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.

Reader’s Choice Top Book List

This is a must read list of books compiled from comments on this site, facebook, twitter, and other social networks. I have not included my own favorites although some of these would be on my favorites list. The list is in no particular order.

  1. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  2. The Shack by William P. Young
  3. Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers
  4. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  5. Sea Wolf by Jack London
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Change & Cherish Series by Jane Kirkpatrick
  8. Behold the Dawn by K.M.Weiland
  9. My Name is Russell Fink by Mike Snyder
  10. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  11. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  12. Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock
  13. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  14. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
  15. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
  16. Davy by Edgar Pangborn
  17. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  18. Chonicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis
  19. The Firebird Trilogy (Firebird, Fusion Fire, Crown of Fire) by Kathy Tyers
  20. Legends of the Guardian King (The Light of Eidon, The Shadow Within, Shadow Over Kiriath, Return of the Guardian King) by Karen Hancock
  21. The Seven Kingdom Chronicles (The Crown of Eden, The Devil’s Mouth, The Bride of Stone) by Thomas Williams
  22. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  23. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  24. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  25. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  26. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  27. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  28. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  29. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  30. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
  31. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  32. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  34. The Complete Works of Shakespeare
  35. Russka by Edward Rutherford
  36. Centenial by James Michener
  37. Hawaii by James Michener
  38. Shogun by James Clavell
  39. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  40. Texas by James Michener
  41. South Pacific by James Michener
  42. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  43. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  44. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
  45. The Husband by Dean Koontz
  46. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  47. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  48. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  49. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  50. Little House on the Prarie Series by Laura Ingalls Wildler
  51. Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  52. Traveller by Richard Adams
  53. Little Women/Men/Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
  54. Emma by Jane Austen
  55. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  56. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  57. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  58. Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
  59. Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
  60. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  61. Dombey & Son by Charles Dickens
  62. Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  63. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  64. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  65. The Long Roll by Mary Johnston
  66. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  67. Dragon Seed by Pearl Buck
  68. Empire of the Sun by J.M. Ballard
  69. Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian
  70. The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  71. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  72. This Present Darkness by Frank E. Perretti
  73. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
  74.  The Thin Red Line by James Jones
  75. Flight of the Phoenix by Trevor Elleson
  76. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick
  77. Until the Last Dog Dies by John Robinson
  78. When Skylarks Fall by John Robinson
  79. To Skin a Cat by John Robinson
  80. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  81. Hinds Feet In High Places by Hannah Hunnard
  82. Skin by Ted Decker
  83. Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  84. Peircing the Darkness by Frank Peretti
  85. A Ship Possessed by Aton Gansky
  86. White Fang by Jack London
  87. The Icarus Hunt by Timothy Dahn
  88. 1984 by George Orwell
  89. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  90. The Left Behind Series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
  91. Riven by Jerry B. Jenkins
  92. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  93. Love Comes Softly by Janette Oake
  94. The Stand by Stephen King
  95. The Prophet by Frank Peretti
  96. In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
  97. Christy by Catherine Marshall
  98. A Man Called Outlaw by KM Weiland
  99. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  100. The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas

Friday is Book Day on Word Sharpeners starting today. Each Friday, I will review a new book or have a list of some of my favorites. Instead of listing my top 100 favorites as some do, I’ll post a few lists based on genre that are well worth reading. So this is your list. Leave comments, and tell me what you think.