Some children's classics, old and new, recommended by the Library of Congress' Virginia Haviland:
Pre-Readers: The Beatrix Potter Books, such as "Peter Rabbit" and Benjamin Bunny" (Warne) have chamred generations and continue to be favorites.
Benjamin Readers (Grades 1-2): The "I Can Read" books (Harper & Row). The "Favorite Fairy Tales" books (Little, Brown) retell classic stories from many countries for early readers.
Intermediate Readers (Grades 2-4): Jean Fritz offers amusing, but accurate treatments of history in such books as "And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?" and "Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?" ("coward, McCann & Geoghegan). Jean George's survival story, "My Side of the Mountain" (Dutton) is a well-told tale of high adventure.
Older Readers (Grades 5 and above): Choices vary with individual tastes and interests. Some popular books include "Blue Hawk" and "The Annerton Pit" by Peter Dickerson (Little, Brown), adventures in exotic places; Jill Peyton Walsh's "The Emperor's Winding Sheet" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) set in ancient Byzantium; and "The Great Gilly Hopkins" (thomas Y. Crowell), a modern story of an 11-year-old foster child by prize-winning author Katherine Paterson.
Read-Aloud Favorites: Such classics as Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle Book" and "Just-So Stories," Kenneth Graham's "The Wind in the Willows" and E. B. White's delightful "Charlotte's Web" and "Stuart Little" (Harper & Row). Popular contemporary works include "The Borrowers" and sequels (Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich) by Mary Norton; "The Devils's Storybook" and "Tuck Everlasting" (Farrar, Straus & Gilroux) by Natalie Babbitt; and Jane Langton's "Diamond in the Window" (Harper & Row).