Booklist: Marvelous houses of kidlit

After reading Leanne Hall’s lovely Iris and the Tiger, I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of other books featuring great houses–the kind that are so clear and vivid that they seem almost like characters in their own right. Do you have a favorite to add?

Green Knowe from the series by Lucy Boston

Greenglass House from the book by Kate Milford

Howl’s Moving Castle from the series by Diana Wynne Jones

Moonacre Manor from the Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (all of Elizabeth Goudge’s houses, really!)

Perilous Gard from the book by Elizabeth Marie Pope

The house from Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Castle Hangnail from the book by Ursula Vernon

The House of Dies Drear from the book by Virginia Hamilton

Juniper’s House from Wise Child by Monica Furlong



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6 responses to “Booklist: Marvelous houses of kidlit

  1. Ooh, Juniper’s house in Wise Child is such a good one!

  2. I love house books too! Great list. I’d add Miselthwaite (?) Manor from The Secret Garden, and not a house exactly but Brede Abbey from In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden which I recommend as highly as possible to you if you haven’t read it yet.

    • Maureen Eichner

      You’re very right on both of those! And I love In This House of Brede & several other Rumer Godden books. (China Court springs to mind, eg.)

  3. Great list! Misselthwaite Manor (The Secret Garden) definitely belongs on the list. So does the Four-Story Mistake from Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy series.

    Two that are not houses, but become homes: the abandoned carousel from Marie McSwiggan’s Five on a Merry-Go-Round, and Sam Gribley’s hollow tree trunk in My Side of the Mountain by Jean George.

    Not a children’s book, but full of children nonetheless: the Inn from Elizabeth Goudge’s Pilgrim’s Inn. Based, I think, on a real house (as is L. M. Boston’s Green Knowe.)

    • Maureen Eichner

      Yes, Four-Story Mistake! Good one.

      I would have put Pilgrim’s Inn on this list if I weren’t limiting it to children’s books, because I absolutely adore the descriptions of that house and especially Nadine’s little room.

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