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Anita Silvey's Picks

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Author and kid-lit expert Anita Silvey, whose own books include 500 Great Books for Teens and 100 Best Books for Children, recommends these titles:

Classics That Likely Influenced J.K. Rowling

Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

Wizard of Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin

His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper

Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

Picture Books and Learning to Read Series

Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans

George and Martha series by James Marshall

Curious George series by H.A. Rey

Clifford the Big Red Dog series by Norman Bridwell

Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel

The Cat in the Hat and other beginner books by Dr. Seuss

Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

Ramona series by Beverly Cleary

Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne

Chapter Books for Kids, Age 9-11

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Half Magic series by Edward Eager

The House With a Clock In Its Walls and other mysteries by John Bellairs

Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

The City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau

Series for 'Tweens, Age 11-14

The Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, the Circle of Magic, and The Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce

Redwall series by Brian Jacques

The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron

Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

Airborn series by Kenneth Oppel

The Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve

The Giver and other books by Lois Lowry

The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

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