Realistic Fiction for Children

Recommended realistic fiction for children. Realistic fiction resembles real life, and consists of stories that could have actually happened.

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Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Danziger, Paula; Ross, Tony (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Danziger
Description:

Third-grader Amber's best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state.

Anastasia Krupnik
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lowry, Lois
Call Number:
JF Lowry
Description:
This is the first in Lois Lowry's hilarious series about the unusual Krupnik family.
Because of Winn-Dixie
Artist/Author/Cast:
DiCamillo, Kate
Call Number:
JF DiCamillo
Description:
Opal describes all the good things that happen because of her big, ugly dog, Winn-Dixie.
Beezus and Ramona
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cleary, Beverly; Tiegreen, Alan (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Cleary
Description:

Ramona invites her entire kindergarten class over one rainy day, without telling her mother! This hilarious book will captivate you.

The Best Man
Artist/Author/Cast:
Peck, Richard
Call Number:
JF Peck
Description:

Meet Archer as he narrates his life, starting with a disastrous wedding at age six and concluding with sixth grade.

Blended
Artist/Author/Cast:
Draper, Sharon M.
Call Number:
JF Draper
Description:

Every week, Isabella alternates between her divorced white mom and black dad, who have completely different lifestyles.

The Breadwinner
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ellis, Deborah
Call Number:
JF Ellis
Description:

A courageous young Afghan girl pretends to be a boy in order to support her family.

Dear Mr. Henshaw
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cleary, Beverly; Zelinsky, Paul O. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Cleary
Description:

Ten-year-old Leigh confides his troubles in letters to his favorite author.

Fish in a Tree
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hunt, Lynda Mullaly
Call Number:
JF Hunt
Description:

Sixth-grader Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out that she still doesn't know how to read.

Frindle
Artist/Author/Cast:
Clements, Andrew; Selznick, Brian (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Clements
Description:

A champion troublemaker, Nick decides to invent a new word to torment his teacher.

From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Artist/Author/Cast:
Marks, Janae
Call Number:
JF Marks
Description:

After receiving a letter from her incarcerated father, whom she's never met, Zoe sets out to prove his innocence.

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kapit, Sarah
Call Number:
JF Kapit
Description:

Vivy won't let anything stop her from playing baseball, not when she has a major-league star as her pen pal.

Harriet the Spy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fitzhugh, Louise
Call Number:
JF Fitzhugh
Description:

Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret book.

The Hundred Dresses
Artist/Author/Cast:
Estes, Eleanor; Slobodkin, Louis (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Estes
Description:

Wanda wears the same faded dress to school every day but claims to have a hundred dresses at home.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gantos, Jack
Call Number:
JF Gantos
Description:

Hyperactive Joey is always disappointing the adults in his life, but he can't really help it.

Just Like Jackie
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stoddard, Lindsey
Call Number:
JF Stoddard
Description:

Robbie is determined to stay out of trouble so she does not worry her grandfather, whose memory is failing.

Lupe Wong Won't Dance
Artist/Author/Cast:
Higuera, Donna Barba
Call Number:
JF Higuera
Description:

Lupe wants to meet her favorite pitcher, Fu Li Hernandez, but must first ace all her classes, including square dancing.

Maniac Magee
Artist/Author/Cast:
Spinelli, Jerry
Call Number:
JF Spinelli
Description:

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats.

More to the Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Khan, Hena
Call Number:
JF Khan
Description:

In this novel inspired by Little Women, Pakistani American Jameela Mirza lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Most Beautiful Place in the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cameron, Ann; Allen, Thomas B. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Cameron
Description:
Seven-year-old Juan lives with his grandmother in the most beautiful place in the world--his small Guatemalan town.

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