Kids Century – Part III

Kids Century

1943 – 1956

 

 

This annotated list of classics and favorites was compiled by Sally Epp, children’s librarian at the Belle Isle Library (part of the Metropolitan Library System).

Every book listed is still in print and available for check out throughΒ Interlibrary Loan.

When available and in public domain, book titles are linked to free electronic text.

Please choose books for your children thoughtfully, as books for a wide range of ages, interests, and developmental levels have been included.

Keyβ€”Β  E=Easy Reader Β | Β T=Tween Β | Β JF=Juvenile Fiction Β | Β YA=Young Adult Β | Β TNF=Tween Nonfiction Β | Β JNF=Juvenile Nonfiction

 

1943
JF
The Little Prince
by Saint-Exupery, Antoine de

In this symbolic French tale, an airplane pilot crash lands in the desert, and meets a truly innocent little prince who is from a small planet that has three volcanoes and a rose bush.

1943
JF
Johnny Tremain
by Forbes, Esther

Johnny is a fourteen-year-old apprentice silversmith who is caught up in the Revolutionary War in this historical novel filled with adventure and drama.

1944
E
Georgie
by Bright, Robert

Georgie is a mild mannered little ghost, whose ghostly duties keep the Whittaker household running smoothly, until unexpected changes make Georgie look for a new home.

1944
JF
Rabbit Hill
by Lawson, Robert

When new humans move into the house near Rabbit Hill, the animals living there watch their arrival with nervous anticipation because they fear cruelty but hope for kindness.

1944
JNF
Prayer for a Child
by Field, Rachel

Field’s lovingly illustrated β€œPrayer for a Child” can be meaningful to children of all ages and faiths, and is just right for reading aloud at bedtime.

1945
E
Carrot Seed
by Krauss, Ruth

After planting one carrot seed, a little boy waits patiently and faithfully for the carrot he knows will eventually grow despite the skepticism of his family.

1945
JF
Stuart Little
by White, E. B.

The Little family is very surprised when their second child turns out to be a mouse, but Stuart is a well loved member of the family who is a big help because of his small size.

1945
JF
Justin Morgan Had a Horse
by Henry, Marguerite

Joel is thrilled to get a chance to train Little Bub, a small colt who grows up to become the father of the famous Morgan breed of horses.

1945
JF
Pippi Longstocking
by Lindgren, Astrid

Pippi, a unique, irreverent and spirited girl, lives with a monkey, a horse and no adults in a large house with lots of gold, and her outrageous hijinks enliven a small Swedish village.

1946
JF
Miss Hickory
by Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin

Miss Hickory, Ann’s well-loved doll with an apple twig body and a hickory nut head, must rely on the help of her wild animal friends when Ann leaves for school in Boston.

1946
E
The Little Island
by Brown, Margaret Wise

The little island in the sea is always changing β€” seasons come and go, night turns to day, storms blows through β€” and a kitten who visits the island learns an important secret.

1947
JF
Misty of Chincoteague
by Henry, Marguerite

Wild horses have lived on the tiny island of Chincoteague for centuries, and Paul and Maureen are determined to capture the wild mare Phantom and her new foal Misty.

1947
JF
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
by MacDonald, Betty

Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle because her cures for children’s problems and foibles are magical, clever, humorous and unexpected.

1947
JNF
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
by Frank, Anne

When her family hides in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Anne Frank writes her thoughts, fears and vivid experiences into her diary, which has been translated into 55 different languages.

1947
E
Good Night Moon
by Brown, Margaret Wise

In this classic bedtime story, sure to lull any child to sleep, a little bunny uses whimsical rhymes to say goodnight to every object in his room.

1948
E
Blueberries for Sal
by McCloskey, Robert

A mix-up occurs while Sal and her mother pick blueberries on one side of the mountain, and a little bear and its mother eat blueberries on the other side of the mountain.

1948
E
Smudge
by Newberry, Clare Turlay

Three kittens climb out of their box while their parents are away, and the bravest of the three, Smudge, gets into trouble with a living room lamp.

1949
E
Happy Day
by Krauss, Ruth

Spring is coming and all the animals in the forest are getting ready for it as they race to see the first bright flower emerge from the snow.

1949
E
The Important Book
by Brown, Margaret Wise

Margaret Wise Brown some of the important things about the everyday objects in a toddler’s world in this book that invites readers to look at the world from a different angle.

1949
JF
The Door in the Wall
by DeAngeli, Marguerite

In this Medieval tale, Robin’s life changes when he loses the use of his legs, but he regains his confidence when he proves that there is more than one way to save a king.

1950
JF
Henry Huggins
by Cleary, Beverly

In Beverly Cleary’s first novel, Henry Huggins is unhappy with his boring life until the arrival of Ribsy, a scruffy dog with a mischievous heart, and then all sorts of misadventures begin.

1950
JF
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by Lewis, C. S.

This fantasy and Christian allegory is the first title in the Chronicles of Narnia, in which Lucy and her brothers travel to the magical land of Narnia for a battle between good and evil.

1951
JF
Ginger Pye
by Estes, Eleanor

The Pye children are caught up in a mystery when their dog Ginger disappears at about the same time as the arrival of a mysterious man in a yellow hat.

1951
JF
Minn of the Mississippi
by Holling, Holling C.

Minn is a three-legged snapping turtle who travels the entire length of the Mississippi river.

1952
JF
Charlotte’s Web
by White, E. B.

Wilbur, a lovable young pig, becomes famous across the county and is saved from an unhappy fate by the amazing web-writings of a clever spider named Charlotte.

1952
JF
The Borrowers
by Norton, Mary

Pod, Homily and Arrietty are Borrowers, tiny people who borrow everything they need from β€œhuman beans”, but trouble begins when Arrietty is discovered by a boy.

1953
E
Madeline’s Rescue
by Bemelemans, Ludwig

The lively French Madeline falls into the Seine river and is rescued by a heroic dog whom she and her friends take home and name Genevieve … but will they get to keep her?

1954
JF
The Courage of Sarah Noble
by Dalgliesh, Alice

In 1707, eight-year-old Sarah Noble goes with her father to build a new home in the wilds of Connecticut where she befriends their Indian neighbors and finds her own courage.

1954
JF
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet
by Cameron, Eleanor

One of the first true science fiction books written for children, this book tells how David and Chuck go to the previously unexplored Mushroom Planet and help its inhabitants.

1955
E
Play With Me
by Ets, Marie Hall

When a little girl goes looking for someone to play with she finds that all the animals she tries to catch run away from her, but when she sits very quietly they all come back.

1955
E
Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Johnson, Crockett

Imagination can take you anywhere, and it certainly gives Harold some lovely adventures… with the help of a large purple crayon.

1955
JF
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
by Latham, Jean Lee

Nat dreams of mastering navigation and becoming a ship’s captain, and all his dreams come true in this fictionalized biography of the famous mathematician and astronomer.

1956
E
Harry the Dirty Dog
by Zion, Gene

Harry, a white dog with black spots, discovers after a day of very messy adventures that his family doesn’t recognize him because he now looks like a black dog with white spots.

1956
JF
Old Yeller
by Gipson, Fred

Be prepared to cry when you read this touching story set in Texas in the 1860’s about the love shared by a fourteen-year-old boy and his faithful dog, Old Yeller.


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