The following titles aren’t exactly like Harry Potter, but offer their own worlds of magic and excitement. Look for these books in the children’s fiction (jF) collection by the author’s last name.
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This booklist compiled by the Children's Librarians at the San Francisco Public Library, September 1999. The books listed are a sampling of the titles available. Ask your Children’s Librarian for further suggestions, and tell us which are your favorites.
An annotated booklist compiled by the children's librarians at the San Francisco Public Library, August 2000. The books listed are a sampling of the titles available. Ask your Children’s Librarian for further suggestions, and tell us which are your favorites.
Is the ability to live forever a blessing or curse? Ten-year-old Winnie must answer this question for herself.
Bored in her new flat, a girl goes through a door into a creepy world that mirrors her own.
To avenge their father's death, three mouse brothers wage a campaign of terror against two house cats.
A young porcelain doll ventures out of the Dollhouse to find her aunt, missing for 45 years.
When an orphaned boy accepts an invitation to attend a school for witches and wizards, his life changes dramatically.
The familiar Time Warp Trio travels back to King Arthur's court and encounters a knight, a giant, and a dragon.
An alien crashes into Earth, takes over the body of a skunk, and wonders how to get home.
Guided by his own "Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life" a 10-year-old boy sets out to find the father he's never known.
It takes time for a young New Englander to feel at home in a rough-and-tumble California gold mining town.
A 12-year-old girl and her brother describe daily life on their Bahamian island right before Columbus lands in 1492.
For Japanese Americans, imprisoned behind barbed-wire in internment camps, baseball is an escape from boredom.
Sibling rivalry and friendship are themes in this story set in Korea in 1473.
Lois and Wilma are thrilled with the car their father brings home, but when the family drives it into the South, their feelings change.
A girl gets her own novel published without letting her mother, a children’s book editor, in on the project.
Young Carmen Teresa writes in her new diary after hearing seven authentic stories, all set in Latin America and each with a reference to food. Recipes included.
An ace student is seated between class cut-ups who gradually spread their influence.
A Mexican boy tells about his new life in a Los Angeles barrio in this upbeat novel.
Four gifted kids come together on Mrs. Olinsky's 6th grade Academic Bowl team in a comic and complex novel.
An 11-year-old girl in an all-male household seeks a beautiful role model.
Jess and Leslie develop a special friendship at their secret hideaway in this sad and satisfying story.
In San Francisco’s Chinatown, an older brother gives his younger brother a baby alligagor with surprising results.
Crisp color photos present puzzling challenges for the mind and eye.
A prolific science writher provides up-to-date information about how the Hubble Space Telescope is giving us first-ever images of the cosmos.
This fascinating photo essay shows how apparent destruction in fact fosters natural regeneration.
A close-up look at the strange creatures that have adapted to extreme pressure and darkness in the ocean depths.
The author affectionately recalls her years spent studying shimpanzees in Tanzania.
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This frank and funny discussion of human sexuality examines puberty, sexual feelings, reproduction, and other topics.
Linnea tells how to grow a great indoor garden.
A collection of acts, statistics, poems, and stories about unusual foods and eating habits, both contemporary and historical.
This practical guide takes you through 65 culinary adventures, all vegetarian.
Thirteen children's book illustrators talk about what they love to do - namely, create art!
This magazine-glossy, "how-to" book covers history, fundamentals, rules, and equipment. It's part of the Superguides series that features boys and girls in action.
Rise to new heights of awareness in this absorbing, illustrated introduction to the lore and lure of the world's tallest mountain.
It’s fun to play with words that read the same forward and backward, especially since the book is done in comic-strip style. One of a series.
Words take shape in the thirty concrete poems that make up this stylish collection
Paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photographs from the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art are teamed with poems to create a vivid and diverse picture of our country.
This anthology introduces and explains poetry in its many forms and moods.
A third collection of trademark, laugh-out-loud poems and drawings.
Free vese poems and soft pastel pictures show how two sisters comfort each other while their father serves time in jail and their mother works long hours.
Over forty varied poems give insights into the childhood experiences of an Asian American girl.
Eleven lively tales from Africa, the West Indies, and the African American experience feature Anansi, Brer Rabbit, Wren, Turtle, and Lizard.
An entertaining collection of ten tales, each quietly eerie.
Myths from China about the gods, the beginnings of the world, and the first people.
Fourteen traditional tales from many African peoples fill this visually distinguished volume.
Eight remarkable women are featured in tales representing a variety of Mexico’s rich cultural traditions.
Lush watercolor paintings enhance and extended sixty one tried-and-true tales and their timeless lessons.
How a lifelong love of animals led a Victorian artist to build the first life-size models of dinosaurs.
The youngest daughter of Russia’s last tsar is the spirited subject of this family album-style biography.
This autobiography recalls the story of one 6-year-old girl who integrated her neighborhood's all-white school.
A self-taught African American inventor held over sixty patents including some for x-ray technology and mobile refrigeration.
From the author who brings you thrills, chills, and "goosebumps" - his life story, with photographs.
The son of a private investigator, 12-year-old Henry helps a beautiful teenager find her kidnapped mother.
Girl detective Herculeah Jones discovers a body - that of fortune teller Madame Rosa.
What is the mystery behind a ratty little boy who has caused such an uproar in London of old?
Bitter and bereaved, Hallie spies on the family next door after her father's death.
The ever-popular boy detective solves ten more cases and invites readers to figure out the solutions which can be found at the back of the book.