50 Books Every Child Should Read
"Below are 50 books that I and a few other colleagues recommend for a typical 11-year-old--some can be read at a much younger age while others are verging on the young adult genre. Some of these books I have revisited as an adult while reading to my eldest. Some are ageless classics and others are hyper modern. Some are better for one sex than the other. Some are sets or series so you are actually receiving more than 50 recommendations." - Richard Davies, on abebooks.com
1 The Chronicles of Narnia (C...
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2 Charlotte's Web
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3 The Hobbit
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4 The Seven Natural Wonders O...
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5 Harry Potter Paperback Boxe...
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6 The Secret Garden
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7 Charlie and the Chocolate F...
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8 A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkl...
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9 To Kill a Mockingbird
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10 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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11 Where the Wild Things Are
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12 My First Travel Angelic Air...
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13 The Cat in the Hat
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14 The Complete Little House N...
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15 Holes (Holes, #1)
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16 Little Women (Little Women,...
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17 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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18 The Lion, the Witch, and th...
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19 The Giving Tree
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20 Bridge to Terabithia
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21 Green Eggs and Ham
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22 Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the...
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23 Switch! The Lost Kingdoms o...
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24 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
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25 The Wind in the Willows
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26 Treasure Island
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27 The Lorax
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28 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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29 The Little Prince
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30 Matilda
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31 The Phantom Tollbooth
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32 The Call of the Wild
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33 Because of Winn-Dixie
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34 Percy Jackson and the Olymp...
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35 The Boxcar Children (The Bo...
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36 Pippi Longstocking
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37 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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38 The BFG
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39 The Indian in the Cupboard ...
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40 A Little Princess
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41 Harry Potter Boxset (Harry ...
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42 Where the Red Fern Grows
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43 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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44 Number the Stars
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45 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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46 Madeline
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47 The Velveteen Rabbit
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48 Harry Potter and the Goblet...
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49 Harry Potter and the Half-B...
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50 Harry Potter and the Prison...
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51 Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
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52 The Book Thief
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53 The Neverending Story
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54 Tuck Everlasting
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55 Harry Potter and the Chambe...
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56 Are You There God? It's Me,...
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57 Goodnight Moon
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58 The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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59 Harry Potter and the Deathl...
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60 The Borrowers (The Borrower...
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61 Horton Hears a Who!
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62 The Little Engine That Could
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63 Turtle Wish
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64 Fox in Socks
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65 Island of the Blue Dolphins...
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66 A Series of Unfortunate Eve...
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67 Harry Potter and the Order ...
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68 Coraline
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69 Secrets of the Realm
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70 The Mouse and the Motorcycl...
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71 James and the Giant Peach
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72 The Graveyard Book
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73 Amelia Bedelia
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74 Aesop's Fables
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75 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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75 Heidi
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77 Black Beauty
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78 The City of Ember (Book of ...
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79 The Hundred Dresses
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80 The Lord of the Rings (The ...
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81 The Magic of Maxwell and Hi...
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82 The Dark is Rising Sequence...
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83 How the Grinch Stole Christ...
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84 Yertle the Turtle and Other...
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85 The Voyage of the Dawn Trea...
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86 Just So Stories
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87 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of...
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88 Artemis Fowl Boxed Set (Art...
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89 The Polar Express
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90 Howl's Moving Castle (Howl'...
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91 Boy: Tales of Childhood
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92 The Tales of Beedle the Bard
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93 The Once and Future King (T...
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94 The Horse and His Boy (Chro...
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95 Peter Pan and Wendy
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96 The Book of Three (The Chro...
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97 The Stinky Cheese Man: And ...
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98 A Wizard of Earthsea (Earth...
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99 The Cat in the Hat Comes Ba...
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100 Asterix the Gaul (Asterix, #1)
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message 10: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited May 24, 2011 11:37AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Where's the rest of the list?

ETA: Oh, I see, still adding. Never mind!


message 9: by Emma (new)

Emma Where the Wild Things Are!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add books to lists at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Yuki: Is this intended to be a "closed list" (i.e., only the 50 books contained in the source list that your own original entries were taken from), or are additions by others welcome?


message 5: by Richard (new)

Richard Scratch those crappy Harry Potter books and replace with Watership Down.


message 4: by Yuki (new)

Yuki Here is a link to the original list (at the time I posted it I didn't know how to close it) http://www.abebooks.co.uk/books/child...


message 3: by Kourtney (new)

Kourtney Smash This list brings back memories. =] I read so many of those when I was a kid. It's missing a few though - Tamora Pierce and Suzanne Collins' books.


message 2: by Yuki (new)

Yuki Themis-Athena wrote: "Yuki: Is this intended to be a "closed list" (i.e., only the 50 books contained in the source list that your own original entries were taken from), or are additions by others welcome?"

Originally, yes, but it has since taken on a life of its own. This is the original list: http://www.abebooks.co.uk/books/child...


message 1: by Arvinjan (new)

Arvinjan Pevensie The Chronicles of Narnia is undoubtedly the BEST series of all time! If you want to read a fantasy/adventure story, then read Narnia for it is a full package series and not just that, it also have Bible themes in it!
For Narnia and For Aslan!


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