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About 500 Books For A Home Library, a personal list.

Books are arranged roughly by "listening level," the age at which a child would be interested in hearing the book read aloud, rather than by "reading level". Note that the grade groups overlap; if you are unfamiliar with the United States school system, Grade One means age 6-7, Grade Two, age 7-8, etc. Despite the age grading, the books on this list can be read and loved by a child, or adult, of any age. It's a good idea to keep "reading ahead" of your child so that you gradually become familiar with the literature to come.

Many children prefer nonfiction, but you'll notice that there is almost no nonfiction in these lists. Unless the author takes an unusual slant and the artwork is outstanding, children's nonfiction dates very quickly. Some older nonfiction is collectible for adults, but of little interest to children. Eyeopeners by Kobin, 1995,  had good lists, but it's getting too old. The best review of nonfiction are probably in the Horn Book Guide, that your librarian may subscribe to, and the CBBC journal.

Almost all of these books can be borrowed ordered through a public library system or purchased as reprints, but many of them are extremely rare in early edition and nice condition, too rare and expensive for daily use.  Papers, printing methods, and inks have changed over the years and modern reproductions usually pale beside the originals. Consider searching for earlier printings in poor condition and mending them for use by your children.  We try to indicate the colour quality of our reprints in the comments: in some it's quite good, in others very pale and unfocussed. We recommend the New York Review Children's Collection, very well chosen titles reproduced in good quality hardbacks, which seem to be on sale at present for around 12 to 14 dollars.

*      indicates a book that should be in any child's library, part of a beginning core collection.

SR     Silent Reader (SR)  indicates that a strong reader in the middle of second grade should be able to read the book silently. Some picture books are really meant for adults to read aloud and are much too difficult for Primary readers.

A copy of the entire list appears below, so that you can print it out all 12 pages. Look on the menu to the left to open the different sections.

Baby and Toddler Books (all SR, or Silent Reader)

    Ten Nine Eight by Molly Bang
    The Miffy Books by Dick Bruna
    Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham *
    Good Night, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown *
    On Christmas Eve by Margaret Wise Brown
    In the Forest by Marie Hall Ets *
    Angus by Marjorie Flack *
    Brown Cow Farm by Dahlov Ipcar.
    The Happy Day, The Carrot Seed by Kraus *
    The Small Books, The Little Airplane, Mr. Small, etc. by Lois Lenski *
    The Square Book of Animals by William Nicholson
    Circus Baby by Maud and Miska Petersham
    The Great Big Fire Engine Book (large size) by Tibor Gergely *
    Hamilton Duck books by Arthur Getz
    We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illus by Helen Oxenbury
    Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
    Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
    Max books by Rosemary Wells
    The Little Elephant by Ylla

Mother Goose
    Mother Goose, Original Volland Edition, illus by Frederick Richardson*
    Mother Goose, illus  by Kate Greenaway
    London Bridge is Falling Down illus by Peter Spier
    Little Songs of Long Ago, Our Old Nursery Rhymes, Willebeek Le Mair,
    Mother Goose illus by Tasha Tudor* (poor reproduction)
    The Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes illus by de Angeli*
    James Marshall's Mother Goose
    R. Caldecott's Second Collection of Pictures and Songs.*
    My Very First Mother Goose, ed. Opie illus by Rosemary Wells
    The Real Mother Goose, illus by Blanche Wright
    The Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose.
    Baby's Opera illus by Walter Crane
    Mother Goose, illus by Tenggren
    The Mother Goose Book, illus by Alice and Martin Provensen
    The Tall Book of Mother Goose illus by Rojankovsky
    Ring-a-ring o' roses, Treasury of MG, The White Land, Raymond Briggs
    The Nursery Rhyme Book, ed. Andrew Lang, illus by Leslie Brooke

Alphabet Books,
    A Flower Fairy Alphabet, illus by Cecily Mary Barker*
    All Aboard!: A Traveling Alphabet, illus by Bill Mayer
    ABC illus by Bruno Munari,
    ABC illus by C. B. Falls
    Anno's Alphabet
    An Alphabet of Animals, illus by Isabelle Brent
    A Apple Pie, illus by Kate Greenaway
    A Farmer's Alphabet* A Gardener's Alphabet, illus by Mary Azarian
    A B C, illus by Celestino Piatti   
    The Alphabet Tree, illus by Leo Lionni
    An ABC for you and me, illus by Margaret Tempest.
    A Is For Annabelle: A Doll's Alphabet illus by Tasha Tudor

Nursery Tales
    Don't miss nursery stories illustrated by Tibor Gergely, James Marshall, Marcia Brown, Paul Galdone, or by Leslie Brooke, in his Golden Goose Book*, or Rojankovsky in his Tall Book of Nursery Tales. *

Early Childhood Picture Books - Preschool through Second Grade

Children in this age group would enjoy all of these books, but we have split them in two: the school-aged books have more plot.

Mostly for preschoolers:

Blackboard Bear by Martha Alexander SR
The Mitten by Jan Brett SR
Johnny Crow's Party by Leslie Brooke * SR
Petunia books by Duvoisin.
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag * SR
Angelina Ballerina by Holabird SR
The Poky Little Puppy by Janet Sebring Lowrey SR
George and Martha by James Marshall SR
Blueberries for Sal,* Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey * SR
Little Bear by Elsie Minarik, illus by Maurice Sendak * SR
Beatrix Potter, the small Warne editions, Peter Rabbit, Flopsy Bunnies *
Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann SR
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss * SR
Little Grey Rabbit Books by Alison Uttley SR
The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont, illus by Briggs SR
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward SR
The Bunny Planet Books, Shy Charles by Rosemary Wells SR
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow, illus Sendak * SR

Corduroy by Don Freeman* SR
Teddy Bears Take the Train and others by Suzanna Gretz SR

People and Magic People
Peter in Blueberry Land and other books by Elsa Beskow*
Miss Jaster's Garden, Boedecker
All the Trotter Street Books by Shirley Hughes
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson SR
Whistle for Willie, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats * SR
Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka and Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr series by Maj Lindman* SR
When the Root Children Wake Up by Sibylle von Olfers, fascinating illustrations
Tell Me a Mitzi by Lore Segal/Pincus
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina * SR
Anna in Charge by Yoriko TsuTsui/Akiko Hayashi SR
The Moon Jumpers, by Janet Udry/Sendak
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen/Schoenherr SR
Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Machines at Work by Byron Barton SR
Little Toot by Hardy Gramatky SR
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Burton * SR
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper, illus by Hauman (not Lenski) *

Songs and Poems
Tortillitas para Mama ed. by Margot Griego, illus by Barbara Cooney
A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho SR
When the Sky is Like Lace by Elinor Lander, illus by Barbara Cooney
Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak SR
Mommy, Buy Me a China Doll by Zemach

Especially for early elementary kids:

All of the Little Tim books by Edward Ardizzone*
Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
The Accident by Carol and Donald Carrick, others in series SR
Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling *
Harriet and the Promised Land by Jacob Lawrence
The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse
The Ice Horse, and The Boy Who Held Back the Sea by Thomas Locker
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Little Fox Goes to the End of the World by Ann Tompert, illus by Wallner

People Real and Magic
Walk Together Children, spirituals illus. by Ashley Bryan.
Patrick by Quentin Blake * SR
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans * SR
The Little House by Virginia Burton * SR
In My Mother's House by Ann Nolan Clark, illus by Velino Herrera *SR
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney *SR
Shortcut by Donald Crews*
The Little Snowgirl by Carolyn Croll (a happier version)
Don't Count Your Chickens, Abraham Lincoln by the d'Aulaires
Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola SR
The Fabulous Fireworks Family by James Flora
The Joking Man by James Flora
Buffalo Woman by Paul Goble
Katie Morag Delivers the Mail by Mairi Hedderwick
Nine Days to Christmas by Labastida and Ets *
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren, illus by Harald Wilberg SR
The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate by Margaret Mahy
Lentil, One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey * SR
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, illus by Barbara Cooney SR
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack, illus by Pinkney SR
Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolan, illus by Mark Buehner SR
Pedro of Olvera Street and other California picture books by Leo Politi*
The Balancing Girl by Bernice Rabe, illus by Lilian Hoban SR
Tree of Cranes by Allen Say
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto, illlus by Martinez
People by Peter Spier SR
A Bad Case of the Stripes David Shannon SR
Boy of the Three Year Nap retold by Dianne Snyder, illus by Allen Say
Stevie, and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
Brave Irene by William Steig
Eloise and its sequels, Kay Thompson, illus by Hilary Knight
The Polar Express by Van Allsburg
A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams*SR

Animals, Real and Magic
Gabriel Churchkitten by Margot Austin
The Secret Hiding Place by Rainey Bennett
The Fast Sooner Hound by Arna Bontemps, illus by Jack Conroy
The Little Island by Golden MacDonald (M. W. Brown), illus by Weisgard * SR
Babar the King by Jean de Brunhoff, * (no dead mother!)
Little Dumpty by Miko Imai SR
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, illus by J. M. Gleeson, individual stories illustrated by Rojankovsky.
The Country Bunny&the Little Gold Shoes by Dubose Heyward, illus by Flack *
Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas by Russell Hoban*
The Story of Ferdinand by Monro Leaf/Lawson * SR
Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni *SR
High, Wide, and Handsome by Jean Merrill/Solber and others SR
April's Kittens, Barkis, Marshmallow by Clare Newberry
Tree of Birds by Susan Meddaugh SR
Church Mice books, Graham Oakley
Farewell to Shady Glade, and others by Bill Peet SR
Beatrix Potter Mrs. Tittlemouse, Mrs. Tiggywinkle *
Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm by the Provensens *
Curious George by H. L. Rey
The Sneetches, Thidwick and others by Dr. Seuss * SR
Roland the Minstrel Pig, and others by William Steig
Barbapappa's Ark Annette Tison SR

Little children might enjoy these picture books, but much will be lost on them!
Diana and her Rhinoceros by Edward Ardizzone
The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by Hillaire Belloc
Goops and How to Be Them by Gelett Burgess
The Treehorn Trilogy by Florence Heide, illus. by Edward Gorey.
The Family Minus by Fernando Krahn
The Watchbirds by Monro Leaf
Nonsense Books by Edward Lear*
A Near Thing for Captain Najork by Russell Hoban
A Leg at Each Corner by Norman Thelwell
The Mellops Strike Oil, and others, by Tomi Ungerer
I Am Papa Snap and these are my favorite No Such Tales by Tomi Ungerer
And don't miss C. W. Anderson's beautiful horse books. Thoroughbreds*, etc.

Early Elementary Chapter Books - First through Third Grade
Teach your child how to judge the reading level of books. Some of the older books, like Mr. Popper's Penguins, are quite hard to read, but they are on a primary child's emotional level.

Animal fantasies
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Jenny the Cat Stories, School for Cats etc. by Esther Averill *
The Kristie books by Emma Brock.
Mother West Wind's Neighbors and Adventures of.... by Thornton Burgess *
Poppy Seed Cakes by Margery Clark, illus by Maud and Miska Petersham *
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Brim's Boat and others, not as well known, just great! by Michael Gaunt
Martin's Mice and other animal stories by Dick King-Smith
Just So Stories by Kipling
The Jungle Books by Kipling *
The City Under the Back Steps by Evelyn Lampman
Catwings by Ursula LeGuin
Dancing Cats of Applesap by Janet Lisle
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne *
Pinky Finds a Home by Margaret Worthing Nelson, illus by Anne Heyneman *
The Blue Moose and Lizard Music by Pinkwater
Tales of Mr. Pengachoosa by Caroline Rush
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White *
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Bianco Williams, illus. by William Nicholson

People and Places:
Racketty-Packetty House by Frances Hodgsen Burnett
Beans on the Roof by Betsy Byars
Julian's Glorious Summer and others by Ann Cameron
The Family Under the Bridge, The Orphalines by Natalie Savage Carlson
Ramona Books by Beverly Cleary
Away Goes Sally and the Sally books by Elizabeth Coatsworth
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Dalgleish
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, illus by Slobodkin, best read aloud *
Blue Willow by Doris Gates
Hill of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis (I Can Read)
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord
All About Sam, earlier Anastasia Books by Lois Lowry
Homer Price, Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey, if read aloud *
Red Tag Comes Back by Phlegler. (I Can Read)
Henry and Mudge Series and Mr. Putter Series by Cynthia Rylant
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner, the first a classic, the early ones quite good. *
Little House in the Big Woods by Wilder, later books are harder to read. *

Fantasy and Fairy Tales
The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum, later ones harder to read *
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
Mushroom Planet Books by Eleanor Cameron
The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, best read aloud *
The Mary Frances Cook Book: Adventures Among the Kitchen People by Fryer.
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Twig, Big Susan by Elizabeth Orton Jones
Stig of the Dump by Clive King, best read aloud
Blue Fairy Book, etc. by Andrew Lang, perfect for a young capable reader
The People in Pineapple Place by Anne Lindbergh
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren *
Dancing Cats of Applesap, Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Lisle
Finders Keepers by Emily Rodda
The Toymaker Trilogy by Ursula Moray Williams.

Brothers Grimm, one with the best Arthur Rackham illustrations possible.
For illustrators of particular Grimm stories: Lizbeth Zwerger, Felix Hoffman, Hans Fischer, Paul Zelinsky among others.
La Fontaine illustrators - Grandville reproductions, Brian Wildsmith, Felix Lorioux, Boutet de Monvel.
Aesop illustrators: Harry Rountree reproductions, Charles Bennett, Robert Lawson, the Provensens., Milo Winter, Jerry Pinkney, for younger children, Emma Chichester Clark The McElderry Book of Aesop's Fables


Middle Elementary Chapter Books - Third Through Fifth Grade
Note: series books are apt to grow more difficult to read as they go along.

Family stories
The Winter Cottage, The Pink Motel by Carol Ryrie Brink
Ramona Stories by Beverly Cleary
Kitty in the Middle, series by Judy Delton
Gone Away Lake, Melendy Family Series by Elizabeth Enright
The Moffat Stories by Eleanor Estes
The Betsy and Eddie Stories by Carolyn Haywood
Peachtree Island, Sand in Her Shoes by Mildred Lawrence
The Betsy stories, Betsy, Tacy, and Tib by Maude Hart Lovelace*
The Middle Sister and others by Marian Mason
Swallows and Amazons and others by Arthur Ransome
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

Boys' books of another generation.
Andy Buckram's Tin Man by Carol Ryrie Brink
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald
Eddie stories by Carolyn Haywood
Alvin Fernald series by Clifford Hicks
Bully of Barkham Street, etc by Mary Stolz
Henry Reed series by Keith Robertson

Tales and Legends.
Aesop... King Arthur... Robin Hood..many versions exist.
Andersen's Fairy Tales, especially The Snow Queen*, by Hans Christian Andersen
Gilgamesh by Bernarda Bryson. (ancient Mesopotamia)*
Jack Tales by Richard Chase. (Appalachian)*
The Cow-Tale Switch by Harold Courlander (West African)*
Greek Myths, Norse Myths by Ingri and Parin D'Aulaire
Indian Tales by Jaime De Angulo (California, hard to find)
Tales of Uncle Remus (4 vol) by Julius Lester/Pinkney
Goldfinch Garden by Barbara Leonie Picard (written tales)
The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin

Oz Books by Frank Baum
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, not abridged
James and the Giant Peach by Dahl*
The Twenty-one Balloons by Wm Pene du Bois
Which Witch? by Eve Ibbotson
Amy's Eyes by Richard Kennedy
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis*
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Princess and the Goblin, the Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald*
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit*
The Borrowers and sequels by Mary Norton
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Talking Animals:
Willie the Squowse by Ted Allan
Freddy the Pig series by Walter Brooks, best read aloud
Catfish Bend series by Lucien Ben Burman
The Bears Upstairs by Irene Haas
The Moomintroll Books by Tove Jansson
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame*
Doctor Dolittle by Lofting, best read aloud
Mean Margaret by Tor Seidler
The Cricket in Times Square (series) by George Selden
Hugh Pine by van der Wetering

People and Places
Sara Crewe (A Little Princess) by Frances Hodgsen Burnett
The Secret Garden by Burnett, best read aloud and shared*
Nekomah Creek and Nekomah Creek Christmas by Linda Crew
Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner
My Side of the Mountain by Jean George
The Dolls' House by Rumer Godden.*
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by Konigsberg
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat*
Soup by Robert Newton Peck
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Finding Buck McHenry by Alfred Stolz
Honk the Moose by Phil Stong*

Historical fiction
Ben and Me and others by Robert Lawson*
The Golden Goblet by Eloise McGraw
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
All books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Island of the Blue Dolphins, Sing Down the Moon* by Scott O'Dell

Tongue in cheek picture books for older children!
Diana and her Rhinoceros by Ardizzone
The Bad Child's Book of Beasts by Hillaire Belloc
Goops and How to Be Them by Gelett Burgess
The Treehorn Trilogy by Florence Heide, illus. by Edward Gorey.
The Family Minus by Fernando Krahn
The Watchbirds by Monro Leaf
Nonsense Books by Edward Lear
A Near Thing for Captain Najork by Russell Hoban
A Leg at Each Corner by Norman Thelwell
The Mellops Strike Oil, and other Mellops by Tomi Ungerer
I Am Papa Snap and these are my favorite No Such Tales by Tomi Ungerer
And don't miss C. W. Anderson's beautiful horse books. Thoroughbreds, etc.

Upper Elementary Chapter Books - Fourth through Seventh Grade
These are supposed to be the golden years of children's reading,

Animal books
Sounder by William H. Armstrong
Brighty of the Grand Canyon, King of the Wind* by Marguerite Henry
Prince Jan, St. Bernard by Forrestine Hooker
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Shiloh by Cynthia Rylant
Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders, probably the abridged version.
Biography of a Grizzly by Ernest Thompson Seton
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Lad, a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune*

People and Places
Little Women* by Louisa May Alcott, a last book to read aloud to your daughter!
Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
The Not-Just-Anybody-Family, and others, by Betsy Byars
A Room Without Windows by Eleanor Cameron
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
The Singing Cave by Eilis Dillon
A Family Project by Sarah Ellis
Yolanda's Genius by Carol Fenner
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Willie Bea and the Night the Martians Landed, and Zeely by Virginia Hamilton
The Little Fishes by Erik Christian Haugaard
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
Jericho by Janet Hickman.
The Clay Marble by Minfong Ho
Slake's Limbo by Felice Holman
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Park's Quest, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Good Master by Kate Seredy
Baseball in April, Pacific Crossing, and others by Gary Soto
Ballet Shoes Shoes series, by Noel Streatfeild
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, the trilogy by Mildred Taylor
A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida
So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Watkins

Funny books
The Snarkout Boys and The Avocado of Death by Pinkwater
Frindle by Andrew Clements
The Bagthorpe Series by Helen Cresswell (Ordinary Jack, etc.)
Half-Magic and others by Edward Eager
When the Circus Comes to Town by Polly Horvath
Homer Price, Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey (read it again!)*
Dog Friday by Hilary McKay
They Shoot Canoes, Don't They? by Patrick McManus
The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat
Mary Poppins* and others, by P. L. Travers

Time-shift fantasies
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston
The Watchers by Jane Louise Curry
Charlotte Sometimes, The Summer Birds by Penelope Farmer
Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge
Honus&Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn
Earthfasts by William Mayne*
Playing Beattie Bow by Ruth Park
The Minnow on the Say by Philippa Pearce
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Pope
A Chance Child by Jill Paton Walsh*

Some good older Australia/New Zealand books
Devil's Hill by Nan Chauncy*
Scrub Fire by Anne de Roo
The Runaway by Ruth Morris
Boy Alone; The Roan Colt; Rain Comes to Yamboorah by Reginald Ottley
Threat to the Barkers by Joan Phipson
The Switherby Pilgrims by Eleanor Spence
I Own the Racecourse by Patricia Wrightson

Historical Fiction/Adventure
El Guero by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino, Mexico
My Daniel by Pam Conrad, Westward Movement
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli, Medieval Europe
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark, Peru: Incan Heritage
Hitty by Rachel Field. Really American History, not just a doll story*
Johnny Tremaine by Esther Forbes, American Revolution
Smith by Leon Garfield, Victorian London
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Jane Gray, Medieval Europe*
North to Freedom by Ann Holm, Cold War
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, WWII
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan, WWII
Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat, Canada
The Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev, WWII
The Silver Sword (Escape from Warsaw) by Ian Serraillier, WWII
Warrior Scarlet by Rosemary Sutcliff, Early Britain
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, Medieval Europe
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep, Aviation San Francisco Earthquake

Science Fiction/Fantasy
Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Green Knowe Books by L. M. Boston, illus by Peter Boston
Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Numerous illustrators: John Tenniel, Peter Newell, Arthur Rackham, Gwynned Hudson, Harry Rountree, Tove Jansson, and a new Alice for small children by Alison Jay
The Boggart, Over Sea Under Stone, etc., by Susan Cooper
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Escape of the Giant Hogstalk by Felice Holman
Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes.
Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
Amy's Eyes by Richard Kennedy
Ronia the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren
Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce
His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
Harry Potter books by Rowling
Holes by Louis Sachar

Middle School Novels: Fifth through Eighth Grade
Some of these would be classified as "Young Adult", some not, but they are all content, rather than adolescent-relationship, oriented. Just a few....

Science Fiction/Fantasy
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
Westmark series by Lloyd Alexander
The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
The White Mountains, Tripod Series by John Christopher
Pinocchio by Collodi, illus by Frederick Richardson, recent ones by Roberto Innocenti, many versions.
The Changes Trilogy: The Devil's Children etc., by Peter Dickinson
Weather Eye by Lesley Howarth
The Walking Stones by Mollie Hunter
The Wizard of Earthsea Trilogy and Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin
The House at Nordham Gardens by Penelope Lively
The Last Guru and other Pinkwaters
Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien

People and Places
Ganesh by Malcolm Bosse
The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks
Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera and Bill Cleaver
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas/Ardizzone
White Peak Farm by Berlie Doherty
Spud Sweetgrass by Brian Doyle
The Windmill Summer by Hila Feil
Bilgewater by Jane Gardam
Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
Hero of Lesser Causes by Julie Johnston
Little, Little by M. E. Kerr
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Shabanu Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Staples
The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Historical Fiction/Adventure
Prairie Songs by Pam Conrad
The Flight of the Sparrows by Buss and Cubias
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Valley of the Broken Cherry Trees by Lensey Namioka
The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson
A Handful of Time by Kit Pearson
Queen without Crown by Madeleine Polland
Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman
Frederich by Conrad Richter
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Marassa and Midnight by Morna Stuart
The Ramsey Scallop by Frances Temple
Viking's Dawn by Henry Treece
The Emperor's Winding Sheet by Jill Paton Walsh