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Schmid, Susan Maupin
Grades: 5 - 7
An orphaned girl solves mysteries in the castle with the help of magical dresses
Snicket, Lemony
Grades: 4 - 6
Sequential
Sequential series. Terrible things happen to children one after another. When it seems all will finally be well, turns worse. Book is purposely depressing - whole series is this way. Enjoyment of series is matter of personal taste.
Roy, Ron
Grades: 2 - 4
Three third graders, a girl and two boys, solve mysteries. There are occasional sleepovers, but they are totally innocent.
Soup, Cuthbert
Grades: N/A
Sequential
Inappropriate
Sequential series. Children and their father try to escape from agents who want to steal their time-machine. Later books have boy/girl.
Calandrelli, Emily
Grades: 3 - 5
Girl who likes science builds robots, becomes a ham radio operator etc. Technology mentioned often including internet.
Lawlor, Laurie
Grades: 3 - 6
Pioneer girl. check comments
Rue, Ginger
Grades: 3 - 5
A girl discovers she can stop time by saying her name out loud. She finds out that very few people have this type of unusual ability including her aunt and a younger, brilliant boy. She struggles with the temptation to take revenge against mean students and her principal when she stops time- she often can't resist.
Horowitz, Anthony
Grades: 6 - 9
Teen
Loosely sequential series - some can be skipped. This is an exciting, well-written series about a teen recruited as a spy for MI6. A lot of of violence, cruelty, and cold blooded killing - parents need to weigh the value of giving their teen boys something they will like to read, with exposure to violence. Boy generally kills only indirectly or by accident, until end of book 9, when he deliberately shoots someone. Books are loosely connected with a running plotline. Series is mostly clean, with some references to illegitimate relationships, and several non-detailed references to Alex liking a girl (noted in comments). Occasional language in the damn/hell variety. (for information on books not listed, contact kosherbooklist@gmail.com)
Harvey, Jacqueline
Grades: 4 - 6
Series about a very wealthy girl who goes to an English boarding school. Overall, she is a relatively positive role model in that she is unspoiled despite her wealth and has a positive view of people. There is a parallel boys school that the girls interact with very often and quite a bit of boy/girl crushes are mentioned. Also romance between teachers. Children speak very casually to teachers, complimenting them on clothing and hairstyles, trying to set them up, and calling them shortened names.
Taylor, Sydney
Grades: 4 - 6
Classic stoy of observant Jewish family in early 20th century. boy/girl, decreasing level of observance
Van Leeuwen, Jean
Grades: 2 - 3
Cute stories of a little girl pig and her brother
Mazer, Anne
Grades: 3 - 5
Series about a fifth grader who loves to write - most of the story is told as journal entries. A lot of emphasis on what a trendy girl in the class wears, and trendy teacher - described in detail - but the heroine doesn't dress this way. Boy/girl, middos
Danziger, Paula
Grades: N/A
Inappropriate
Divorce, chutzpah, language
Parish, Herman
Grades: 2 - 4
Young Amelia Bedelia makes silly mistakes
Duey, Kathleen
Grades: 4 - 6
Unrelated stories of Americans through history. See individual ratings.
Various authors
Grades: 3 - 5
Well-done stories about girls from different time periods and social groups. Each girl has her own series.
Various authors
Grades: 4 - 6
Mysteries about girls living in different time periods. Each book is a stand-alone.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Grades: 6 - 8
Inappropriate
Sequential Series is set in future where having more than 2 children is punishable by death. A boy who is a third child meets a girl who is one also and has to decide if he wants to remain hidden or try to live a normal life. Lots of vague mentions of child being unexpected, about government forcing abortions, about doctors "fixing it" so won't have more children. Later books have boy/girl, hashkafa issues
Adler, David A.
Grades: 3 - 3
Boy has adventures. Check individual comments
Callamari, Barbara
Grades: 3 - 4
TV-style inappropriate language
Baglio, Ben M.
Grades: 3 - 5
Most of the books in this series involve a boy and a girl who are best friends (boy is a year younger than the girl) who have animal adventures.Girl's adoptive parents are veterinarians (occasional mention that her birth parents were killed in an accident, but she never thinks about them since she loves her adoptive parents). The relationship between the two friends is completely innocent, but they often have sleepovers and go on vacations with their families, etc. Very pro animal rights. Girl is a vegetarian because she is an animal lover. Many of the books revolve around, or at least mention holidays like xmas, halloween, and easter, but little or no religion. The "Hauntings" series involve ghosts of animals- not scary ghosts. The "pets" series is slightly easier reading.
Applegate, K. A.
Grades: 6 - 8
Kids are endowed with power to change into animals, in order to fight aliens who are taking over the world by taking over people's brains. Lots of violence. Lots of philosophical discussions about killing some people to save many. Various mentions of attractions between boys and girls, with some negiah.
Cheng, Andrea
Grades: 3 - 5
A Chinese American girl comes to grips with her identity as she adjusts to her adopted sister and helps her teacher adopt a child in China
Montgomery, L. M.
Grades: 6 - 8
Sequential
Inappropriate
Classic coming of age story. Romance, religion
Rylant, Cynthia
Grades: 1 - 2
Easy reader.Girl only has a father, not discussed much.
Martin, Lisa and Valerie Martin
Grades: 3 - 6
Two very different cat brothers have adventures along with an unlikely mouse.
Sage, Angie
Grades: 3 - 5
Strange story about a strange family that lives in a haunted house.
Colfer, Eoin
Grades: 6 - 8
Sequential
Teen
Loosely related sequential series. Rich boy genius takes on fairies. Minor bad language and bathroom humor. Some books have more significant issues.
Brown, Marc
Grades: 2 - 4
Friends learn life and relationship lessons. Check comments for individual books.
Holm, Jennifer L and Mathew Holm
Grades: 2 - 4
Comic book style series about a mouse who deals with typical and not so typical elementary school problems, She often imagines she is in the scene of various popular books or movies - which kids this age probably won't get.
Heppermann, Christine and Ron Koertge
Grades: 3 - 4
Children have adventures with an eccentric but friendly witch
Dadey, Debbie and Thornton Jones, Marcia
Grades: 3 - 4
Similar to Bailey school kids, somewhat scary stories about children who find out that adults in their community are really mythical beings like vampires, etc.
Dadey, Debbie and Marcia Thornton Jones
Grades: 2 - 4
Tongue in cheek stories about kids meet various adults who seem to be mythical or supernatural creatures. Most are innocuous, check individual comments.
Weyn, Suzanne
Grades: 3 - 4
(no connection to Jewish series of same name.)
Blade, Adam
Grades: 3 - 5
Series about a boy and girl who undertake a quest to free huge beasts from enchantment by a villain who is trying to conquer the kingdom. Some magical violence. Non-romantic negiah.
Berenstain, Stan and Jan
Grades: 2 - 4
Some books have Papa portrayed as naïve and easily misled, boy/girl issues, popular liberal culture.
Haywood, Carolyn
Grades: 2 - 3
Quaint old-fashioned childhood stories. Some religion
Lovelace, Maud Hart
Grades: 3 - 5
2 little girls have old fashioned adventures. religion, boy/girl
Earhart, Kristin
Grades: 2 - 3
Farm stories
Farley, Walter
Grades: 6 - 8
Focus is primarily on race horses. Relatively well-written exciting stories for those who like detailed horse racing action and horse information. Of the 8 books I've read, all seem to have similar minor issues. There is a tremendous focus on breeding horses and how to decide which horses to mate together - almost never graphically described except in one book where it is slightly graphic: The Black Stallion's Ghost - Chap 10 p. 99-103 - parents should decide on appropriateness according to child's understanding. In other books most graphic line is "horse snorts with desire" or issues a "love call" when it sees a mare. Occasionally Arabs say "May Allah be with you". Name a horse "Satan" like the devil. Occasional minor violence. A few mentions of J.C. as reference to a period of time (The Black Stallion Mystery p 33 and The Black Stallion's Ghost p 57). Mention of wearing a cross and kneeling to a cross (The Black Stallion Mystery p. 50)

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Series Author Grades Sequential Inappropriate Teen Comments
100 Dresses Schmid, Susan Maupin 5 - 7 An orphaned girl solves mysteries in the castle with the help of magical dresses
A Series of Unfortunate Events Snicket, Lemony 4 - 6
Sequential
Sequential series. Terrible things happen to children one after another. When it seems all will finally be well, turns worse. Book is purposely depressing - whole series is this way. Enjoyment of series is matter of personal taste.
A to Z Mysteries Roy, Ron 2 - 4 Three third graders, a girl and two boys, solve mysteries. There are occasional sleepovers, but they are totally innocent.
A Whole Nother Story Soup, Cuthbert N/A
Sequential
Inappropriate
Sequential series. Children and their father try to escape from agents who want to steal their time-machine. Later books have boy/girl.
Ada Lace Calandrelli, Emily 3 - 5 Girl who likes science builds robots, becomes a ham radio operator etc. Technology mentioned often including internet.
Addie Lawlor, Laurie 3 - 6 Pioneer girl. check comments
Aleca Zamm Rue, Ginger 3 - 5 A girl discovers she can stop time by saying her name out loud. She finds out that very few people have this type of unusual ability including her aunt and a younger, brilliant boy. She struggles with the temptation to take revenge against mean students and her principal when she stops time- she often can't resist.
Alex Rider Horowitz, Anthony 6 - 9
Teen
Loosely sequential series - some can be skipped. This is an exciting, well-written series about a teen recruited as a spy for MI6. A lot of of violence, cruelty, and cold blooded killing - parents need to weigh the value of giving their teen boys something they will like to read, with exposure to violence. Boy generally kills only indirectly or by accident, until end of book 9, when he deliberately shoots someone. Books are loosely connected with a running plotline. Series is mostly clean, with some references to illegitimate relationships, and several non-detailed references to Alex liking a girl (noted in comments). Occasional language in the damn/hell variety. (for information on books not listed, contact kosherbooklist@gmail.com)
Alice-Miranda Harvey, Jacqueline 4 - 6 Series about a very wealthy girl who goes to an English boarding school. Overall, she is a relatively positive role model in that she is unspoiled despite her wealth and has a positive view of people. There is a parallel boys school that the girls interact with very often and quite a bit of boy/girl crushes are mentioned. Also romance between teachers. Children speak very casually to teachers, complimenting them on clothing and hairstyles, trying to set them up, and calling them shortened names.
All of a Kind Family Taylor, Sydney 4 - 6 Classic stoy of observant Jewish family in early 20th century. boy/girl, decreasing level of observance
Amanda Pig / Oliver Pig Van Leeuwen, Jean 2 - 3 Cute stories of a little girl pig and her brother
Amazing Days of Abby Hayes Mazer, Anne 3 - 5 Series about a fifth grader who loves to write - most of the story is told as journal entries. A lot of emphasis on what a trendy girl in the class wears, and trendy teacher - described in detail - but the heroine doesn't dress this way. Boy/girl, middos
Amber Brown Danziger, Paula N/A
Inappropriate
Divorce, chutzpah, language
Amelia Bedelia Chapter Books Parish, Herman 2 - 4 Young Amelia Bedelia makes silly mistakes
American Diaries Duey, Kathleen 4 - 6 Unrelated stories of Americans through history. See individual ratings.
American Girl Various authors 3 - 5 Well-done stories about girls from different time periods and social groups. Each girl has her own series.
American Girl History Mysteries Various authors 4 - 6 Mysteries about girls living in different time periods. Each book is a stand-alone.
Among the Hidden Haddix, Margaret Peterson 6 - 8
Inappropriate
Sequential Series is set in future where having more than 2 children is punishable by death. A boy who is a third child meets a girl who is one also and has to decide if he wants to remain hidden or try to live a normal life. Lots of vague mentions of child being unexpected, about government forcing abortions, about doctors "fixing it" so won't have more children. Later books have boy/girl, hashkafa issues
Andy Russell Adler, David A. 3 - 3 Boy has adventures. Check individual comments
Angela Anaconda Callamari, Barbara 3 - 4 TV-style inappropriate language
Animal Ark Baglio, Ben M. 3 - 5 Most of the books in this series involve a boy and a girl who are best friends (boy is a year younger than the girl) who have animal adventures.Girl's adoptive parents are veterinarians (occasional mention that her birth parents were killed in an accident, but she never thinks about them since she loves her adoptive parents). The relationship between the two friends is completely innocent, but they often have sleepovers and go on vacations with their families, etc. Very pro animal rights. Girl is a vegetarian because she is an animal lover. Many of the books revolve around, or at least mention holidays like xmas, halloween, and easter, but little or no religion. The "Hauntings" series involve ghosts of animals- not scary ghosts. The "pets" series is slightly easier reading.
Animorphs Applegate, K. A. 6 - 8 Kids are endowed with power to change into animals, in order to fight aliens who are taking over the world by taking over people's brains. Lots of violence. Lots of philosophical discussions about killing some people to save many. Various mentions of attractions between boys and girls, with some negiah.
Anna Wang Series Cheng, Andrea 3 - 5 A Chinese American girl comes to grips with her identity as she adjusts to her adopted sister and helps her teacher adopt a child in China
Anne of Green Gables Montgomery, L. M. 6 - 8
Sequential
Inappropriate
Classic coming of age story. Romance, religion
Annie Rylant, Cynthia 1 - 2 Easy reader.Girl only has a father, not discussed much.
Anton and Cecil Martin, Lisa and Valerie Martin 3 - 6 Two very different cat brothers have adventures along with an unlikely mouse.
Araminta Spookie Sage, Angie 3 - 5 Strange story about a strange family that lives in a haunted house.
Artemis Fowl Colfer, Eoin 6 - 8
Sequential
Teen
Loosely related sequential series. Rich boy genius takes on fairies. Minor bad language and bathroom humor. Some books have more significant issues.
Arthur Brown, Marc 2 - 4 Friends learn life and relationship lessons. Check comments for individual books.
Baby Mouse Holm, Jennifer L and Mathew Holm 2 - 4 Comic book style series about a mouse who deals with typical and not so typical elementary school problems, She often imagines she is in the scene of various popular books or movies - which kids this age probably won't get.
Backyard Witch Heppermann, Christine and Ron Koertge 3 - 4 Children have adventures with an eccentric but friendly witch
Bailey City Monsters Dadey, Debbie and Thornton Jones, Marcia 3 - 4 Similar to Bailey school kids, somewhat scary stories about children who find out that adults in their community are really mythical beings like vampires, etc.
Bailey School Kids Dadey, Debbie and Marcia Thornton Jones 2 - 4 Tongue in cheek stories about kids meet various adults who seem to be mythical or supernatural creatures. Most are innocuous, check individual comments.
Baker's Dozen Weyn, Suzanne 3 - 4 (no connection to Jewish series of same name.)
Beast Quest Blade, Adam 3 - 5 Series about a boy and girl who undertake a quest to free huge beasts from enchantment by a villain who is trying to conquer the kingdom. Some magical violence. Non-romantic negiah.
Berenstain Bears Chapter Books Berenstain, Stan and Jan 2 - 4 Some books have Papa portrayed as naïve and easily misled, boy/girl issues, popular liberal culture.
Betsy / Eddie / Star Haywood, Carolyn 2 - 3 Quaint old-fashioned childhood stories. Some religion
Betsy-Tacy Lovelace, Maud Hart 3 - 5 2 little girls have old fashioned adventures. religion, boy/girl
Big Apple Barn Earhart, Kristin 2 - 3 Farm stories
Black Stallion Farley, Walter 6 - 8 Focus is primarily on race horses. Relatively well-written exciting stories for those who like detailed horse racing action and horse information. Of the 8 books I've read, all seem to have similar minor issues. There is a tremendous focus on breeding horses and how to decide which horses to mate together - almost never graphically described except in one book where it is slightly graphic: The Black Stallion's Ghost - Chap 10 p. 99-103 - parents should decide on appropriateness according to child's understanding. In other books most graphic line is "horse snorts with desire" or issues a "love call" when it sees a mare. Occasionally Arabs say "May Allah be with you". Name a horse "Satan" like the devil. Occasional minor violence. A few mentions of J.C. as reference to a period of time (The Black Stallion Mystery p 33 and The Black Stallion's Ghost p 57). Mention of wearing a cross and kneeling to a cross (The Black Stallion Mystery p. 50)

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