These are books that I recommend. I've included children's books that I love to go back and read over and over again. Next to each book is the age at which I read that book to give you an idea of the age range; if there's a plus next to the age, it means that it is intended for an older age than that at which I read it. Nearly all of these books I have read more than once and highly recommend.

Children's Literature
The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis (7+)
     -The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (7+)
     -The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (7+)
     -Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (7+)
     -The Voyage of The Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (7+)
     -The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (7+)
     -The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (7+)
The Magic City by Edith Nesbit (7)
Ronia the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren (8)
Mio, My Son by Astrid Lindgren (8)
The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren (8)
Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace (8)
     -Betsy Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace (8)
Four Dolls by Rumer Godden (8)
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (8)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (8)
The Princess and The Goblin by George Macdonald (8)
     -The Princess and Curdie by George Macdonald (10)
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (9)
     - Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travers (9)
     - Mary Poppins Opens The Door by P. L. Travers (9)
     - Mary Poppins in The Park by P. L. Travers (9)
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (9)
Trixie Belden mysteries by Julie Campbell (9)
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (9)
     -The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright (9)
     -Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright (9)
     -Spiderweb For Two by Elizabeth Enright (N/A)
The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (9)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (9)
      -Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (12)
      -Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott (12)
Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge (9)
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (9)
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (10)
     -Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome (10)
     -Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome (13)
     -Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome (13)
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (10) 
Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (10)
     -Return To Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright (10)
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (10)
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett (10)
An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott (11)
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott  (11)
     -Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott  (13)
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery (11)
     -Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maude Montgomery  (11)
     -Anne of The Island by Lucy Maude Montgomery  (11)
     -Anne of Windy Poplars by Lucy Maude Montgomery  (11)
     -Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maude Montgomery  (11)
     -Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maude Montgomery (11)
     -Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maude Montgomery  (11)
     -Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maude Montgomery (11)
The Reb and The Redcoats by Constance Savery (11)
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (11)
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (11)
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (11)
Under The Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott (12)
Number The Stars by Lois Lenski (12)
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum (12)
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott (12)
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson (12)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (12)
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig (12)
The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett (13)
The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye (13)
The Wise Woman and Other Stories by George Macdonald (13)

"Teen -ish" Literature

Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan (8+)
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle (8+)
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (10)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (10+)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (11+)
The Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain (11)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (11)
    -The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (12)
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew and John and Elizabeth Sherrill (12)

Penrod by Booth Tarkington (12)
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (12)
Where The Red Fern Grows (12)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (12)
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss (12)
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (12+)
    -The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (13+)
    -The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (13+)
    -The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King by J. R. R. Tolkien (13+)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (13)
Sir Gawain and The Green Knight by Pearl Poet (13)
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (13)

Knight's Fee by Rosemary Sutcliff (13)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain (13)
When The Tripods Came by John Christopher (13)
    -The White Mountains by John Christopher (13)
    -The City of Lead and Gold by John Christopher (13)
    -The Pool of Fire by John Christopher (13)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (13)
The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall (13)
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson (13)
In Freedom's Cause by G. A. Henty (13)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (13)
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (14)

Emma by Jane Austen (14)
Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter (14)
To Have and To Hold by Mary Johnston (14)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (14)
Lorna Doone by Richard Doddridge (14)
The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton (14)
Manalive by G. K. Chesterton (14)

Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (14+)
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (14+)
The Laughing Cavalier by Baroness Emmuska Orczy(15)
    -The First Sir Percy by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (15)
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (15)
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (15)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (15)
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (15)
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (15)
Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott (16)

    I had some trouble drawing the line between Children's lit.and "Teen-ish" lit. because I believe that many of the books that I read when I was 12-13 could be seen both ways. Therefore, some of the books that I included in the teen section could very well be considered children's lit., but you'll have to judge for yourself.

    I hope this list helps you find more awesome books to read, if you have any questions please ask! And if you read one of these books because of my list, comment and let me know; I'd love to know what you think!


  1. Wow, that is a lot of books! I've read almost all of those. I didn't realize I'd read that many books.

    1. I know!! (You haven't read some of these books, but you probably realized that and are thinking the same thing I am, that you've read books that I haven't so that makes up for it, but, y'know...). I couldn't believe it (okay, maybe I could) when I started making that list! And I've probably read just as many that I didn't recommend!
      Okay, I'm done. :P

  2. WOW! You have some of my favorite books up there! I was shocked and highly pleased to see The Scarlet Pimpernel (my favorite. Have you seen the movie?) and Ivanhoe. Have you ever read Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley? It's a great read for Christian girls and history lovers.
    I'm glad I found your blog- It's great.

    1. That's awesome!! I have not seen the Scarlet Pimpernel movie OR read Elsie Dinsmore, but I have considered doing both! Thanks for the suggestion, I may have to check them out!
      Thank you!


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