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My Favorite Books

Photo of Beverley Brenna reading - photo credit: Lisa Landrie, Shutterbug Photo

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
The Tale of Despereux by Kate Di Camillo
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
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Megiddo’s Shadow by Arthur Slade
After by Francis Chalifour
Esther by Sharon McKay
Search of the Moon King’s Daughter by Linda Holeman

Ten Favorite Books for Adults

In this house are many women by Sheree Fitch
Eddie Gustafson’s Guide to Christmas and Other Winter Fun 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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