1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere—to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Here, she gets caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that leads her on a quest to learn more about the previous owner, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Feeling misunderstood at home and at school, mischievous Max escapes to the land of the Wild Things, majestic—and sometimes fierce—creatures.
3. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Since its inception in 1894, The Jungle Book has enchanted readers―both young and old―with its invaluable moral lessons. By bestowing the animals in the stories with human traits, famed writer Rudyard Kipling gives readers timeless parables that teach family values and the importance of community.
4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil―a journey that threatens their lives and our universe.
5. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
As the bakers in the night kitchen need more milk for their batter, Mickey falls into the cake! They decide to put him in the oven anyway, but Mickey has different plans. He escapes in a plane made of bread dough and helps the bakers find the milk at last.
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside - including our hero, Charlie Bucket. With his golden ticket in hand, Charlie is ready for the wildest time of his life!
7. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole. Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.
8. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
The adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron and Hermione must master their craft and battle the machinations of the evil wizard Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
9. Above the Timberline by Gregory Manchess
This lavishly painted novel tells about the son of a famed polar explorer searching for his stranded father, and a lost city buried under snow in an alternate future.