old fashioned books offer heart-warming stories that ring true today — because at the end of the day, kids are still just kids no matter when they lived.
Children will connect with the adolescent characters while being transported to a different time and place. These books are perfect for older elementary and middle-school children (ages 8-12).
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Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in the award-winning Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers.
Meet the All-of-a-Kind Family -- Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie -- who live with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century.
Together they share adventures that find them searching for hidden buttons while dusting Mama's front parlor and visiting with the peddlers in Papa's shop on rainy days.
The comic genius of Robert McCloskey and his wry look at small-town America has kept readers in stitches for generations!
Nothing fazes Homer Price! Ragweeds taller than fire ladders, music that sets a whole town dancing—he solves these problems calmly and efficiently.
Homer Price is a boy with a good supply of common sense—and ingenuity!
National Education Association Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children * School Library Journal Top 100 Chapter Books
This timeless tale of a poor orphan has won children's hearts for a century--and continues to be a favorite.
When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets.
The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary's only escape.
With the help of two unexpected companions, Mary becomes determined to bring the garden back to life.
Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy.
The four March sisters couldn't be more different.
But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another.
Newbery Honor Book
Children will treasure this warm and funny adventure of family, freedom, and Santa Claus.
Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. S
But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.
At the age of five, little orphan Heidi is sent to live with her grandfather in the Alps.
One terrible day, Heidi is collected by her aunt and is made to live with a new family in town.
Heidi can't bear to be away from her grandfather; can she find a way back up the mountain, where she belongs?
Newbery Medal Winner
Growing up in a well-to-do family with strict rules and routines can be tough for a ten-year-old girl who only wants to roller skate.
But when Lucinda Wyman's parents go overseas on a trip to Italy and leave her behind in the care of Miss Peters and Miss Nettie in New York City, she suddenly gets all the freedom she wants!
Friendship, resourcefulness, adventures! Here’s the classic tale of two families of children who band together against a common foe: an uncle who claims he’s too busy for his nieces.
Newbery Honor Book
Join Joey and his sister Mary Alice as they spend nine unforgettable summers with the worst influence imaginable-their grandmother!
Newbery Medal Winner
This wry, delightful sequel to the Newbery Honor Book
A Long Way from Chicago has already taken its place among the classics of children's literature.
In Farley Mowat’s exciting children’s story, a young boy’s pet menagerie grows out of control with the addition of two cantankerous pet owls.
The story of how the owls turn the whole town upside down is warm, funny, and bursting with adventure and suspense.
A favorite of children, parents, and teachers for generations, this heartwarming classic first appeared in 1880.
Since then, it has inspired countless young imaginations with its tender tales of the ways in which courage and good cheer can overcome adversity.
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.
Newberry Medal Winner
Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps.
Perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud. The land was theirs, but so were its hardships.
Little Pear is a young boy who lives in a small village in China.
Although his story takes place long ago, Little Pear is much like any little boy today--always on the lookout for excitement and adventure!
Even the most ordinary Moffat day is packed with extraordinary fun.
Only a Moffat could get locked in a bread box all afternoon, or dance with a dog in front of the whole town, or hitch a ride on a boxcar during kindergarten recess.
And only a Moffat could turn mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventure.