Sunday, July 1, 2012

Children's Book Reviews

"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest." -C.S. Lewis

Children's literature is my favorite, which is probably why I rate books in cupcakes! I do not like long drawn-out book reviews. These are short, sweet and to the point-and hopefully helpful! For Non-Children's or Young Adult Books, See My Other Reviews.

Explanation of ratings at bottom of the page!

* denotes my absolute favorites.
All books are in alphabetical order by Title

School Library Journal’s 100 Best Children’s Novels
(Click Link to See List and Links to Reviews) 

 Ages 7* and Up
(~ Indicates that books may be appropriate for younger readers )

All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
The Borrowers by Mary Norton 
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston
~ The Cricket in Time Square by George Selden
*The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Journey to The River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
 The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
*The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik
~ Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
~ Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
* The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
Mandie Mystery Series
~The Melendy Family Series by Elizabeth Enright
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
* The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Clearly
~My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
~ On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
~ Ozma of Oz by L.Frank Baum
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
~ Pipi Longstalking by Astrid Lindgren  
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
~ Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Lois Sachar
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
~The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Ages 10* and Up
(~ Indicates that books may be appropriate for younger readers)

~*100 Cupboards Trilogy by N.D Wilson
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (*May not be appropriate for younger      readers)
~ The BFG by Roald Dahl
~Books of Ember Series by Jeanne DuPrau
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
~* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  
~* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

Picture Book Recommendations
Each month, I share the books my little one and I read and enjoyed. These are only books I would recommend-I leave out the ones I didn't like. I don't rate these on my blog, but you can see ALL my picture book ratings on my Goodreads page.  

July 2012 - East Dragon West Dragon, LMNO Peas, Extra Yarn, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
August 2012  - The Grouchy Ladybug, The Monster at the End of This Book, The Carrot Seed, and Where Is the Green Sheep?
September 2012 - The Jesus Storybook Bible, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Click Clack Moo Cows That Type, The Snowy Day 
January 2013 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, Old Bear, The Very Lonely Firefly, 123 Peas

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