Kids Century – Part VII

Kids Century

1990 – 1999

 

 

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 through 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.

Key—  E=Easy Reader  |  T=Tween  |  JF=Juvenile Fiction  |  YA=Young Adult  |  TNF=Tween Nonfiction  |  JNF=Juvenile Nonfiction

 

1990
E
Feathers for Lunch
by Ehlert, Lois

Since he has a bell on his collar, the cat only catches feathers for lunch, but he certainly does try to catch the twelve common birds highlighted in this book for young children.

1990
E
Oh, The Places You’ll Go
by Seuss, Dr.

Dr. Seuss’ inspirational ode to potential success makes a great gift for anyone who starts a new stage of life, whether it’s the first day of Kindergarten or the first day of retirement.

1990
JF
Maniac Magee
by Spinelli, Jerry

In this modern tall tale, the legendary Jeffrey “Maniac” Magee awes and surprises the people of Two Mills with his impressive physical feats and impossible accomplishments.

1990
T
Pinky and Rex
by Howe, James

Pinky is a boy named for his favorite color, pink, and Rex is a girl named for her favorite creatures, dinosaurs, and together they amuse and delight readers of this popular series.

1991
E
Tuesday
by Wiesner, David

Surreal and luminous illustrations reveal levitating frogs swooping through the night sky in a journey beginning on “Tuesday evening, at around eight.”

1991
JF
Shiloh
by Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds

Marty knows that the young beagle he found belongs to the violent and drunken Judd, but he doesn’t know the right thing to do — return it to its rightful owner or save it from abuse.

1992
E
Rainbow Fish
by Pfister, Marcus

Rainbow Fish is so proud of his glittering scales that he refuses to play with plainer fish, but then learns that friendship is more important than beauty and shares his scales with others.

1992
T
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
by Scieszca, Jon

Scieszca mocks the traditional fairy tale in this irreverent, sarcastic and hilarious collection of cracked fairy tales that entertain without a single moral, but with lots of wry humor.

1992
E
Mirette on the Highwire
by McCully, Emily Arnold

Bellini is a retired high-wire acrobat staying in a Paris boarding house who refuses to try his act again until young Mirette stubbornly begins to teach herself how to walk the tightrope.

1992
T
Missing May
by Rylant, Cynthia

When Summer’s adopted Aunt May dies, Summer and Uncle Ob set off across rural West Virginia on a search for some sign from their beloved May, whom they are missing terribly.

1993
E
In the Small, Small Pond
by Fleming, Denise

Fleming rhythmically describes the changing seasons in a small, small pond combining the animals and words that toddlers love into rhymes like “splitter, splatter minnows scatter.”

1993
YA
The Giver
by Lowery, Lois

The society of the future seems to be a perfect utopia, but Jonas becomes alarmed by the dark secrets he discovers when the aging “Giver” trains him as the “Receiver of Memories”.

1993
JF
The Ghosts of Mercy Manor
by Wright, Betty Ren

When Gwen is sent to live with the Mercy family she must gain her foster family’s help to solve the frightening, page-turning mystery of the shadowy ghosts who haunt their manor.

1993
E
Grandfather’s Journey
by Say, Allen

In this loving tribute to the inter-generation immigrant experience, Allen Say shows how he and his grandfather both felt torn between their two homes, the United States and Japan.

1994
E
Guess How Much I Love You
by McBratney, Sam

Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare gently compete to show how much they love each other until Little Nutbrown Hare falls asleep assured of his father’s love.

1994
YA
Walk Two Moons
by Creech, Susan

As they travel from Ohio to Idaho to find Sal’s mother, Sal entertains her grandparents with a story that mirrors her own, in a moving and complex book about the difficult things in life.

1995
YA
The Midwife’s Apprentice
by Cushman, Karen

A homeless, nameless girl in Medieval England pulls herself up out of the dung heap, gets a crotchety midwife to make her an apprentice and learns to accept herself, failures and all.

1995
E
Officer Buckle and Gloria
by Rathmann, Peggy

Officer Buckle’s safety lectures put kids to sleep until his dog Gloria starts providing comic relief in the background, and soon they discover you should “always stick with your buddy.”

1996
E
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
by Henkes, Kevin

Lilly loves school and Mr. Slinger, her teacher, but when he has to punish her by taking away her new purple plastic purse she does something very mean and later regrets it.

1996
JF
The View From Saturday
by Konigsburg, E. L.

Mrs. Olinsky chooses four special students for the 6th grade Academic Bowl team, and they surprise everyone when they beat the 7th and 8th grade teams and win the state competition.

1997
JF
Out of the Dust
by Hesse, Karen

Billie Jo reveals her strength and determination as she relates, in free verse journal entries, all of her painful adolescent experiences in Oklahoma’s panhandle during the Dust Bowl.

1997
T
Rapunzel
by Zelinsky, Paul O.

Zelinsky presents a version of Rapunzel that is both faithful to the traditional Italian story and accompanied by gorgeous paintings in the Italian Renaissance style.

1997
JF
Ella Enchanted
by Levine, Gail Carson

Poor Ella was gifted with obedience by her fairy godmother, but the problematic gift makes it impossible for her to say no to any order or request in this creative retelling of Cinderella.

1997
JF
The Adventures of Captain Underpants
by Pilkey, Dav

Two fourth-grade boys hypnotize their principal into believing he’s their comic book hero, Captain Underpants, who fights crime with Wedgie-Power in a red cape and jockey shorts.

1998
JF
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by Rowling, J. K.

When Harry is invited to attend Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers that he is famous for surviving the evil wizard Voldemort’s attempt to kill him as an infant.

1998
E
No, David!  
by Shannon, David

All David hears is “No, David!” as he runs wildly out of control across the pages of this book, but no matter how bad he is, he still gets a hug and an “I love you” from his mother.

1998
JF
Holes
by Sachar, Louis

Poisonous lizards, spiced peaches, Texas desert, mistaken identity, and, of course, Holes combine to make Stanley Yelnats’ story an original mix of folktale, mystery and survival.

1998
JF
Long Way From Chicago
by Peck, Richard

Joey and his sister spend the summers of 1929 to 1935 with their grandmother, a larger-than-life woman who exposes them to outrageously funny adventures in her small town.

1999
E
What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story
by Lum, Kate

Patrick puts off bedtime by crying “but Granny!” each time he thinks of something he needs and Granny jumps into action with a rousing “What!” and makes each thing from scratch.

1999
E
Another Important Book 
by Brown, Margaret Wise

Featuring vivacious illustrations by Chris Raschka, this companion to the 50-year-old classic, The Important Book, highlights some important things about ages one to six.


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