My Favorites: Classic Children’s and Young Adult Novels

Before Young Adult novels became it’s own genre, people wrote novels that fit in this catagory. Here are a few of my favorites in order.

1. The Chronicles of Narnia Series by CS Lewis (I didn’t discover this series until I was an adult, but they were my children’s favorites and are my favorites as well.)  

2. The Outsiders by SE Hinton (Young Adult genre or not, this is a must read for everyone. One of my all time favorite novels.)

3. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (In my opinion, this is one of the best coming of age novels ever. It impacted me greatly when I was a teenager.)

4. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle (This was my favorite novel when I was growing up.)

5. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (This is my favorite Kipling novel.)

6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (I’ve always loved adventure stories.)

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (I remember wanting to be Jo.)

8. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (This is the last book my grandmother read to me before she died. It will always have a warm place in my heart.) 

9. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Every preteen should read Mark Twain.)

10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 

11. Little House on the Praire Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I discovered these while watching “Little House on the Prairie” as a teenager.)

12. Anne of Green Gables Series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

13. Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stephenson  (What can be better than treasures and pirates?)

14. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe (Another great adventure.)

 15. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (What Can I say? I love Kipling novels.)

16. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

17. The Wind In the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

 18. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Series by L. Frank Baum

19. Watership Down by Richard Adams

20. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (A haunting story about the sin and depravity in our natures.)

If I were an English teacher, these books would be required reading. So what do you think. Leave comments and tell me if you agree, disagree, and what books you would add to this list.

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2 thoughts on “My Favorites: Classic Children’s and Young Adult Novels

  1. Lots of good stuff here. I grew up reading L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Walter Farley, Will James. I wish I’d been steered to read more classics, but these were a good start.

  2. I agree to a certain extent. I love these books, but times and tastes change, so if you were a language arts teacher, you might want to include new titles. I find it hard to believe that there hasn’t been anything else written since 1984 and To Kill A Mockingbird– I read these in high school, and my daughter has to read them, too.

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