2-6 year old list:
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel-a great memory from my childhood
- Stuart Little-another favorite memory of mine
- Frog and Toad are Friends
- Where the Sidewalk Ends–anything by Shel Silverstein is fun, fun, fun for kids. A Prince Charming favorite.
One thing that made the 2-6 year old list that I wanted to make not of are the Magic Tree House books. These are extremely well written, and accurate in historical reference and setting. The stories are quite engaging for kids, but the undertone is very New Age. I found the New Age beliefs to be contradictory to our Christian values. Some of you may not see it this way, and that’s fine. I just wanted to give a heads up.
The 7-12 list is filled with some timeless classics:
- The Wind in the Willows
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Anne of Green Gables–A Buttercup favorite
- The Secret Garden
- Treasure Island
It’s also filled with newer classics:
- My Side of the Mountain
- Charlotte’s Web-one of the first books I read
- The Watson’s Go to Birmingham-1963
- The Phantom Tollbooth–very, very cute
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid-another Buttercup favorite
- A Wrinkle in Time
I was disappointed to see Hunger Games on the list. My personal opinion is the storyline is a bit mature for kids this age. Also, The Golden Compass may seem harmless, but the storyline is disturbing to me.
The 13-17 age group has some books you’d expect to see:
- The Catcher in the Rye
- Animal Farm
- Jane Eyre
- The Sun Also Rises
- The Grapes of Wrath
- A Tale of Two Cities
Some others that piqued my interest:
These are just a smidgen of the books on the list. You can download a complete listing, but it’s 47 pages long, so I recommend you download only the age group you need.