From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
When Claudia decides to run away, she wants to go somewhere beautiful. She and her younger brother Jamie run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. There, they get caught up in a mystery surrounding a small statue of an angel that may or may not have been carved by the famous Renaissance artist Michaelangelo. Along the way, they learn more about the artwork, the mysterious woman who sold the statue to the museum, and themselves. This Newbery Award-winning novel has captivated readers for over 50 years!
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
I love this early reader book. My mom read it to me when I was young and now, I read it to my children. A baby bird hatches from its egg when its mother is gone from the nest. The baby bird heads out of the nest, asking everything—from kittens to airplanes—if they are its mother. After a frightening encounter with a “snort”, the baby bird arrives back home just in time to meet its real mother. This endearing story would be a blast to see as a live production.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
This classic children’s novel has been adapted into numerous movies and television series, so it’s no surprise that it would make a fantastic musical. If you’ve never read this endearing series before, you really should! It’s one of my favorite series from childhood that I’ve read over and over, even as an adult. You’ll fall in love with the spunky and talkative Anne as you follow her adventures on the picturesque Prince Edward Island.
Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Madeline books are another classic children’s series that have been reader favorites for generations. In this story, Madeline must learn how to overcome her differences with her new neighbor, Pepito. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Paris, it’s no wonder why ArtsPower chose this children’s book to adapt into a musical play.
Judy Moody & Stink by Megan McDonald
This cute little four-book series combines the main characters from two popular chapter book series. With easy-to-read adventures and plentiful pictures by artist Peter Reynolds, these chapter books are perfect for kids ages 5-8 who like realistic fiction and humor. Once they’ve read all the Judy Moody and Stink books they can find, kids will love seeing their favorite characters on stage in the musical.
The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle by Watty Piper, illustrated by George and Doris Hauman
The classic story of a small blue engine that comes to the rescue is a must-read for every boy and girl. When a train full of toys gets stuck at the bottom of a hill, they worry they’ll never reach the children waiting for them on the other side. When no one else will help, the little blue engine does her best to help the toys. This beloved story has charmed readers for generations.