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 as ebooks or interactive book apps. Others have been made into movies or TV shows. From adventure tales to poignant dramas to funnybone-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 life. And for more great reads, check out Books with Characters of Color and 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12.

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Sweet, heartwarming picture-book classic.
By Don Freeman
(2003)
(1968)
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Kids and parents enjoy this story about family.
By Robert McCloskey
(2003)
(1969)
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Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow.
By Ezra Jack Keats
(2003)
(1962)
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Carle brings humor to caterpillar's development.
By Eric Carle
(2003)
(1970)
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Michievous monkey's antics will have kids laughing.
By H. A. Rey
(2003)
(1973)
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Go, new readers. Go!
By P. D. Eastman
(2012)
(1961)
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Beatrix Potter's first and one of her best.
By Beatrix Potter
(2003)
(1902)
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A kids' classic that put Dr. Seuss on the map.
By Dr. Seuss
(2003)
(1957)
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Spirited Eloise delights her young readers.
By Kay Thompson
(2003)
(1955)
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Engaging stories spotlight charming, relatable characters.
By Arnold Lobel
(2003)
(1970)
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Beloved, classic stories and poems in one volume.
By A. A. Milne
(2007)
(1996)
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Classic morality tale is wildly entertaining.
By Roald Dahl
(2005)
(1964)
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Gentle, much-loved barnyard classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
(1952)
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Delightful, charming classic has adventure, humor, heart.
By Edward Eager
(2015)
(1999)
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Beloved classic follows a frontier family for four seasons.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
(1932)
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Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
(1950)
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Lonely boy's magical adventure still satisfies.
By Roald Dahl
(2011)
(1961)
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Delightful tale of nanny who brings order, magic to family.
By P.L. Travers
(2012)
(1934)
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Original American fairy tale more spare, magical than movie.
By L. Frank Baum
(2011)
(1900)
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Classic story of the power of positive thinking.
By Eleanor H. Porter
(2004)
(2004)
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Beloved classic features lovable, imaginative heroine.
By L.M. Montgomery
(2011)
(1908)
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A clever story and evocative writing.
By Sheila Burnford
(2003)
(1961)
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Beautiful classic filled with magic and realism.
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
(2004)
(1911)
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A heartrending, beautiful, educational classic.
By Anna Sewell
(2003)
(1887)
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Gorgeous classic about friendship, love, and life.
By Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(2015)
(1943)
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Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(2009)
(1868)
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The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(2009)
(1883)
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Classic undersea adventure with science-fiction flair.
By Jules Verne
(2011)
(1996)
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Old-fashioned romantic swashbuckler a riveting classic.
By Baroness Orczy
(2014)
(1905)
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Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(2004)
(1960)
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Strength of character triumphs in Bronte's masterpiece.
By Charlotte Bronte
(2011)
(1900)
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Classic novel is rich in romance and humor.
By Jane Austen
(2011)
(1811)
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One of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
By J. D. Salinger
(2005)
(1969)
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American classic captures romance, debauchery of Jazz Age.
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
(2011)
(1925)
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Gods and men manipulate war in exciting, gory epic.
By Homer
(2011)
(2004)
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Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
By John Steinbeck
(2010)
(2002)
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