If you like the you-are-there historical adventures of Lauren Tarshis’s I Survived… series, try these thrilling adventure stories.
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Little House in the Big Woods
- Little House on the Prairie
- Farmer Boy
- On the Banks of Plum Creek
- By the Shores of Silver Lake
- The Long Winter
- Little Town on the Prairie
- These Happy Golden Years
- The First Four Years
Little House Chapter Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder/Roger MacBride
Caroline Years series by Maria Wilkes/Celia Wilkins
- Little House in Brookfield by Maria D Wilkes
- Little Town At the Crossroads by Maria D Wilkes
- Little Clearing in the Woods by Maria D Wilkes
- Frontier Family by Roger Lea MacBride & Maria D Wilkes
- Brookfield Days by Maria D Wilkes
- Missouri Bound by Maria D Wilkes
- Brookfield Friends by Maria D Wilkes
- Caroline & Her Sister by Maria D Wilkes
- On Top of Concord Hill by Maria D Wilkes
- A New Little Cabin by Maria D Wilkes
- Across the Rolling River by Celia Wilkins
- Little City By the Lake by Celia Wilkins
- A Little House of Their Own by Celia Wilkins
Rose Years series by Roger MacBride
- Little House On Rocky Ridge
- Little Farm in the Ozarks
- In the Land of the Big Red Apple
- On the Other Side of the Hill
- Little Town in the Ozarks
- New Dawn On Rocky Ridge
- On the Banks of the Bayou
- Bachelor Girl
Martha Years series by Melissa Wiley
- The Little House in the Highlands by Melissa Wiley
- The Far Side of the Loch by Melissa Wiley
- Down to the Bonny Glen by Melissa Wiley
- Beyond the Heather Hills by Melissa Wiley
Charlotte Years series by Melissa Wiley
…here are some historical novels (and a couple of biographies) about kids growing up in America’s frontier country.
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New scary stories at the library…
Troy Cummings. Notebook of Doom series
Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters–and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.
James Preller. Scary Tales series
Amusement park-loving Samantha receives a ticket to a very special ride that takes her on a heart-stopping adventure along with her equally terrified companion.
R.L. Stine. Goosebumps Most Wanted
When his mischievous antics get so bad that his family is forced to move, Jay Gardner arrives in a new neighborhood where all of the houses have lawn gnomes and people are afraid to go out at night, a situation that leads to a horrific discovery.
Picture books, chapter books, beginning readers and DVDs starring your favorite characters are all located in one spot? Everything about Barbie, Lego, Dora and Diego, Spongebob, Pokemon, Scooby Doo, Thomas the Train, the Disney Princesses, superheroes, Max and Ruby, Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious, regardless of format, are all found in our FAVORITES section.
And did you know we’re adding popular authors such as Dr. Seuss, Bill Martin (“Brown Bear, Brown Bear”), Eric Carle, Jean Marzollo (I Spy books) and Mo Willems to this section?
During our reorganization, the FAVORITES area may move around before landing in its final place so ask our friendly library staff for help if you don’t spot it!
Titles by the following authors and series are frequently scored above 1000 by Lexile.com.
Louisa May Alcott (JFIC ALC)
L. Frank Baum (JFIC BAU)
Dick King-Smith (JFIC KIN)
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (JFIC NAY)
Zilpha Keatley Snyder (JFIC SNY)
Tips for finding high Lexile books for younger readers:
- Search Lexile.com for titles at or near your child’s Lexile level then search the library’s catalog. If we do not own a title, speak with a library staff member (by phone, email, chat or in person) about requesting the book through interlibrary loan (ILL).
- Search Lexile.com for NC (non-conforming) titles. This designation indicates a book with a Lexile score significantly higher than the expected range for the age of the intended audience.
- Classics often have a high Lexile score. Classics may be shelved in the Junior, YA and Adult collections.
Examples of classic authors:
- Mark Twain
- Charles Dickens
- Arthur Conan Doyle
- Jules Verne
- Louisa May Alcott
- Jane Austen
- Rudyard Kipling
- Lucy Maud Montgomery
- JRR Tolkien