50 Books Every Child Should Read

ABEBOOKS: 50 BOOKS FOR AN 11-YEAR-OLD
"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
Here's a link to the original 50 that were listed:
http://www.abebooks.com/books/childre...
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521 books · 650 voters · list created May 24th, 2011 by Yuki Shimmyo (votes) .
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Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Yuki Shimmyo 3406 books
74 friends
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3007 books
762 friends
Phillip 4224 books
124 friends
Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 546 books
453 friends
ronan☪☃☔☀☠✈♱ 492 books
168 friends
Kiandra 8 books
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Rachel Alice 1436 books
10 friends
Mackenzie 2552 books
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Comments (showing 1-19 of 19) (19 new)

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message 1: 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 2: 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 (Lioness at Large) 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 6: by Richard (new)

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


message 7: by Yuki Shimmyo (new)

Yuki Shimmyo 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 8: 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 9: by Yuki Shimmyo (new)

Yuki Shimmyo 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 10: 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!


Kelly H. (Maybedog) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoohas a very graphic rape and is NOT a book for children.

The Count of Monte Cristo is about revenge and suffering and is much too complicated and dark for even young adults.

Left Behind is an adult thriller where half the world disappears and everyone else fights for their lives.

The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy is a dry history book and not at all a children's book (and doesn't resemble the movie much, either).


message 12: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jan 11, 2015 03:39AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Kelly H. (Maybedog) wrote: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoohas a very graphic rape and is NOT a book for children.

The Count of Monte Cristo is about revenge and suffering and is much too complicat..."


The description says "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." Still the list is a lot longer than just those 50, which means people have been adding (which is undoubtedly where the titles you mentioned came from).


message 13: by Yuki Shimmyo (new)

Yuki Shimmyo The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been removed.

When I added this list, I did not realize it would be "public" and I have not been monitoring it. I see 421 books have been added.

There are abridged versions of The Count of Monte Cristo available for younger readers.


message 14: by Katie (new)

Katie Of Mice and Men is not a children's' book. I would NOT recommend it for an 11-year-old.


message 15: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 06, 2016 10:11PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Katie wrote: "Of Mice and Men is not a children's' book. I would NOT recommend it for an 11-year-old."

Neither is To Kill a Mockingbird (#7) in my opinion, but still 78 people voted for it... Nor is Animal Farm (#104) or Lord of the Flies (#150) for that matter. Whoever thought they are should really re-read the books... There are other titles on this list I personally wouldn't consider books for an 11-year-old (and neither would the author, I imagine).


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I was one of the 78 - because I read and loved To Kill a Mockingbird at 12.


message 17: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 07, 2016 11:38PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "I was one of the 78 - because I read and loved To Kill a Mockingbird at 12."

:-) It's not meant as a criticism, it's just that judging by the description, I don't think what is meant for this Listopia is at what age you read a book (but I can be wrong of course) but the age for which a book is meant.

Something else by the way, based on reading the description, is that I doubt very much people are meant to add titles to this list. But seeing as there are five pages now (485 books), instead of the original 50 books, it will be a heck of a job correcting this... It's as Yuki said, when answering a question by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large), the list started leading a live of its own...

Out of curiosity: Did you appreciate To Kill a Mockingbird the way it should be appreciated by an adult when you read it at age 12? I mean, many adult books can be read as just a simple story by a kid, even though they are not meant as children's books because there is far more to it then just a simple story.


message 18: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 07, 2016 11:39PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Yuki Shimmyo wrote: "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..."

How do you close a list? It's years ago that I wanted to close a list of mine, but knowing how to close one might come in handy for the future :-)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You would have to ask a Super Librarian (a regular Librarian can't), and a "closed" or "frozen" list is actually one that no one can actually vote on.

Alternately, you could ask librarians (there are several voting on it, including myself), to remove books not on the original list, and keep it "clean." This might be a lot of work, but might be the better solution.


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