The Broke and the Bookish is 10 Hidden Gem Books in X Genre. I've really been enjoying Middle Grade lately and am focusing on that list and added a few picture books to make an even 10! I'm honestly not sure how hidden these are but I do think they all deserved some more attention!10
2. Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery - Okay, so this isn't really a HIDDEN gem but this is one of the books that doesn't get nearly as much attention as it should. I love Anne and Emily but I think in real life I'd want to be friends with Jane. She's smart and practical and a little bit mischievous.
3. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright - Well really all of the Melendy books. These aren't exactly hidden but they're not as well known as they should be. While some aspects are dated the books are still a lot of fun and it's nice to remember what kids did before electronics!
4. Belles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey - Cheaper by the Dozen is one of my favorite middle grade books but frankly this sequel needs more love. It fun to see the Dozen grow up and I loved that the mother, Lillian, took more of a leading role in this one.
5. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming - While most people of heard of this book it seems that the movie is what is more familiar. The book is amazing and David Tennant narrates a version of the audio which makes it absolutely magic to listen to.
7. Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott - Okay confession time - I was not a Little Women fan. I tolerated Little Men and I loved Jo's Boys but my favorite (after Eight Cousins) was Under the Lilacs about a boy and his dog who run away from the circus. I read and reread my copy of this one until the binding fell apart. It's one of those that I loved so much that I'm almost afraid to reread it!
8. The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown - When the Tornado was a baby J and I frequently argued over the book Goodnight Moon. I thought it was a perfect bedtime story and he thought it was super creepy. This book by Margaret Wise Brown was one we agreed on without any problems. This story about 2 kittens who are in charge of creating all the colors is just wonderful.
9. Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw, Illustrated by Margot Apple - I bought this book when Emma was a baby (and we're going to pretend that wasn't 20 years ago) from a little catalog called A Common Reader which sadly no longer exists but was my kryponite at the time. It's such a cute story and the illustrations add to the charm.
10. Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson, Illustrated by Jane Chapman - This was kind of a random bookstore buy that we basically ignored for a year and then when I finally read it we all fell in love with it and ended up buying the rest of the Bear books. I loved while Bear is scared it never got scary to the reader and seemed to focus more on the helpers than on the scariness.
What Children's books do you think need more attention?