Need a suggestion for another book to read?  Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order.  Some are Middle Grade and some are Young Adult, but we’ve refrained from labeling them because everyone reads at different levels with different interests.  Click on each book for more information.  You can find additional awesome books among the winners and finalists of the National Book Award for kids (1969 to now), and the Newbery Medal and Honor books (1922 to now).  Happy reading!


Classics (published more than fifteen years ago):

A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle)
The Diamond in the Window (Langton)
The Twenty-One Balloons (Pene Du Bois)
Tuck Everlasting (Babbitt)
Watership Down (Adams)
The Great Gilly Hopkins (Paterson)
The Secret Garden (Burnett)
Bridge to Terabithia (Paterson)
The Slave Dancer (Fox)
Lily’s Crossing (Reilly Giff)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Konigsburg)
Wringer (Spinelli)
Holes (Sachar)
Out of the Dust (Hesse)
The Chronicles of Narnia (Lewis)
Life of Pi (Martel)
Parrot in the Oven (Martinez)
The Hobbit (Tolkien)
The Once and Future King (White)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain)
The 13 Clocks (Thurber)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
Coraline (Gaiman)


Current (published in the last fifteen years):

Challenger Deep (Shusterman)
Crazy (Nolan)
Wonder (Palacio)
Olive’s Ocean (Henke)
Paperboy (Vawter)
Higher Power of Lucky (Patron)
Red Butterfly (Sonnichsen)
Echo (Munoz Ryan)
When You Reach Me (Stead)
Penny From Heaven (Henke)
I am Malala (Yousafzai)
Pax (Pennypacker)
Cruel Beauty (Hodge)
Ash (Lo)
The Afterlife Academy (Cole)
Coda (Trevayn)
Bone Gap (Ruby)
Everlost (Shusterman)
The Books of Elsewhere
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Choldenko)
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (Schmidt)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Riggs)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Alexie)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Haddon)