The Whipping Boy

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1987

The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman

Age: 6 + (read to); 7 + (independent reading)

Interests: medieval times, adventure, criminals, carnivals and bears

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The Little White Horse

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WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL – 1946

The Little White Horse

by Elizabeth Goudge

University of London Press: 1946

238 pages – 12 chapters

Age: 7 (read to); 9 (independent reading)

Interests: magic, mystery, animals, castles, princesses, England, aristocracy, religion, family history, romance

NB: This book was adapted into a 1994 BBC series entitled Moonacre and a 2009 movie The Secret of Moonacre.

Next: The Secret Garden or A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Also by this author: Island Magic

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Little House in the Big Woods

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Little House in the Big Woods

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

HarperCollins, 1932

238 pp. – 13 chapters

Age: 6 + (read to); 7+ (independent reading)

Interests: history, pioneer life, farming, autobiography, seasons, nature

Also by this author: continuing in the series – Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake

Next: Caddie Woodlawn, Sarah Plain and Talland picture books – Abraham Lincoln, Ox-Cart Man

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The Incredible Journey

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The Incredible Journey

by Sheila Burnford

Hodder and Stoughton, 1961

127 pp. – 11 chapters

Age: read to – 7+               independent reading – 9+?

Interests: pets, cats, dogs, wilderness, adventure

Next: 1963 Disney movie The Incredible Journey

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Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

by Ursula Moray Williams

originally published by George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1938

253 pp. – 19 chapters

Age: (read to) 4+ ; (independent reading) 7+

Interests: horses, toys come to life, travel, adventures, pirates, circus

by the same author: Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat, The Further Adventures of Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse

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D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

New York Review Children’s Collection, 1967

155 pp.

age: 7

interests: mythology, magic, Scandinavia, Norse myths, gods, monsters, dragons, creation myths, war

also by these author/illustrators: Foxy, d’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, d’Aulaires’ Book of Trolls, Abraham Lincoln

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Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1982

Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales

Angela Carter, translation

Michael Foreman, illustrations

Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1982

128 pp. – 12 stories

Age: 7 +

Interests: fairy tales, adventure, magic, princesses, princes, castles, ogres

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Snow White in New York

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1986

Snow White in New York

Fiona French

Oxford University Press, 1986

32 pp.

Age: 7+

Interests: updated fairy tales, New York, 1920s flapper era, art styles, fashion

Next: Ella’s Big Chance (a Cinderella update also set in the 1920s)

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Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci

Joseph D’Agnese, text

John O’Brien, illustrations

Henry Holt and Company, 2010

40 pp.

Age: 7+

Interests: math, history, science, biography, Middle Ages, Italy

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Golem

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1997

Golem

by David Wisniewski

Clarion Books, 1996

30 pp.

Age: 7+

Interests: history, religion, Jewish folklore, giants, magic, horror

Next: there is a famous silent movie about this legend, The Golem (1920) by Paul Wegener

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