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A Brief List of Books for Home Reading for Boys and Girls in the Public Library of the City of Boston

Excerpt from A Brief List of Books for Home Reading for Boys and Girls in the Public Library of the City of Boston It is a mistake to suppose that a boy or girl is necessarily well employed when reading a book; everything depends upon the book. The reading habit may be a menace rather than a blessing unless the books which are read are sound and wholesome in their tone and are written so as to develop good literary standards. The majority of parents are too much occupied to read books intended for children; the present list, therefore, is designed primarily to aid parents and other older people in selecting books for children, but it may also be used by the boys and girls themselves. This list is based upon one originally prepared by the following committee of the Boston Home and School Association: Edith Guerrier, Mrs. C. B. Perkins, Annie J. Reed, Katharine H. Shute, Alice M. Jordan. It has now been revised by the addition of some titles and the exclusion of others. The necessity of keeping the list within reasonable limits and the desirability of offering a variety of books in order to satisfy different tastes, renders it impossible to include all the best books on any subject; but no books are recommended which are not among the best. A very few standard novels have been included for the benefit of the more mature boys and girls. All the books mentioned in the list may be found at the Boston Public Library and its Branches. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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