Read Across America - Part II

In the last post, we explored 3 books that were special to my family during middle school and high school years. Reading was very important to our family when my children were young adults, but they developed their love of reading much earlier. Here is a list of books, and while many are not literary classics, they encouraged my kids to read.

Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander (series includes:  The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, and The High King – a series meant to introduce young readers to fantasy so they can read Tolkien. These books use magic as a plot device).

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis (series includes:  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Last Battle. These books deal with religious faith and use magic as a plot device).

Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss

The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (this series uses magic as a plot device).

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (an introduction to science fiction)

Where the Sidewalk Ends:  The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein

The Nancy Drew Series published most recently by Simon and Schuster (by multiple authors)

The Hardy Boy Series by Franklin W. Dixon (pseudonym for multiple authors)

Little House on the Prairie and other books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Anne of Green Gables and other books by L.M. Montgomery

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