Friday, March 11, 2022

Middle Grade March: children's classics

I read a lot of middle grade and love Middle Grade March! I thought today I'd talk about the children's classics I've got under my belt so far. 

Anne of Green Gables... A delightful, overly dramatic little girl who gets into all kinds of escapades. It's a lot of fun to see Anne grow and mature through the book and all four of my children enjoy Anne's story, too.

Black Beauty... I was never a horse-crazy little girl but this is a good one for those who can't get enough horses in their lives. 

The Chronicles of Narnia... One of my childhood favorites- a rich Christian allegory about four children and a battle between good and evil in a magical land. Delightful. 

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew... We all love this sweet story about the Pepper family and the children's activities. The siblings are all sweet to each other, something I always love. 

Heidi... We just listened to the audio book version of this book i loved as a middle schooler and my kids were fans. I can't wait to introduce them to the Shirley Temple movie version

Little Lord Fauntleroy... I only just read this for the first time about a month ago and was pleased, though it definitely isn't a favorite on this list. 

A Little Princess... I have loved this story since I was in second grade, though back then it was only because the protagonist is a fellow Sara. I also love reading the Little Golden Books version to my monkeys. 

Little Women... My first non-picture-book buddy read with my mom, this one will always hold a special place in my heart! My girls have a darling adaptation they just can't get enough of, too. I really need to curl up with them and watch the newest movie version

Pollyanna... Another favorite! The real story is set in England, not America like the Disney movie shows, so we like the Masterpiece Theater movie version better. 

The Prince and the Pauper... After years of only knowing this story through the Mickey Mouse version my son and I buddy read the Classic Starts adaptation of this for language arts a couple months ago. It was a lot better than I was expecting. 

The Princess and the Goblin... I adored this book! I remember thinking at first that I wasn't going to like it but then I was so glad I went for it! I still need to read the sequel though. 

The Railway Children... Another of my favorites on this list! I love how kind the siblings are to each other and I wrote down quite a few delightful quotes. 

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm... This book reminded me of a few others. I liked it fine but wasn't as delighted by it as I'd hoped to be. 

The Secret Garden... Another childhood favorite. I also love this pretty Little Golden Books version for my kiddos, too. 

Swiss Family Robinson... I love a good survivor story but it disappointed me a bit that everything they needed just kinda popped up. Still a good story though!

The Wind in the Willows... I honestly did not enjoy this story at all and really slogged through it but so many people have told me throughout my life they adored this book so I still thought I'd include it. 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz... The weirdest, weirdest book ever but still lots of fun to read! 


  1. Anne of Green Gables is my all time fav! I bought the edition you have pictured a couple years ago after out puppy chewed my childhood paperback edition! My dad also read us The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- great childhood memories for me <3

    1. That's not the edition I have but I just love it! It's on my list lol


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