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Best Role Model Books for Kids

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If you’re looking for some great media suggestions for your kids—look no further than the Top Picks from Common Sense Media. We have a variety of lists in all of our media categories with some wonderful suggestions for kids of all ages. Whether you’re looking for great fantasy books for your eight to fourteen-year-old or some classic movies, you’re sure to find something that your kids will enjoy.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
One of the most thought-provoking children’s novels ever written.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The classic story of the sentimental and humorous adventures, joys, and sorrows of the four March sisters; Meg, the pretty one; Jo, the tomboy; Beth, the shy one; and Amy, the artist, as they grew into young ladies and married in 19th century New England.

Getting It by Alex Sanchez
Unique premise makes gay-themed book stand out.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Newbery Medal 1968. Two suburban children run away from their Connecticut home and go to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, where their ingenuity enables them to live in luxury.

Beacon Street Girls: Worst Enemies/Best Friends by Annie Bryant
Different is okay—a great message for tweens.


Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
Newbery Medal 1957. Ten-year-old Marly and her family move from the city to Grandmother’s old Pennsylvania farmhouse, hoping that the outdoor life will restore Father’s health.


My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Newbery Honor 1960. Young Sam Gribley leaves New York City and spends a year living by himself in a remote area of the Catskill Mountains.


Sarah, Plain, and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Newbery Medal 1986. When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.


The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
Newbery Medal 1955. The children in a small Dutch town try to bring the storks back to nest on their roofs.


Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Weatherford
Award-winning picture-book treatment of Tubman.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This stunning story deals with the severe consequences of intolerance.

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