My Favorite Children’s Novels

Part of being a children’s writer is reading lots of middle-grade novels for research (and enjoyment). Here are two lists of my “recent” and “classic” favorites.

RECENT FAVORITES

  1. Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling) 1997
  2. The Tale of Despereaux (Kate DiCamillo) 2003
  3. The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman) 2008
  4. Wonder (R.J. Palacio) 2012
  5. The Royal Rabbits of London (Santa & Simon Montefiore) 2016
  6. The Track series (Jason Reynolds) 2016
  7. The Stars Beneath Our Feet (David Barclay Moore) 2017
  8. A Long Way from Chicago (Richard Peck) 1998
  9. A Year Down Yonder (Richard Peck) 2000
  10. Flora & Ulysses (Kate DiCamillo) 2013
  11. Maniac Magee (Jerry Spinelli) 1990
  12. The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate) 2012
  13. Okay for Now (Gary Schmidt) 2011
  14. Louisiana’s Way Home (Kate DiCamillo) 2018
  15. The Bag Beginning (Lemony Snickett) 1999
  16. Dream Within a Dream (Patricia MacLachlan) 2019
  17. The End of the Wild (Nicole Helget) 2017

CLASSIC FAVORITES

  1. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame) 1908
  2. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) 1937
  3. Danny the Champion of the World (Roald Dahl) 1975
  4. The Witches (Roald Dahl) 1983
  5. The Magician’s Nephew (C.S. Lewis) 1955
  6. Matilda (Roald Dahl) 1988
  7. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) 1943
  8. Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson) 1883
  9. Winnie-the-Pooh series (A.A. Milne) 1926
  10. The Borrowers (Mary Norton) 1952
  11. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) 1908
  12. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis) 1950
  13. The BFG (Roald Dahl) 1982
  14. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Judy Blume) 1972
  15. Kidnapped (Robert Louis Stevenson) 1886
  16. The Twits (Roald Dahl) 1980
  17. The Trumpet of the Swan (E.B. White) 1970
  18. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (Roald Dahl) 1985
  19. Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George) 1972
  20. The Magic Finger (Roald Dahl) 1964
  21. The Whipping Boy (Sid Fleischman) 1986
  22. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (John Bellairs) 1973
  23. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl) 1964
  24. The Horse and His Boy (C.S. Lewis) 1954
  25. A Rat’s Tale series (Tor Seidler) 1986

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