After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.
First published in 1987, this book has made countless school reading lists and was an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book in 1988. You can’t look away from this book as Brian struggles to survive on his own. This is a gripping adventure story, and is most suitable for those older children who have moved past the I Survived series by Tarshis.
You can find Hatchet in the Juvenile Fiction section at J PAULSEN.
Since the movie is being released on March 9th, I thought that it would only be fair to recommend A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle for this Throwback Thursday!
Meg and Charles Wallace set out with their friend Calvin in a search for their father. His top secret job as a physicist for the government has taken him away and the children search through time and space to find him.
First published in 1962, this book is an excellent example of classic science fiction. A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1963, and has gone on to inspire multiple movies. You can check out the book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J LENGLE, and you can check out the trailer for the new movie below.
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
Most people will have seen at least one of the movies based on this classic novel but did you know that this book was first published in 1964, and that it has a sequel called Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator? Much like the movies this book is great for anyone who enjoys humorous stories and has an active imagination.
You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J DAHL.
Professor Aronnax and his two companions, trapped aboard a fantastic submarine as prisoners of the deranged Captain Nemo, come face to face with exotic ocean creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above.
This classic book by Jules Verne was published in 1869, and like many of our Throwback Thursday classics it has been adapted into a movie. This book can get a little wordy but for anyone who enjoys serious science-fiction this classic is not to be missed!
You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J VERNE.
This story, told from the animal’s perspective, captures the struggles and triumphs of this magnificent creature from his early days as a free colt to an owned creature poorly treated by evil men.
First published in 1877, this classic tale told from the point of view of the horse really captures your attention. I loved horses as a kid and read every book I could find about them. This story is great for the horse lovers and anyone who enjoyed Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry or any of her other horse stories. This story was also adapted into two great movies, one from 1994 (my personal favorite) and one from 2014!
You can find Black Beauty in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SEWELL.
For this Throwback Thursday you should check out Little Women by Louisa May Alcott!
Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in mid-nineteenth-century New England.
First published in 1868, 150 years ago, this book has truly become a classic. It has also been adapted in a movie. This classic is great for anyone who likes stories about sisters and growing up.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J ALCOTT.
A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author’s own drawings.
This was first published in 1974! I was never a huge fan of poetry as a kid but this collection really caught my attention and I remember it fondly. The wacky poems fit perfectly with the equally odd but playful illustrations. The book goes by in a breeze and is sure to elicit giggles. For those who enjoy poetry Shel Silverstein also wrote A Light in the Attic and Everything on It among others.
You can find Where the Sidewalk Ends in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j811.54 SIL.
Saturday January 27th is Lewis Carroll’s birthday so for this Throwback Thursday in honor of that I recommend: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
When a young girl falls down a rabbit hole, she discovers a strange and interesting world with fantastical, mad characters as she tries to find her way back home.
First published in 1865 this book has become a beloved children’s classic that has been adapted into numerous movies, plays, and languages! This book has never been out of print. It’s just as strange and delightful in book form as it is as a movie. If you like fantasy and love the movies you should definitely check out this book.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J CARROLL.
Snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannibal giants.
Roald Dahl has written a lot of wonderful books for children such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or James and the Giant Peach but this one is my personal favorite. Sophie is an amusing main character, and the idea of the BFG creating happy dreams for children seemed like the perfect kind of magic to me. Originally published in 1982 this book has been adapted into a movie several times most recently by Disney in 2016. Fans of fantasy fiction should check out this classic!
You can find The BFG in the Juvenile Fiction section at J DAHL.
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
Published in 1990, this book by Jerry Spinelli was an American Library Association Children’s Notable Book in 1991 and won the Illinois Reader’s Choice – Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award in 1993. Readers who enjoy realistic fiction will love this classic!
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SPINELLI.