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Gretchen Rubin

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Want a List of Great Books in Children’s and Young-Adult Literature? Here Are My 81 Favorites.

October 11th, 2016

Episode 367 of 397 episodes

I’m a huge fan of children’s literature and young-adult literature. I read these books as a child, and I continue to read them as an adult. In fact, I’m in three—that’s right, three—book groups where we discuss kidlit. People often ask me for recommendations, so I’ve made a list of my favorite books. I love all these books. Many of these books are towering classics of world literature; some are obscure and out of print. I chose only books that I love so much that I could carry on a detailed conversation about them without re-reading them—and I eliminated any book written by my sister or a friend. I cheated by listing only one book by an author, even if that author has written many books that belong on the list—say, Elizabeth Enright or C. S. Lewis. This list is weighted to books that I read in childhood, because I’ve loved those books the longest. But of this list, I will say—every book is a great, great book. Of course, this list reflects my taste. You’ll perceive that I love magic, and I have a real taste for a strong moral lesson, even when it’s laid on pretty thick (see, e.g., #2, #70). Now, why ... The post Want a List of Great Books in Children’s and Young-Adult Literature? Here Are My 81 Favorites. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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