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Little House in the Big Woods Book Poster Image
age 7+
Beloved classic follows a frontier family for four seasons.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(1932)
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Princess Academy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
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Flotsam Book Poster Image
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age 4+
Underwater fantasy world revealed in magical watercolors.
By David Wiesner
(2006)
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Museum Trip Book Poster Image
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age 5+
Boy dives into mazes in wordless, imaginative adventure.
By Barbara Lehman
(2006)
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Mercy Watson to the Rescue: Mercy Watson, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 5+
Funny, silly pig story great for early readers.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2005)
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(1950)
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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2005)
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Where the Red Fern Grows Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.
By Wilson Rawls
(1961)
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Bless the Beasts & Children Book Poster Image
age 13+
Misfit teens rebel at a Western summer camp in YA classic.
By Glendon Swarthout
(1970)
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Messenger: The Giver, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Mythic vibe in engaging story of boy with healing powers.
By Lois Lowry
(2014)
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Gathering Blue: The Giver, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.
By Lois Lowry
(1014)
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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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Peter Pan Book Poster Image
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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(1904)
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The Two Towers Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Orcs attack, and Frodo marches to Mordor in exciting sequel.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Poster Image
age 12+
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1954)
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The Return of the King Book Poster Image
age 12+
The exciting and bittersweet conclusion of Frodo's quest.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1955)
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Early Thunder Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Teen boy chooses sides in dramatic Revolutionary War tale.
By Jean Fritz
(2000)
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Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Poster Image
age 10+
Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
By Scott O'Dell
(1960)
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The Wind in the Willows Book Poster Image
age 7+
Timeless classic about Toad's adventures and his friends.
By Kenneth Grahame
(1908)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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