From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler-Read Kids Classics

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Welcome to our September installment of the Read Kid’s Classics Challenge!

I’m so glad you’re here and I can hardly wait to see what you’re reading as well. As many of you already know, I am a huge fan of children’s classics and over the years my family has actively read old classics and discovered new ones. In 2016 one of my many goals is to discover even more classics and share them with you, my valued readers.

So from now on, every month during my Read Kids Classic Challenge, I am going to present one classic that I simply can’t live without!


This month I’d like to revisit a family favorite; From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler




Konigsburg was a much-loved author who was honored with John Newbery Medal in 1997 for her book “The View from Saturday” and in 1968 for “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.”  The Newbery is one of the top honors for children’s literature. All told,  she wrote 16 children’s novels and illustrated 3 picture books.

{click to tweet} “Before you can be anything, you have to be yourself.” E.L. Konigsburg

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.


12 year old Claudia Kincaid is bored and tired of the monotony of her life, the unfair amount of chores, her limited T.V. time, and her low allowance.

Claudia decides to run away , but she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere. Somewhere far from her home and some place beautiful, comfortable, and indoors. Being the organizer that she is, she crafts together a Master Plan to escape to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while convincing her little brother Jamie to come with her.


The story unfolds and shares their adventurous journey of  living undetected inside the museum for a whole week.  While there Claudia and Jamie take the opportunity to learn new things and while discovering each section of the museum, they run across a new exhibit housing a marble angel thought to be from the hands of Michelangelo, the famous Italian painter and sculptor.

Claudia and Jaime decide to figure out the mystery of the statue before retuning home, that is if their money will hold out. Using the last of their finances they locate the previous owner of the statue Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, who also happens to be the narrator of this classic tale as well. After much negotiation between Mrs. Frankweiler and the children, a deal is reached and the true craftsman of the statue is uncovered.


This book won the Newbery Medal in 1968 and its no wonder why. Each time I would wander into a new section of the museum I would wonder where I would hide if I decided to live in the museum. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end as did my time with this favorite read and looking at some of the greatest art in the world.

If you were going to live in a museum, where would you make your home?

To find out more about what inspired this book have a look at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler brochure.

Ever wondered how exhibits get chosen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Ask the professor!

Metropolitan Art Museum

Sadly, E. L. Konigsburg passed away April 19, 2013 at the age of 83, but her literary legacy lives on.

What kids’ classics are you reading this month?

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