Read Harder 2018: A Children’s Classic Published Before 1980

This week’s Read Harder challenge is a throwback to childhood: readers are asked to select a children’s classic published before 1980.  There are so many wonderful children’s books available, so we tried to narrow the list down a little bit for this post.  We also have an extended list on our website – just find the Read Harder 2018 tab and click on “Children’s Classic Published Before 1980”.  As always, click on a cover or a title to place a hold.

Are You There God?  It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

“Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.”



Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

“Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge.”



From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

“Claudia carefully plans to run away from home with her little brother, James. They hide out in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and get involved in solving an exciting mystery.”


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

“Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.”


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

“A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.”






Happy reading!
-Amanda, Adult Reference