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My Favorite Books

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Ten Favorite Books for Ages 4 – 7

  • Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Mortimer by Robert Munsch
  • Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
  • The Bone Talker by Shelley Leedahl
  • Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells
  • The Very Hungry Caterpiller by Eric Carle
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • A Screaming Kind of Day by Rachna Gilmore

Ten Favorite Books for Ages 8 – 11

  • The Tiger Rising by Kate di Camillo
  • The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • A Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • The Spiral Maze by Patricia Bow
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Julie by Cora Taylor
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Ten Favorite Books for Ages 12 – 14

    The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • The Iron Ring by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
  • Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
  • From the Top of a Grain Elevator by Barbara Nickel
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Patterson
  • Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Ten Favorite Books for Ages 15 – 17

    Bad Boy by Diana Wieler
  • Cheeseburger Subversive by Richard Scarsbrook
  • the curious incident of the dog in the night time by Mark Haddon
  • The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox
  • Megiddo’s Shadow by Arthur Slade
  • After by Francis Chalifour
  • Esther by Sharon McKay
  • Search of the Moon King’s Daughter by Linda Holeman
  • A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

Ten Favorite Books for Adults

    in this house are many women by Sheree Fitch
  • New Albion by Dwayne Brenna
  • Murphy’s Boy by Torey Hayden
  • Angels and Insects by A.S. Byatt
  • A Store of Candles by Frank Ormsby
  • Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels: Prairie Memories from 1916 – 1946 by Myra Stilborn (available from; Myra is Bev Brenna’s 95 year old mother!)
  • As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Body Surfers by Robert Drewe
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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