Literature Books for Kids

Below you will find a list of children's literature books. All the books chosen are both enjoyable to read and good quality literature. Also included in the list are books that have been selected by the National Education Association. We believe that all of these books can help children develop a love for reading. You can also download our more extensive list (to open this document will need to use Adobe Acrobat and if you do not already have it installed on your computer, download it here):kids literature books

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zz Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis - Ages 8-12

The story takes place in the 1930s, right in the middle of the Great Depression. Bud looses his mother and becomes an orphan and goes to look for his father.


AA Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

This fantasy novel is a children's classic and it is the story of a poor boy inside the fascinating chocolate factory of a chocolatier named Willy Wonka.


AA The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis - Ages 8-12

This fantasy novel has sold over a hundred of million of copies worlwide. The series is set in the fantasy world called Narnia, a world of magic animals in which children are being transported.


AA The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford - Ages 8-12

The Incredible Journey is the story of three pets who travel through the beautiful Canadian wilderness in search for their masters. It is a story of suffering, perseverance, courage and unwavering loyalty.


AA James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - Ages 8-12

This classic children's novel is about a boy named James who loses his loving parents and is forced to live with two cruel aunts, in a neighborhood where nobody likes him until he meets a strange old man.


AA The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is part of the Chronicles of Narnia and is one of the popular children's books. 4 children during the World War 2 are being transported to Narnia via the wardrobe.


AA The Midwife's Apprentice by K. Cushman - Ages 8-12

The Midwife's Apprentice is an award-winning children's book that takes place in medieval England. It is the story of a young girl who learns to make her own way in the world.


AA The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth Speare - Ages 8-12

The Sign of the Beaver is set in 18th century America. It is a story of early-settlers and of a boy living in the wilderness and covers themes such as survival, friendship and gratitude.


AA Under the Blood-Red Sun by G. Salisbury - Ages 8-12

This award-winning historical novel is about the life of a Japanese-American boy during World War II and the hardships that he endured at a time when Japanese-Americans were beint sent to internment camps.


zz Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt - Ages 12 +

Across Five Aprils is a historical novel set in the Civil War era. It is the story of three brothers and cousin which are split, as one brother joins the Confederacy and the other three join the Union Army.


zz Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray - Ages 12 +

This award-winning illustrated book is set in 13th century England and is about the adventures of a young boy in medieval England. Readers get to understand medieval culture and society.


zz The Invention of Hugo Cabret by B. Selznick - Ages 12 +

This book won the Caldecott Medal and is beautifully illustrated. It is about the life of Hugo who lives in a Paris train station and his survival skills. This book was even made into a movie.


zz A Gathering of Days by Joan Blos - Ages 12 +

This historical novel won many awards and is about the life of a young girl in a village in New England in the 19th century, how she helps an escaped slave, how she deals with the death of her best friend.


zz The Little Prince by A. de Saint Exupery - Ages 12 +

The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince in French) is the most read and translated French book, selling over a million copies per year worldwide! It is the poetic tale of a prince fallen to Earth and covering themes such as the strangeness of the adult world.


zz A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - Ages 12 +

A Wringle in Time is a science-fiction novel that won many awards. It is the story of a young girl's father disappearance, her father being a government scientist working on a mysterious project.


zz A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck - Ages 12 +

The story take place during the time of the Great Depression in the 1930s and is about a girl from Chicago who goes to live with her grandmother in the country.


zz Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by M. Twain - Ages 15 +

This book is a classic and is the tale of a boy's journey on the Mississippi river. The book depicts people and places along the Mississippi river in the 1830s.


zz Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - Ages 15 +

Written in the 18th century, Robinson Crusoe is the fictional autobiography of a man who spends years on a remote tropical island.


zz The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - Ages 15 +

The Grapes of Wrath is one of the books that kids should read. It won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Price. The book is about a poor family of farmers during the Great Depression.


zz Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella - Ages 15 +

Shoeless Joe is a book that was made into a film called Field of Dreams. It is about baseball, dreams and what is American.


zz Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - Ages 15 +

The story is about an orphan named Oliver Twist who lives a miserable life in a workhouse and who then escapes to London where he gets drawn into a life of crime.


zz Crime and Punishment by F. Dostoevsky - Ages 17 +

Crime and Punishment is a philosophical novel about the mental anguish of an ex-student who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker and to use the stolen money to perform good deeds.


zz The Red Badge of Courage by S. Crane - Ages 17 +

The Red Badge of Courage is a book about the American Civil War. The book is known for its realism. The story is about a young Union Army soldier who flees the field of battle.


zz Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Ages 17 +

This classic of English literature is set in the farmhouse in Yorkshire, England, and deals with the themes of jealousy and vengefulness and their destructive effect.


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