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Books TitleRECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

Q) CLASSIC ANIMALS

BAGNOLD, ENID
“National Velvet” (1935)
As much a people as an animal story, this complex book of a young girl’s drive to compete in the adult male world of England’s Grand National horserace, the former race trainer who helps her, and Piebald, the horse that makes this pipe-dream a reality, requires some work by the reader to understand the dialect and characters, but offers rich rewards.

FARLEY, WALTER
“The Black Stallion” (1941)
And many other similar books. Alec Ramsey first sees the powerful Arabian stallion viciously attacking his captors as they load the horse onto the ship where Alex and his father are passengers. When the ship sinks in a storm, Alex and the horse are shipwrecked together on a small island, where the boy befriends the wild beast and learns to ride him. More excitement follows when they’re rescued and The Black comes home with Alec. All Farley’s books are worth reading.

HENRY, MARGUERITE
“Misty of the Chincoteague” (1947)
And many similar horse books, including several sequels. Henry’s books combine horses and history, and none has been more popular than her first book, Misty, about the wild ponies of Assateague Island, off the coast of Virginia, their yearly roundup and swim to Chincoteague, and the children who adopted one.
 
JAMES, WILL
“Smoky” (1926)
A tale of life in the American west, for both horse and man, this story was written by a true cowboy who knew a great deal about both. It’s full of common sense and folk wisdom as well as action and adventure.

KNIGHT, ERIC
“Lassie Come-Home” (1940)
This is a story about a faithful collie and her cross-country trek to return to her master, against high odds. It’s also a story about the people and places in England’s Yorkshire area, and how important their animals are in their lives.

NORTH, STERLING
“Rascal” (1963)
This delightful story of a boy in rural Wisconsin and his unusual pets, particularly a trouble-seeking raccoon, is a warm remembrance of the author’s own childhood, and perhaps doesn’t really qualify as a novel, but it’s so good I had to include it.

RAWLINGS, MARJORIE KINNAN
“The Yearling” (1938)
A touching and beautifully written story of Jody, a backwoods Florida boy who makes a pet of a fawn, and all the lessons he must learn about wild animals and their place in his community, hard lessons his father tries his best to help the boy with.

SAUNDERS, MARSHALL
“Beautiful Joe” (1893)
Much like Black Beauty, this story of a dog’s life is narrated by Joe himself. Though his life is not quite as traumatic as Beauty’s, it is full of incidents and characters that are realistic and memorable.

SEWELL, ANNA
“Black Beauty” (1877)
This classic tale of a horse’s life from good owners to bad and back again is narrated by Beauty, but in every other way is a realistic tale full of the harsh realities of it’s time, but also showing love between man and beast.

TERHUNE, ALBERT PAYSON
“Lad: A Dog” (1919)
Thoroughbred collies in an American setting, this is the best-known of many similar dog books by Terhune. All are engaging, portraying our world with a dog’s understanding and insight.

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RECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN TOPICS

A) Classic Fantasy

B) Epic Fantasy

C) Animal Fantasy

D) Historical and Time Travel Fantasy

E) Other Fantasy

F) Science Fiction

G) Mystery

H) Historical

I) Classic Adventure

J) Vacation/Holiday Adventure

K) Wilderness Adventure

L) Other Adventure

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O) Real Life

P) Humor

Q) Classic Animals

R) Dogs and Cats

S) Horses

T) Other Animals and Nature

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