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Classic Book List

Compiled by Rina Baldo, PRES Library Media Specialist and Alice Gabriel, Parent Consultant

Classics (through 1959)
Aesop. Aesop's Fables (1484)
Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women (1868), Little Men (1871)
Anderson, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales (1846)
The Arabian Nights (1791)
Asbjornsen, Peter Christian. East of the Sun and West of the Moon and Other Tales (1849)
Atwater, Richard and Florence. Mr. Popper's Penguins (1938)
Bagnold, Enid. National Velvet (1946) NMW
Bailey, Carolyn. Miss Hickory (1949) NMW
Barrie, Sir James. Peter Pan (1904)
Baum, L. Frank. The Wizard of Oz (1900)*
Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline (1939)*, Madeline's Rescue (1953)* CMW
Bishop, Claire Huchet. The Five Chinese Brothers (1938)
Bland, Edith Nesbit. The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899), Five Children and It (1902),
The Railway Children (1906), The Enchanted Castle (1907)
Bond, Michael. A Bear Called Paddington (1958)*
Boston, Lucy. The Children of Green Knowe (1955)
Boyd, James. Drums (1925)
Brink, Carol Rylie. Caddie Woodlawn (1935) NMW
Brooks, Walter. Freddy the Detective (1932)*
Brown, Margaret Wise. The Runaway Bunny (1942), The Little Fur Family (1946),
Goodnight, Moon (1947), Big Red Barn (1956)
Brunhoff, Jean de. The Story of Babar (1933)*
Burgess, Thornton W. Old Mother West Wind (1910)
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886), A Little Princess (1905),
The Secret Garden (1911)
Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (1939), The Little House (1942) CMW
Butterworth, Oliver. The Enormous Egg (1956)
Cameron, Eleanor. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet (1954)*
Carlson, Natalie Savage. The Happy Orpheline (1957), The Family Under the Bridge (1958)
Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Through the Looking Glass (1871)
Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote (1605)
Clark, Ann Nolan. Secret of the Andes (1952) NMW
Cleary, Beverly. Henry Huggins (1950)*, Beezus and Ramona (1955)*
Coatsworth, Elizabeth. The Cat Who Went to Heaven (1929) NMW
Collodi, Carlo. The Adventures of Pinocchio (1891)
Cooney, Barbara. Chanticleer and the Fox (1958) CMW
Craik, Dinah Mulock. The Little Lame Prince (1875)
Creswick, Paul. Robin Hood (1903)
Dagliesh, Alice. The Bears on Hemlock Mountain (1952), The Courage of Sarah Noble (1954)
Daugherty, James. Daniel Boone (1939) NMW
D'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar. Abraham Lincoln (1939) CMW
De Angeli, Marguerite. The Door in the Wall (1949) NMW, Thee, Hannah! (1940)
Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe (1719)
DeJong, Meindert. The Wheel on the School (1954) NMW
Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist (1837-39), A Christman Carol (1843), David Copperfield (1849-50)
Dodge, Mary Mapes. Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (1865)
Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1936)
Du Bois, William Pene. The Twenty-One Balloons (1947) NMW
Dumas, Alexander. Three Musketeers (1844)
Eager, Edward. Half Magic (1954)
Edmonds, Walter D. The Matchlock Gun (1941) NMW
Enright, Elizabeth. Thimble Summer (1938) NMW, The Saturdays (1941),
Gone-Away Lake (1957)*
Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats (1941)*, Ginger Pye (1951) NMW, The Hundred Dresses (1944)
Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion (1941)
Field, Rachel. Hitty, Her First Hundred Years (1929) NMW, Calico Field (1931)
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield. Understood Betsy (1937)
Flack, Marjorie. Angus and the Ducks (1930), Angus and the Cat (1931), Angus Lost (1932),
The Story of Ping (1933)
Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain (1943) NMW
Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (1952)
Fritz, Jean. The Cabin Faced West (1958)
Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats (1928), The ABC Bunny (1933)
Gannett, Ruth. My Father's Dragon (1948)*
Garis, Howard. Uncle Wiggly's Adventures (1912)
Gates, Doris. Blue Willow (1940)
George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain (1959)
Gilbreth, Frank and Ernestine Carey. Cheaper By the Dozen (1948)
Gibson, Fred. Old Yeller (1956)
Godden, Rumer. The Dolls' House (1948), The Mousewife (1951)
Goudge, Elizabeth. The Little White Horse (1946)
Grahame, Kenneth. The Golden Age (1895), Dream Days (1898), The Wind in the Willows (1908),
The Reluctant Dragon (1938)
Gray, Janet Elizabeth. Adam of the Road (1942) NMW
Grimm, Jakob and Wilhelm. Grimm's Fairy Tales (1823)
Hader, Berta and Elmer. The Big Snow (1948) CMW
Hale, Lucretia. The Peterkin Papers (1880)
Harris, Joel Chandler. Nights With Uncle Remus (1883)
Hawes, Charles. The Dark Frigate (1923) NMW
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. A Wonder Book (1852)
Haywood, Carolyn. B Is for Betsy (1939)*, Little Eddie (1947)*
Heinlein, Robert. Tunnel in the Sky (1955)
Henry, Marguerite. Misty of Chincoteague (1947)*, King of Wind (1948) NMW,
Brighty of Grand Canyon (1953)
Holling, Holling C. Paddle-to-the-Sea (1941), Tree in the Trail (1942), Pagoo (1957)
Irving, Washington. Rip Van Winkle (1819), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820)
James, Will. Smoky, the Cow Horse (1926) NMW
Keith, Harold. Rifles for Watie (1957) NMW
Kelly, Eric. The Trumpeter of Krakow (1928) NMW
Kendall, Carol. The Gammage Cup (1959)
Kingsley, Charles. The Water Babies (1900)
Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book (1894), Captains Courageous (1897), Just So Stories (1902),
Puck of Pook's Hill (1906), Rewards and Fairies (1910)
Kjelgaard, Jim. Big Red (1945)*
Knight, Eric. Lassie Come Home (1940)
Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed (1945), A Hole Is to Dig (1952)
Krumgold, Joseph. ...And Now Miguel (1953) NMW, Onion John (1959) NMW
Lagerlof, Selma. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1907) Abridged edition, Floris Books (1992)
Lamb, Charles and Mary. Tales From Shakespeare (1807)
Lang, Andrew. The Blue Fairy Book (1889)
Latham, Jean Lee. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (1955) NMW
Lawson, Robert. Ben and Me (1939), Rabbit Hill (1944) NMW, The Tough Winter (1954)
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand (1936), Wee Gillis (1938)
Lear, Edward. The Complete Nonsense Book (1846)
Lenski, Lois. Strawberry Girl (1945) NMW
Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)*
Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking (1950)*
Lindquist, Jennie. The Golden Name Day (1955), The Little Silver House (1955)
Lofting, Hugh. The Story of Doctor Dolittle (1922), The Voyages of Doctor
Dolittle (1922) NMW
London, Jack. The Call of the Wild (1903), White Fang (1906)
Lothrop, Margaret. The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1881)
Lovelace, Maud. Betsy-Tacy (1940)*
Macdonald, Betty. Hello, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (1957)*
Macdonald, George. At the Back of the North Wind (1871), The Princess and the Goblin (1871),
The Princess and Curdie (1883), The Light Princess (1893)
MacGregor, Ellen. Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars (1951)*
Malory, Sir Thomas. The Boys' King Arthur (1922)
Masefield, John. The Midnight Folk (1927), The Box of Delights (1935)
McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings (1941), Homer Price (1943),
Blueberries for Sal (1948), CMW, Time of Wonder (1957) CMW
McSwigan, Marie. Snow Treasure (1942)
Meigs, Cornelia. Invincible Louisa (1933) NMW
Milne, A,A. When We Were Very Young (1924), Winnie-the-Pooh (1926),
The House at Pooh Corner (1928), Now We Are Six (1927)
Minarik, Else Holmelund. Little Bear (1957)
Mukerji, Dhan Ghopal. Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon (1927) NMW
Montgomery, Lucy Maud. Anne of Green Gables (1908)
Norton, Mary. The Borrowers (1952), Bed-Knob and Broom-Stick (1957)
O'Hara, Mary. My Friend Flicka (1941)
O'Henry. Gift of the Magi (1905)
Pearce, Phillipa. The Minnow Leads to Treasure (1958), Tom's Midnight Garden (1959)
Perrault, Charles. Perrault's Fairy Tales (1697)
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could (1930)
Porter, Eleanor. Pollyanna (1913)
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) and other stories
Pyle, Howard. The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (1903),
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883), The Wonder Clock (1915),
Men of Iron (1919), Otto of the Silver Hand (1924)
Ransome, Arthur. Swallows and Amazons (1930)*
Raspe, Rudolf Erich. The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen (1785)
Rawlings, Marjorie. The Yearling (1938)
Rey, H.A. Curious George (1941)*
Richter, Conrad. The Light in the Forest (1953)
Robertson, Keith. Henry Reed, Inc. (1958)*
Rojankovsky, Feodor. Frog Went A-Courtin' (1955) CMW
Ruskin, John. The King of the Golden River (1851)
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de. The Little Prince (1943)
Salten, Felix. Bambi (1928)
Sandburg, Carl. The Rootabaga Stories (1922)
Sawyer, Ruth. Roller Skates (1936) NMW
Seredy, Kate. The Good Master (1935),The White Stag (1937) NMW
Serraillier, Ian. The Silver Sword (1958) HF
Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat (1957)
Seredy, Kate. The White Stag (1937) NMW
Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty (1877)
Sharp, Margery. The Rescuers (1959)*
Slobodkin, Louis. Many Moons (1943) CMW
Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale (1940)
Sorenson, Virginia. Miracles on Maple Hill (1956) NMW
Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1958) NMW
Sperry, Armstrong. Call It Courage (1940) NMW
Spyri, Johanna. Heidi (1884)
Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), Kidnapped (1886),
Treasure Island (1883)
Steinbeck, John. The Red Pony (1937), The Pearl (1945)
Streatfield, Noel. Ballet Shoes (1936)
Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Eagle of the Ninth (1954), The Lantern Bearers (1959)
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels (1726)
Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-Kind-Family (1951)*
Tertune, Albert Payson. Lad, a Dog (1919)
Thurber, James. Many Moons (1943)
Titus, Eve. Basil of Baker Street (1958)*
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit (1938)
Travers, P.L. Mary Poppins (1934)*
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
Ungerer, Tomi. Crictor (1958)
Van Loon, Hendrik. The Story of Mankind (1921) NMW
Verne, Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1873), Around the World in Eighty Days
(1873), Mysterious Island (1874)
Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over (1975)
Ward, Lynd. The Biggest Bear (1952) CMW
Warner, Gertrude. The Boxcar Children (1942)
Webster, Jean. Daddy-Long-Legs (1912)
Weisgard, Leonard. The Little Island (1946) CMW
White, E.B. Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte's Web (1952)
White, T.H. The Sword and the Stone (1939)
Wiggin, Kate Douglas. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903)
Wilde, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Stories (1888)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods (1932)*
Williams, Marjorie. The Velveteen Rabbit (1922)
Wyss, Johann. The Swiss Family Robinson (1818)
Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy (1955)
Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog (1956)


Modern Children's Classics (from 1960 on)
Aardema, Verna. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
(1975) CMW
Adamson, Joy. Born Free (1960)
Aiken, Joan. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1962)
Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three (1964)*, The High King (1968)* NMW
Armstrong, William. Sounder (1969) NMW
Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1990)
Babbitt, Natalie. The Search for Delicious (1969), Tuck Everlasting (1975)
Banks, Lynn Reid. The Indian in the Cupboard (1981)
Blume, Judy. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret (1970)
Briggs, Raymond. The Snowman (1978)
Bulla, Clyde. The Sword in the Tree (1956)
Burnford, Sheila. The Incredible Journey (1961)
Burningham, John. Mr. Gumpy's Outing (1979)
Byars, Betsy. The Summer of the Swans (1970) NMW
Cannon, Janell. Stellalluna (1993)
Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969)
Christopher, John. The White Mountains (1967)*
Clarke, Pauline. The Return of the Twelves (1962)
Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983) NMW
Cleaver, Vera and Bill. Where the Lillies Bloom (1969)
Collier, James Lincoln. My Brother Sam Is Dead (1974)
Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius (1982)
Cooper, Susan. Dawn of Fear (1970),The Dark Is Rising (1973), The Grey King (1975) NMW
Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach (1961), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964),
Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970)
D'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar. Book of Greek Myths (1962)
DePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona (1975)
Farmer, Penelope. Summer Birds (1962), Charlotte Sometimes (1969)
Fitxgerald, John D. The Great Brain (1967)*
Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy (1964)
Fleischmean, Sid. The Whipping Boy (1986) NMW
Fleming, Ian. Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang (1964)
Freedman, Russell. Lincoln: A Photobiography (1987) NMW
Freeman, Don. Corduroy (1968)
Garner, Alan. The Owl Service (1968)
George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves (1972) NMW
Gripe, Maria. Hugo (1970)
Gray, Janet Elizabeth. Adam of the Road (1942)
Hall, Donald. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. Ox-Cart Man (1969) CMW
Hoban, Russell. The Mouse and His Child (1967), Bread and Jam for Frances (1964)
Howe, Deborah and James. Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery (1979)
Hunt, Irene. Across Five Aprils (1964), Up a Road Slowly (1966) NMW
Hutchins, Pat . Rosie's Walk (1968)
Jarrell, Randall. The Animal Family (1965)
Juster, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth (1961)
Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day (1962) CMW
King-Smith, Dick. Babe: The Gallant Pig (1985)
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967) NMW
Langton, Jane. The Diamond in the Window (1962)
LeGuin, Ursula. A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)
L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time (1962) NMW
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends (1970)
Lowry, Lois. Anastasia Krupnik (1979)*, The Giver (1993) NMW, Number the Stars (1989) NMW
MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall (1985) NMW
Marshall, James. George and Martha (1972)
Mayne, William. A Swarm in May (1955)
Merrill, Jean. The Pushcart War (1964)
Morey, Walt. Gentle Ben (1965)
Mowat, Farley. Owls in the Family (1962)
Nordstrom, Ursula. The Secret Language (1960)
North, Sterling. Rascal (1963)
O'Brien, Robert. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) NMW
O'Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960) NMW
Ormondroyd, Edward. Time at the Top (1963)
Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia (1963)
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia (1977) NMW, Jacob Have I Loved (1980) NMW
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet (1987)
Petry, Ann. Tituba of Salem Village (1964)
Raskin, Ellen. The Westing Game (1978) NMW
Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows (1961)
Robinson, Barbara. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1972)
Rockwell, Thomas. How to Eat Fried Worms (1973)
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcere's Stone (1998)*
Sachar, Louis. Holes (1998)
Schoenherr, John. Owl Moon (1987) CMW
Selden, George.The Cricket in Times Square (1960)
Sendak, Maurice. The Nutshell Library (1962), Where the Wild Things Are (1963) CMW
Silverstein, Shel. The Giving Tree (1964), Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (1974),
A Light in the Attic (1981)
Singer, Isaac Bashevis. Zlateh the Goat (1966)
Slobodkin, Louis. Spaceship Under the Apple Tree (1970)
Speare, Elizabeth. The Bronze Bow (1961) NMW
Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee (1990) NMW
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Egypt Game (1967)
Spykman, Elizabeth. Terrible, Horrible Edie (1960)*
Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1969) CMW
Steptoe, John. Stevie (1969)
Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (1999) CMW
Taylor, Mildred. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976) NMW
Taylor, Theodore. The Cay (1969)
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings (1965)
Trevino, Elizabeth Borton de. I, Juan de Pareja (1965) NMW
Uttley, Alison. A Traveler in Time (1964)
Van Allsburg, Chris. The Polar Express (1985) CMW
Voight, Cynthia. Dicey's Song (1982) NMW
Wells, Rosemary. Max's First Word (1979)*
White, E.B. Trumpet of the Swan (1970)
Zelinsky, Paul O. Rumpelstiltskin (1986)

*denotes first in or one of a series
NMW: Newbery Medal Winner
CMW: Caldecott Medal Winner