Children's Reading Suggestions

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If you liked the I Survived series…

If you like the you-are-there historical adventures of Lauren Tarshis’s I Survived… series, try these thrilling adventure stories.

Click here to view books in the Brownsburg Public Library collection, and place holds.

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Little House on the Prairie Series

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Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder


  1. Little House in the Big Woods
  2. Little House on the Prairie
  3. Farmer Boy
  4. On the Banks of Plum Creek
  5. By the Shores of Silver Lake
  6. The Long Winter
  7. Little Town on the Prairie
  8. These Happy Golden Years
  9. The First Four Years

Little House Chapter Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder/Roger MacBride


Caroline Years series by Maria Wilkes/Celia Wilkins


  1. Little House in Brookfield by Maria D Wilkes
  2. Little Town At the Crossroads by Maria D Wilkes
  3. Little Clearing in the Woods by Maria D Wilkes
  4. Frontier Family by Roger Lea MacBride & Maria D Wilkes
  5. Brookfield Days by Maria D Wilkes
  6. Missouri Bound by Maria D Wilkes
  7. Brookfield Friends by Maria D Wilkes
  8. Caroline & Her Sister by Maria D Wilkes
  9. On Top of Concord Hill by Maria D Wilkes
  10. A New Little Cabin by Maria D Wilkes
  11. Across the Rolling River by Celia Wilkins
  12. Little City By the Lake by Celia Wilkins
  13. A Little House of Their Own by Celia Wilkins

Rose Years series by Roger MacBride


  1. Little House On Rocky Ridge
  2. Little Farm in the Ozarks
  3. In the Land of the Big Red Apple
  4. On the Other Side of the Hill
  5. Little Town in the Ozarks
  6. New Dawn On Rocky Ridge
  7. On the Banks of the Bayou
  8. Bachelor Girl

Martha Years series by Melissa Wiley


  1. The Little House in the Highlands by Melissa Wiley
  2. The Far Side of the Loch by Melissa Wiley
  3. Down to the Bonny Glen by Melissa Wiley
  4. Beyond the Heather Hills by Melissa Wiley

Charlotte Years series by Melissa Wiley


  1. Little House By Boston Bay by Melissa Wiley
  2. On Tide Mill Lane by Melissa Wiley
  3. The Road from Roxbury by Melissa Wiley
  4. Across the Puddingstone Dam by Melissa Wiley
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If you liked Little House on the Prairie…

PicMonkey Collage…here are some historical novels (and a couple of biographies) about kids growing up in America’s frontier country.

Click here to view catalog records for the list and place holds

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High Lexile (1000+) Children’s Books in BPL’s collection

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For a sortable Excel version, click here: Downloadable Excel version


For links to the BPL catalog to place holds on high lexile books, see the following posts:

High Lexile (1000+) Biographies

High Lexile (1000+) Tween Fiction books

High Lexile (1000+) Kids Fiction books

High Lexile (1000+) Pre-Reader books

High Lexile (1000+) Holiday books

Quick Picks for high Lexile titles (printable version)

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1000+ Lexile books in Tween Fiction: Fantasy, Mystery and Supernatural

For more information about Lexile measures, click here.

For more information about BPL’s new children’s fiction categories, click here.

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Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison (1000)

Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (1000)

The mysterious howling

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (1010)

The Looking Glass Wars

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper (1010)

King of shadows

The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless by Ahmet Zappa (1010)

The monstrous memoirs of a mighty McFearless

Cousins in the Castle by Barbara Brooks Wallace (1010)

Cousins in the castle

Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen (1010)

Sword of the rightful king : a novel of King Arthur

The Black Canary  by Jane Louise Curry (1020)

The Black Canary

Captain Hook: the Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart (1020)

Capt. Hook : the adventures of a notorious youth

Moonflower and the Pearl of Paramour by J.H. Sweet  (1020)

Moonflower and the pearl of Paramour

Snapdragon and the Odyssey of Elan by J.H. Sweet (1020)

Snapdragon and the odyssey of Elan

The Unvisibles by Ian Whybrow (1020)

The Unvisibles

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer (1020)

The case of the missing marquess : an Enola Holmes mystery

Return of the Emerald Skull by Paul Stewart (1020)

Return of the emerald skull

Physik (Septimus Heap) by Angie Sage (1030)


The Boggart by Susan Cooper (1030)

The boggart

Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1040)

Bernie Magruder & the bats in the belfry

Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1040)

Jade green : a ghost story

Drift House: The First Voyage by Dale Peck (1050)

Drift House : the first voyage

ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor (1070)


Libby on Wednesdays by Zipha Keatley Snyder (1070)

Legion of the Dead by Paul Stewart (1080 NC)

Legion of the dead

Hatching Magic by Ann Downer (1080)

Hatching magic

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye (1090)

The ordinary princess

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye by Nancy Springer (1110 NC)

The case of the gypsy good-bye : an Enola Holmes mystery

The Princess and the Curdie by George MacDonald (1120)

The princess and Curdie

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (1120)

The hero and the crown

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer (1120)

The case of the cryptic crinoline : an Enola Holmes mystery

Radiance by Alyson Noel (1120)

Radiance : a novel

Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit (1170)

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Did you know…

You can request a personalized reading suggestion from your friendly local librarians!

Let us know if there’s a particular series, book or author you like and we’ll make suggestions for other series, books and authors to try.

If you need help finding a book for a school assignment, let us know what Lexile range and genre you’re looking for.

If you need to find an alternative to an assigned book, let us know what the assigned title is, what characteristics we need to try to match (genre, setting, themes) and any preferences for content to avoid (e.g. bad language, religious content, etc.)

You will receive an initial response in 3-4 business days.

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Our Newest Scary Books


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.

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If you <3 Harry Potter, why not try…

Fotor0829160935JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series draws readers in with its captivating magical world and combination of epic adventure, humorous exploits and journey of self-discovery.

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Did You Know…

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!

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High Lexile Quick Picks

Titles by the following authors and series are frequently scored above 1000 by



Louisa May Alcott (JFIC ALC)

L. Frank Baum (JFIC BAU)

Mollie Hunter

Irene Hunt

Jim Benton

Dick King-Smith (JFIC KIN)

Jeff Kinney

Rudyard Kipling

Robert Lawson

Betty MacDonald

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (JFIC NAY)

Jim Murphy

Gary Paulsen

Lemony Snicket

Zilpha Keatley Snyder (JFIC SNY)

Nancy Springer


Susan Cooper

Junior Non-fiction:

Enchantment of the World

Tips for finding high Lexile books for younger readers:


  • Search 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 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
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