Children's Classics

Alcott, Louisa       Little Women, 1868.
      Four sisters grow up in New England during the Civil War.

Atwater, Richard       Mr. Popper's Penguins, 1938.
      The unexpected delivery of an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper.

Bagnold, Enid      National Velvet, 1930.
      A 14 year old girl rides a horse in the English Grand National Steeplechase.

Barrie, J. M      Peter Pan, 1911.
      Three children fly to Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up.

Baum, Frank L       The Wizard of Oz, 1900.
      A tornado carries Dorothy from Kansas to the Land of Oz, where she meets the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodsman, the
Scarecrow and the Wizard.

Bond, Michael        A Bear Called Paddington, 1958.
      Paddington, a teddy bear found in a London railway station, has a way of bringing mischief and fun to the Brown family.

Brisley, Joyce Lankester       The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook, 1928.                             
      Short Stories describing the many adventures of Milly-Molly-Mandy.          

Burnett, Frances H       A Secret Garden, 1909.
      Colin's orphaned cousin, Mary Lennox arrives and ends his life as a spoiled invalid.

Butterworth, Oliver      The Enormous Egg, 1956.
      Nate Twitchell's hen hatches a dinosaur egg.

Carroll, Lewis       Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, 1865.
      A girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

Collodi, Carlo      The Adventures of Pinocchio, 1883.
      A mischievous wooden puppet wants to become a real boy.

Defoe, Daniel      Robinson Crusoe, 1719.
      A Lone shipwreck survivor uses ingenuity to survive on a deserted island.

Dickens, Charles       A Christmas Carol, 1843.
      A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Dodge, Mary       Hans Brinker, 1865.
      A boy in Holland wins silver skates.

Du Bois, William Pene      The Twenty-One Balloons, 1947.

      Relates the incredible adventures of Professor Sherman who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives
the Krakatoa eruption, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic.

Eager, Edward      Half Magic, 1954.

      Four children looking forward to an ordinary summer enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double-wishing
on an ancient coin.

Estes, Eleanor      Ginger Pye, 1951.

      The disappearance of a new puppy named Ginger, and the appearance of a mysterious man in a mustard yellow
that bring excitement into the lives of the Pye children.

Farley, Walter      The Black Stallion, 1941.
      A boy and a wild stallion, shipwreck survivors, live on an uninhabited island until they are rescued.

Forbes, Esther      Johnny Tremain, 1943.
      The story of Boston during the Revolutionary War as seen through the eyes of a boy.

Gannett, Ruth Stiles      My Father's Dragon, 1948.

      A young boy is determined to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals
to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.

Graham, Kenneth      The Wind in the Willows, 1908.
      Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger have many escapades in the English countryside.

Haywood, Carolyn       B Is For Betsy, 1939.
      Betsy experiences an interesting first year in school.

Henry, Marguerite       Misty of Chincoteague, 1947.

      The determination of two youngsters to win a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom
and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction.

Irving, Washington       Rip Van Winkle, 1819.
      A lovable, lazy farmer in the Catskill Mountains falls asleep and wakes up 20 years later.

Kipling, Rudyard        Just So Stories, 1902.
      Short stories describing how various animals got their unique characteristics.

Lawson, Robert       Mr. Revere And I, 1953.
      Story of Paul Revere as told by his horse, Scheherazade.

Lewis, C. S.       The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, 1950.
      Four English children enter the magic land of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe.

Lindgren, Astrid       Pippi Longstocking, 1950.
      Escapades of a Swedish girl who lives without any parents.

Lofting, Hugh       The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle, 1950.
      A famous doctor travels to Spidermonkey Island.

London, Jack      Call Of the Wild, 1903.
      A dog is kidnapped, taken north and becomes leader of a wild pack.

Lovelace, Maud Hart      Betsy-Tacy, 1940.

      When Tacy moves in across the street from Besty, the two friends become inseparable.

MacDonald, Betty      Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, 1957.

       From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such
common children's diseases as Won't-put-away-toy-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-quarrelitis.

McCloskey, Robert       Homer Price, 1943.
       Humorous adventures of a Midwestern boy.

Milne, A. A.       Winnie, the Pooh. 1926.
       Christopher Robin, Pooh and Piglet get in and out of trouble.

Montgomery, Lucy Maud      Anne of Green Gables, 1904.
       A lively, independent Canadian orphan gets adopted by a loving family.

Nesbit, Edith      The Railway Children, 1906.
      When their father is taken away, three children move to the country, where they save the train from accidents.

Norton, Mary      The Borrowers, 1953.

       Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from humans are forced to emigrate from
their home under the clock.

Pyle, Howard       Robin Hood, 1883.
       The story of a legendary outlaw who robs the rich to pay the poor.

Rawlings, Marjorie       The Yearling, 1938.
       A boy lives a lonely life in the Florida backwoods until his parents unwillingly allow him to adopt an orphan fawn.

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de      The Little Prince, 1943.
       A fantasy of a prince who leaves his planet and discovers wisdom.

Salten, Felix       Bambi, 1923.
       A deer grows into a powerful stag in the Austrian forests.

Sewel, Anna      Black Beauty, 1877.
      A story of a horse who experiences a variety of owners, both kind and cruel.

Sidney, Margaret     The Five Little Peppers and

                                How They Grew, 1881.
      A family story about the poor and fatherless Pepper children.

Spyri, Johanna      Heidi, 1881.
      An orphan girl is sent to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps.

Stevenson, Robert Louis       Treasure Island, 1911.
      While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son   find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as great danger.

Stratton-Porter, Gene      A Girl From Limberlost, 1909.

      Deeply wounded by her mother's lack of sympathy or her aspirations, Elnora finds comfort in nearby Limberlost swamp.

Travers, P. C.      Mary Poppins, 1934.
      The Banks family acquire a nanny, Mary Poppins, who delights the two children with her tricks.

Twain, Mark      The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1885.
                        The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876.

       Two adventure stories about a pair of mischievous boys living near the Mississippi River in the mid 1800s.

Verne, Jules      20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1870.
       The fantastic adventures of a sea captain in his submarine.

White, E. B.      Charlotte's Web, 1952.
       A touching story about a friendship between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider.

Wiggin, Kate Douglas       Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm, 1903
       Rebecca is a spunky girl living in 19th century Maine.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls      Little House In the Big Woods, 1932.
       Family life in Wisconsin during the 1870's.

Williams, Margery      The Velveteen Rabbit, 1922.
       The velveteen rabbit is worn out and dirty, but still hopes to find the magic called Real.

Wyss, Johann       Swiss Family Robinson, 1814.
       The fantastical adventures of a Swiss family shipwrecked on a deserted island.