Welcome to the Summer-Reading Booklist!

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This booklist is made up entirely of a selection of suggestions from readers of a little blog called Posie Gets Cozy, who generously recommended their favorite children’s titles for inclusion here. It has no particular rhyme or reason, other than that these books are books that Somebody Somewhere loves.

Some of these books are old, some of them are new, some of them are out-of-print, some of them you may only be able to find if you look very hard in secret places (I’ll leave that to you). All of them certainly sound delightful, from what I can tell, but I myself have only read a handful, so of course you (and your mom or dad) must use your own judgment about whether a book on the list is appropriate for you.

With the help of some Very Trusty Librarians [named Sian, Flora, and Andrea, and who are THE BEST — thank you ever so much, you guys], I’ve organized these titles according to age groups, but I have no doubt you will find things that overlap. If an author is very popular, she or he may have lots of great books out there, but I’ve limited the number of titles I’ve included for any particular author to just about three. If a book is part of a series, I’ve listed the first title in the series followed by an asterisk (*), so you’ll know to go back and read more if you find something you like. When you finish a book, you can put a sticker in the first column, right on top of the blue thing (you'll see what I mean when you see the list). And then you’ll always know which books you’ve read. I also left a little room at the end of each section for you to add a few favorites of your own.

I think it’s going to take us many summers to read all of these books, so you might even punch holes in the pages and put them all in a nice binder to take with you when you go to the library or bookstore.

Have fun, and happy reading!


Your friend,
Alicia P.





Melissa Thornton says: July 16, 2010 at 02:17 PM

I love your book list excellent reading.One author that hasnt been mentioned is Authur Ransome, he does "Swallows and Amazons " a lovely series.My grandparents are British and I got the series for my Eighth birthday.Set in Britan all sorts of lovely adventures.Enid Blyton is another lovely author so does the "Noddy" series as well as the Caravan children and all sorts of young reader mystery adventure stories.

Katherine says: July 16, 2010 at 02:22 PM

So happy to see my great Aunt's story, Mrs. Mike, on the list. But kind of shocked to not see Harry Potter!

Ah, this is a good list. I am 60 now, but fondly remember reading many of these books myself as I was growing up. Many others, I read to, or with, my three children. And now there's a three-year-old granddaughter who, to my delight, thinks there's not much better in the world than snuggling up with mom/dad/grandma or any other willing adult and settling in to read a stack of books.

Elisabeth says: July 16, 2010 at 02:35 PM

This list makes me smile. Hundred Dresses, Betsey Tacy, My Father's Dragon, Cheaper By the Dozen, All of a Kind Family, Eight Cousins, A Little Princess, Twenty One Ballons, Goneaway Lake, My Side of The Mountain - these are books ripe with memories that I read over and over and over again.
I might not always agree with the age listings (21 Balloons is much, much easier than Jane Eyre!) but I love that they're not EASY books in each category. They're challenging, GOOD literature.

Misty, The Phantom Tollbooth, the Anne Books, Swallows and Amazons...I could go on and on. Girl of the Limberlost, Laura Ingall's books . . . they just make me happy. They're books that made me want to move to a bay with an island (good ol Puget Sound girl!) so I could recreate Swallows and Amazons . . . I wanted to move to the woods so I could have a house in a tree, a la My Side of the Mountains. Girl of the Limberlost just sets any female into a dreamy, love like state...tehe.

This almost makes me strongly consider going into childrens lit. Bad bad! I'm already halfway done with one degree, and that ain't it.

WOW Alicia! This list is incredible. What a great gift to give to your readers, a collection of children books to last a life time.

And thanks too those trusty librarians who helped you!

oh boy! oh boy! thank you! this is great and very generous. i've been reading the Steig Larsson trilogy and worrying what i would read next...nothing to worry about now! :)

Although I have my own giant list, it is so fabulous to see so many titles that others suggested. We are sure to find new favorites!

I love booklists! If you haven't already discovered it, check out Chinaberry Books; they were my go-to book people throughout my daughters' reading childhood.

Julia R. says: July 16, 2010 at 03:08 PM

My husband gave me a wonderful book for Christmas: 1001 Children's Books You Must Read before You Grow Up, edited by Julia Eccleshare. IT's a great resource for children's books from around the world for all ages. It would be a wonderful companion to yours. Great work!

i agree with sally, alicia. this is why we love you! i am printing the list out now, and i am sure i will make countless copies of it to share with friends, librarians, and teachers. some of my favorites are on the list, and some aren't. who cares? i look forward to reading the ones that are new to me, and to sharing so many with my own granddaughter in italy, and her siblings- and cousins-to-be. this is not only a gift for all of us, and for you and andy and your new arrival. this will not only be a gift for you two to share with her when she is little. you will be able to show it to her when she is older, and she will understand in a small way how you, her mother, touched the lives of strangers, in ways as miraculous and as healing as her father. emily c xo

This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you & your lovely librarian friends for creating such an awesome list of books. I am printing it out for my 7 & 3 year old as I type. Your blog is just so, so lovely. I look forward to each of your new entries. xx.

P.S. Would you possibly have 1 more pre-cut chair pad kit?! I was on vacation in England while it was on offer and I could have cried when I saw that you were sold out. :(

Thanks to all...I so enjoyed all those comments about these lovely books, many of which I hadn't thought anyone but me cherished.

Alicia, the list is wonderful! I've read quite a few over the years but now, with a new granddaughter on the way, I think it's time to revisit a few old friends and fill the book shelves with new ones.
Thanks so much for doing this. You're an angel. :)

I'm overwhelmed with how comprehensive and gorgeous that list is. I'm forwarding it to my fellow homeschoolin' mamas!

Thanks for the fun list and additional add-on lines for some favs that aren't listed!

Enid Blyton's Famous Five is a series. It's more "famous" in the UK than the USA but still a childhood favorite of my best friend. (She's loaned me her cherished copies) Kind of Nancy Drew mixed with Bobbsey Twins. Lots of mysteries, but 3 siblings, a cousin and a dog!

travelbug says: July 16, 2010 at 04:42 PM

I didn't see Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink........a favorite of mine for years because I always loved babies and playing with them if I could. Couldn't wait to be a Mom. It's old, and probably hard to find, but lucky me, my daughter found a copy for me a few years back and I treasure it!
Thanks, Alicia.

I love your list! I am a school teacher and I love that you have sectioned it into stages. I see so many kids jumping ahead to books their not mentally ready for because mum and dad think they can 'read' chapter books.


What a gift this is. Thank you so much!

Alicia G.

Love the list! Made my evening to see the Happy Hollisters made the list, didn't know anyone else remembered them (I read the copies Mom had as a girl).

yvette / overanalyzer says: July 16, 2010 at 07:15 PM

Fabulous idea. Really love it.

I don't know if anyone else has requested this, but I would love the option to share your blog, individual blog posts, and special documents like this book list on facebook...
Thanks for the list!

Thank you, this is awesome! My older two children are finally JUST old enough so that I can read chapter books that are actually interesting to me as well. We've just finished Dr. Dolittle, and began Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (one of my all time favorites) yesterday. I love summer reading time!

Fantastic! I rediscovered at least one lost childhood treasure via this list (necklace of raindrops) and am very excited to add that one in particular to the ever-expanding collection. What a truly nice idea!

Ah, thank you! After buying my son a book and finding out that he's already read it TWICE at school, it's apparent that more inspiration is needed around here...

Now, just got to convince my printer to work and we'll be sorted...

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.