These are all gentle stories of the every day life of families. They are old-fashioned and charming.
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
What: 2 girls are shipwrecked on a island with 4 babies. Robinson Crusoe for the tween set.
What’s in it for me: An updated version on a pretty island with lots of cute toddlers would be so much fun.
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
What: Set during World War I, children of single mom get into scrapes.
What’s in it for me: I like sweet family adventures and this one is still relevant.
Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish
What: 3 kids investigate family mystery by solving puzzles.
What’s in it for me: I love treasure hunting and they could use all kinds of gadgets to update it.
Henry Reed’s Journey by Keith Robertson
What: Teenage boy on family vacation across America gets in scrapes.
What’s in it for me: Travelogue and wacky situations – just the ticket.
Wikipedia on the character Henry Reed
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
What: Turn of the century life for 3 girls and their strong friendship.
What’s in it for me: I think this would make a lovely TV series like Anne of Green Gables.
All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
What: Another turn of the century family in NYC.
What’s in it for me: I identified completely with these sisters and want to see them portrayed by actresses.
Many Moons by James Thurber
What: A small princess wishes for the moon.
What’s in it for me: This would make a lovely animated short.