My aim in compiling this list was to provide titles of books that limit foul language and do not contain immoral themes, pornography, or excessive violence. The contributors made the decisions on what books meet the criteria. In classifying the titles below, I used the information given to me by the contributors. Where that information was lacking, I went to a variety of sources, listed in the bibliography.

Most of the books on this list will be of interest to a general audience. The list was prepared by a group of Mormon women for a group of Mormon women, and some of the titles—which are noted as “LDS”—are written from that perspective. If a book on the fiction list was published by an Evangelical publisher or has strong Christian themes, I labeled it “Christian.”

At least four of the contributors regularly read books aloud to their children while they were raising them. I’ve noted some of their favorite authors for this purpose at the end of the non-fiction list.

Contributors: Barbara, Gertrude, Jackie, Marilyn, Naomi, Carole, Amy, Christina, Kathy, Rachel, Valerie, Judy, Linda, Janice


COMPLETE LIST OF FICTION

Adams, Richard, Watership Down, Janice

Aird, Catherine, Henrietta Who? (mystery) Carole

Aird, Catherine, The Stately Home Murder (mystery) Carole

Aird, Catherine, Slight Mourning (mystery) Carole

Alcott, Louisa May, Eight Cousins, Carole

Alcott, Louisa May, Little Women (any age) Naomi

Alcott, Louisa May, Little Men (any age) Naomi

Alcott, Louisa May, Rose in Bloom, Carole

Aldrich, Bess Streeter, Song of Years (historical) Amy

Alexander, Lloyd, The Black Cauldron series (fantasy, 5 books, #5 a Newberry) Carole, Janice

Alexeyev, Mikhail, Cherry Pool (trans. from Russian) Amy

Asimov, Isaac, Prelude to Foundation (science fiction) Kathy

Asimov, Isaac, Foundation (stories, science fiction) Kathy, Barbara

Asimov, Isaac, Foundation and Empire (stories, science fiction) Kathy, Barbara

Asimov, Isaac, Second Foundation (stories, science fiction) Kathy, Barbara

Asimov, Isaac, I, Robot (stories, science fiction) Kathy

Austen, Jane, Emma (English classic) Kathy

Austen, Jane, Mansfield Park (English classic) Kathy

Austen, Jane, Northanger Abby (English classic) Kathy

Austen, Jane, Persuasion (English classic) Kathy

Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice (English classic) Kathy

Austen, Jane, Sense and Sensibility (English classic) Kathy

Avi, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Janice

Babbitt, Natalie, Tuck Everlasting (juv fantasy) Kathy

Banks, Lynne Reid, The Adventures of King Midas (juv fantasy) Carole

Banks, Lynne Reid, The Farthest-Away Mountain (juv fantasy) Carole

Baum, L. Frank, The Wizard of Oz (very young—many in series) Barbara, Janice

Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow, Science Fiction War Stories, ed. by Charles G. Waugh & Martin H. Greenberg, Janice

Baylor, Byrd, Guess Who My Favorite Person Is (very young) Barbara

Bishop, Claire Huchet, Ten and Twenty (also titled The Secret Cave—juv historical) Kathy

Bradbury, Ray, The Illustrated Man (stories, science fiction) Kathy

Brett, Jan (picture books—favorite author of 8-year-old Rachel)

Brink, Carol Ryrie, Caddie Woodlawn (juv historical) Janice

Brinley, Bertrand R., The Mad Scientist Club (juv science fiction) Janice

Brinley, Bertrand R., New Adventures of the Mad Scientist Club (juv science fiction) Janice

Bronte, Charlotte, Jane Erye (English classic) Kathy, Marilyn, Amy

Bronte, Charlotte, Villette (English classic) Kathy, Amy

Bronte, Emily, Wuthering Heights (English classic) Kathy, Amy

Brooks, Terry, Shanara Trilogy (fantasy—12 & up) Naomi

Buck, Pearl, The Good Earth (American classic) Gertrude

Burnett, Frances Hodgson, A Little Princess (ages 10 and up) Barbara, Janice

Burnett, Frances Hodgson, The Secret Garden (ages 10 and up) Barbara, Janice

Burns, Olive Ann, Cold Sassy Tree (historical) Kathy

Burgess, Thornton W., The Adventures of Bob White (very young) Janice

Burgess, Thornton W., The Adventures of Reddy Fox (very young) Janice

Burgess, Thornton W., The Adventures of Sammy Jay (very young) Janice

Burroughs, Edgar Rice, John Carter of Mars series (science fiction, ages 10 and up) Barbara

Burroughs, Edgar Rice, Tarzan series (fantasy, ages 10 and up) Barbara

Card, Orson Scott, Ender’s Game (and sequels) (science fiction—adult) Barbara

Card, Orson Scott, The Homecoming Saga (series, science fiction—adult) Barbara

Card, Orson Scott, Saints (historical—adult) Naomi

Card, Orson Scott, Stone Tables (LDS biblical) Kathy

Carroll, Lewis, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (fantasy, read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Carroll, Lewis, Through the Looking Glass (fantasy, read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Cather, Willa, My Antonia (modern literature, American) Kathy

Caldwell, Taylor, The Devil’s Advocate (domestic fiction) Barbara

Cervantes, Miguel, Don Quixote (Spanish classic) Kathy

Chaikin, Linda, The Royal Pavilions (series, Christian historical, 3 books) Kathy

Christie, Agatha, (Almost all are good—mysteries) Carole

Christie, Agatha, Ordeal By Innocence (mystery) Carole

Christie, Agatha, Poirot Loses a Client (mystery) Carole

Christie, Agatha, The Secret of Chimneys (mystery) Carole

Christie, Agatha, The Seven Dials Mystery (mystery) Carole

Collins, Wilkie, Armadale (English classic) Amy

Collins, Wilkie, The Moonstone (English classic, mystery) Kathy

Collins, Wilkie, The Woman in White (English classic, mystery) Kathy, Amy

Conrad, Pam, My Daniel (juv) Janice

Cooper, James Fenimore, The Deerslayer (American classic, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Cooper, James Fenimore, The Last of the Mohicans (American classic, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Cooper, Susan, Over Sea, Under Stone (juv fantasy) Carole

Cooper, Susan, The Dark is Rising (Newberry Honor, juv fantasy) Carole

Cooper, Susan, Greenwitch (juv fantasy) Carole

Cooper, Susan, The Grey King (Newberry, juv fantasy), Carole

Cooper, Susan, Silver on the Tree (juv fantasy) Carole

Craig, Alisa (Charlotte MacLeod), A Pint of Murder (mystery) Carole

Craig, Alisa (Charlotte MacLeod), Murder Goes Mumming (mystery) Carole

Craig, Alisa (Charlotte MacLeod), A Dismal Thing To Do (mystery) Carole

Craig, Alisa (Charlotte MacLeod), Trouble in the Brasses (mystery) Carole

Craig, Alisa (Charlotte MacLeod), The Wrong Rite (mystery) Carole

Dahl, Roald, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (juv fantasy—read to ages 4–12) Barbara, Janice

Dahl, Roald, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (juv fantasy) Janice

Dahl, Roald, James and the Giant Peach (juv fantasy) Janice

Dahl, Roald, Matilda (juv fantasy) Janice

Dickens, Charles, Bleakhouse (English classic, mystery—adult) Naomi, Janice

Dickens, Charles, Christmas Carol (English classic) Amy

Dickens, Charles, David Copperfield  (English classic) Kathy, Amy

Dickens, Charles, Great Expectations (English classic—read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Dickens, Charles, Hard Times (English classic) Amy

Dickens, Charles, Little Dorrit (English classic) Amy, Janice

Dickens, Charles, Oliver Twist (English classic—read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Dickens, Charles, A Tale of Two Cities (English classic) Kathy, Amy

Dickens, Charles, all stories, Janice

Dorr, Roberta Kells, The Queen of Sheba (Christian biblical) Kathy

Dostoevsky, Fyodor, Crime and Punishment (Russian classic) Kathy

Douglas, Lloyd C., The Big Fisherman (Christian historical) Amy

Douglas, Lloyd C., The Magnificent Obsession, Amy

Douglas, Lloyd C., The Robe (Christian historical) Amy

Downing, Sharon Jarvis, The Kaleidoscope Season (LDS historical) Kathy

Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sherlock Holmes stories (mystery) Kathy, Carole

Doyle, Arthur Conan, (Kathy’s Note: You might want to avoid A Study in Scarlet, which is anti-Mormon.)

Duane, Diane, So You Want to be a Wizard (YA fantasy) Carole

Duane, Diane, Deep Wizardry (YA fantasy) Carole

Duane, Diane, High Wizardry (YA fantasy) Carole

Du Bois, William Pene, The 21 Balloons (juv) Janice

Dumas, Alexandre, The Count of Monte Cristo (French classic) Kathy

Eddings, David, Pawn of Prophecy (1 of 5, fantasy) Carole

Eddings, David, Queen of Sorcery (2 of 5, fantasy) Carole

Eddings, David, Magicians Gambit (3 of 5, fantasy) Carole

Eddings, David, Castle of Wizardry (4 of 5, fantasy) Carole

Eddings, David, Enchanter’s End Game (5 of 5, fantasy) Carole

Eliot, George, Adam Bede (English classic) Kathy, Amy

Eliot, George, Middlemarch (English classic) Amy

Eliot, George, Silas Marner (English classic, ages 13 and up) Barbara, Amy

Elkins, Aaron J., Gideon Oliver books (mystery) Carole

Ende, Michael, The Neverending Story (science fiction, ages 10 and up) Barbara

Evans, Richard Paul, The Christmas Box, Kathy

Evans, Richard Paul, Timepiece (prequel to The Christmas Box) Kathy

Farely, Walter, The Black Stallion series, Janice

Faulkner, William, The Sound and the Fury (modern literature, American) Jackie

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, The Great Gatsby (modern literature, American) Kathy

Fleischman, Sid, Chancy and the Grand Rascal (juv) Carole

Fleischman, Sid, Humbug Mountain (juv) Carole

Fleischman, Sid, By the Great Horn Spoon (juv) Carole

Fleischman, Sid, Mr. Mysterious and Company (juv) Carole

Fleischman, Sid, Jingo Django (juv) Carole

Freedman, Nancy and Benedict, Mrs. Mike, The Story of Katherine Mary Flannigan (biographical fic., 12 & up) Naomi

Gaskell, Elizabeth, Mary Barton (English classic) Amy

Gaskell, Elizabeth, North and South (English classic) Amy

Gates, Doris, Blue Willow, Janice

Goldman, William, The Princess Bride (fantasy, ages 10 and up) Barbara

Grahame, Kenneth, The Wind in the Willows (8 & up) Naomi, Janice

Horwood, William, The Willows in Winter (sequel to The Wind in the Willows) Janice

Green, Graeme, Animalia (very young) Barbara

Grey, Zane, Man of the Forest (western, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Hardy, Thomas, Far From the Madding Crowd (English classic) Carole, Amy

Hardy, Thomas, Jude the Obscure (English classic) Amy

Hardy, Thomas, Return of the Native (English classic) Kathy, Carole, Amy

Hardy, Thomas, Tess of the D’Urbervilles (English classic) Kathy, Amy

Hart, Carolyn G., Death on Demand (mystery) Carole

Hart, Carolyn G., Design for Murder (mystery) Carole

Hart, Carolyn G., Deadly Valentine (mystery) Carole

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, The House of the Seven Gables (American classic) Kathy, Carole

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, The Scarlet Letter (American classic, ages 13 and up) Kathy, Barbara

Headly, Leslie Beaton, Twelve Sisters (LDS contemporary) Kathy

Headly, Leslie Beaton, Zoe’s Gift (LDS contemporary) Kathy

Heinlein, Robert, Methusaleh’s Children (science fiction, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Heinlein, Robert, Starship Troopers (science fiction, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Hemingway, Ernest, The Old Man and the Sea (modern literature, American, novella) Jackie

Heyer, Georgette, The Unfinished Clue (mystery) Carole

Heyer, Georgette, Why Shoot a Butler? (mystery) Carole

Heyer, Georgette, Footsteps in the Dark (mystery) Carole

Heyer, Georgette, Detection Unlimited (mystery) Carole

Heyer, Georgette, The Talisman Ring, (general) Carole

Heyer, Georgette, The Masqueraders, (historical) Carole

Heyer, Georgette, False Colors, (general) Carole

Hillerman, Tony, People of Darkness (mystery) Carole

Hillerman, Tony, The Ghostway (mystery) Carole

Hillerman, Tony, A Thief of Time (mystery) Carole

Hilton, James, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (historical) Kathy

Hilton, James, Lost Horizon (fantasy) Kathy

Hilton, James, Random Harvest (historical) Kathy

Hoban, Francis Stories (ages 2–6) Naomi

Holmes, Marjorie, Two From Galilee (religious, ages 10 and up) Barbara, Amy

Holmes, Marjorie, Three From Galilee (ages 10 and up) Barbara

Hughes, Dean, Under the Same Stars (LDS juv historical) Janice

Hughes, Dean, As Wide As the River (LDS juv historical) Janice

Hughes, Dean, Facing the Enemy (LDS juv historical) Janice

Hugo, Victor, Les Miserables  (French classic, adult) Naomi

Hugo, Victor, Les Miserables  (unabridged version put out by Penguin Classics, trans. by Norman Denny) Kathy

Jacques, Brian, Mossflower (juv) Janice

Jacques, Brian, Redwall (juv) Janice

Jacques, Brian, Mattimeo (juv) Janice

Jones, Diana Wynne, Howl’s Moving Castle (YA fantasy) Carole

Jones, Diana Wynne, Castle in the Air (YA fantasy, sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle) Carole

Jones, Diana Wynne, Charmed Life (juv fantasy) Carole

Jones, Diana Wynne, Dogsbody (juv fantasy) Carole

Jones, Diana Wynne, The Nine Lives of Christopher Chant (juv fantasy) Carole

Kafka, Franz, Metamorphosis (modern literature, Austrian, novella) Jackie

Kaye, M.M., The Ordinary Princess (juv) Carole

Keillor, Garrison, Lake Wobegon Days (humorous stories, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Kidd, Kathryn H., Paradise Vue (LDS contemporary) Kathy

Kipling, Rudyard, Jungle Book (classic, not illustrated—8 & up) Barbara, Naomi, Carole

Kipling, Rudyard, Just So Stories (very young) Barbara

Kipling, Rudyard, Kim (read to ages 4–12) Barbara

L’Amour, Louis, Haunted Mesa (not a western, set in American Southwest) Carole

L’Amour, Louis, Last of the Breed (not a western, set in Russia, ages 13 and up) Barbara

L’Amour, Louis, Lonesome Gods (western, ages 13 and up) Barbara

L’Amour, Louis, The Sackett Series (western, ages 13 and up) Barbara

L’Amour, Louis, Sitka (western, ages 13 and up) Barbara

L’Amour, Louis, Walking Drum (historical, set in 12th Century, ages 13 and up) Barbara

L’Engle, Madeleine, A Wrinkle in Time (juv fantasy—9 & up) Kathy, Barbara, Naomi, Carole, Janice

L’Engle, Madeleine, A Wind in the Door (juv fantasy—read to ages 4–12) Barbara, Carole, Janice

L’Engle, Madeleine, A Swiftly Tilting Planet (juv fantasy, read to ages 4–12) Barbara, Carole, Janice

L’Engle, Madeleine, An Acceptable Time (juv fantasy—goes with Time Trilogy) Janice

L’Engle, Madeleine, Dragons in the Water (fantasy) Carole

Le Guin, Ursula K., A Wizard of Earthsea (science fiction) Janice

Lenski, Lois, Indian Captive (Newberry honor—historical) Christina

Leroux, Gaston, The Phantom of the Opera (French classic) Kathy

Levitin, Sonia, The Mark of Conte (juv) Janice

Lewis, C.S., The Chronicles of Narnia (juv fantasy, 7-book series) Barbara, Kathy, Naomi, Valerie, Carole, Janice

Liebenthal, Jean Z., Feathers and Rings (LDS romance) Kathy

Lindgren, Astrid, Emil in the Soup Tureen (juv) Naomi

Lindgren, Astrid, Emil’s Pranks (juv) Naomi

Lund, Gerald N. The Freedom Factor (LDS fantasy) Janice

Lund, Gerald N., with Roger Hendrix, Leverage Point  (LDS contemporary adventure) Kathy

Lund, Gerald N., The Work and the Glory series (LDS historical) Amy

MacDonald, George, The Laird’s Inheritance (Christian historical, orig. titled Warlock o’ Glenwarlock 1881) Amy

MacDonald, George, The Peasant Girl’s Dream (Christian historical, orig. titled Heather and Snow 1893) Amy

MacInnes, Helen, novels by (popular writer from 50s and 60s WWII, Cold War adventures, sometimes love stories) Judy

MacLean, Alistair, novels by (popular writer from 50s and 60s, adventures with a twist) Judy

MacLeod, Charlotte, Sara Kelling series (mystery) Carole

Marshall, Catherine, Christy (Christian historical) Kathy, Amy

Marshall, Catherine, Julie (Christian historical) Amy

McBratney, Sam, Guess How Much I Love You (very young) Barbara

McCaffrey, Anne, Dragonsong (science fiction) Carole

McCaffrey, Anne, Dragonsinger (science fiction) Carole

McCaffrey, Anne, Dragondrums (science fiction) Carole

McCaffrey, Anne, An Exchange of Gifts (short fantasy) Kathy

McCloud, Susan Evans, Abide the Dark Dawn (LDS historical romance) Kathy

McKillip, Patricia A., The Book of Atrix Wolfe (fantasy) Kathy

McKillip, Patricia A., The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (juv fantasy, read by adults) Carole

McKillip, Patricia A., The Riddle-Master of Hed (1 of 3, juv fantasy, read by adults) Carole

McKillip, Patricia A., Heir of Sea and Fire (2 of 3, juv fantasy, read by adults) Carole

McKillip, Patricia A., Harpist in the Wind (3 of 3, juv fantasy, read by adults) Carole

McKillip, Patricia A., Winter Rose (fantasy) Kathy

McKinley, Robin, Beauty (the story of Beauty and the Beast) (juv/YA fantasy) Carole

McKinley, Robin, The Blue Sword (juv/YA fantasy) Carole

McKinley, Robin, The Hero and the Crown (juv/YA fantasy) Carole

McKinley, Robin, The Door in the Hedge (juv/YA fantasy) Carole

McLaughlin, Ann L., Sunset at Rosalie (historical) Kathy

Michener, James A., Chesapeake (historical) Judy

Milne, A. A., The Red House Mystery (classic mystery) Carole

Milne, A.A., Winnie the Pooh tales (ages 4–12) Barbara

Mitchell, Gladys, Watson’s Choice (mystery) Carole

Montague, Terry, Fireweed (LDS historical) Kathy

Montgomery, L.M., Anne of Green Gables Series (Any Age) Naomi, Barbara, Amy, Janice, Carole

Montgomery, L.M., Emily series (juv/YA) Janice

Montgomery, L.M., Jane of Lantern Hill (juv/YA) Janice

Montgomery, L.M., all stories, Barbara, Carole

Moody, Ralph, Little Britches (ages 4–12) Barbara

Morgan, Marlo, Mutant Message Down Under (adventure in Australia) Barbara

Munsch, Robert, I’ll Love You Forever (very young) Barbara

Murphy, Shirley Rousseau, Nightpool (juv fantasy) Carole

Murphy, Shirley Rousseau, The Ivory Lyre (juv fantasy) Carole

Murphy, Shirley Rousseau, The Dragonbards (juv fantasy) Carole

Martin, Jr., Bill, and John Archambault, Chicka Chick Boom Boom (very young) Kathy

Nathan, Robert, Portrait of Jennie (romantic fantasy) Kathy

Nelson, Lee, Storm Testament series (LDS historical adventure) Amy

Newman, Marsha, The Lightning and the Storm (1 of 3, LDS historical) Kathy

Newman, Marsha, A Love Beyond Time (2 of 3, LDS contemporary) Kathy

Newman, Marsha, The Fire and The Glory: The Millennial Story (3 of 3, LDS apocalyptic) Kathy

Newman, Robert, The Baker Street Irregulars (mystery) Carole

Newman, Robert, The Vanishing Corpse (mystery) Carole

Newman, Robert, The Case of the Threatened King (mystery) Carole

Newman, Robert, The Case of the Murdered Players (mystery) Carole

North, Sterling, Rascal (Pet Racoon) (any age) Naomi

Norton, Andre, Sneeze on Sunday (mystery) Carole

Norton, Andre, Wraiths of Time (fantasy) Carole

Norton, Andre, Crossroads of Time (fantasy) Carole

Norton, Andre, Witch World Series (fantasy, #1 is Witch World; many more, including short stories) Carole

Crystal Gryphon series (sub-series of Witch World) Carole

Norton, Andre and Lyn McConchie, The Key of the Keplian (fantasy) Carole

Numeroff, Laura J., If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (very young) Barbara

O’Brien, R.C., Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (others in a series) Janice

Baroness Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel (English classic) Kathy

Oak, Janette, Once Upon a Summer (1 of 4, Christian historical) Amy

Oak, Janette, The Winds of Autumn (2 of 4, Christian historical, sequel to Once Upon a Summer) Amy

Otis, James, Toby Tyler, Janice

Palliser, Charles, The Quincunx (mystery) Kathy

Paterson, Katherine, Bridge to Terabithia (Newberry) Janice

Phillips, Michael R., and Judith Pella, The Russians (volumes 1–3 of 6-book series, Christian historical) Kathy

Pella, Judith, The Russians, (volumes 4–7 of 7-book series, Christian historical) Kathy

Perry, Anne, The Cater Street Hangman  (mystery, Thomas and Charlotte Pitt) Kathy

Perry, Anne, Callander Square (mystery, Thomas and Charlotte Pitt) Kathy

Perry, Anne, Rutland Place (mystery, Thomas and Charlotte Pitt) Kathy

Perry, Anne, The Face of a Stranger (mystery, William Monk) Kathy

Perry, Anne, Sins of the Wolf (mystery, William Monk) Kathy

Peters, Elizabeth (Barbara Mertz), Amelia Peabody series (mystery) Carole

Pilcher, Rosamunde, The Shell Seekers (contemporary/historical combined) Linda

Porter, Gene Stratton, Freckles (American classic) Carole

Porter, Gene Stratton, A Girl of the Limberlost (American classic) Carole

Porter, Gene Stratton, The Harvester (American classic) Carole

Potok, Chaim, The Chosen, Amy, Kathy

Potok, Chaim, The Promise, Amy, Kathy

Potok, Chaim, Davita’s Harp, Amy

Potok, Chaim, My Name is Asher Lev, Amy

Potter, Beatrix, The Tales of Peter Rabbit (very young) Barbara

Roberts, Willo Davis, The View From the Cherry Tree (juv) Janice

Rand, Ayn, Anthem (ages 13 and up) Barbara

Raskin, Ellen, The Westing Game (juv) Janice

Rawls, Wilson, Where the Red Fern Grows (juv) Janice

Rawls, Wilson, Summer of the Monkeys (juv) Janice

Richardson, Boyd, Voices in the Wind  (LDS Western) Kathy

Robinson, Barbara, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (juv comedy) Christina

Rostkowski, Margaret, After the Dancing Days (YA historical) Amy

Selden, George, The Cricket in Times Square (Newberry Honor—many in series) Carole, Janice

Selden, George, Harry Cat’s Pet Puppy (juv) Carole

Scott, Sir Walter, Ivanhoe (English classic) Kathy

Silone, Ignazio, Bread and Wine (modern literature, Italian) Kathy

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley, The Egypt Game (Newberry Honor) Kathy

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (modern literature, Russian, 13 and up) Barbara

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander, works by (modern literature, Russian) Gertrude

Speare, Elizabeth, The Bronze Bow (ages 10 and up) Kathy, Carole

Speare, Elizabeth, The Witch of Blackbird Pond (ages 10 and up) Barbara, Carole

Sperry, Armstrong, Call it Courage, Kathy

Spyri, Johanna, Heidi (trans. from Swedish by Charles Tritten, read to ages 4-12) Barbara

Tritten, Charles, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children

Stevenson, D.E., The Baker’s Daughter, Amy

Stevenson, Robert Louis, Kidnapped (English classic—read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Stevenson, Robert Louis, Treasure Island (English classic—read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Stone, Irving, The Greek Treasure (biographical novel about Henry and Sophia Schiemann) Amy

Stone, Irving, Love is Eternal (biographical novel about Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln), Amy

Stone, Irving, Those Who Love, (biographical novel about Abigail and John Adams) Amy

Taylor, Mildred, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Newberry, thought-provoking) Janice

Taylor, Mildred, Let the Circle Be Unbroken (sequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry) Janice

Taylor, Theodore, The Cay (juv) Kathy

Tennant, Emma, Pemberley or Pride and Prejudice Continued (historical) Kathy

Tennant, Emma, An Unequal Marriage or Pride and Prejudice Twenty Years Later (historical) Kathy

Thoene, Bodie, The Shiloh Legacy (3-book series, Christian historical) Kathy

Thoene, Bodie, Zion Chronicles (5-book series, Christian historical) Kathy

Thoene, Bodie, Zion Covenant (6-book series, Christian historical) Kathy

Thoene, Bodie and Brock, Shiloh Autumn  Christian historical) Kathy

Thoene, Bodie and Brock, The Twilight of Courage (Christian historical) Kathy

Tolkien, J. R. R., The Hobbit (fantasy, 10 & up) Kathy, Naomi, Barbara, Carole

Tolkien, J. R. R., Lord of the Rings (trilogy, fantasy, 13 and up) Kathy, Barbara, Carole

Tolkien, J. R. R., The Silmarillion (fantasy, prequel to Lord of the Rings) Kathy, Barbara

Tolstoy, Leo, Anna Karenina (Russian classic) Kathy

Tolstoy, Leo, Childhood, Boyhood, Youth, (Russian classic) Amy

Tolstoy, Leo, War and Peace (Russian classic) Kathy, Amy

Trollope, Anthony, (English classic) John Caldigate, Amy

Twain, Mark (Clemmons, Samuel), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (American classic, read to ages 4–12) Barbara, Kathy

Twain, Mark (Clemmons, Samuel), Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (American classic) Kathy

Twain, Mark (Clemmons, Samuel), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (American classic) Kathy, Jackie

Twain, Mark (Clemmons, Samuel), Innocents Abroad (American classic) Janice

Twain, Mark (Clemmons, Samuel), The Prince and the Pauper (American classic—read to ages 4–12) Kathy, Barbara

Twain, Mark (Clemmons, Samuel), Roughing It (American classic—read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Twain, Mark (Clemmons, Samuel), all stories, Janice

Turgenev, Ivan, Fathers and Sons (Russian classic) Kathy, Amy

Vande Velde, Vivian, A Hidden Magic (juv fantasy) Carole

Verne, Jules, Around the World in 80 Days (French classic, science fiction—read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Verne, Jules, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (French classic, science fiction—read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Voigt, Cynthia, Homecoming (juv) Janice

Voigt, Cynthia, Dicey’s Song (goes with Homecoming —Newberry) Janice

Voigt, Cynthia, Jackaroo, Janice

Voigt, Cynthia, The Callender Papers (historical mystery) Carole, Janice

Wells, H.G., The First Men in the Moon (English classic, science fiction) Kathy

Wells, H.G., The Invisible Man (English classic, science fiction) Kathy

Wells, H.G., The Time Machine (English classic, science fiction, 13 and up) Kathy, Barbara

Wells, H.G., The War of the Worlds (English classic, science fiction, 13 and up) Kathy, Barbara

Wells, Rosemary, Through the Hidden Door (fantasy) Janice

Wentworth, Patricia, Miss Silver Books (mystery) Carole

Wharton, Edith, Age of Innocence (modern literature, American) Kathy

Wharton, Edith, Ethan Frome (modern literature, American) Kathy

White, E.B., Charlotte’s Web (juv) Janice

White, E.B., Stuart Little (juv) Janice

White, E.B., The Trumpet of the Swan (juv) Janice

Whitney, Phyllis, Daughter of the Stars (juv) Carole

Wilder, Laura Ingles, Little House series (6 & up) (historical) Marilyn, Naomi, Barbara, Janice

Williams, Margery, The Velveteen Rabbit (ages 4–12) Barbara

Wrede, Patricia C., Dealing with Dragons (1 of 4, fantasy) Carole

Wrede, Patricia C., Searching for Dragons (2 of 4, fantasy) Carole

Wrede, Patricia C., Calling on Dragons (3 of 4, fantasy) Carole

Wrede, Patricia C., Talking to Dragons (4 of 4, fantasy) Carole

Wrede, Patricia C., The Raven Ring (fantasy) Kathy

Wrede, Patricia, C., Mairelon the Magician (fantasy) Carole

Wrede, Patricia, C., Shadow Magic (fantasy) Carole

Wrede, Patricia, C., with Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery and Cicelia (fantasy) Carole

Wright, Harold Bell, The Least of These My Brothers (Christian historical, orig. titled That Printer of Udell’s 1902) Amy

Wright, Harold Bell, The Shepherd of the Hills (Christian historical) Amy

Yates, Alma J., The Miracle of Miss Willie, Janice

Yorgason, Blaine M., Charlie’s Monument (LDS) Carole, Janice

Yorgason, Blaine M., The Windwalker (LDS) Carole

Yorgason, Blaine M. and Brenton G., Ride the Laughing Wind (LDS) Janice

Yorgason, Blaine M. and Brenton G., The Bishop’s Horserace (LDS) Janice

Yorgason, Blaine M. and Brenton G., Brother Brigham’s Gold (LDS) Janice

Yorgason, Blaine M. and Brenton G., Chester, I Love You (LDS) Janice

Yorgason, Blaine M. with Carl J. Eaton, The Shadow Taker (LDS) Carole

Zola, Emile, Zest for Life, (French classic) Amy


NON-FICTION RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS:

Aesop, Aesop’s Fables (any age —read to ages 4–12) Naomi, Barbara

Boom, Corrie Ten with John and Elizabeth Sherrill, The Hiding Place (autobiography, thought-provoking) Janice

Estes, Clarissa Pinkola, The Faithful Gardener (stories, read to ages 4–12) Barbara 

Estes, Clarissa Pinkola, The Gift of Story (stories, read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Farndon, John, How the Earth Works (juv science, ages 10 and up) Barbara

Grun, Bernard, The Timetables of History (history, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Hautzig, Esther Rudomin, The Endless Steppe—Growing Up In Siberia (juv autobiography, thought-provoking, similar to The Hiding Place) Janice

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Herriot, James, All Creatures Great and Small (any age) Naomi, Carole

Herriot, James, All Things Bright and Beautiful (any age) Naomi, Carole

Herriot, James, All Things Wise and Wonderful (any age) Naomi, Carole

Herriot, James, The Lord God Made Them All Carole

Hoff, Benjamin, The Tao of Pooh (read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Isben, Henrik, A Doll’s House (Norwegian classic, play, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Isben, Henrik, Hedda Gabler (Norwegian classic, play, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Kolbe, Kathy, Wordles and Thinkercize (ages 10 and up) Barbara

Locher, J.L, editor, M.C. Escher, His Life and Complete Graphic Work (art, trans. from Dutch, 13 and up) Barbara

Mowat, Farley, Never Cry Wolf, Kathy

Navarro, Carlos, Plane Geometry (ages 10 and up) Barbara

Navarro, Carlos, Thinking with Words (ages 10 and up) Barbara

Navarro, Carlos, Verbal Correspondences (ages 10 and up) Barbara

Quarrie, Bruce, Hitler’s Teutonic Knights: SS Panzers in Action (history, ages 10 and up) Barbara

Shaw, George Bernard, Major Barbara (English classic, play, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Shaw, George Bernard, Man and Superman (English classic, play, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Shaw, George Bernard, Pygmalion (My Fair Lady, English classic, play, 14 & up) Naomi, Barbara

Silverstein, Shel, Where the Sidewalk Ends (juv poetry, ages 4–12) Barbara, Christina

Silverstein, Shel, Falling Up (juv poetry, ages 4–12) Christina

Stevenson, Robert Louis, A Child’s Garden of Verses (poetry, very young) Barbara

Schwartz, David M., How Much is a Million (read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Sun-Tzu, The Art of War (classic, 6th century military art and science, 13 and up) Barbara

Thoreau, Henry David, Civil Disobedience (ages 13 and up) Barbara

Thoreau, Henry David, Walden (ages 13 and up) Barbara


ADULT NON-FICTION:

Biography:

Boom, Corrie Ten with John and Elizabeth Sherrill, The Hiding Place (autobiography, thought-provoking) Janice

Burns, Olive Ann and Katrina Kenison, Leaving Cold Sassy (unfinished novel, biography) Kathy

Fraser, Rebecca, The Brontes (biography) Kathy

Herriot, James, All Creatures Great and Small (any age) Naomi, Carole

Herriot, James, All Things Bright and Beautiful (any age) Naomi, Carole

Herriot, James, All Things Wise and Wonderful (any age) Naomi, Carole

Herriot, James, The Lord God Made Them All Carole

Mowat, Farley, Never Cry Wolf, Kathy

 

Art, Literature, Music:

Aesop, Aesop’s Fables (any age—read to ages 4–12) Naomi, Barbara

Axelrod, Alan, Songs of the Wild West, Barbara

Browning, E.B., Sonnets from the Portuguese, Barbara

Campbell, Joseph, Oriental Mythology, Barbara

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Isben, Henrik, A Doll’s House (Norwegian classic, play, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Isben, Henrik, Hedda Gabler (Norwegian classic, play, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Locher, J.L, editor, M.C. Escher, His Life and Complete Graphic Work (art, trans. from Dutch, 13 and up) Barbara

The Norton Anthology of English Literature (12 & up) Naomi

Shaw, George Bernard, Major Barbara (English classic, play, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Shaw, George Bernard, Man and Superman (English classic, play, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Shaw, George Bernard, Pygmalion (My Fair Lady, English classic, play, 14 & up) Naomi, Barbara

Tennyson, Alfred Lord, Collected Works, Barbara

  

Health:

The American Red Cross, Standard First Aid, Barbara

McGee-Cooper, Ann, You Don’t have to go Home From Work Exhausted: The Energy Engineering Approach, Carole

Northrop, MD., Christine, Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom, Amy

 

History:

Boom, Corrie Ten with John and Elizabeth Sherrill, The Hiding Place (autobiography, thought-provoking) Janice

Grun, Bernard, The Timetables of History (history, ages 13 and up) Barbara

Quarrie, Bruce, Hitler’s Teutonic Knights: SS Panzers in Action (history, ages 10 and up) Barbara

Silverberg, Robert, Lost Cities and Vanished Civilizations, Carole

 

Life Observations:

Estes, Clarissa Pinkola, The Faithful Gardener (stories, read to ages 4–12) Barbara 

Estes, Clarissa Pinkola, The Gift of Story (stories, read to ages 4–12) Barbara

Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, Gift From the Sea (essays) Kathy

Fulghum, Robert, All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Carole

Fulghum, Robert, It was on Fire When I Lay Down on it, Carole

Fulghum, Robert, Uh-Oh, Carole

Roger, John and Peter McWilliams, Life 101: Everything We Wish We Had Learned About Life in School . . . Barbara

 

Military Arts and Sciences:

Quarrie, Bruce, Hitler’s Teutonic Knights: SS Panzers in Action (history, ages 10 and up) Barbara

Sun-Tzu, The Art of War (classic, 6th century military art and science, 13 and up) Barbara

 

Nature Studies/Environmental Issues:

Carson, Rachel, Silent Spring (ages 13 and up) Barbara

Herriot, James, All Creatures Great and Small (any age) Naomi, Carole

Herriot, James, All Things Bright and Beautiful (any age) Naomi, Carole

Herriot, James, All Things Wise and Wonderful (any age) Naomi, Carole

Herriot, James, The Lord God Made Them All, Carole

Mowat, Farley, Never Cry Wolf, Kathy

Preston, Richard, The Hot Zone, Barbara

Thoreau, Henry David, Walden (ages 13 and up) Barbara

 

Parenting:

Armstrong, Thomas, In Their Own Way, Barbara

Brazelton, M.D., T. Berry, Infants and Mothers, Barbara

Brazelton, M.D., T. Berry, Toddlers and Parents, Barbara

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Becoming a Better Parent (textbook), Barbara

Crook, M.D., William G., Solving the Puzzle of Your Hard to Raise Child, Barbara

Dyer, Wayne, What Do You Really Want for Your Children, Barbara

Eyre, Linda J., A Joyful Mother of Children (LDS) Kathy

Ginott, Haim, Between Parent and Child, Barbara

Gordon, Thomas, Parent Effectiveness Training, Barbara

Holt, John, How Children Fail, Barbara

Holt, John, How Children Learn, Barbara

Hymes, James, The Child Under Six, Barbara

Mazlish, Elaine and Adele Faber, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, Barbara

Mazlish, Elaine and Adele Faber, Siblings Without Rivalry, Barbara

Mendelsohn, M.D., Robert, Confessions of a Medical Heretic, Barbara

Mendelsohn, M.D., Robert, How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, Barbara

Skousen, W. Cleon, So You Want to Raise a Boy? (LDS) Kathy

Sears, M.D., William, Father Feelings, Barbara

Sears, M.D., William, Nighttime Parenting, Barbara

 

Philosophy:

Holt, John, Escape from Childhood, Barbara

Jefferson, Thomas, The Declaration of Independence, Barbara

Kubler-Ross, Death: The Final Stage of Growth, Barbara

Lewis, C.S., A Grief Observed, Barbara

Machiavelli, Niccolao, The Prince, (classic, political science) Barbara

Mill, John Stuart, On Liberty, Barbara

Neill, A.S., Summerhill, Barbara

Sagan, Carl and Ann Druyan, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Barbara

 

Psychology:

Axline, Virginia, Dibs: In Search of Self, Barbara

Axline, Virginia, Play Therapy, Barbara

Bolton, Robert, People Skills, Barbara

Brandon, Nathaniel, Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Amy

Brown, Jr., Victor L., Human Intimacy: Illusion and Reality (LDS) Kathy

Frankl, Viktor E., Man’s Search for Meaning, Barbara

Gilligan, Carol, In a Different Voice, Barbara

Johnson, M.D., Spencer, One Minute For Myself: A Small Investment, a Big Reward, Carole

Jung, Carl G., Man and His Symbols, Barbara

Jung, Carl G., Psychological Types, Barbara

Lerner, Garriet Goldhor, The Dance of Anger, Barbara

Markova, Dawna, The Art of the Possible, Amy

Maxwell, Florida Scott, The Measure of My Days, Barbara

Belenky et al, Women’s Ways of Knowing, Barbara

Miller, Alice, For Your Own Good, Barbara

Myers, Isabel Briggs, Gifts Differing, Barbara

Oldham, M.D., John M., and Lois B. Morris, The Personality Self-Portrait, Amy

Peck, M. Scott, The Road Less Travelled, Barbara

Pipher, Ph.D., Mary, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, Amy

Johnson, Robert, He, Barbara

Johnson, Robert, She, Barbara

Johnson, Robert, We, Barbara

Satir, Virginia, Peoplemaking, Barbara

Skinner, B.F., Walden Two, Barbara

Viscott, M.D., David, Emotional Resilience, Simple Truths for Dealing with Unfinished Business of Your Past, Amy

 

Religion:

Arrington, J. Leonard, The Mormon Experience (LDS), Barbara

BYU Religious Studies Center Publications, Book of Mormon Authorship (LDS), Barbara

BYU Religious Studies Center Publications, Deity and Death (LDS), Barbara

BYU Religious Studies Center Publications, Literature of Belief (LDS), Barbara

BYU Religious Studies Center Publications, Mormons and Muslims (LDS), Barbara

BYU Religious Studies Center Publications, Nibley on the Timely and Timeless (LDS), Barbara

BYU Religious Studies Center Publications, Peter and the Popes (LDS), Barbara

BYU Religious Studies Center Publications, The Temple in Antiquity (LDS), Barbara

Lewis, C.S., The Great Divorce (of Heaven and Hell), Carole

Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity, Carole

Lewis, C.S., The Screwtape Letters, Carole

Robinson, Stephen, Believing Christ (LDS), Barbara

Talmage, James, Jesus the Christ (LDS), Barbara

 

Science:

Hawking, Stephen, Black Holes and Baby Universes, Barbara

Hawking, Stephen, A Brief History of Time, Barbara

 

Social Relations/Social Issues:

Ackerman, Diane, A Natural History of the Senses (very poetic, literary, heavily researched) Amy

Moyers, Bill D., A World of Ideas: Conversations with Thoughtful Men and Women About American Life Today and the Ideas Shaping Our Future, Barbara

Rubin, Lilian B., Just Friends: The Role of Friendship in Our Lives, Amy

Sheehy, Gail, Passages: Predictable Crises Of Adult Life, Amy

Sheehy, Gail, Pathfinders, Amy

Thoreau, Henry David, Civil Disobedience (ages 13 and up) Barbara

  

Time Management, Priorities:

Covey, Stephen, and A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill, First Things First: to Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy, Barbara

Edwards, Jaroldeen A., Celebration! Ten Principles of More Joyous Living (LDS) Carole

MacKenzie, Alec R., The Time Trap (new version—1990), Carole

Stoddard, Alexandra, Making Choices: The Joy of Courageous Life, Amy

 

Miscellaneous:

Gleck, James, Chaos, Barbara

Thoreau, Henry David, Walden and Other Writings, Carole


Authors of good books to read aloud to preschool children:

Baum, L. Frank
Baylor, Byrd
Brett, Jan
Burgess, Thornton W.
Green, Graeme
Hoban, Francis Stories
Kipling, Rudyard, Just So Stories
McBratney, Sam
Munsch, Robert
Martin, Jr., Bill, and John Archambault
Numeroff, Laura J.
Potter, Beatrix
 

Authors of good books to read aloud as a family:

Adams, Richard
Avi
Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow, Science Fiction War Stories
Boom, Corrie Ten (non fiction)
Brink, Carol Ryrie
Brinley, Bertrand R.
Bishop, Claire Huchet
Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Carroll, Lewis
Clemmons, Samuel
Conrad, Pan
Dahl, Roald
Dickens, Charles, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations
Du Bois, William Pene
Farely, Walter
Gates, Doris
Grahame, Kenneth
The Willows in Winter (sequel to The Wind in the Willows)
Hautzig, Esther (non fiction)
Hoff, Benjamin
Hughes, Dean
Jacques, Brian
Jones, Diana Wynne
Kipling, Rudyard
L’Engle, Madeleine
Lewis, C.S., The Chronicles of Narnia
Levitin, Sonia
Lund, Gerald N., The Freedom Factor
Marshall, Donald
McKinley, Robin
Milne, A.A.
Montgomery, L.M.
Moody, Ralph
North, Sterling
O’Brien, R.C.
Otis, James,
Paterson, Katherine
Roberts, Willo Davis
Raskin, Ellen
Rawls, Wilson
Schwartz, David M.
Selden, George
Taylor, Mildred
Tritten, Charles
Verne, Jules
Voigt, Cynthia
Wells, Rosemary
Wilder, Laura Ingles
Williams, Margery
White, E.B.
Yates, Alma J.
Yorgason, Blaine M.
Yorgason, Blaine M. and Brenton


Short Stories (found in fiction and non-fiction sections):

Aesop
Asimov, Isaac
Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow, Science Fiction War Stories
Bradbury, Ray
Clemmons, Samuel
Doyle, Sir Conan
Estes, Clarissa Pinkola
Evans, Richard Paul
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Hemingway, Ernest
Kafka, Franz
Keillor, Garrison
Kipling, Rudyard
McCaffrey, Anne
Montgomery, L.M.
The Norton Anthology of English Literature


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Book list for Children’s Literature class, taken by Katherine Padilla at Brigham Young University in 1981.

Carlsen, G. Robert. Books and the Teenage Reader. Batam, Second revised edition.

“It’s a Mystery . . . Grades 3-7.” Carroll County Public Library, December 1990.

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“Newberry Medal Winners.” Carroll County Public Library, February 1992.

“Picture Books/Early Readers; Juvenile Fiction; Adolescent.” B. Dalton.

Reading list for King City High School Ninth Grade. King City, California, 1987.

Rosenberg, Betty, and Diana Tixier Herald. Genreflecting: A Guide To Reading Interests In Genre Fiction. 3rd ed., Libraries Unlimited, Inc. 1991.


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