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Recommended Realistic Novels

Whenever a book or author has won an important award, an abbreviation of the award title is included in parenthesis. For a keyed list of these awards, click here.

Alcott, Louisa May     Little Women (1868)
Alexie, Sherman The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian (2007)(Nat)
Applegate, Katherine Crenshaw (2015)
Birdsall, Jeanne The Penderwicks (2005) (Nat)
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (2008)
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (2011)
The Penderwicks in Spring (2015)
Burg, Ann E. Serafina's Promise (2013)
Burnett, Frances Hodgson Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886)
A Little Princess (1905)
The Secret Garden (1911)
Byars, Betsy The Midnight Fox (1996)
Cleary, Beverly                 Ramona the Pest (1968)
Dear Mr Henshaw (1983) (New)
Coolidge, Susan    What Katy Did (1872)
Creech, Sharon     Walk Two Moons (1994) (New)
Ruby Holler (2002) (Carn)
DiCamillo, Kate Raymie Nightingale (2016)
Dodge, Mary Mapes    Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates (1865)
Fine, Anne          Madame Doubtfire (1987)
Fitzhugh, Louise  Harriet the Spy (1964)
Hamilton, Virginia (HCA) M. C. Higgins, the Great (1974) (New; Nat; BG-HB)
Hesse, Karen The Music of Dolphins (1996)
Horvath, Polly My One Hundred Adventures (2008) (Nat; NewH)
Northward to the Moon (2010)
Hunt, Irene Up a Road Slowly (1966) (New)
Lindgren, Astrid       Pippi Longstocking (1946; trans. 1950)
Montgomery, L. M.  Anne of Green Gables (1908)
Anne of Avonlea (1909)
Anne of the Island (1915)
Emily of the New Moon (1923)
Emily Climbs (1925)
Emily’s Quest (1926)
Myers, Walter Dean Monster (1999)
Nesbit, E. The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899)
  The Railway Children (1906)
Park, Linda Sue A Long Walk to Water (2010)
Parry, Roseanne Heart of a Shepherd (2009)
Paterson, Katherine (HCA) Bridge to Terabithia (1977) (New)
The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978) (Nat)
Jacob Have I Loved (1980) (New)
Patron, Susan The Higher Power of Lucky (2006) (New)
Pennypacker, Sara Clementine (2006)
Pinkney, Andrea Davis The Red Pencil (2014)
Porter, Eleanor H.  Pollyanna (1913)
Smith, Dodie I Capture the Castle (1948)
Stead, Rebecca Liar and Spy (2012)
Spyri, Johanna   Heidi (1881)
Voigt, Cynthia Homecoming (1981)
Dicey's Song (1982) (New)
A Solitary Blue (1983)
Webster, Jean  Daddy-Long-Legs (1912)
Wiggin, Kate Douglas Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903)
Bemelmans, Ludwig Madeline (1939)
Madeline’s Rescue (1951)
Madeline and the Bad Hat (1956)
Madeline’s Christmas (1956)
Madeline and the Gypsies (1958)
Madeline in London (1961)
Brown, Peter The Curious Garden (2009)
My Teacher Is a Monster (2014)
Burningham, John Come Away from the Water, Shirley (1977)
Carrier, Roch The Hockey Sweater (illus. Sheldon Cohen) (1984)
Crews, Donald Freight Train (1978)
Elliott, David Finn Throws a Fit! (2009)
Gravett, Emily Orange Pear Apple Bear (2006)
Hutchins, Pat The Wind Blew (1974) (KG)
The Doorbell Rang (1986)
Juster, Norton The Hello Goodbye Window (illus. Chris Raschka) (2005) (CaldH)
Keats, Ezra Jack The Snowy Day (1962) (Cald)
Whistle for Willie (1964) 
Jenny’s Hat (1966)
Peter’s Chair (1967) 
A Letter to Amy (1968) 
Goggles (1969) (CaldH)
Hi Cat (1970) 
Apt. 3 (1971)
Pet Show (1972) 
Louie (1975)
The Trip (1978)
Louie’s Search 1980) 
Regards to the Man in the Moon (1981)
Lee, Suzy Wave (2008)
Munsch, Robert The Mud Puddle (1982)
Mortimer (1983)
Thomas’ Snow Suit (1985)
Love You Forever (1986)
50 Below Zero (1986)
I Have to Go (1989)
Niemann, Christoph Subway (2010)
Polacco, Patricia The Keeping Quilt (1988)
Raschka, Chris Yo! Yes? (1993) (CaldH)
Rocco, John Blackout (2011) (CaldH)
Yolen, Jane Owl Moon (1987)