Children’s Favorite Novels: And the winner is….

I’ve compiled all the votes by children in the favorite read-aloud/novel round-up!  Thanks to all the kids who weighed in!

A note about scoring:  Some kids and parents had a hard time listing one book and listed more than one, sometimes many!  I didn’t want to leave out any great book suggestions, but many kids also narrowed things down to just one fabulous book and I wanted those ones to have special weight.  So I counted additional books with basically half a vote.  For instance, if someone said “Margaret says she votes for Harry Potter, but she also loves the Little House series” then I put down both books anyway, with the first entry getting double the weight.  I just couldn’t ignore books that were listed by enthusiastic readers (and even one girl who came back to rave about more!).

In some cases, children raved about certain writers even if they chose different books.  I grouped these together so people could seek out those authors.

The first 14 (in blue) all got multiple votes. Numbers 15 through 34 (in green) only got one vote but were listed as the child’s absolute favorites. From 35 (in orange) on are votes that were listed additionally with only one vote.

Many of these titles and authors are new to me, and many seem to be fantasy related.  Book series were also especially popular.

And now on with the list.  Keep in mind that we had all ages of children answering, so these range from toddlers to teens in readers!

  1. The “Harry Potter” series (one vote specifically for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, otherwise all for the series in general)
  2. The “Magic Treehouse” series (one vote specifically for Mummies in the Morning)
  3. Books by author Enid Blyton (in order of favorites: The Uncle Wiggly books, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Secret Seven series)
  4. The “Percy Jackson” series
  5. The “Narnia” series (one vote specifically for The Magician’s Nephew)
  6. The “His Dark Materials” trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)
  7. The “Little House on the Prairie” series
  8. The “Baby Mouse” series
  9. The “Ivy and Bean” series
  10. Books by author Kate Di’Camillo (one vote specifically for the Mercy Watson books)
  11. The Inheritance Cycle
  12. The Wizard of Oz
  13. The “Warriors” series
  14. Chris D’Lacey books (The Dragons of Wayward Crescent was specified by one child)
  15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  16. The “Eleven” series
  17. Specky McGee
  18. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
  19. Geronimo Stilton
  20. Black Beauty
  21. The Princess Academy
  22. The Doll People
  23. Raold Dahl books
  24. Daisy Dawson Is On Her Way
  25. Clue Me InThe Detective Work of Ethan Flask and Professor von Offel
  26. The “American Girl Samantha” series
  27. The Dark is Rising
  28. My Side of the Mountain
  29. The “Brainwaves” series
  30. Lauren Child books
  31. The “Junie B Jones” series
  32. John Deere books (Barney Blackhoe as one specific)
  33. The “Flatfoot Fox” series
  34. Lord of the Rings
  35. The “Nancy Drew” series
  36. The End of the Beginning
  37. The Wishing Tree
  38. Guardians of Ga’hoole
  39. Sabriel, Lireal and Abhorsen trilogy
  40. Uglies
  41. Little House on Rocky Ridge
  42. The Castle in the Attic
  43. Tut’s Mummy:  Lost… and Found
  44. Redwall
  45. The “Flower Fairy” books
  46. The Caterpillar Fight
  47. The “Charlie Bone” series
  48. The “Keys to the Kingdom” series
  49. Citizens of the Galaxy
  50. Clan of the Cave Bear (the teen warns that this is for more mature readers)
  51. Robert J. Sawyer books
  52. Calvin and Hobbes
  53. Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
  54. The Gypsy Girl
  55. Betsy-Tacy
  56. The “Boxcar Children” series
  57. The “Fairy Books”
  58. The “Horrid Henry” series
  59. Pippi Longstocking
  60. Ramona
  61. Anastasia (by Vladimir Megre, the teen reader notes that this is more of an adult book)
  62. Piers Anthony books
  63. The Diary of Anne Frank
  64. The “Christomanci” series
  65. Wayside School
  66. The Underland Chronicles
  67. Inkheart
  68. The Name of the Wind
  69. The “Paddington” books
  70. The Tiffany Aching Adventures (from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series)
  71. Ness the Nurse (chosen by two-year-old “S”!)

If you have more to add, feel free to plug them in the comments.  Thanks to all the kids who voted.

Happy reading!

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