Books for Young Readers

From timeless nineteenth-century evocations of childhood to present-day adventure-fantasy—Library of America offers a range of titles for both older children and grown-ups who want revisit that special time in their reading lives.

Louisa May Alcott: Little Women, Little Men, Jo’s Boys
All three Little Women books as Alcott wrote them—a series of novels, at once heartwarming and true to life, that remain among the most beloved works in all of American literature. More

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Tales & Sketches
This authoritative edition of all the tales and sketches of Nathaniel Hawthorne in a single comprehensive volume includes his two books of stories for children based on classical myths, A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys and Tanglewood Tales. More

Madeleine L’Engle: The Kairos Novels (boxed set)
Madeleine L’Engle’s iconic classic A Wrinkle in Time, one of the most beloved and influential novels for young readers ever written, is presented with all seven of its sequels—what L’Engle called the Kairos (or “cosmic time”) novels—in a deluxe two-volume boxed set. More

Jack London: The Call of the Wild (Paperback Classic)
Perhaps the best novel ever written about animals, The Call of the Wild traces a dog’s sudden entry into the wild and his education in survival among the wolves. More

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Paperback Classic)
Tom Sawyer is filled with comic and melodramatic adventure, with horseplay and poetic evocations of scenery, and with characters who have become central to American mythology. More

Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Little House Books (boxed set)
A much-loved masterwork of children’s literature, the eight Little House novels are brilliant narratives of the early life of Laura Ingalls and her family as they grow up with the country in the woods and on the plains of the frontier. More

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Above: Jessie Willcox Smith, detail from They all drew to the fire, illustration for a 1915 edition of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

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