Young Reading Wishlist

As I’ve mentioned before I love reading books of all kinds and enjoy variety. I read children’s books, YA books, classics, Science Fiction, Biographies, History, etc. When I want a leisurely read or a fast read I tend to choose something geared a bit more for young readers, and there are so many fantastic books available that I want to read.

Here is a list of light young books on my wishlist:

Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell
n the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind.

Rated 4.5 on


Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss. In addition to being a Newbery Medal winner, Bridge to Terabithia was also named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and has become a touchstone of children’s literature, as have many of Katherine Paterson’s other novels, including The Great Gilly Hopkins and Jacob Have I Loved.
Rated 4.5 on

by Gary Paulsen
This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.

Rated 4. on


Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper
From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write. n this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.
Rated 4.8 on


Gathering Blue (Giver Quartet)
by Lois Lowry
The second book in the Giver Quartet has been beautifully redesigned in paperback. As she did in The Giver and later Messenger, in Gathering Blue Lois Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable.

Rated 4.3 on

Have your read any of these books?
What young literature have you enjoyed as an adult?


40 thoughts on “Young Reading Wishlist

  1. The Island of the Blue Dolphins was one of me favourite books as a younger person. And The Bridge to Terabithia made me cry. I still have the copies from back then that I take with me no matter what port I end up in. I have never read Hatchet. I am going to have to give it a try.
    x The Captain

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  2. You must add “A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle. I read it when I was in Grade 3 and I have read it over many times as an adult. “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and it’s freedoms, is like a sonnet: you’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. ” Mrs. Whatsit.

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  3. I’ve been reading Rosemary Sutcliff’s ‘Eagle of The Ninth’ series. First published in the 50’s and 60’s, it’s historical fiction based on Roman history.

    Joan Aiken’s ‘Wolves of Willoughby Chase’ series is also good. It’s a alternative history series with an adventurous girl as the lead character.

    Also – anything by Scott O’Dell is good!

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  4. I have read all of these, and loved them all! And they’re all so different. Island of the Blue Dolphins was a favourite when I was younger, but now I might lean more toward Gathering Blue (and the other 3 of Lowry’s books that go with it).

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  5. Good YA choices. I read these books and other YA novels along with my students during SSR (sustained silent reading). I have not read Out of Mind though. I will have to check it out.
    I still like YA books and subscribe to Goodreads to see what new novels are out there.

    P.S. I just read an article in Newsweek related to SSR:
    “Silent Reading Parties, the Ultimate Anti-Social Social Events, Arrive in San Francisco By Alexander Nazaryan On 4/7/16
    “Let’s admit it: Most parties are disappointments, inevitably inferior to expectations. Not so Tuesday night in San Francisco, where the affair was precisely what I had hoped it would be: a 90-minute exercise in silent reading. I met nobody, spoke to nobody, engaged in no small talk, told no jokes and endured none, asked nobody about the Wisconsin primaries—as a matter of fact, forgot about politics for a blissful evening. I read my book, had a couple of drinks and snacks, then left, thoroughly satisfied with the brief interlude of communal solitude.”
    The writer went on to say most people had actual books, not screens. How awesome is this!

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  6. “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead. It’s a mystery/sci-fI YA that just blew me away. I’m probably a dolt but the ending surprised me so much I just sat in awe of its awesomeness for a good half hour after I finished it. The character development and exploration of emotions and motivations were beautiful, too…I need to read it again!

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  7. My fourth-grade teacher read “The Hatchet” to us. I read “Bridge to Terabithia” in sixth grade. I loved the movie with Josh Hutchinson and Anna-Sophia Robb. It made me weep bitter tears. I enjoyed “The Hunger Games” trilogy but I was not impressed the first movie. I enjoyed “Little Women” and “Heidi.”


  8. “Out of my mind”, in my opinion, should be on every school reading list. It is beautifully written and explains the life of a person with a disability so well. Also, you should add “Anne of Green Gables”, the ” Little House” books by Wilder and some adventure books as ell.

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  9. I’ve read just the first two of them, “Island of the Blue Dolphins” and “Bridge to Terebithia.” My high opinion of them is reflected by each of my three children–Allison of Allison’s Book Bag ( Robert, and Shekinah–having them in their personal libraries. My love of young literature both prompted and was increased by my reading of novels to my grade five class. It’d be impossible for me to list all the ones that I enjoyed then and now.

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  11. Thank you for the follow, Abbie! Good on your for having a reading list…I haven’t looked at mine for quite a while and perhaps it’s time to get back to it. : )

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