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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).

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

Susan Adler

Series: American Girls: Samantha

Marguerite de Angeli

Margaret E. Bell

Margot Benary-Isbert

Series: The Ark

Joan Blos

Carol Ryrie Brink

Betsy Byars

Elizabeth Coatsworth


Charles Dickens

Arthur Conan Doyle

W. D. Edmonds

Rachel Field

Sid Fleischman

Esther Forbes

Jean Fritz

Roger Lancelyn Green

Louis Hemon

Eric P. Kelly

Jim Kjelgaard

Robert Lawson

Roger Lea MacBride

Series: The Rocky Ridge Years (Rose)

Frederick Marryat

Eloise J. McGraw

Marie McSwigan

Enid Meadowcroft

Ralph Moody

Series: Little Britches

Baroness Orczy

Connie Porter

Series: American Girls: Addy

Howard Pyle

Mary Renault

Maxine Rose Schur

Series: American Girls: Samantha

Sir Walter Scott

Ian Serraillier

Janet Shaw

Series: American Girls: Kristen

Elizabeth George Speare

Robert Louis Stevenson

Hilda van Stockum

Series: Mitchells

Rosemary Sutcliff

Series: Arthurian Trilogy

Series: Roman trilogy

Showell Styles

Series: Midshipman Quinn

Maria August Trapp

Meriol Trevor

Valerie Tripp

Series: American Girls: Felicity

Series: American Girls: Josefina

Series: American Girls: Molly

Series: American Girls: Samantha

Elizabeth Gray Vining

Lewis Wallace

Sr. M. Imelda Wallace

Robb White

  • Torpedo Run (I)

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

Joanne Williamson

Henry Winterfeld

Charlotte M. Yonge