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Books That Will Change Your Life

These are our top picks for the most essential books everyone should read. No matter your definition of classic literature, these books have stood the test of time, which is why we think they should be on your must-read list! 

All Time Favourites


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the looking Glass by Lewis Carrol Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor The Borrowers by Mary Norton Call of the Wild by Jack London The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes The Little Prince by Antoine de Dainte-Exupery Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk Mark Pooins by P.L. Travers Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson A Tree Groes in Booklyn by Betty Smith The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte The Wonderful WIzard of Oz by Frank Baumon




Girl Classics


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Caddie Woodlawn (and the sequel, Magical Melons) by Carol Ryrie Brink Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White The Famous Five by Enid Blyton From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh The Illyrian Adventure Series by Lloyd Alexander The Little Princess (and the Secret Garden) by Frances Hodgson Burnett Keep Climbing, Girls by Beah H. Richards Little Women and Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Lizzie Bright (and The Buckminster Boy) by Gary Schmidt Mandy by Julie Andrews Matilda (and The BFG) by Roald Dahl Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren Ramona By Beverly Cleary




Science Fiction and Fantasy Books


Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine and Fahrenheit 451 Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Gather Blue and Messenger Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Tombs of Atuan and her Earthsea Trilogy Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsong trilogy Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials





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