Bookwhore Posted November 10, 2007 Report Share Posted November 10, 2007 Here are some juvenile series that are really popular right now. I understand completely that many of you will say "WTF! That's not good literature!" and you would be right. The problem is that many young people stop reading for pleasure at around 10 or 11, especially boys. There's just too much competition with video games, movies, TV..you know what I mean. A lot of people (myself included) hold to the theory that if we can just keep them reading, even if it's not great literature, they will eventually make reading a habit that continues on through high school and young adulthood. For those of you who would still prefer to spend your money on what is traditionally considered "good literature" (and I don't blame you), I've included lists of the Newbery and Caldecott award books. The Newbery Award is given to the best children's literature each year. The Caldecott is awarded to the best picture book each year. I'm sure you'll recognize many of the titles on both lists. Popular Series: You can google the series name and author just as it appears below and find hundreds of titles that elementary children will enjoy. A-Z Mysteries – Roy (juvenile) Series of Unfortunate Events – Snicket Captain Underpants – Pilkey Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Series – Pilkey The Magic Treehouse – Osborne Charlie Bone Series – Nimmo Warriors Series – Hunter Diamond Brothers Mystery Series – Horowitz Chet Gecko Mysterys Series – Hale The Land of Elyon Series – Carman The Sisters Grimm Series – Buckley Secrets of Droon series – Abbott American Girl series – Various authors and various genres (historical fiction, mystery) Amber Brown series - Danziger Dear America – various authors (historical fiction) Dear Dragon series – Hillert (Juvenile easy) The Royal Diaries – various authors (Juvenile historical fiction) Newbery: 2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron 2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins 2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata 2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo 2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi 2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park 2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck 2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis 1999: Holes by Louis Sachar 1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse 1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg 1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman 1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech 1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry 1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant 1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli 1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry 1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman 1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman 1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman 1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan 1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley 1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary 1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt 1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard 1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson 1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos 1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin 1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor 1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper 1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton 1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox 1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George 1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien 1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars 1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong 1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander 1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg 1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt 1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino 1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska 1964: It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville 1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare 1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell 1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold 1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare 1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith 1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson 1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham 1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong 1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold 1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark 1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes 1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates 1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli 1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry 1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois 1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey 1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski 1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson 1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes 1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray 1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds 1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry 1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty 1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright 1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy 1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer 1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink 1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon 1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs 1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis 1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer 1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth 1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field 1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly 1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji 1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James 1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman 1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger 1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes 1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting 1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon Caldecott 2007: Flotsam, by David Wiesner · 2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window ,by Norton Juster; illus. by Chris Raschka · 2005: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes · 2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein · 2003: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann · 2002: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner · 2001: So You Want to Be President? Illustrated by David Small; text by Judith St. George · 2000: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Simms Taback · 1999: Snowflake Bentley, Illustrated by Mary Azarian; text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin · 1998: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky · 1997: Golem by David Wisniewski · 1996: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann · 1995: Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz; text: Eve Bunting · 1994: Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say; text: edited by Walter Lorraine · 1993: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully · 1992: Tuesday by David Wiesner 1991: Black and White by David Macaulay · 1990: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young · 1989: Song and Dance Man, illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman · 1988: Owl Moon, illustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen · 1987: Hey, Al, illustrated by Richard Egielski; text: Arthur Yorinks · 1986: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg · 1985: Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman; text: retold by Margaret Hodges · 1984: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen · 1983: Shadow, translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown; original text in French: Blaise Cendrars · 1982: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg · 1981: Fables by Arnold Lobel · 1980: Ox-Cart Man, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: Donald · 1979: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble · 1978: Noah's Ark by Peter Spier · 1977: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: Margaret Musgrove · 1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon; text: retold by Verna Aardema · 1975: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott · 1974: Duffy and the Devil, illustrated by Margot Zemach; retold by Harve Zemach 1973: The Funny Little Woman, illustrated by Blair Lent; text: retold by Arlene Mosel · 1972: One Fine Day, retold and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian · 1971: A Story A Story, retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley · 1970: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig · 1969: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome · 1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrated by Ed Emberley; text: adapted by Barbara Emberley · 1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness · 1966: Always Room for One More, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian; text: Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. [Leclair Alger] · 1965: May I Bring a Friend? illustrated by Beni Montresor; text: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers · 1964: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak · 1963: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats · 1962: Once a Mouse, retold and illustrated by Marcia Brown · 1961: Baboushka and the Three Kings, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov; text: Ruth Robbins (Parnassus) · 1960: Nine Days to Christmas, illustrated by Marie Hall Ets; text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida · 1959: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; text: adapted from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales by Barbara Cooney · 1958: Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey · 1957: A Tree Is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont; text: Janice Udry 1956: Frog Went A-Courtin', illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky; text: retold by John Langstaff) · 1955: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, illustrated by Marcia Brown; text: translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown · 1954: Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans · 1953: The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward · 1952: Finders Keepers, illustrated by Nicolas, pseud. (Nicholas Mordvinoff); text: Will, pseud. [William Lipkind] · 1951: The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous · 1950: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi · 1949: The Big Snow by Berta & Elmer Hader · 1948: White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin; text: Alvin Tresselt · 1947: The Little Island, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard; text: Golden MacDonald, pseud. [Margaret Wise Brown] · 1946: The Rooster Crows by Maude & Miska Petersham · 1945: Prayer for a Child, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field · 1944: Many Moons, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin; text: James Thurber · 1943: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton · 1942: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey · 1941: They Were Strong and Good, by Robert Lawson · 1940: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire · 1939: Mei Li by Thomas Handforth · 1938: Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop; text: selected by Helen Dean Fish Misc. recommendations: I will add to this at whim. The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Selznik Anne of Green Gables - Montgomery Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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