"You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."
-A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh
"And so he listened. And in his listening, his heart opened wide and then wider still."
-Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
"Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?"
-C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian
"But there was one other thing that the grownups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there."
-Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
"You need a reason to be sad. You don't need a reason to be happy."
-Louis Sachar, Sideways Stories From Wayside School
"Good Night stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere."
-Margaret Wise Brown, Good Night Moon
"When I was one I had just begun…"
-A.A. Milne, Now We Are Six
"All those woulda-coulda-shouldas all ran away and hid from one little did"
-Shel Silverstein, Falling Up
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, “I am running away.” “If you run away”, said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”
-Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny
"When Mrs. Frederick C. Little’s second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way."
-E.B.White, Stuart Little
"It’s a party. A big Dog party."
-By P.D.Eastman, Go, Dog. Go!
"This is George. He lived in Africa. He was very happy. But he had one fault. He was too curious."
-H.A. Rey, Curious George
"The sky is always ready to play…"
-Jasper Tomkins, The Sky Jumps Into Your Shoes At Night
"One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and –pop!—out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar."
-Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
“I’ll take a hamburger with lettuce, tomato, and an onion.” “Hey, Frank, burn one, take it through the garden, and pin a rose on it.”
-Alexandra Day, Frank and Ernest
But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!” And Max said, “No!”
-Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
"Pickles was a young cat. His paws were big. And he wished to do big things with them."
-Esther Averill, The Fire Cat
“I gather colors,” answered Frederick simply. “For winter is gray.”
-Leo Lionni, Frederick
“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”
-Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
“All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.”
-Lemony Snicket
“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”
-Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grownups, then you write it for children.”[
-Madeleine L’Engle
“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
-Madeleine L’Engle, Many Waters

CLASSIC 6 to 9 years of age

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The Widow's Broom
Chris Van Allsburg

A widow finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom left by a witch who fell into...

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Charlotte's Web
E. B. White

In his classic and beloved novel, E. B. White tells the memorable story of Wilbur, a little...

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Jenny and the Cat Club
Esther Averill

In Greenwich Village an orphaned black cat lives happily with her master, a sea captain. Still...

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Kenny's Window
Maurice Sendak

Kenny dreams of a fabulous land where he would like to live always, and in his search for it...

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Little House in the Big Woods
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls's story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of...

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Snowflake Bentley
Jacqueline Briggs Martin

From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he...

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The Wonderful Farm
Marcel Ayme

Illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

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Little House on the Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder

When Laura Ingalls and her family set out for Kansas, they traveled for many days in their...

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The Lorax
Dr. Seuss

"Unless someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's ...

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The Golden Key
George MacDonald

Now it is well known that the little creatures commonly called fairies, though there are many...

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The House of Sixty Fathers
Meindert DeJong

Tien Pao is all alone in enemy territoy. Only a few days before, his family had escaped from...

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The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams

Margery Williams's beloved classic of a toy rabbit's quest to become real through the love of...

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit captures the sweet mischief of childhood in a story...

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Meindert DeJong

Even after Davie had had the little black rabbit, Shadrach, for several weeks, it was still...

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The Fungus That Ate My School
Arthur Dorros

The kids told their teacher Mr. Harrison that their fungus experiment was getting out of...

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Ursula K. Le Guin

Mrs. Jane Tabby cannot explain why all four of her kittens were born with wings. But when life...

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Roald Dahl

Luckily for Sophie, the BFG is nothing like his neighbors, whose favorite pastime is guzzling...

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When the Pigs Took Over
Arthur Dorros

Don Carlos always likes more. "¡Más!" he says. More! More what? More of anything: He likes to...

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Miranda the Great
Eleanor Estes

When barbarians invade Rome, Miranda the cat and her daughter Punka must find a safe place to...

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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Roald Dahl

Charlie and Willy Wonka are back, this time in a fantastic journey to outer space in their...

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm
Betty MacDonald

Ms. Piggle-Wiggle's left her upside-down town house and has moved to a farm in the country....

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Fantastic Mr. Fox
Roald Dahl

Every time Mr Fox steals a chicken from the farm, Farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean grow wild...

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Beezus and Ramona
Beverly Cleary

A little sister goes a long way. Big sister Beezus Quimby tries to be patient with her little...

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Math Curse
Jon Scieszka

One morning a little girl wakes up to find everything in life arranging itself into a math...

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The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad,...

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The Bat-Poet
Randall Jarrell

There was once a little brown bat who couldn't sleep days-he kept waking up and looking at the...

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The Wheel on the School
Meindert DeJong

Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was...

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Some Swell Pup: Or Are You Sure You Want a Dog?
Maurice Sendak and Matthew Margolis

The Wise Passerby helps two children establish a happy relationship with their new rambunctiou...


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