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Action, Adventure and Fantasy Books

The Edge Chroniclesby Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
Eragon Trilogy by Christopher Paolini
Simon Bloom: Gravity Keeper by Michael Reisman
Warriors Series by Erin Hunter
Seekers Series by Erin Hunter
Guardians of Ga'hoole by Kathryn Lasky
Fablehavenby Brandon Mull
Exodus, Zenith, Aurora by Julie Bertagna
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Pendragon Series by D. J. MacHale
The 39 Clues Series various authors
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Piordan
The Edge Chronicles by P. Stewart, C. Riddell
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Lost in the Barrens
Curse of the Viking Grave
Never Cry Wolf           by Farley Mowat
Silverwing Series
Airborne Series     by Kenneth Oppel
Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke
The Book of Dreams by O. R. Melling
Dive, Island, Everest trilogies and Chasing the Falconers series
      by Gordon Korman
The Wolf Brother Series by Michelle Paver
Foundation Series
Empire Series
Robot Series     by Isaac Asimov

Mainstream Books

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E. L. Konigsburg

Gentle Books

Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs Betty.G. Birney
Moomintroll Series by Tove Jansson
Babe by Dick King-Smith
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
Peewee's Tale by Johanna Hurwitz
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
The Moomintroll Series by Tove Jansson
Also, books by E. L. Konigsburg

Books and Authors for the Very Young

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
If You Were My Bunny by Kate McMullan*
Barnyard Lullabye by Frank Asch*
*These two titles feature parts that you can sing to familiar tunes and make the best bed-time cuddle stories ever in my humble opinion.
Once Upon a Golden Apple by Jean Little, Maggie DeVries
"Q" is for Duck by Mary Elting, Michael Folsom, Jack Kent
Click Clack Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Officer Buckle and Gloria and Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobol
"A" is for Amber Series by Paula Danziger
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
Number 21 by Nancy Hundal
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Favourite Authors for the Very Young:

Frank Asch
Sandra Boynton
Shel Silverstein
Dennis Lee
Loris Lesynski
Phoebe Gilman
Gail Gibbons (primary non-fiction)

Historical Fiction

Hannibal's Elephant Girl Ariion Kathleen Brindley
Underground to Canada Barbara Smucker
The Drinking Gourd F. N. Monjo
Al Capone Does My Shirts Gennifer Choldenko
Camp X (series) Eric Walters
Safe as Houses Eric Walters
Booky (trilogy) Bernice Thurman Hunter
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Elizabeth George Speare
A Long Way from Chicago / A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
for older kids: Who Has Seen the Wind by W. O. Mitchell
Various titles by Pierre Berton


Anne of Green Gablesby L. M. Montgomery
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Who Has Seen the Wind W. O. Mitchell
Harriet the Spy by Louis Fitzhugh
Booky by Bernice Thurman Hunter
Lord of the Rings Trilogy,
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbitt
The Secret World of Og by Mordecai Richler
The Diary of Anne Frank
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durell
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
Sherlock Holmes Series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and other works by Jules Verne-note the historical context!
The Moomintroll Series by Tove Jansson


McDonald Hall Series, Swindle and Schooled by Gordon Korman
Amber Brown Series by Paula Danziger
Barry Boyhound by Andy Spearman
How to Twist a Dragon's Tale Cressida Cowell
How Rover Saved Christmas by Roddy Doyle
Wayside School Series by Louis Sachar
Fudge Series by Judy Blume
A Long Way from Chicago / A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy" by Douglas Adams

Also try books by the following authors:
Andrew Clements
Dick King-Smith
Bruce Coville
Dan Gutman
Gordon Korman (MacDonald Hall series, Schooled)

A Different Perspective

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Light a Single Candle by Beverly Butler
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio

Coming of Age

Paper Towns John Green
8th Grade Super Zero Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Alice (series) Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Go Ask Alice Anonymous
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
The Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank
Surviving the Applewhites Stephanie S. Tolan
Hatchet Gary Paulson
The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger Lois Lowry
Who Has Seen the Wind W. O. Mitchell
also, books by E. L. Konigsburg

Teen Books with Mature Themes

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Silent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg
Go Ask Alice Anonymous
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
The Uglies (series) by Scott Westerfeld


The Dangerous Book for Boys (Canadian Edition) by C. Iggulden and H. Iggulden
The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan, Miriam Peskowitz
Nature's Playground by F. Danks and J. Schofield

Big Ideas for Small Mathematicians &
Big Ideas for Growing Mathematicians Ann Kajander
Math for Smarty Pants Marilyn Burns
Math Games for Middle School Mario George Salvadori
Mathematics Made Simple, 6th Edition Thomas Cusick
Chaos James Gleick
Assorted titles by Martin Gardner (too many to list here)
Assorted titles by Marilyn Burns
Various science titles by Vicki Cobb
The Usborne Internet-Linked Science Encyclopedia
The Ultimate Building Book by Steve Caney
Stomp Rockets, Catapults and Kaleidoscopes Curt Gabrielson
Cosmos Carl Sagan
The Elements Theodore Gray
Microcosmos Brandon Broll
Rocket Boys Homer Hickam

The Jumbo Book of Art by Irene Luxbacher
Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters MaryAnn F. Kohl
*also see the online supplement to this book here: http://www.brightring.com/artists.html

History & Geography
From Then to Now: A Short History of the World Christopher Moore
Explorers Wanted (series) Simon Chapman
History of the World (DK)
A Brief History of Time; A Briefer History of Time Stephen Hawking
Pierre Berton's Canadian history series (historical fiction)
The Story of Canada Janet Lunn and Christopher Moore
Tools of Navigation Rachel Dickenson
On a lighter note: Horrible Histories Series Terry Deary

Favourite Authors

Gordon Korman
E.L. Konigsburg
Eric Wilson
Eric Walters
Paula Danziger
Kenneth Oppel
Louis Sachar
Judy Blume
John Wyndham
Johanna Hurwitz
Andrew Clements
Madeline L'Engel
Richard Peck
Lois Duncan
Pierre Berton
Farley Mowat
Douglas Adams
Dick King-Smith
O.R. Melling
Philip Pullman
Eoin Colfer
Eric Walters
Diana Wynne Jones
Jean Van Leeuwin
Cornelia Funke