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The Best of the Best

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).

A "+" following a title indicates a superior selection or a particular favorite (the best of the best).

Louisa May Alcott

Series: Little Women

Lloyd Alexander

Series: Chronicles of Prydain

Hans Christian Andersen

Marguerite de Angeli

Jane Austen

Ludwig Bemelmans

Series: Madeline

Margaret Wise Brown

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Sheila Burnford

Eleanor Cameron

Series: Mushroom Planet

Kay Chorao

John Christopher

Series: The Tripods

Susan Cooper

Series: The Dark is Rising

Charles Dickens

Arthur Conan Doyle

Series: Sherlock Holmes

William Pene DuBois

Alexander Dumas

Eleanor Estes

Series: The Moffats

Helen Ferris(ed.)

Josette Frank(ed.)

Wanda G'ag

Fred Gipson

Elizabeth Goudge

Donald Hall

Selina Hastings

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

Brian Jacques

Series: Redwall

Eric Knight

C. S. Lewis

Series: Chronicles of Narnia

Janette Sebring Lowrey

George Lowther

George MacDonald

A. A. Milne

Series: Winnie the Pooh

Else Holmelund Minarik

Series: Little Bear

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Series: Anne of Green Gables

Ralph Moody

Series: Little Britches

Robert O'Brien

Mary O'Hara

Baroness Orczy

Eleanor H. Porter

Series: Pollyanna

Beatrix Potter

Arthur Ransome

Series: Swallows and Amazons

Sir Walter Scott

Kate Seredy

Dr. Seuss

Elizabeth George Speare

Armstrong Sperry

Johanna Spyri

Robert Louis Stevenson

Rosemary Sutcliff

Series: Roman trilogy

J. R. R. Tolkien

Series: The Lord of the Rings

Mark Twain

Lewis Wallace

Sr. M. Imelda Wallace

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Series: The Little House books

Eloise Wilkin


Series: Danny Dunn

Joanne Williamson