Mama JJ's Children's Book List

Here you go---the list of books that I have read out loud to my kids (the ones they heard on audiotape, I marked accordingly). Chapter books, mind you, not all the picture books that I have read again and again and again and again and aga---

I’m including their ages (so far, the list pertains only to Yo-Yo Boy and Miss Becca Boo) at the top of each section so you can get a feel for the age appropriateness of the books. Enjoy!

(Yo-Yo Boy, ages 5-6, and Miss Becca Boo, ages 4-5)

*The Magic Tree House Books by Mary Pope Osborne
*Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
*James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
*The BFG by Roald Dahl
*Stuart Little by E. B. White
*Ramona Quimby Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
*Shel Silverstein’s poetry
*The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
*Mary Poppins, retold by Mary Carey
*Betsy, Tacy, and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace
*Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
*In Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson
*More Stories from Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson
*Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson

(Yo-Yo Boy, age 6-7, and Miss Becca Boo, age 4-5)

*Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
*Heidi by Johanna Spyri
*The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
*The Twits by Roald Dahl
*The Littles Go Exploring by John Peterson
*The Three Bears by Bertha B. Moore
*The Triplets in Business by Bertha B. Moore
*Henry and the Paper Route by Beverly Cleary
*Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
*Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
*Childcraft Books
*Strawberry Girl by Lois Lensky
*Ramona Quimby and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
*Katie Kittenheart by Miriam Evangeline Mason
*All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
*More All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
*All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor
*The Trumpet of the Swan by Edward Frascino
*Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
*Shoofly Girl by Lois Lensky
*Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, 2nd time
*The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
*Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
*The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
*Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
*Matilda by Roald Dahl, audiotape

(Yo-Yo Boy, ages 7-8, and Miss Becca Boo, ages 5-6)

*Judy’s Journey by Lois Lensky
*The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill, read to just Yo-Yo Boy
*The Adventures of Mrs. Quack by Thornton W. Burgess
*The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat by Thornton W. Burgess
*The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad by Thornton W. Burgess
*The Adventures of Danny Fieldmouse by Thornton W. Burgess
*The Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Thornton W. Burgess
*A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
*David A. Adler, Picture books about: Florence Nightingale, Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, George *Washington Carver
*Out of Darkness, the Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman
*The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
*Parts of The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle by Don L. Wulffson
*Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
*The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
*The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess
*Betsy and Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
*Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes
*Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
*Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
*Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary
*Socks by Beverly Cleary
*Happy Birthday, Molly! by Valerie Tripp
*Changes for Samantha by Valerie Tripp
*Emily’s Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
*Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp
*Molly Learns a Lesson by Valerie Tripp

August 2007-July 2008
(Yo-Yo Boy, ages 7-8, and Miss Becca Boo, age 6)

*The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
*The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
*Trixie Beldon and the Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell
*Helen Keller’s Teacher by Margaret Davidson
*The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
*Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John
*Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
*The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
*Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
*Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
*Meet Kaya by Janet Shaw
*Kaya’s Escape! by Janet Shaw
*The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
*How Did Numbers Begin? by Mindel and Harry Sitomer
*Miss Pickerell Meets Mr. H.U.M. by Ellen MacGregor and Dora Pantell
*How Much is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
*How Would You Survive as an Ancient Roman? by Anita Ganeri
*Way Back in the Ozarks by Howard Hefley and James C. Hefley
*Oops! The Manners Guide for Girls by Nancy Holyoke
*Diane Goode’s Book of Giants and Little People, Dutton Children’s Books
*Food and Feasts in Ancient Rome by Philip Steele
*The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
*The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child. Volume 1: Ancient Times, revised edition. By Susan Wise Bauer
*A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
*Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
*Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engle
*Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
*George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
*The Little Man by Erich Kastner
*The Indian In The Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
*Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates
*Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield
*She Wanted to Read: The Story of Mary McLeod Bethune by Ella Kaiser Carruth
*Peace Be With You by Cornelia Lehn
*The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
*Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

August 2008-July 2009
(Yo-Yo Boy, ages 8-9, and Miss Becca Boo, age 7)

*Pinky Pye by Eleanor Estes
*Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, audiotape
*The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
*The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling, audiotape
*Junie B. Jones, Collection: Books 1-4, by Barbara Park, audiotape
*Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, abridged, audiotape
*Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, audiotape
*B Is For Betsy by Carolyn Haywood
*My Side of the Mountain by Jean George
*Just Look ... A Book About Paintings by Robert Cumming
*The Secret of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks, audiotape
*The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
*The Big Book For Peace edited by Ann Durell and Marilyn Sachs
*Fudge-A-Mania by Judy Blume, audiotape
*Stuart Little by E. B. White, audiotape
*Hardy Boys: The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon, audiotape for Yo-Yo
*The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
*Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
*Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan
*Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (to Sweetsie)
*Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar
*Hank The Cowdog: The Case of the Vampire Cat by John R. Erickson, audiotape
*Frindle by Andrew Clements, audiotape
*Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners by Lucille Recht Penner
*Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
*My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers by Christine King Farris
*The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks, audiotape
*Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
*"Wanted Dead or Alive": The True Story of Harriet Tubman by Ann McGovern
*Martin Luther King, Jr. by Valerie Schloredt
*Secrets of Animal Survival by the National Geographic Society
*Holes by Louis Sachar
*Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos, audiotape
*Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
*Class Clown by Johanna Hurwitz, audiotape
*Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
*Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
*The Story of the World: The Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer
*The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
*Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
*The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, audiotape
*Addy: An American Girl, by Connie Porter, audiotape
*The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander
*Felicity: An American Girl, by Valerie Tripp, audiotape (Miss Becca Boo)
*Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink
*A Midsummer’s Night Dream, abridged by Leon Garfield
*Romeo and Juliet, abridged by Leon Garfield
*Prince Caspian, by C. S. Lewis
*Twelfth Night, abridged by Leon Garfield
*The Peppermint Pig, by Nina Bawden, audiotape (Miss Becca Boo)
*Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien (read by my mother)
*The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis
*Mother Teresa, by Joan Graff Clucas.
*Writers Uncovered: C. S. Lewis, by Vic Parker
*Take the Lead, George Washington, by Judith St. George (not Ch.)
*The Magic Tree House Collection, books 9-12 (Dolphins, Ghost Town, Lions, and Polar Bears), by Mary Pop Osborne, audiotape
*The Trolls, by Polly Horvath, audiotape
*The Silver Chair, by C. S. Lewis
*The Magician’s Nephew, by C. S. Lewis
*The BFG, by Roald Dahl (Sweetsie, too)
*The Amber Brown Collection II, by Paula Danziger, audiotape

August 2009-July 2010
*The Last Battle, by C. S. Lewis
*Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry
*Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger, by Louis Sachar, audiotape
*The Sheep Pig, by Dick King-Smith, audiotape
*The Seven Wonders of the Natural World, by Reg Cox and Neil Morris
*Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Brad Bagert
*The Bible: The Book of Esther
*How We Crossed the West: The adventures of Lewis and Clark, by Rosalyn Schanzer (not ch.)
*Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh, audiotape
*The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
*Junie B. Jones Collection: Books 17-20, by Barbara Park, audiotape
*Children's First Book of Earth and Space, by Neil Morris
*The Bible: The Book of Ruth
*Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie, audiotape (Miss Beccaboo)
*William Shakespeare & the Globe, by Aliki (not Ch.)
*The Adventurous Cook: Alexis Soyer, by Ann Arnold (not ch.)
*Life on a Plantation, by Bobbie Kalman (not ch.)
*Redwall, by Brian Jacques, audiotape
*Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt, by Judith St. George (not ch.)
*The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley (read by Mr. Handsome)
*Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost, edited by Gary D. Schmidt
*Material World: A Global Family Portrait, by Peter Menzel
*The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth, by Kathleen Krull (not ch.)
*Martin the Warrior, by Brian Jacques, audiotape
*January’s Sparrow, by Patricia Polacco (not ch.)
*All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot
*John Henry, by Julius Lester, (not ch.)
*The First Seeing Eye Dogs, by Burnham Holmes
*Why Are People Hungry? by Ruth Versfeld (not ch.)
*Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor, by Russell Freedman
*One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship, by Mary Pope Osborne
*Taking Flight: The Story of the Wright Brothers, by Stephen Krensky
*Favorite Greek Myths, retold by Mary Pope Osborne
*To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
*Dogs: Evolution, History, Breeds, Behavior, and Care, by Amanda O’Neill
*Little Lord Fauntleroy, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Miss Beccaboo, audiotape, most of it)
*The Great Turkey Walk, by Kathleen Karr (Miss Beccaboo, audiotape)
*The Endless Steppe, by Esther Hautzig
*Ginger Pye, by Eleanor Estes (Miss Beccaboo, audiotape)
*The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary (Miss Beccaboo, audiotape)
*Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Mr. H to Sweetsie and Nickel)
*When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
*Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
*Alanna: The First Adventure, by Tamora Pierce (Miss Beccaboo, audiotape)
*Our Only May Amelia, by Jennifer L. Holm (Miss Beccaboo, audiotape)
*Ben and Me, by Robert Lawson (Miss Beccaboo, audiotape)
*When Zachary Beaver Came To Town, by Kimberly Willis Holt (Miss B, audiotape)
*The Mouse Butcher, by Dick King-Smith (Miss B, audiotape)
*The Flip-Flop Girl, by Katherine Paterson (Miss B, audiotape)
*Indian Captive, by Lois Lenske
*A Long Way From Chicago, by Richard Peck
*The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot (Miss B and Sweetsie, audiotape)
*The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman (Mr. H to Sweetsie)
*Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying, by Barbara Park (Miss B and Sweetsie, audiotape)
*Jason’s Gold, by Will Hobbs (audiotape, Miss B)

August 2010-July 2011
*Long Way Down Under, by Richard Peck
*The Secret School, by AVI
*Mossflower, by Brian Jacques (Miss B, audiotape)
*Hank the Cowdog: the curse of the incredible priceless corncob, by John R. Erickson (Miss B, Sweetsie, audiotape)
*Hank the Cowdog: the case of the car-barkaholic dog, by John R. Erickson (Miss B, Sweetsie, audiotape)
*Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry (Miss B, audiotape)
*Misty’s Twilight, by Marguerite Henry (Miss B, audiotape)
*Old Granny Fox, by Thornton W. Burgess (Mr. H to Sweetsie and Nickel)
*Grandfather Frog, by Thornton W. Burgess (Mr. H to Sweetsie and Nickel)
*Lyddie, by Katherine Paterson
*A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L’Engle
*Ouch! How your body makes it through a very bad day, by Richard Walker
*Where on Earth: a geografunny guide to the globe, by Paul Rosenthal
*Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
*Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
*Geology Crafts for Kids, by Alan Anderson, Gwen Diehn, and Terry Krautwurst
*The Bronte Family, by Karen Smith Kenyon
*Remarkable Children, by Dennis Brindell Fradin
*The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom

August 2011-July 2012
Watership Down, by Richard Adams
Hamlet, Oxford School Shakespeare
Make Room for Elisa, by Johanna Hurwitz (to the littles)
Journey to the River Sea, by Eva Ibbotson
Summer with Elisa, by Johanna Hurwitz (to the three littles)
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Russell and Elisa, by Johanna Hurwitz (to the three littles)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson
Russell Rides Again, by Johanna Hurwitz
Starting School, by Johanna Hurwitz
Where the Lilies Bloom, by Vera and Bill Cleaver
Fourth Grade Fuss, by Johanna Hurwitz
Busybody Nora, by Johanna Hurwitz
Fig Pudding, by Ralph Flectcher
The Tail of Emily Windsnap, by Liz Kessler (John to Rebecca)
On the Wings of Heroes, by Richard Peck
One Small Dog, by Johanna Hurwitz (to the littles)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl (to Nicholas)
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, by Roald Dahl (to N, R, and C)
Fudge-a-mania, by Judy Blume (to N)

August 2012-July 2013
Double Fudge, by Judy Blume (to N, C, and R)
Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary
Ramona and Her Father, by Beverly Cleary
Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson
Sounder, by William H. Armstrong
The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
Sour Land, by William H. Armstrong
Chew on This, by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson
The Ancient Maya, by Lila Perl
Tikal, by Elizabeth Mann
Magazine subscriptions: Calliope, Faces, Odyssey
Guatemala, by Tricia Haynes
Over Sea, Under Stone, by Susan Cooper
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, by Jeff Kinney
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly
The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt
The View from Saturday, by E. L. Konigsburg
Summer of the Monkeys, by Wilson Rawls
Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick

November 2013 - August 2014
Glory Be, by Augusta Scattergood
Taking Care of Terrific, by Lois Lowry
Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea
Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
Wonder, by R. J. Palacio
A Long Walk To Water, by Linda Sue Park
Marley: A Dog Like No Other, by John Grogan
The Teacher’s Funeral, by Robert Peck
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

September 2014 - 
Quaking, by Kathryn Erskine
Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Kizza Ann Stamps, by Jeri Watts