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Reading levels are shown in parentheses following the titles: E= early readers/picture books, P = primary, I = intermediate, A = advanced, and Y = young adult). Borderline cases may be listed in two categories (e.g., PI for primary/intermediate).

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David Adler

Series: Cam Jansen

Susan Adler

Series: American Girls: Samantha


Joan Aiken

Louisa May Alcott

Series: Little Women

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Lloyd Alexander

Series: Chronicles of Prydain

Hans Christian Andersen

C. W. Anderson

Series: Billy and Blaze

Marguerite de Angeli

Robert Arthur

Series: The Three Investigators

Richard Atwater

Jane Austen

Enid Bagnold

Catherine Beebe

Series: Vision books

Margaret E. Bell

Ludwig Bemelmans

Series: Madeline

Margot Benary-Isbert

Series: The Ark

Claire Huchet Bishop

  • The Big Loop (IA)

Joan Blos

Michael Bond

Series: Paddington

Lucy Maria Boston

Series: The Children of Green Knowe

Irene Brady

Jan Brett

Carol Ryrie Brink

Walter Brooks

Series: Freddy the Pig

Evelyn M. Brown

Series: Vision books

Margaret Wise Brown

Jean De Brunhoff

Series: Babar

Thornton W. Burgess

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Sheila Burnford

Virginia Lee Burton

Oliver Butterworth

Betsy Byars

Eleanor Cameron

Series: Mushroom Planet

Natalie Savage Carlson

Series: The Orphelines

Kay Chorao

John Christopher

Series: The Tripods

Pauline Clarke

Elizabeth Coatsworth

Carlo Collodi

Padraic Colum

Francis X. Connolly

Series: Vision books

Susan Coolidge

Series: What Katy Did

Susan Cooper

Series: The Dark is Rising


Daniel Defoe

August Derleth

Series: Vision books

Charles Dickens

Walter Diethelm

Series: Vision books

Franklin Dixon

Series: The Hardy Boys

Arthur Conan Doyle

Series: Sherlock Holmes

William Pene DuBois

Alexander Dumas

Edward Eager

Series: Half Magic

P. D. Eastman

W. D. Edmonds

Eleanor Estes

Series: The Pyes

Series: The Moffats

Marie Hall Ets

Eleanor Farjeon

Walter Farley

Series: Little Black

Series: The Black Stallion

Penelope Farmer

Helen Ferris(ed.)

Rachel Field

Dorothy Fisher

Marjorie Flack

Series: Angus

Sid Fleischman

Esther Forbes

Josette Frank(ed.)

Jean Fritz

Wanda G'ag

Ruth Stiles Gannett

Series: Elmer and the Dragon

Harold C. Gardiner

Series: Vision books

James B. Garfield

Doris Gates

Jean Craighead George

Fred Gipson

Rumer Godden

Rene Goscinny

Series: Nicholas

Elizabeth Goudge

Kenneth Grahame

Roger Lancelyn Green

The Brothers Grimm

Lucretia P. Hale

Donald Hall

Selina Hastings

Charles Boardman Hawes

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Carolyn Haywood

Series: Betsy Books

Series: Eddie Books

Robert A. Heinlein

Louis Hemon

Marguerite Henry

Series: Misty


Series: The Adventures of Tintin

James Herriot

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Russell Hoban

Series: Frances books

Mary Ann Hoberman

Margaret Hodges

Helen Walker Homan

Series: Vision books

Ruth Fox Hume

Series: Vision books

Norman Hunter

Angela Elwell Hunt

Brian Jacques

Series: Redwall

Will James

Tove Jansson

Series: Moominland

Terry Jones

Erich Kastner

Carolyn Keene

Series: Nancy Drew Mysteries

Helen Keller

Eric P. Kelly

Rudyard Kipling

Jim Kjelgaard

Eric Knight

Andrew Lang

Robert Lawson

C. S. Lewis

Series: Chronicles of Narnia

Astrid Lindgren

Series: Pippi Longstocking

Arnold Lobel

Series: Frog and Toad

Hugh Lofting

Series: Dr. Dolittle

Series: Dr. Dolittle in the Moon

Milton Lomask

Series: Vision books

Maud Hart Lovelace

Series: Betsy-Tacy

Series: Deep Valley

Janette Sebring Lowrey

George Lowther

Roger Lea MacBride

Series: The Rocky Ridge Years (Rose)

Betty MacDonald

Series: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

George MacDonald

Ellen MacGregor

Series: Miss Pickerell

Fran Manushkin

Frederick Marryat

Mike McClintock

Robert McCloskey

Eloise J. McGraw

Roy McKie

Marie McSwigan

Enid Meadowcroft

A. A. Milne

Series: Winnie the Pooh

Else Holmelund Minarik

Series: Little Bear

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Series: Anne of Green Gables

Series: Avonlea

Series: The Story Girl

Ralph Moody

Series: Little Britches

E. Nesbit

Albert J. Nevins

Series: Vision books

Sterling North

Andre Norton

  • Steel Magic (I)

Mary Norton

Series: The Borrowers

Alan E. Nourse

  • Raiders from the Rings (IA)

Robert O'Brien

Mary O'Hara

Baroness Orczy

James Otis

Helen Palmer

Peggy Parish

Harry Thurston Peck

Watty Piper

Connie Porter

Series: American Girls: Addy

Eleanor H. Porter

Series: Pollyanna

Beatrix Potter

Howard Pyle

Arthur Ransome

Series: Swallows and Amazons

Marjorie Rawlings

Wilson Rawls

Mary Renault

Ole Risom

Keith Robertson

Maxine Rose Schur

Series: American Girls: Samantha

Sir Walter Scott

Kate Seredy

Ian Serraillier

Dr. Seuss

Anna Sewell

William Shakespeare

Margery Sharp

Series: The Rescuers

Janet Shaw

Series: American Girls: Kristen

Margaret Sidney

Series: The Five Little Peppers

Louis Slobodkin

Series: The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree

Dodie Smith

Donald Sobol

Series: Encyclopedia Brown

Elizabeth George Speare

Armstrong Sperry

Johanna Spyri

Robert Louis Stevenson

Hilda van Stockum

Series: Mitchells

Gene Stratton-Porter

Rosemary Sutcliff

Series: Arthurian Trilogy

Series: Roman trilogy

Showell Styles

Series: Midshipman Quinn

Sydney Taylor

Series: All of a Kind Family

Albert Payson Terhune

Blanche Jennings Thompson

Series: Vision books

Eve Titus

Series: Basil of Baker Street

J. R. R. Tolkien

Series: The Lord of the Rings

Maria August Trapp

P. L. Travers

Series: Mary Poppins

Meriol Trevor

Valerie Tripp

Series: American Girls: Felicity

Series: American Girls: Josefina

Series: American Girls: Molly

Series: American Girls: Samantha

Mark Twain

Elizabeth Gray Vining

Lewis Wallace

Sr. M. Imelda Wallace

Gertrude Chandler Warner

Series: The Boxcar Children

Jean Webster

E. B. White

T. H. White

Robb White

  • Torpedo Run (I)

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Series: The Little House books

Melissa Wiley

Series: Little House: Charlotte Years

Series: Little House: Martha Years

Maria Wilkes

Series: The Caroline Years

Eloise Wilkin


Series: Danny Dunn

Joanne Williamson

Henry Winterfeld

Charlotte M. Yonge