Classic Books for Kids

Certain books stand the test of time. True classics, they're enjoyed by each new generation of young readers. Some have been revamped with new covers or retooled for new platforms, such as ebooks or interactive book apps. Others have been made into movies or TV shows. From adventure tales to poignant dramas to funny bone-tickling comedies, this is an ultimate classic kids' library for every age. Parents (and even grandparents) will love sharing the books they read as a kid with the kids in their lives. For more great reads, check out our lists Books with Characters of Color and 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12.

Browse Classic Books for Kids

Corduroy Book Poster Image
Sweet, heartwarming picture-book classic.
By Don Freeman
(2003)
(1968)
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Make Way for Ducklings Book Poster Image
Kids and parents enjoy this story about family.
By Robert McCloskey
(2003)
(1969)
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The Snowy Day Book Poster Image
Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow.
By Ezra Jack Keats
(2003)
(1962)
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Poster Image
Carle brings humor to caterpillar's development.
By Eric Carle
(2003)
(1970)
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Curious George Book Poster Image
Michievous monkey's antics will have kids laughing.
By H. A. Rey
(2003)
(1973)
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Go, Dog. Go! Book Poster Image
Go, new readers. Go!
By P. D. Eastman
(2012)
(1961)
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Harold and the Purple Crayon Book Poster Image
Imagination reigns in timeless classic about drawing boy.
By Crockett Johnson
(2012)
(1955)
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit Book Poster Image
Beatrix Potter's first and one of her best.
By Beatrix Potter
(2003)
(1902)
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The Cat in the Hat Book Poster Image
A kids' classic that put Dr. Seuss on the map.
By Dr. Seuss
(2003)
(1957)
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Eloise Book Poster Image
Spirited Eloise delights her young readers.
By Kay Thompson
(2003)
(1955)
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Frog and Toad Are Friends Book Poster Image
Engaging stories spotlight charming, relatable characters.
By Arnold Lobel
(2003)
(1970)
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff Book Poster Image
Classic tale given new, thoughtful ending and exquisite art.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2017)
(2017)
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The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh Book Poster Image
Beloved, classic stories and poems in one volume.
By A. A. Milne
(2007)
(1996)
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Poster Image
Classic morality tale is wildly entertaining.
By Roald Dahl
(2005)
(1964)
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Charlotte's Web Book Poster Image
Gentle, much-loved barnyard classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
(1952)
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Half Magic: Tales of Magic, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Delightful, charming classic has adventure, humor, heart.
By Edward Eager
(2015)
(1999)
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Little House in the Big Woods Book Poster Image
Beloved classic follows a frontier family for four seasons.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
(1932)
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James and the Giant Peach Book Poster Image
Lonely boy's magical adventure still satisfies.
By Roald Dahl
(2011)
(1961)
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Pippi Longstocking Book Poster Image
Lively translation aptly modernizes a classic.
By Astrid Lindgren
(2008)
(1969)
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
(1950)
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Mary Poppins Book Poster Image
Delightful tale of nanny who brings order, magic to family.
By P.L. Travers
(2012)
(1934)
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The Phantom Tollbooth Book Poster Image
Trip to enchanted world excites learning in kids' classic.
By Norton Juster
(2011)
(1961)
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Poster Image
Original American fairy tale more spare, magical than movie.
By L. Frank Baum
(2011)
(1900)
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Book Poster Image
A classic that both adults and kids love.
By Lewis Carroll
(2003)
(1865)
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Anne of Green Gables Book Poster Image
Beloved classic features lovable, imaginative heroine.
By L.M. Montgomery
(2011)
(1908)
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The Incredible Journey Book Poster Image
A clever story and evocative writing.
By Sheila Burnford
(2003)
(1961)
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A Little Princess Book Poster Image
Girl's vivid imagination, kindness enrich all-time classic.
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
(2011)
(1998)
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Pollyanna Book Poster Image
Classic story of the power of positive thinking.
By Eleanor H. Porter
(2004)
(2004)
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The Secret Garden Book Poster Image
Beautiful classic filled with magic and realism.
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
(2004)
(1911)
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A Wrinkle in Time Book Poster Image
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(2003)
(1962)
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Black Beauty Book Poster Image
A heartrending, beautiful, educational classic.
By Anna Sewell
(2003)
(1887)
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The Little Prince Book Poster Image
Gorgeous classic about friendship, love, and life.
By Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(2015)
(1943)
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Little Women Book Poster Image
Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(2009)
(1868)
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Treasure Island Book Poster Image
The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(2009)
(1883)
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Book Poster Image
Classic undersea adventure with science-fiction flair.
By Jules Verne
(2011)
(1996)
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Book Poster Image
Twain's classic is full of humor and suspense.
By Mark Twain
(2010)
(1876)
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The Call of the Wild Book Poster Image
Classic animal tale of dignity and survival.
By Jack London
(2009)
(1903)
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The Scarlet Pimpernel Book Poster Image
Old-fashioned romantic swashbuckler a riveting classic.
By Baroness Orczy
(2014)
(1905)
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To Kill a Mockingbird Book Poster Image
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(2004)
(1960)
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Jane Eyre Book Poster Image
Strength of character triumphs in Bronte's masterpiece.
By Charlotte Bronte
(2011)
(1900)
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The Catcher in the Rye Book Poster Image
One of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
By J. D. Salinger
(2005)
(1969)
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The Great Gatsby Book Poster Image
American classic captures romance, debauchery of Jazz Age.
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
(2011)
(1925)
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Sense and Sensibility Book Poster Image
Classic novel is rich in romance and humor.
By Jane Austen
(2011)
(1811)
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The Grapes of Wrath Book Poster Image
Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
By John Steinbeck
(2010)
(2002)
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