Children’s

These books were written for children somewhere between eight and twelve years old. They are divided into standalone books, series starters, and completed series and then further categorized by general genres.

(Asterisks indicate the number of times I’ve reread a book or series and kept it on my favorites list.)

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Standalone Books

Fairytales

The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen: children’s fairytales

Contemporary

*****Frindle by Andrew Clements: children’s contemporary

***The Landry News by Andrew Clements: children’s contemporary

Science Fiction

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee: children’s science fiction/fantasy inspired by Korean mythology, non-white characters

Fantasy

The House in Poplar Woods by K.E. Ormsbee: children’s fantasy

**The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster: children’s fantasy

***Savvy by Ingrid Law: children’s fantasy

Series Starters

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi: children’s contemporary fantasy series starter inspired by Hindu mythology, Indian-American characters

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia: children’s contemporary fantasy series starter inspired by Mexican-American mythology, Mexican-American characters

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud: children’s fantastical horror series starter

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia: children’s contemporary fantasy series starter inspired by Black American and West African mythology, Black characters

Completed Series

*The Giver by Lois Lowry: children’s science fiction/fantasy dystopian quartet, disabled main character