The best books and movies for kids
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Books for Young Readers
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in every flavor, including strawberry, curry, grass, and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- It's hard to fall in love with an earnest, appealing young hero like Harry Potter and then to watch helplessly as he steps into terrible danger! And in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the much anticipated sequel to the award-winning Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, he is in terrible danger indeed.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard "accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.
- A Stranger Came Ashore : A Story of Suspense
by Mollie Hunter
- Twelve-year-old Robbie becomes convinced that the stranger befriended by
family is one of the Selkie Folk and tries to get help against his
magical powers from
the local wizard.
- A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
- It was a wild, stormy night when the unearthly visitor arrived to change
the lives of
Meg, her small brother, Charles, and their scientist mother. A story
about time travel and
more. 1963 Newbery Medal winner.
- Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
- In this classic novel, the friendship between young Jess and Leslie
grows as they
meet in Terabithia--their secret hiding place--and only ends with the
tragic death of
one of them.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl, Joseph Schindelman (Illustrator)
- Four nasty, repulsive children and one honest, loyal, and starving boy
win a tour of
the world's most fantastic chocolate factory from the world's most
- Charlotte's Web
by E. B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator)
- E.B. White has created a classic children's tale of responsibility,
and trust. Great for reading aloud to the whole family.
- Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary
- In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his
coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and
his own place in the world.
- Dicey's Song
by Cynthia Voigt
- A young girl struggles to cope with her mother's mental illness and, at
time, hold her troubled family together as they begin a new life with
grandmother in Chesapeake Bay country. Newbery Honor Book.
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler
by E. L. Konigsburg
- When Claudia and Jamie plan to run away from home, they decide that the
Metropolitan Museum of Art would be a very comfortable place to live. So
they settle in
and soon find themselves in the middle of a controversy over the
authenticity of a new
- Indian in the Cupboard
by Lynne Reid Banks
- What child wouldn’t love to have a plastic Indian that comes to life in
a cupboard in his
room. What’s more, this one has real friends and experiences to share!
- Jacob Have I Loved
by Katherine Paterson
- Sara Louise recalls her turbulent adolescence on Rass Island and her
intense jealousy of
her own twin sister with sensitivity and humor that all ages appreciate.
Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
- Mandy (Reading Rainbow)
by Julie Edwards
- Lonely for a place of her own, a ten-year-old orphan creates a secret
home in a
- Maniac McGee
by Jerry Spinelli
- After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary as
accomplishes athletic feats and other extraordinary exploits that awe
contemporaries. 1991 Newbery Medal. 1990 Boston Globe-Horn Book
Award for Fiction.
by Roald Dahl
- Classic from master storyteller Roald Dahl. Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
- Misty of Chincoteague
by Marguerite Henry
- The determination of two youngsters to win a Chincoteague pony is
increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
by Robert C. O'Brien
- Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the
whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.
- Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
- When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated", Ellen moves in with her friend
Johansen and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked
to go on a
dangerous mission to save Ellen's life. 1990 Newbery Medal recipient.
by Brian Jacques
- The first novel in a fantasy epic series with a mouse for a hero and a
rat for a
villain, that will keep Tolkein enthusiasts rivetted.
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
- A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with
discrimination which their children don't understand.
- Sarah, Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlan
- When Papa's new wife, Sarah, arrives from Maine, the children begin to
love her but
fear that she will one day leave them.
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- A young boy saves a mistreated dog by facing down a bullying adult and
on principles he knows are right - in the face of laws that may be
- The Cay
by Theodore Taylor
- When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German
during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the
an old West Indian sailor are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island.
- The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
by Julie Edwards
- Until Professor Savant told them about the Whangdoodles--the wise and
creatures who disappeared to live apart from and forgotten by
children led ordinary lives.
- The Pinballs
by Betsy Cromer Byars
- "Three unwanted kids--Pinballs, as wisecracking Carly dubs them--collide
in a warm
and caring foster home and learn to pin their hopes on each
Journal. ALA Notable Children's Book; School Library Journal Best Books
- Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbitt
- The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they
discover that a
ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about
a spring whose
water prevents one from ever growing any older.
- Walk Two Moons (Trophy Newbery)
by Sharon Creech
- While traveling from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents to
visit her mother,
who left the year before and has never returned, thirteen-year-old
Salamanca Hiddle tells
them about her new friend, Phoebe Winterbottom, whose mother also left
explanation. 1995 Newbery Medal Winner.
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