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This enduring, gentle tale will draw tears of both joy and sadness with its timeless, universal themes of friendship, love, and loss among barnyard animals and one very wise spider.

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Based on the life of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, this charming story -- the first in a series -- takes kids back to the late 1800s, when the Midwest was much less tame than it is today. An educational and entertaining look at history.

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This classic 1908 children's novel remains a perennial favorite thanks to its memorable heroine: irrepressible red-headed orphan Anne Shirley. Kids can't help but be charmed by her mix of chatter, imagination, fierce loyalty, and enthusiasm.

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A Newbery Medal winner, this gentle character story is engrossing and sweet. In simple, lyrical language, India learns not to judge others on first impressions and to make friends by opening herself to others.

Bridge to Terabithia Book Poster Image
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Friendship and fantasy help young characters survive difficult families and troubled social lives in this carefully rendered story. Stock up on tissues before kids reach the end.

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Common Sense Tips

  • The addictive story lines, compelling characters, and nail-biting cliffhangers of multipart series keep kids hungry for the next installment.
  • Use characters and story lines as jumping-off points to talk about what's going on in your kid's life.