Tag Archives: Series

The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren (1962)

If you only know Astrid Lindgren’s beloved Pippi Longstocking books, then you’ve got a treasure trove of other books to explore!  She wrote dozens of books and more than 60 have been translated into English.  One of her best-known is … Continue reading

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My Favorite Early Chapter Books: Oliver and Amanda Pig series by Jean Van Leeuwen (1979 – 2008)

These 20 early reader chapter books about Oliver and Amanda Pig are my very favorite!  I discovered them by chance at our tiny Wisconsin library in 1988, and have been reading them to my children — and now grandchildren — … Continue reading

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Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams (1972)

In true British literary tradition, Watership Down began as a story Richard Adams told his daughters night after night as an ongoing bedtime story.  Eventually they convinced him to write it down into a proper book.  He did, and after … Continue reading

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The Brilliant Books of James Herriot! (1972 – 1992)

Do I like animals?  Yes.  Do I LOVE animals?  Not particularly.   Despite my ambivalent feelings about the animal kingdom, I am a HUGE fan of the James Herriot books!  If you’ve not yet met Dr. Herriot (a talented, self-deprecating country … Continue reading

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All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor (1951 – 1978)

There’s something to be said for a book that makes you wish you’d been part of a poor immigrant family living in New York’s upper east side on the eve of World War I.  Sydney Taylor’s time-honored classic does just … Continue reading

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The Tripods Trilogy (plus a prequel) by John Christopher (1967 – 1988)

Earth has been invaded by aliens! The alien Masters and their mechanical Tripods (much like those AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars– yes, I had to look that name up) have brainwashed and enslaved one country after another.  In their effort … Continue reading

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The Great Mouse Detective series by Eve Titus (1958 – 1982)

  Basil The Great Mouse Detective and his trusty companion, Dr. David Q. Dawson, live in the mouse village of Holmestead in the basement of the great Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson at 221B Baker Street in London.  Together … Continue reading

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