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Chapter Books Written in the 1960s

Chapter Books Written in the 1960s

A Wrinkle in Time

The 1960s was a great decade for chapter books – look how many of these books are still widely read and loved today…fifty years later! Plus, several of them were Newbery Medal and Newbery Medal Honor books…the kind that are still favorites. Read these together…right NOW! Because you can’t get much better than A Wrinkle in Time, From the Crazy Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basel E. Frankweiler and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All three all-time favorites.

jFIC AIK Aiken, Joan The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1962)

jFIC ALE Alexander, Lloyd The High King (1968; Newbery Medal)

jFIC ALE Alexander, Lloyd Time Cat (1963)

jFIC ARM Armstrong, William Sounder (1969)

jE BRO Brown, Jeff Flat Stanley (1964)

jFIC BUR Burnford, Sheila The Incredible Journey (1961)

jE CLE Cleary, Beverly The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965)

jE CLE Cleary, Beverly Ramona the Pest (1968)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

jFIC COO Cooper, Susan Over Sea, Under Stone (1965)

jFIC DAH Dahl, Roald  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

jFIC DAH Dahl, Roald James and the Giant Peach (1961)

jFIC FIT Fitzhugh, Louise Harriet the Spy (1964)

jFIC FLE Fleming, Ian Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964)

jFIC HAM Hamilton, Virginia The House of Dies Drear (1968)

jFIC HUN Hunt, Irene Across Five Aprils (1964; Newbery Honor)

jFIC HUN Hunt, Irene Up a Road Slowly (1966; Newbery Medal)

jFIC JUS Juster, Norman The Phantom Tollbooth (1961)

jFIC KON Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967; Newbery Medal)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

jFIC LEG Le Guin, Ursula The Wizard of Earthsea (1968)

jFIC LEN L’Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time (1962; Newbery Medal)

jFIC NEV Neville, Emily Cheney It’s Like This, Cat (1963; Newbery Medal)

jFIC ODE O’Dell, Scott Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960; Newbery Medal)

jFIC RAW Rawls, Wilson Where the Red Fern Grows (1961)

jFIC SEL Seldon, George The Cricket in Times Square (1960; Newbery Honor)

jFIC SNY Snyder, Zilpha Keatley The Egypt Game (1967; Newbery Honor)

jE SOB Sobol, Donald Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (1963)

jFIC SPE Speare, Elizabeth George The Bronze Bow (1961; Newbery Medal)

jFIC TAY Taylor, Theodore The Cay (1969)

jE WAR Warner, Gertrude Chandler Boxcar Children: The Lighthouse Mystery (1963)

~Recommended by: Emily Chandler, Lawrence Branch Library & Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


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Staff Pick: Dog Diaries – Secrets of the WOOF Society

Staff Pick: Dog Diaries – Secrets of the WOOF Society

Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society

At the first annual meeting of WOOF–Words of Our Friends–assorted dogs preserve their heritage by sharing tales of canines throughout history, including Abu, who ruled all of Egypt except for one pesky cat, and Zippy, who simply must find the squeaky toy.

Have you ever noticed how many dog books are sad? I decided to sniff out one that wasn’t, and dug up a dog story about dogs telling stories. The WOOF Society (Words of our Friends) have gotten together to share stories about dogs AND prove that they more much more than “sit” and “stay.” They begin their first meeting by reciting their motto, “Woof! Woof! Woof!” Then dogs begin to tell stories of other dogs. Jack, whose person is an archaeologist, tells the story of Abu, the dog who was the king of Egypt. Einstein, who is very smart, explains why dog names are so important. Mimi just gives dog tips (to get table food without begging, sit beside the baby). I cannot promise that nothing sad happens, but the dogs are all OK! Woof! Woof! Woof!

Recommended By: Doriene Smither – Pike Branch

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Staff Pick: The Little Secret

Staff Pick: The Little Secret

The Little Secret

When she is invited to her new friend’s home for summer vacation, eleven-year-old Jane discovers that Staffa and her family are not what they seem to be. Author: Shane Peacock

Evil queens, kindly princes, and best friends are what you will find in this book. A story to lose yourself in a magical world that needs the help of a not so ordinary girl. What would you do if your new best friend turns out to be from a magical realm? And she has just tricked you into leaving your home so you might help save her world from an evil queen . Would you stay and help or demand to be returned to your family? If you stay it will be dangerous and you might never get back. If you leave your new best friend, your first truly best friend, will surely see her world destroyed and loved ones lost forever.

Recommended By: Barbara Obergfell – Outreach Services

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More books about kids entering the world of fairies:

Small Persons With Wings Rise of the Darklings
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Staff Pick: Life in the Ocean

Staff Pick: Life in the Ocean

Life in the Ocean

A picture book biography telling the story of Sylvia Earle’s growing passion for the wonders of the sea and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world. Author: Claire Nivola

Try to imagine swimming with whales, walking the ocean floor, and spending over seven thousand hours underwater. This beautiful picture book biography introduces young readers to a woman who has done all that and more. Sylvia Earle has been a scientist about as long as she can remember. When she was a little girl her laboratory was the pond and woods on her family’s New Jersey farm. At the age of twelve Sylvia moved with her family to a new home in Florida bringing the Gulf of Mexico right up to her backyard. The ocean became Sylvia Earle’s new laboratory where she has dedicated her life to exploring what she calls, “the blue heart of the planet”.

Recommended by: Catherine Lutholtz Bridge – The Learning Curve at Central Library

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More about Marian Biologists:
Marine Biologist Under the Ice Sylvia Earle Guardian of the Sea Rachel Carson
The Fantastic World of Jacques Cousteau Manfish the Story of Jacques Cousteau
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Staff Pick: Soft Rain

Staff Pick: Soft Rain

Soft Rain, a nine-year-old Cherokee girl, is forced to relocate, along with her family, from North Carolina to the West. Author: Cornelia Cornelisson

Imagine going to your school one day and being told that there will be no more school for you and your Cherokee classmates. Imagine being forced by soldiers to leave your home with your mother and walk to another state to live. Imagine not being able to take your grandmother along because she is blind. This is the situation that nine-year-old Soft Rain faces strengthened by the stories she remembers. How would you handle it? Join her and walk with her for a time on the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

Recommended by: Tamara Baumgartner – Lawrence Branch

Here are some books about The Trail of Tears:

The Trail of Tears Why Did Cherokees Move West? Nellie the Brave The Journal of Jesse Smoke
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