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Plumfield Favorites

So many excellent books, so little time... Please enjoy this list of books to stir the heart and encourage the soul, which our family has dug into and savored over the years. Please note, some of these books contain content that will not be appropriate for all readers.


Board Books

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Flip, Flap, Fly by Phyllis Root

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins

The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

Let's Make Rabbits by Leo Lionni

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick by Kevin Henkes

Snoozers by Sandra Boynton

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Snuggle Puppy! by Sandra Boynton

Uh-Oh, Calico! by Karma Wilson


Picture Books

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan

Always Copycub by Richard Edwards

Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson

Bedhead by Margie Palatini

Beekeepers by Linda Oatman High

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Canoeing by Laurie Lattig-Ehlers

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

Dimity Duck by Jane Yolen

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson

How Are You Peeling? by Saxon Freymann

The Incredible Peepers of Penelope Budd by Marie Karns

Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer

Kiss Goodnight, Sam by Amy Hest

The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Little Whistle by Cynthia Rylant

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story by Sam Lloyd

Niccolini's Song by Chuck Wilcoxen

Old Bear by Jane Hissey

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton

Silent Night: The Song and Its Story by Margaret Hodges

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg

Thing-Thing by Cary Fagan

Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

The Unbeatable Bread by Lyn Littlefield Hoopes

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Where Have the Unicorns Gone? by Jane Yolen

Winter Lights: A Season in Poems & Quilts by Anna Grossnickle Hines


Leveled Readers / Easy Chapters

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

Little Lights by Catherine MacKenzie

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

Mr. Putter & Tabby by Cynthia Rylant

Nate the Great by Marjorie Sharmat

Small Pig by Arnold Lobel


Chapter Series

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

The Green Ember by S.D. Smith

The Guardians by William Joyce

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Mary Rose Wood

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

The Melendy Quartet by Elizabeth Enright

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Paddington by Michael Bond

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Poppy by Avi

Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Tales of Magic by Edward Eager

The Vanderbeekers by Karina Yan Glaser

The Wilderking Trilogy by Jonathan Rogers

The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

The Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken


Chapter Standalone

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy


Young Adult Series

100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

National Parks Mystery Series by Aaron Johnson

Redwall by Brian Jacques

The Time Quintet by Madeleine L'Engle


Young Adult Standalone

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings