1.Harry Potter’s BooksHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Parents need to know that this thrill-a-minute story, the first in the Harry Potter series, respects kids' intelligence and motivates them to tackle its greater length and complexity, play imaginative games, and try to solve its logic puzzles. It's the lightest in the series, but it still has some scary stuff for sensitive readers: a three-headed dog, an attacking troll, a violent life-size chess board, a hooded figure over a dead and bleeding unicorn, as well as a discussion of how Harry's parents died years ago. The 2015 lavishly illustrated edition (pictured here), featuring more than 100 full-color illustrations by Jim Kay (A Monster Calls), depicts shimmering ghosts amid breathtaking scenes of Hogwarts, character portraits, and pages from magical textbooks.
3.The GraveyardAfter the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family... Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
4.The Lightning ThiefThese books are amazing! Delve into a world where regular kids find out that they have a human (mortal) parents and... a god parent. Yep. Greek gods. They're real. And they're in New York. Percy Jackson goes to the summer camp, Camp Half-Blood. It's where all half-mortal, half-god kids go. It's a safe haven. Percy goes on a quest because all the Greek gods are looking at him for a crime he didn't commit. The theft of Zeus' all-powerful lightning bolt. This series is amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Perfect for anyone who is interested in Greek mythology!
5.Charlotte’s WebThe story, the writing, and the emotional, inevitable ending all spoke to me as a child, and this is a book that pleases adults as well. One of its greatest treasures is the permission it gives for kids to be alone, unstructured, whiling away the hours as Fern does in the barnyard. Fern's mother is so sure there's something wrong with her--but she's perfectly right. Kids need to hear that today, too. Life isn't all homework and music lessons and sports practices and texting. Sometimes it's just letting your imagination soar.
6.My Side of the MountainThis adventurous coming-of-age book is first in the "My Side of the Mountain" trilogy by Jean Craighead George and is published by Puffin, a division of Penguin Books USA Inc. My Side of the Mountain is written for kids ages 9 to 12. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
7.The Enchanted Wood by Enid BlytonThis book is about three children named Jo, Beth and Fanny who live in a large wood. One day while out strolling, they come across an enormous tree called the Faraway Tree. As the three children climb the Faraway Tree, they come across new magical realms with many magical creatures to befriend and an adventure they’ll never forget.
8.The Famous Five Series by Enid Blyton:
9.A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond:This book is about a family named the Browns who go to collect their daughter Judy, from her summer vacations, in Paddington Station and come across a little bear. They ask him to stay with them and says “yes” so they name him after the station. Soon after taking him in, Paddington Bear starts going on adventures from falling into hot tubs of water, to becoming an actor in a theatre, to making eggs disappear and reappear under people’s bums!
10.Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown:Stanley Lambchop and his younger brother Arthur are given a bulletin board by their father for posters and pictures and hang it on the wall of Stanley’s bed. One night, the bulletin board falls off of the wall, flattening Stanley in his sleep. Staley survives and goes on adventures by entering locked doors, being his brother’s kite and can visit his friends by being posted in an envelope. Stanley also helps the art museum by trying to catch some thieves, but will his plan work?
12.The BFG by Roald Dahl:
14.The Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross:Dare to enter the house of Horrid Henry, a self-centered, naughty prankster who has issues with authority and will typically be faced with a problem and tries to solve them in the most peculiar of ways involving trickery, rule-breaking and practical jokes. Along with that Henry has a brother in which whom he bullies, named Perfect Peter, his polar opposite.
15.Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White:
17.That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell:In this book, we meet a little girl named Emily Brown and her little grey toy bunny, Stanley. She loves Stanley very much and they go on adventures from scuba diving to going to outer space. One day, Emily hears a sound in the kitchen. It is the queen’s worker looking for Stanley. Emily doesn’t give him up but one night, Stanley is taken and Emily goes out to get Stanley back. Will Emily get Stanley back home safely?
18.My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards:This book is about a stubborn, greedy little sister who is full of mischief. She tries to cut off the cat’s tail; she bites Santa’s hand; and she and Bad Harry eat all of the pudding at Harry’s party. How much trouble can one little sister cause? Oh, and try not to let her take your fingers while you read it!
19.Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson:
20.George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl:This wacky book is about an 8 year-old boy named George whose parents are always running errands which leaves him alone with his grandmother who bullies him. One day, George decides to make a magic medicine by using everything he can find around the house apart from actual medicine. He uses from deodorant and shampoo to floor polish; and horseradish and gin to engine oil and anti-freeze. After giving it to his grandmother disguised as medicine, a crazy turn of events and experiments begin.
21.The Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith:
22.Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch:In this beautifully expressive novel, we read of a girl’s empowerment by imagination and the love of her Nana and mother. Even though her class says otherwise, Grace is reminded by her grandmother that she can be whatever she imagines. This is a very inspiring book to all children whether they are a boy or girl.
23.Mad Grandad and The Kleptoes by Oisín McGann:
24.The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds:
25.The Adventures of Nanny Piggins Series by R. A. Spratt:In this book, it all starts with Nanny Piggins (the world’s most glamorous flying pig) runs away from the circus and goes lives with the Greens family as their nanny. The Green children; Derrick, Samantha and Michael, fall in love with her instantly. Who could not fall in love with a Nanny whose qualifications are her abilities to get shot out of cannons, and making chocolate cake, maybe even both at the same time? Together these four have the most adventures a flying pig and three children could possibly have.
26.Lola Levine is Not Mean by Monica Brown:Meet Lola Levine, she loves writing in her diary and playing soccer with her team, “The Orange Smoothies”. But when a soccer game during recess gets too competitive, she accidentally hurts her classmate, Juan Gomez. Now everyone calls her “Mean Lola Levine”. With the help of her super best friend and her family, Lola learns how to navigate the second grade her way – with humor and the power of words.
27.My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett:My Father’s Dragon is a book about a boy named Elmer Elevator (the narrator’s father as a boy) who runs away with an old alley cat to rescue a flying dragon being exploited on a faraway island. Using two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands and a fine toothed comb, can Elmer help save the flying dragon? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out.
28.The Cat Club by Esther Avrerill:In Greenwich Village, an orphaned black cat lives happily with her master, a sea captain. Still, the Jenny Linsky would like nothing more than to join the local Cat Club, whose member include Madame Butterfly, an elegant Persian, the high-stepping Macaroni, and the grand Mr. President. But can she overcome her fears and prove that she, too, has a special gift? Join Jenny and her friends, including Pickles the Fire Cat to see how this adventure goes.
29.Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke:
30.Dragonbreath Book 1 by Ursula Vernon:Danny Dragonbreath is a tiny dragon who can’t breathe fire, but has no fear. And that comes in handy when a bad grade at school inspires him to enlist his cousin, the sea-serpent, to help with a research project. Using a hybrid of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon introduces an irresistible set of characters that will have the readers laughing until smoke comes out of their noses.
31.Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl:Every time Mr. Fox steals a chicken from the farm, Farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean grow wild with rage! They’re the nastiest crooks in the valley and they’ve concocted a cunning plan to dig him out of his hole, once and for all. But it never occurs to them that Mr. Fox has a fantastic plan of his own…
32.The Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows:In this series, Ivy (an quiet, intellectual child) and Bean (a rambunctious child) become fast friends despite their differences and their initial reluctance to like each other. “two friends who were never meant to like each other”, as the tagline as the series goes on. They are both 7-year-old girls who live on a cul-de-sac in a suburban environment on Pancake Court, in an unnamed town. In each book, they get into considerable mischief.
33.Judy Moody by Megan McDonald:"Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood. A mad-faced mood." To start, Judy Moody doesn't have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won't have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom will not have a porcupine named Roger. And with her luck, she'll get stuck sitting in the first row, where Mr. Todd will notice every time she tries to pass a note to her best friend, Rocky. An aspiring doctor, Judy does have a little brother who comes in handy for practicing medicine, a cool new pet, and a huge Band-Aid collection.
34.The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Clare Balding:Charlie Bass is a horse-mad 9-year-old who dreamed of owning her own pony. So when her eccentric parents announced that they were going to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled. The horse they buy, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There’s just one problem, he doesn’t gallop. In fact, he doesn’t even trot around the field without his best friend, Percy, a naughty palomino pony at his side. But Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion, he just needs the right motivation…
35.The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson:This story is about Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, who is like every barn owl; except for one thing… he is afraid of the dark. “Dark is nasty” he says and won’t go hunting with his parents. Mrs. Barn Owl sends his down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he waits for a little boy waiting for the fireworks display to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope and a black cat who takes him exploring. Will these experiences help him face his fear of the dark?
36.Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson:Amy, Bella, Chloe, Daisy and Emily are friends at school and have their own Alphabet Club. Daisy is the newest member and is desperate to fit in, even though Chloe is very unfriendly at time. When the girls begin planning sleepover parties for their parties Daisy is dreading her own; she doesn’t know what her friends will think of her older sister. She’s also worried about whether she will be invited to the other girls’ parties. This story teaches other children that you should be proud of your family and that you should have friends that suit your personality and respect you.