The English Faculty at Marquette University

Best Children's Books


The Velveteen Rabbit
Alice in Wonderland
The Wind in the Willows

--Prof. Julia Chavez

The Tale of Despereaux (DiCamillo)

--Prof. John Curran

The Princess Bride (William Goldman)

--Prof. Diane Hoeveler

Black Beauty (Anna Sewell)
—Prof. Christine Krueger

The Snowy Day ( Ezra Jack Keats)
    When the Relatives Came (Cynthia Rylant)
     House on Mango Street (young adult ... Sandra Cisneros)

--Prof. Jodi Melamed

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (or anything by Kevin Henkes)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Jacqueline Kelly)
The Big Orange Splot (Daniel Pinkwater)
Frog and Toad Are Friends (or any of the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel)
The Paper Bag Princess (Robert Munsch)
Voyage to the Bunny Planet (Rosemary Wells)

--Prof. Rebecca Nowacek

Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)

The Thief Lord (Cornelia Funke)

The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

--Prof. Kris Ratcliffe

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets (Edward Lear)

--Prof. Angela Sorby

Chronicles of Prydain

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Jacob Have I Loved

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Where the Red Fern Grows

American Born Chinese (graphic novel)

--Prof. John Su

The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
--Prof. Sarah Wadsworth