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I am a professor of 18th-century British literature and a mom.

Fanny Harville follows:

[So many of the classic children's books either have girls as the main characters or feature boys who are troublemakers, don't like school, etc. This is a list of books that we've read starring good/smart/nice boys.]

  • Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
  • Rufus M by Eleanor Estes
  • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
  • Homer Price and More Tales from Centerburg by Robert McCloskey
  • The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  • Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (series) by Donald Sobol
  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  • Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Seven-Day Magic by Edward Eager
  • The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton
  • The Well-Wishers by Edward Eager
  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Saturdays and The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright
  • Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
  • Henry Huggins (and other "Henry" books) by Beverley Cleary
  • Swallows and Amazons (series) by Arthur Ransome
  • Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
  • Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • The Magic City by E. Nesbit
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  • The Alley and The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode by Eleanor Estes
  • Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome
  • The Coot Club by Arthur Ransome
  • Pigeon Post by Arthur Ransome
  • 26 Fairmont Ave. series by Tomie DePaola
  • The Adventures of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Great Brain by John Dennis Fitzgerald
  • Great Northern? by Arthur Ransome
jul 28 2010 ∞
jul 3 2013 +