In the Harry Potter series of books, every student at Hogwart’s School of Wizardry and Witchcraft gets “sorted” into a house. Each house’s members are known for having certain traits. Potter fans have embraced these houses, and many of them (myself included!) love to show pride to the house that they feel reflects their personality. (Want to you know your house? Take the quiz on Pottermore!)
Hufflepuffs are known for being loyal, patient, and hardworking. The house colors are black and canary yellow, and the house mascot is the badger. My middle son is a Hufflepuff, so this house holds a special place in my heart!
If you have young Hufflepuffs at home, you’ll love reading these books with them:
9 Books for Young Hufflepuffs
The BFG by Roald Dahl — Sophie is terrified when she is swept away in the night by a giant. But he’s not a mean, scary giant; he’s a big, friendly giant who quickly becomes friends with the little girl. The two work together, along with the Queen of England, to save children from some terrible, bone-crushing giants who love eating humans.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum — When a little girl named Dorothy gets caught up in a tornado, she’s transported to the magical land of Oz, where she makes some new friends and also gains a new enemy. Can Dorothy defeat the Wicked Witch of the West and find her way home?
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell — Hiccup is very different than the other Vikings in his clan. He’s thoughtful, quiet, and not at all brash and daring. He has to catch and train a dragon to be initiated into the clan, but he’s not sure he’s up for the challenge. However, what makes Hiccup different also ends up making him a hero.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White — This book will always hold a special place in my heart as being the first book that ever made me cry. A little girl named Fern rescues the runt from a litter of pigs and names in Wilbur. As Wilbur grows, he befriends a spider named Charlotte, who makes sure Wilbur stays a pet and never ends up on the dinner table.
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George — An Eskimo girl named Miyax (Julie) finds herself lost in the brutal Alaskan wild. She learns how to survive by immersing herself into a pack of wolves, whom she soon grows to love like family. When she makes her way back to civilization, she has to make the hard choice of either staying with the wolves she loves or rejoining her former life.
The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech — King Guido is a rich, spoiled ruler. Pia and Enzo are poor orphans who live in the village. The orphans find a stolen magical pouch, and its contents connect them to the king and his family. This fun fantasy makes a great read-aloud!
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin — Rebecca is a little girl living in Maine with her two aunts, who are rather stern and somber. Despite this fact, Rebecca has a sunny disposition, and faces the trials in her life with resolve. This charming story has been a favorite for over 100 years!
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame — This collection of stories about Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Mr. Toad has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. The four characters have a way of getting into mischief, but they always remain good friends. This sweet and relaxing book is a perfect bedtime read.
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder — This look at pioneer life in Wisconsin through the eyes of a little girl named Laura is a well-known classic. Life in the big woods isn’t easy, but the love of family helps the Ingalls clan get through hard times. I love these books as a child, and my boys have loved reading them with me over the past few years.
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