone agrees.  Without challenge and strife does mankind stop progressing? And what if after 100 years of alien … Continue reading

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The Cay by Theodore Taylor (1969)

Eleven-year-old Phillip and his mother flee their Caribbean island as German submarines begin to enter the waters in their area during World War 2.  Horrifically their ship is torpedoed and there only three survivors:  Phillip, Timothy (a black West Indian … Continue reading

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The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Series by Betty McDonald (1947 – 1957)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle  Do you know a child that won’t clean up their toys?  How about one who doesn’t want to go to bed?  Or a child who is quarrelsome?  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has the cure for every childhood ill you can … Continue reading

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