Kids Century – Part VI

Kids Century

1978 – 1989

 

 

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 throughย 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.

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

 

1978
YA
Beauty
by McKinley, Robin

Beauty may not be very pretty but she is a brave bookworm who honorably fulfils her fatherโ€™s obligation to an enchanted beast in this complex retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

1978
E
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
by Barrett, Judi

Chewandswallow is a lovely little town where the weather brings food three times a day, but disaster strikes when a storm buries the town in overwhelming amounts of edibles.

1978
E
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
by Goble, Paul

Paul Goble relates Native American tales with sensitivity and beautiful illustrations, and this is his story of a girl who feels a deep bond with horses and chooses to run free with them.

1979
JF
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
by Howe, James

Harold the dog and Chester the cat think thereโ€™s something strange about their familyโ€™s new baby bunny, Bunnicula, especially when they find a white tomato sucked dry and colorless.

1979
E
The Ox-Cart Man
by Hall, Donald

Beautiful illustrations fill this book which describes the day-to-day life of a rural family in Nineteenth Century New England.

1980
JF
The Indian in the Cupboard
by Banks, Lynne Reid

Omri learns a lesson about friendship and responsibility when he discovers that his old medicine cupboard can magically bring to life a plastic toy Indian who becomes his friend.

1980
JF
A Dog Called Kitty
by Wallace, Bill

Bill Wallace, an Oklahoma author, tells the story of Ricky, a boy who is afraid of dogs, but who must conquer his fears to save a stray puppy from starving to death.

1980
YA
Jacob Have I Loved
by Paterson, Katherine

Growing up in the early 1940s, on a tiny island in Chesapeake Bay, Louise resents her twin sister who she believes is both the family-favorite and guilty of ruining Louiseโ€™s life.

1980
E
Whereโ€™s Spot?
by Hill, Eric

Spot, the cute little puppy who has become a favorite with pre-schoolers, makes his debut in this lift-the-flap book about his motherโ€™s search him when he is hiding.

1980
E
The Day Jimmyโ€™s Boa Ate the Wash
by Kellogg, Steven

Jimmy brings his pet boa constrictor with him on a class trip to a farm, with hilarious and disastrous results.

1981
E
Jumanji
by Van Allsburg, Chris

Judy and Peter try to liven up a boring day by playing an ordinary-looking board game, Jumanji, which unexpectedly transports jungle creatures into their home as they play.

1981
TNF
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book
by Feelings, Muriel L.

This magnificent alphabet book gives a Swahili word, an English translation, and a beautifully illustrated scene from African village life for each letter of the alphabet.

1982
E
Miss Rumphius
by Cooney, Barbara

In this gentle story, Alice Rumphius spends her life fulfilling her childhood dreams of traveling the world, living by the sea and doing something to make the world more beautiful.

1982
JF
Diceyโ€™s Song
by Voigt, Cynthia

Dicey struggles to understand her motherโ€™s mental illness and to keep her family of four siblings together when they are sent to live with their eccentric grandmother.

1983
JF
Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Cleary, Beverly

Leigh writes to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw, about his recently divorced parents, his stolen lunchbox treats, his lack of a canine companion, and his difficulties at a new school.

1983
JF
Babe: The Gallant Pig
by King-Smith, Dick

Babe, a sensitive and polite British pig raised by a sheepdog, becomes a champion sheep herder โ€” a self-proclaimed sheep-pig โ€” and rescues Farmer Hoggetโ€™s herd.

1984
E
Napping House
by Wood, Audrey

In this cumulative bedtime story, people and animals pile into bed for a nap, one after another, until the wakeful flea on top causes a commotion with a single bite.

1984
YA
The Hero and the Crown
by McKinley, Robin

This award-winning fantasy tells the epic story of Aerin, a heroic young woman destined to wield the magical blue sword in a land where women rarely become heroes.

1984
E
Have You Seen My Duckling?
by Tafuri, Nancy

In a story just right for toddlers, mother duck searches high and low for her missing duckling, asking every animal in the pond for help.

1985
T
Sarah, Plain and Tall
by MacLachlan, Patricia

Sarah arrives at their prairie farm soon after Anna and Calebโ€™s father sends for a mail-order mother โ€ฆ but will they accept her, and will she like them despite her homesickness?

1985
E
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Numeroff, Laura Joffe

If you give a mouse a cookie, heโ€™ll ask for a glass of milk, and then you should be prepared to do a number of other things for him, one after another, until youโ€™re absolutely exhausted.

1985
E
The Polar Express
by Van Allsburg, Chris

A young boy lies wakeful on Christmas Eve and then boards the mysterious and majestic Polar Express that takes him to the North Pole, where Santa lets him choose a single gift.

1986
T
The Whipping Boy
by Fleischman, Sid

Orphaned Jemmy receives the whippings when Prince Brat needs to be punished, but when they run away together, they find themselves in a comically suspenseful adventure.

1986
JF
Redwall
by Jacques, Brian

Matthias and the animals of Redwall Abby live in peace until attacked by the rat-warlord, Cluny the Scourge, and his bloodthirsty army, and then they must battle for their lives

1986
JF
American Girls Collection: Meet Molly; Meet Kirsten; Meet Samantha
by Tripp, Valerie;ย Shaw, Janet Beeler;ย Adler, Susan

The first three series in the American Girls Collection introduce Molly, a girl growing up during World War II, Kirsten, a resourceful pioneer, and Samantha, a Victorian beauty.

1987
YA
Hatchet
by Paulsen, Gary

Thirteen-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness and has only a hatchet given to him by his recently divorced mother to aid his survival.

1987
TNF
Linnea in Monetโ€™s Garden
by Bjork, Christina

Readers learn about Claude Monet, his life and paintings, and impressionism when they travel with Linnea to visit the artist at his home and garden in Giverny, France.

1988
E
The Song and Dance Man
by Ackerman, Karen

Grandpa regains his youth as he dresses up in the old clothes from his vaudeville days and entertains his delighted grandchildren with his lively song and dance routine.

1988
E
Mirandy and Brother Wind
by McKissack, Pat

Mirandy sets off to capture Brother Wind, who she is sure will help her win her very first cake walk, in this book with beautiful illustrations of the rural African American South.

1989
E
The Hat
by Brett, Jan

All of the animals laugh at Hedgie the Hedgehog when he gets Lisaโ€™s red and white woolen stockings stuck on his prickly head, but he soon convinces them that they need hats too.

1989
T
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by Scieszca, Jon

The quirky humor of Jon Scieszca and innovative illustrations of Lane Smith turn the story of the Three Little Pigs upside-down when they tell the wolfโ€™s side of the story.

1989
JF
Number the Stars
by Lowry, Lois

To escape the Nazis, Ellen pretends to be a member of Annemarieโ€™s family in Denmark, but soon Annemarie must go on a dangerous mission to save her best friendโ€™s life.


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