Classic Novels for Young People

Favorite books published no later than 1950. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Children’s Fiction (J)


Atwater Mr. Popper's Penguins    (An unexpected delivery changes house painter Mr. Popper's life. 1938.)
Barrie Peter Pan    (?????. 1911.)
Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz    (Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas from the magical land of Oz. 1899.)
Brink Caddie Woodlawn    (The adventures of a girl growing up on the Wisconsin frontier. 1935.)
Brooks Freddy the Detective
Burnett The Secret Garden    (Mary, an orphan, is miserable until she discovers a wonderful secret. 1911.)
Carroll Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Cleary Henry Huggins    (A stray dog changes Henry's life, often for the funnier. 1950.)
Collodi Pinocchio
Du Bois The Twenty-one Balloons    (A hot-air balloon crash sets off a series of adventures. 1947.)
Enright The Saturdays    (Four siblings think of an exciting new way to spend their allowances. 1941.)
Estes The Hundred Dresses    (In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson. 1944.)
Farley The Black Stallion    (A shipwreck throws Alec and a wild stallion into a fight for survival. 1941.)
Field Hitty: Her First Hundred Years    (A doll named Hitty recounts her adventures as she moves through a continually changing string of owners. 1929.)
Fisher Understood Betsy
Grahame The Wind in the Willows    (The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river.)
Haywood "B" Is for Betsy    (Betsy's first year of school is more fun than she ever imagined. 1939.)
Henry Misty of Chincoteague    (Two children are determined to have a wild pony for their own. 1947.)
Kipling The Jungle Book    (An abandoned "man-cub" is raised by wolves in the jungle. 1894.)
Knight Lassie Come-Home
Lawson Rabbit Hill    (New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers. 1944.)
Lewis The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe    (Four children find themselves in a magical world under the spell of an evil witch. 1950.)
Lindgren Pippi Longstocking    (Lucky Pippi lives with a horse and a monkey...but no parents. 1945.)
Lofting The Story of Doctor Dolittle
Lovelace Betsy-Tacy    (Two little girls become inseparable friends. 1940.)
McCloskey Homer Price    (A crime-fighting skunk, a rampaging donut machine, and more. 1943.)
McSwigan Snow Treasure    (When Nazis invade, Peter and his friends must save Norway's gold. 1942.)
Milne Winnie-the-Pooh
Nesbit Five Children and It    ( When four brothers and sisters discover a Psammead, or sand-fairy, in the gravel pit near the country house where they are staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures its wish-granting will bring them. 1902.)
Sewell Black Beauty    (A horse shares his experiences with good and bad masters. 1877.)
Streatfeild Ballet Shoes    (Three sisters seek their fortunes as an actress, a ballerina...and a pilot. 1937.)
Thurber The 13 Clocks
Travers Mary Poppins
Warner The Boxcar Children    (Four orphaned children run away and live in a boxcar. 1924.)
Wilder Little House in the Big Woods

Junior High Fiction (Y)


Alcott Little Women    (Also in J Fiction)
Armstrong Sounder
Bagnold National Velvet
Bronte Jane Eyre
Daly Seventeenth Summer
Dickens Oliver Twist
Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Forbes Johnny Tremain
Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
London The Call of the Wild
McCullers The Member of the Wedding
Montgomery Anne of Green Gables    (Also in J Fiction)
O'Dell Island of the Blue Dolphins
O'Hara My Friend Flicka
Poe The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Rawlings The Yearling
Rawls Where the Red Fern Grows
Shelley Frankenstein
Smith A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Speare The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Steinbeck The Red Pony
Stevenson Treasure Island
Stoker Dracula
Swift Gulliver's Travels
Tolkien The Hobbit    (Also in J Fiction)
Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer    (Also in J Fiction)
Verne Around the World in 80 Days
Webster Daddy-Long-Legs
Wells The Time Machine    (Y paperback only)
White The Sword in the Stone
Wyss The Swiss Family Robinson

Last Updated: 6/15

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