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Picture Books | Fiction | Real Life and Lasting Legends

The titles that follow were selected by the Youth Services staff of the Highland Park Public Library on the basis of popularity, as reflected in the balloting of the community, but consideration was also given to such matters as special merit and enduring value. These annotations were written by members of the Youth Services staff.

Picture Books

Barrett, Judi, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Bemelmans, Ludwig, Madeline

Brown, Margaret Wise, Goodnight, Moon

Burton, Elizabeth, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Carle, Eric, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

De Paola, Tomie, Strega Nona

Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Freeman, Don, Corduroy

Johnson, Crockett, Harold and the Purple Crayon

Kimmel, Eric, Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock

Martin, Bill, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

McCloskey, Robert, Make Way for Ducklings

Piper, Watty, The Little Engine That Could

Rey, H.A., Curious George

Scieszka, John, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Sendak, Maurice, Where the Wild Things Are

Steig, William, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Van Allsburg, Chris, The Polar Express

Viorst, Judith, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Wiesner, David, Tuesday

Zelinsky, Paul, Rapunzel



Aardema, Verna, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Alcott, Louisa May, Little Women

Andersen, Hans Christian, Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Anonymous, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Atwater, Richard, Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Babbitt, Natalie, Tuck Everlasting

Barrie, J.M., Peter Pan

Baum, L. Frank, The Wizard of Oz

Blume, Judy, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Bruchac, Joseph, Four Ancestors: Stories, Songs and Poems from Native North America

Burnett, Frances Hodgson, The Secret Garden

Carroll, Lewis, Alice in Wonderland

Christopher, Matt, The Kid Who Only Hit Homers

Cleary, Beverly, Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Clements, Andrew, Frindle

Creech, Sharon, Walk Two Moons

Dahl, Roald, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

Ehlert, Lois, Moon Rope/Un lazo a la luna

Fitzhugh, Louise, Harriet the Spy

George, Jean Craighead, Julie of the Wolves

Goble, Paul, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Grahame, Kenneth, The Wind in the Willows

Grimm, Jakob, Grimms Fairy Tales

Hahn, Mary Downing, Wait Till Helen Comes

Hamilton, Virginia, The People Could Fly

Hayes, Joe, A Spoon for Every Bite

Hesse, Karen, Out of the Dust

Howe, Deborah and James Howe, Bunnicula

Jacques, Brian, Redwall

Juster, Norman, The Phantom Tollbooth

Konigsburg, E.L., From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

L’Engle, Madeline, A Wrinkle in Time

Lewis, C.S., The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Lobel, Arnold, Frog and Toad Are Friends

Lofting, Hugh, The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Lowry, Lois, Number the Stars

Milne, A.A., Winnie the Pooh

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds, Shiloh

O’Brien, Robert C., Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

O’Dell, Scott, Island of the Blue Dolphins

Paterson, Katherine, Bridge to Terabithia

Perrault, Charles, Puss in Boots

Pyle, Howard
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
Robin Hood

Raskin, Ellen, The Westing Game

Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Sachar, Louis, Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Schute, Linda, Momotaro, the Peach Boy

Schwartz, Alvin, In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories

Singer, Isaac Bashevis, The Golem

Spinelli, Jerry, Maniac Magee

Stevenson, Robert Louis, Treasure Island

Taylor, Mildred, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Towle, Faith, The Magic Cooking Pot

White, E.B., Charlotte’s Web

Wilder, Laura Ingalls, Little House in the Big Woods

Yolen, Jane, The Devil’s Arithmetic

Young, Ed, Lon Po Po


Real Life and Lasting Legends

Mother Goose: A Collection of Classic Nursery Rhymes

Coerr, Eleanor, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Cole, Joanna, The Magic Schoolbus Series

Coolidge, Olivia, Greek Myths

Dahl, Roald, Boy: Tales of Childhood

Frank, Anne, The Diary of a Young Girl

Freedman, Russell
Indian Chiefs
Lincoln: A Photobiography

Fritz, Jean, Homesick

Macaulay, David, Pyramid

Meltzer, Milton, All Times, All Peoples: A World History of Slavery

Murphy, Jim, The Great Fire

Prelutsky, Jack, The New Kid on the Block

Provensen, Alice, The Buck Stops Here: The Presidents of the United States

Reiss, Johanna, The Upstairs Room

Selsam, Millicent, How to Be a Nature Detective

Silverstein, Shel, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Simon, Seymour, Our Solar System

Stevenson, Robert Louis, A Child’s Garden of Verses

Willard, Nancy, A Visit to William Blake’s Inn

Young Adult Fiction

Blume, Judy, Forever: A Novel

Collier, James Lincoln, My Brother Sam Is Dead

Cooney, Caroline , The Face on the Milk Carton

Cormier, Robert , The Chocolate War

Deuker, Carl , Heart of a Champion

Duncan, Lois, Killing Mr. Griffin

Greene, Bette, Summer of My German Soldier

Hinton, S.E., The Outsiders

London, Jack, White Fang

Lowry, Lois, The Giver

Montgomery, L.M., Anne of Green Gables

Myers, Walter Dean , Scorpions

Paulsen, Gary, Hatchet

Philbrick, W.R., Freak the Mighty

Voigt, Cynthia, Homecoming